DLC Digest: Babel Rising, PulzAR, Sonic Blast, Art of Ink
|17th June 2012||Matt Bailey|
We're back after the break caused by E3 coverage with another round-up from the digital download stores on the consoles and handhelds. However, it's a bit of a quiet week with a few gems thrown in.
First up is Ubisoft's cross-platform release of Babel Rising. It's a tower defence game that originally found fame on iOS a few years ago, and after appearing on other mobile stores it's now on the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. It's also Kinect- and Move-enabled on the 360 and PS3 respectively. It costs 800 Microsoft Points (£6.80) on the 360 and £7.99 on the PS3, with a free trial version available on both.
Sony have been stepping up the augmented reality games on the PS Vita lately, and have branded them "AR Play". There's already four AR games on the PlayStation Store, including the three free games that launched with the Vita. This week's addition is the excellent puzzle game PulzAR which uses all 6 AR cards as you direct lasers around with mirrors to reach the goal. It's actually a fun game rather than just a good tech demo, and definitely worth the £1.59 entry price.
Over on the Nintendo stores there's a rather unique DSiWare game called Art of Ink from Sabarasa. Curiously it claims to be a tattoo parlour simulator, certainly a unique proposition on any platform, with a game that focuses on your ability to draw carefully and skillfully so that your customers get the tattoos they want without too much pain. If you want to check it out then it's on the DSi Shop for 800 DSi Points, or on the 3DS eShop for £7.20. We'll have a review on the site soon.
It's an all-handheld line up from Nintendo this week (sorry Wii fans), and also arriving on the 3DS is Samurai Sword Destiny for £5.40, a side-scrolling slashing game. Another Game Gear game has arrived on the Virtual Console for 3DS, and curiously it's yet another Sonic game; Sonic Blast. The platformer hasn't aged well, but if you're curious it's £4.50.
PS3 plays catch up this week with Bang Band Racing which was previously released on the 360. Thankfully the trial version remains in place (something which unfortunately isn't more common when games transition from XBLA to PSN), and the full game costs £7.99. While we don't usually highlight bundles, there's a couple worth mentioning on the Store this week. Alien Breed Trilogy is Team17's top-down action series which gets better with each iteration, and overall the series is worth the £17.49 asking price here. We also enjoyed StarDrone when it came out on the PS3 last year and our review of the new PS Vita verison is imminent, but now you can pick up both versions for just £3.99, and that includes the ability to share progress between the two.