We've been excited about B.U.T.T.O.N. since our hands-on preview at the Eurogamer Expo. It made us do press ups, run short distances and touch the thighs of complete strangers (the game told us to, honest)- and by wrenching gamers out of their comfort zones, we were convinced it could well be one of the best party games ever made. This may have seemed like an outrageous claim at the time... but it turns out that we were right.
The experience is very difficult to describe beyond the fact that it's ridiculously good fun. Essentially, B.U.T.T.O.N. is just a sequence of quicktime events that knock out the slowest players to respond. However, it also throws out bizarre and embarrassing commands to psyche everyone out! Crazy poses, worryingly intimate actions and plenty of physical challenges create crazy and hilarious play sessions that make WarioWare feel dull by comparison. B.U.T.T.O.N. also loves to trick players, with several commands that disqualify the first player to respond (and suggesting that rivals actually grab their controller and press it themselves!).
Naturally, gamers will have to get into the party spirit in order to enjoy B.U.T.T.O.N. as it was intended. It can’t keep track of whether you really obey the commands- so if you’re the kind of snivelling wretch who sits on the sofa and limply flicks his wrist while playing Wii bowling, this game simply isn’t for you. Also, die.
B.U.T.T.O.N. is one of the best party games ever made. It's a riotous and refreshing release that defies every single game design law in the book... and is all the better for it. Has to be played to be believed.
The Xbox Live Indie service has provided us with countless Space Invader clones- and at first glance, Xenocide appears to be one of the herd. The delightful retro graphics and slick controls are capable enough... but veteran Indie studio MStar Games has a few tricks up their sleeves. They're no strangers to the scene or these roundups- and by injecting a whole mess of new features (and charming British humour) into the classic arcade game, it feels like an entirely new experience!
Aliens have had their wicked way with our yokels and livestock for too long, and a selection of new armaments allows us to finally get some well-deserved vengeance. Homing missiles and gravity bombs pack a serious punch- but new and unexpected enemy types of aliens will provide a serious challenge. Two separate modes, online high score tables and incredibly entertaining 4-player cooperative shenanigans round out a thoroughly enjoyable package.
Xenocide is both a respectful homage and an exciting new take on the classic Space Invaders formula. New weapons, multiplayer, accessible gameplay and persistent high scores make for serious value and a thoroughly worthwhile purchase. Drop the points and kick some alien ass!
B.U.T.T.O.N. topped this week's roundup by being fresh and imaginative, but Revolver360 has made the list simply by being a familiar concept that has been perfectly executed. It's a scrolling bullet hell shooter- a concept with countless examples on the service- but eyepopping 3D graphics and sumptous backgrounds elevate this to an entirely new level. Responsive controls and a perfectly sized hitbox provide exquisite gameplay to complement the visuals. Note, however, that you'll soon start to see a fair bit of repetition in the enemy design.
Revolver360 is a sweet and sumptious shooter that's as fun to play as it is jawdropping to behold. Don't let the price tag put you off!