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Games Room-Review

Ok, so this is not a review as such, it’s hard to review something like Games Room due to the fact it’s a virtual world filled with retro games.

View this more as thoughts on it and it’s games so far.

Games Room is a free download in the Games On Demand section, along with a further 2 game packs for download in the game add-ons section (both are free)
However once you get into your own private little world your going to have to get the wallet/purse out and start spending.
The idea is simple enough, Games Room is a virtual area that you can fill with retro games like Millipede, Red Baron and more.
These actually come in the form of cabinets that you can place around your virtual Arcade where you and your friends can then view them and of course, play them.

This virtual Arcade is a bright and cheerful place, made up of seperate “rooms” which you can furnish with themes, props and, of course, game cabinets.
As you get game cabinets your friends Avatars will pop round and you can watch them playing your games and doing the odd dance.
Sadly you cannot actually take control of your Avatar and walk around which I feel is a missed opportunity, instead you just switch between rooms with a flick of the stick.

Ah but a saving grace is the ability to go check out your friends Arcade, with just a few button push’s you can go into their Arcade and check out there games and redeem Tokens to get free plays on games.
To further inhance the experiance you can also challenge your friends to beat your high score’s on games along with the option to send a Taunt to them as well.

Games Room also has a levelling system, oddly.
As you earn medals, which you gain for beating high scores etc, you Level up allowing you to unlock new themes,props and more.
It does seem to take a good bit of effort to level up though and your going to have to buy a few games just to get to level one.

Of course it’s the game that are the main focus and on release Games Room has an initial roster of 30 games:

Centipede (arcade)
Asteroids Deluxe (arcade)
Tempest (arcade)
Crystal Castles (arcade)
Lunar Lander (arcade)
Jungler (arcade)
Road Fighter (arcade)
Scramble (arcade)
Finalizer (arcade)
Tutankham (arcade)
Shao-Lin’s Road (arcade)
Super Cobra (arcade)
Red Baron (arcade)
Gravitar (arcade)
Battlantlis
Astrosmash (Intellivision)
Mountain Madness Super Pro Skiing (Intellivision)
Armor Battle (Intellivision)
Space Hawk (Intellivision)
Sub Hunt (Intellivision)
Sea Battle (Intellivision)
Space Armada (Intellivision)
Astrosmash (Intellivision)
Star Raiders (Atari 2600)
Outlaw (Atari 2600)
Yar’s Revenge (Atari 2600)
Millipede (Atari 2600)
Football (Atari 2600)
RealSports Tennis (Atari 2600)
Combat (Atari 2600)

It’s a hit and miss mix of titles but does have some standout games like Red Baron, Shao-lin’s Road and a few others.

The first time you select a game you get an intial free demo that last’s ten minutes, you get this on each game.
However you only get this FREE demo once for each game, after the first time you will have to pay 40 MS points to have a single session on it.
Happily the initial demo is normally enough to tell if you wan’t the game or not.
If you do wan’t it then you have 2 choice’s:

pay 400 MS points: this buys the game for BOTH Xbox 360 & PC.
Pay 240 MS points to get the game for the Xbox 360.

I do feel that 240 points is a little over-priced for some of the games.

Game’s Room is a mixed bag, for those who have never even had a vague desire to go play the old-school games then you won’t find me to entertain you here.
But for those who love retro or just wan’t to have a look back at the origins of gaming then it’s a treat, though an expensive one.

To get people interested it would of been nice to provide each person with 1 or 2 free games just to get them going.
If you have a small friends list them some of the features will be left unused which is shame.

You can also unlock up to 1000 Gamerscore which is a nice touch.

For me Game’s Room is a good diversion, something to spend a quick half hour on if I don’t know what to play or if I just feel nostalgic.

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