Summer of Arcade? Absolutely yes. Plus, the Grimm games

Play the Grimm episodes for free the first 24 hours after they are released!

Play the Grimm episodes for free the first 24 hours after they are released!

Braid, Geometry Wars 2, Bionic Commando, Galaga Legions, Castle Crashers… the lineup on Xbox Live Arcade this summer has been just insanely awesome. I find my Gamefly games getting shrugged off in favor of putting in another couple of hours of Geometry Wars – and I wonder “Yikes, am I ever going to find time to play retail games again?”

I’ve also been playing the Grimm games on Gametap, which I highly recommend! They’re fantasticly colourful, the animations are great, and the gameplay is so simple that it’s easy to play through an entire episode (takes under an hour) without even noticing the passing time. You can play the entire game with only your mouse, or only your keyboard, or a combination of both, but all three control schemes work equally well. It’s the type of game that has you leaning your head on one hand, slouched in your computer chair with bloodshot eyes and a horrible backache. But hey, that means the game is pretty good, right? Plus, when each new episode comes out (weekly), it is free to play for the first 24 hours! So even non-paying Gametap users can experience these great episodes. Check them out on www.gametap.com, download the free Gametap player and support this awesome example of how episodic gaming should be done.

What I’m playing this weekend: Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2 (I just can’t quit…), Alone in the Dark, Burnout Paradise, Sega Superstars Tennis, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and Braid. I’m hoping that I’ll like Alone in the Dark, because I’ve heard such mixed reviews for the game, and I was really looking forward to it. Also, the Braid official website says not to use a walkthrough, but I just don’t know how I’m going to get some of these puzzle pieces without one…

Check out my half-decent Geometry Wars scores, and add me on Live! I need more people on my leaderboards to be playing Geo Wars so they can push me to boost my scores!



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