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XBLA Roundup: Monkey Island Deal, Rocket Knight & T.O.W. Roundup

Jonathan Lester
Games deals, Rocket Knight, The Secret of Monkey Island, Things on Wheels, XBLA, Xbox 360 games
Xbox 360

XBLA Roundup: Monkey Island Deal, Rocket Knight & T.O.W. Roundup

This week, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can get their hands on The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition for 400MSP. Lucasarts' classic swashbuckling yarn has never looked or played better- and this is a perfect time to get your hook into one of the finest point 'n' click adventures ever coded.

How can you solve a puzzle with a rubber chicken with a pulley, souvenir tee shirt and a necklace of eyeballs? What's the correct retort to "You fight like a dairy farmer"? What is the secret of Monkey Island? You'll find out the answer to these pertinent questions with a 50% discount... with a whole mess of laughs along the way. In case you don't know, Lucasarts wasn't always all about regurgitating Star Wars games over and over again- in fact, they were once the undisputed kings of hilarious games. Monkey Island is slick, funny and more than a little surreal- though be advised that you'll need more than a few leaps of logic to solve some of the more demanding puzzles.

Oh, and in case you're interested, the Cotton Swab and LeChuck Pirate Hat avatar items are also 50% off this week.

Rocket Knight

XBLA Roundup: Monkey Island Deal, Rocket Knight & T.O.W. Roundup

Download the demo or buy the game here.

Price: 1200MSP

Remember Rocket Knight? For the vast majority who don't, this is a reboot of a decades old platformer that launched on the SEGA Megadrive in 1993. You'll jump into the armoured boots of Sparkster, the jetpack-equipped Opossum Knight who's back to kick sone serious ass. The platforming and jetpack action controls well and looks the business thanks to some impressive graphics, but the game's short length makes its 1200 MSP price point stick in my craw.

The impressive jetpack mechanics make Rocket Knight genuinely stand out from the crowd, but I'd recommend that you play through the demo a couple of times before dropping the points.

Things on Wheels

XBLA Roundup: Monkey Island Deal, Rocket Knight & T.O.W. Roundup

Download the demo or buy the full game here. If you're so inclined.

Price: 800MSP

After myriad delays and setbacks, Load Inc's RC racer has finally hit XBLA. Unfortunately, you'll wish that it'd been delayed a lot longer. Things on Wheels is a fairly shiny racer, but its weak collision detection and repetitive races make it tedious chore rather than an enjoyable arcade racer. On the plus side, it handles fairly well and has strong visuals.

Don't waste your points- if you're looking for arcade racing action with bags of variety, pick up the infinitely superior Scrap Metal instead.

Stay tuned for our coverage of Aqua and Metal Slug XX later this week!

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