About Nathan Bowring

I'm a software developer who enjoys gaming, and I know how cliche that sounds. I've been playing XBLA games for some time now, and I'm a huge fan of the price and creativity of these games. Writing about them is almost as fun as playing them. Almost.
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Bangai-O Releasing May 4
7 years ago

Bangai-O Releasing May 4

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Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury, the upcoming twin-stick shooter from Treasure Video Games and 3D Publisher, will be released on XBLA May 4, 2011. First announced last August, Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury is …
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Xbox Live Free-to-Play Games?
7 years ago

Xbox Live Free-to-Play Games?

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In the near future, there may be free games on the predominantly purchasable game marketplace that is the Xbox Live Arcade. A "trusted source" has been quoted by …
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The Fancy Pants Adventures Coming April 20
7 years ago

The Fancy Pants Adventures Coming April 20

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The release date  and pricing for Brad Borne's and EA's upcoming The Fancy Pants Adventures has been announced. You will be able to run, jump, platform, can collect …
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New XBLIG Contolled by Voice

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A recently released XBLIG developed by Josh Schonstal, simply titled PewPewPewPewPewPewPewPewPew, lets you control the game only using your voice. The game is playable with any Xbox 360 compatible microphone, …
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Swarm Review (XBLA)
7 years ago

Swarm Review (XBLA)

Swarm was developed by Hothead Games and published by Ignition Entertainment. It was released March 23, 2011 for 1200MSP. A copy of the game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

Swarm is a 2.5D side scrolling platformer in which you control a group 50 small, blue, clueless creatures. The goal of the game is to collect DNA for the “Momma” of the alien swarmites throughout twelve levels while making sure at least one of said swarmites stays alive. The game is not about story; it is about points. Swarm proves to be a fun and engaging gameplay experience once you get used to a few minor drawbacks.
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Islands of Wakfu Trailer
7 years ago

Islands of Wakfu Trailer

A new teaser trailer for Ankama Creative Studio's Island of Wakfu has been released. The preview shows two player cooperative gameplay set to beautiful graphics. The game will see players control …
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Fancy King of the Hill
7 years ago

Fancy King of the Hill

New videos have been released showcasing one of The Fancy Pants Adventures' new multiplayer modes, King of the Hill. Above is creator Brad Borne explaining the new mode, and more gameplay videos are available after the jump. The objective of the new mode is to get as many squiggles (the game's main collectible) as you can, and try to keep control of the hill below the squiggle cannon. In the videos you can see some of the combat which will be unlocked in the game, and the various character customization options. The Fancy Pants Adventures will be available this spring.

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XBox 360 Leads Consoles in Downloads
7 years ago

XBox 360 Leads Consoles in Downloads

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Market research from EEDAR show that 55% of Xbox users bought one or more downloadable games last year, up from 43% in 2009. 50% of Playstation 3 users and …
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Swarmite Sensitivity
7 years ago

Swarmite Sensitivity

Swarmites are coming to XBLA this Wednesday, but that's not the only place they're showing up. You may also see them as a new employee in your workplace. If you …
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XBLA's Most Wanted: Sam & Max Hit the Road SE
7 years ago

XBLA's Most Wanted: Sam & Max Hit the Road SE

Some franchises, regardless of quality, just never become very popular. One such example is the Sam and Max comic and video game series, which most people never heard of but have never played. Sam and Max: Hit the Road was one of LucasArts’ classic adventure games, first released in 1994. The game was based on the late 80’s comic series by Steve Purcell, who worked at LucasArts. It featured the wacky antics of a 6-foot tall dog and a hyperkinetic rabbity-thing, a duo who called themselves the Freelance Police.

The world they inhabit is wacky and unconventional while being chock full of jokes and puzzles. Recently, LucasArts have re-released their classic Monkey Island series in the XBLA in special editions featuring updated art and voices, modernizing it while retaining what made it great. Now would be a perfect time for Telltale Games, who now own the franchise, to re-release the Sam & Max that started it all.

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