Twisted Pixel Games is Microsoft’s go to company whenever they need a quirky little digital hit. We are really excited for their upcoming XBLA exclusive LocoCycle, but what about the other games that put them on the map? For those who haven’t jumped aboard yet with the Xbox 360’s favorite little indie team and their BEARD engine games, a cheap solution is just around the corner.
All four of their XBLA hits will be packed together in a single easily accessible pack. The Maw, ‘Splosion Man, Ms. Splosion Man, and Comic Jumper all best represent their odd sense of humor and penchant for gimmicky gameplay. No date or price has been confirmed as of yet, but they will be available at a discount compared to their original prices.
By far, the two strongest games in the bundle are the ‘Splosion Man games. The first was a pleasant little sleeper hit which made masterful use of minimalist controller usage. ‘Splosion Man only has one move, exploding, which acts as a jump in the video game, and Twisted Pixel built a game around this single move purely based on timing, precision and delicate level design.
Most eyes were too busy watching chair’s Shadow Complex to care, but I’ll contend that ‘Splosion Man walked away the better game that year.
Ms. ‘Splosion Man is also worth a look, but I’ll stop short of calling it better because it adds a few too many to mechanics to the formula, breaking up the natural flow of the game and detracting from the simplicity of the original.
The Maw and Comic Jumper are also ok but more along the lines of icing to a delicious cake.
Keep an eye out for this bundle and be sure to give ‘Splosion Man a try if you’ve never done so. Ms. ‘Splosion Man also went for sale on iOS today for $2.99.