DLC Digest: ibb and obb, Gone Home, DuckTales Remastered, Charlie Murder, Open Me!

Date Posted Author
19th August 2013 Matt Bailey

We're busy getting ready for Gamescom, so this week's edition of the DLC Digest will be a bit more ruthless in selecting the highlights, despite there being a steady stream of games across all the platforms. One particular highlight is ibb and obb, a puzzle platformer from indie developer Sparpweed. It's entirely co-op focused, so make sure you bring along a friend or partner to play either locally or online, as each player takes control of either Ibb or Obb, and must navigate a world where gravity goes downwards when you're above the line, but upwards when you're below it. There's plenty of puzzles involving gaining momentum and carrying it through the two worlds, and it's a joy to play. It comes highly recommended for PS3 owners, available for £7.99 on the PlayStation Store, with a free trial version available too if you want to give it a go first.

Gone Home is another recommended indie game out this week. The Windows, Mac and Linux title is a first-person adventure game with a strong focus on story, but not told through elaborate cut-scenes, but through exploration and voice-over, as you play a teenage girl returning home from a trip abroad to find no one there. We really liked what we saw at Rezzed a couple of months ago, and the general reception for the full game has been very good. You can pick it up on Steam for £14.99.

DuckTales is an action-platformer that quite a lot of people seem to remember from their youth. It was based on the Disney animated TV series of the same name, and curiously developed by Capcom all the way back in 1989 for the NES. It seems, then, that the new "Remastered" edition comes highly anticipated by some, although it's not a quick-and-easy conversion. After all, this is taking a NES game and bringing it up to modern standards. So there's new hand-drawn character sprites, and 3D modelled levels, full voice acting for many of the original cast, and many of the original levels too. It has generally been met with a positive response, with a few gripes from some, mainly due to a new focus on storytelling which wasn't there before. It's received a pretty much simultaneous release on the PS3 (PlayStation Store), Nintendo eShop for Wii U, and Steam for Windows - an Xbox Live Arcade version is due next month. It's £11.99 on the PS3 and Steam, but for some unknown reason it's £13.49 on the eShop.

The Xbox Live "Summer of Arcade" may not get the attention it used to, but it's still running this year and it's still offering up good games. The latest addition is Charlie Murder , a four-player arcade beat-'em-up for 800 Microsoft Points (£6.80). It's got a punk theme (and soundtrack), and an RPG elements to add depth to all that brawling.

Open Me! is a curious PS Vita title which makes use of augmented reality - the seemingly forgotten feature on both the 3DS and the Vita. Both handhelds included cards in the box to take advantage of their included cameras and offer games that, well, augmented reality. The game visuals are laid over what you would see through the camera, making it look like the virtual item is really on your table, and also allowing you to move around to get a closer look by actually moving around. Open Me! is an AR puzzle game that's similar to popular iOS and Android puzzler The Room with a range of challenges built around a central object. There's a free trial available on the PlayStation Store, and if you wanted to give more a go, then the full version ("12 packs") costs £6.49, or there's a "6 pack" option for £3.69, or you can get the packs (with multiple boxes to solve) for 65p each.

Lastly, free demos are always worth highlighting. Free samples of upcoming retail games Madden NFL 25 and Rayman Legends are now available on the Xbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Store for the 360 and PS3 respectively. 3DS owners, meanwhile, can try out upcoming RPG Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan.

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