|System: X360 (XBLA)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Twisted Pixel||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Twisted Pixel||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: July 22, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The game contains 50 levels divided between three different scenarios. Unfortunately, they're not all that different, and things start looking repetitive after just a couple of levels. Nonetheless, there's enough variety in the gameplay that even with the same backgrounds, enemies, and color schemes the game stays fresh. There are three boss battles, one at the end of each group of levels. I have to admit they were a little disappointing compared to the overall fast-paced gameplay. The strategy for the boss battles mostly consists in counter-attacking, and though this is considerably easy, the game is incredibly unforgiving and makes you start the battle from the beginning after the smallest mistake.
Once you're done with the game, you should really consider revisiting some of the levels and try to beat them on par. It takes a lot longer to beat them the first time through, but once you have a clear strategy and know how the levels are built, you should be able to pass them with flying colors - at least some of them. Plus, there are hidden cakes in each level that you should try to get, as well as a few unlockables like a premium theme, gamerpics, and accessories for your avatar.
This game could have probably used a custom level editor to create your own levels, but as an arcade game that just costs 800 MS Points, you really couldn't ask for a whole lot more. The most important thing is the game is fun, imaginative (to a certain point), and contains a good sense of humor and a quirky protagonist. If you have little patience for platformers, please, don't get it. But if games like N+ are exactly your thing, don't think twice - get ready for 'splosive mayhem!
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