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June 2, 2009

E3 ’09: The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition – Xbox Live Arcade

Filed under: E3,retro,videogames,Xbox 360,Xbox Live Arcade — Tags: , , , , — technofranki @ 16:42

If you ever played The Secret of Monkey Island on PC back in the days, then this is for you. The Secret of Monkey Island – Special Edition will come to Xbox Live Arcade this summer. The game is updated for HD play on Xbox 360 and it looks very good.

Here are some videos taken from

April 14, 2009

Xbox 360: OutRun Online Arcade is the XBLA of the week

Filed under: Xbox 360,Xbox Live Arcade — Tags: , , — technofranki @ 19:18

This weeks Xbox Live Arcade game is OutRun Online Arcade, priced at the more reasonable price of 800 points. A lot of the latest games have been priced at 1200 and 1600 points which I find a bit too high.


OutRun™ Online Arcade

Experience the mayhem and action of OutRun Online Arcade as you test your time, speed, and handling ability, bringing your next-gen skills online with this coin-op classic.

Feel the kick as you put your foot to the floor in one of 10 high-performance Ferraris racing your way across the U.S. with an open top and a girl by your side. Winding roads, beautiful beaches and big city lights—it’s mile after mile of unrelenting acceleration through 15 action-packed courses, all visually enhanced in stunning high definition. Jump behind the wheel for the ultimate arcade racing experience and push yourself on the road as you race up to six others with online multiplayer. OutRun Online Arcade … it’s a beautiful journey!

  • Competition: OutRun Online Arcade delivers online multiplayer for up to six players for the first time on Xbox LIVE Arcade.
  • Courses and cars: Race through 15 glorious courses in 10 licensed Ferrari cars for the ultimate OutRun Online Arcade ride.
  • Arcade modes: The fast-paced arcade action thrills with heart attack and time attack modes.
  • Classic tracks: Catch the cool sounds of OutRun Online Arcade with smashing tracks alongside stunning new visuals.

April 8, 2009

Xbox 360: Buy Xbox LIVE Arcade titles from

Filed under: Amazon,Xbox 360,Xbox Live,Xbox Live Arcade — Tags: , , , — technofranki @ 23:50


You can now buy Xbox Live Arcade titles from When you purchase an Arcade game, you get a code which you then have to type into your Xbox 360 console or you can go to an redeem your code.

As often is with this great features, this is US only. (Source:


[UPDATE] I found this pressrelease on

PRESS RELEASE: Launches Xbox LIVE Store, Offering Customers Convenient Digital Access to Xbox LIVE Arcade Games, Subscription Cards, and Points Cards

Amazon is the First Retailer to Offer Codes for Downloading Xbox LIVE Games

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today launched the Amazon Xbox LIVE® Store beta,, offering customers the convenience to purchase and gift select Xbox LIVE games, subscription cards and Microsoft Points cards. Previously games were only available directly From The Xbox 360® console or, making the first retailer to offer customers digital access to codes for downloading Xbox LIVE Arcade games. Customers can choose from fan-favorite titles including “Braid,” “Castle Crashers” and over 100 other games.

“PC gamers have enjoyed the convenience of digital downloads on for some time. Now and Microsoft are bringing that same level of convenience to platform gamers by expanding the reach of the Xbox LIVE digital platform to millions of Amazon customers,” said Greg Hart, vice president of Video Games and Software for “This is an exciting day for customers, and we will continue to drive innovation that will provide our customers with the widest selection of video game platform downloads.”

“This partnership brings together two leading online brands – Xbox LIVE as the entertainment center of the living room and, a retailer that consumers rely on for great deals and wide selection,” said Christina DeRosa, general manager, Xbox LIVE Business. “With the overwhelming success of our existing Xbox LIVE Marketplace, it is clear that the 17 million active and engaged members of the Xbox LIVE community enjoy digital access to entertainment content. Now we’re happy to be extending our storefront to, a cutting-edge online retailer who is helping make digital distribution more mainstream.”

Through the Xbox LIVE Store, customers can easily buy Xbox LIVE Arcade games, subscriptions and Microsoft Points cards for themselves or friends and family. Points can be used to buy games in the Xbox 360 online Marketplace. The Xbox LIVE Store works on a code-redemption system where customers who purchase an Xbox LIVE product will immediately be able to view their Xbox LIVE code after purchase as well as e-mail that code to themselves or the recipient of the gift. Additionally, this code will reside in the customer’s Your Games & Software Library so they can retrieve it at any time. This digital delivery mechanism eliminates both the waiting time for the customer as well as reduces the waste associated with shipping packaged games and points cards. Customers can leverage Amazon’s recommendation and personalization engine to learn about new games that they also may be interested in based on similar purchase histories of like-customers.

Xbox LIVE games, subscription cards and Microsoft Points cards are sold by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

February 28, 2009

Xbox Live Arcade Awards 2008

Filed under: Xbox 360,Xbox Live,Xbox Live Arcade — Tags: , , — technofranki @ 01:07


You can soon vote for your favourite arcade game on Xbox Live from 2008. The voting starts on Tuesday, March 3 at 2:00 A.M. Pacific Time (10:00 A.M. GMT), and ends Tuesday, March 10 at 3:59 P.M. PT (11:59 P.M. GMT). (Source:

The nomenees for the Second Annual Xbox LIVE Arcade Awards are:

Best Overall Arcade Game
Castle Crashers
Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
Street Fighter II HD Remix
Portal: Still Alive

Best Original Game
Castle Crashers
Penny Arcade Episode 1
Age of Booty

Best Family Game
Boogie Bunnies
A Kingdom for Keflings
Lost Cities
Meteos Wars

Best Co-operative Multiplayer Game
Castle Crashers
Bionic Commando Rearmed
Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2

Best Competitive Multiplayer Game
Street Fighter II HD Remix
Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
Soul Calibur
Meteos Wars
Age of Booty

Best Solo Game
Mega Man 9
Penny Arcade Episode 1
Rez HD
Portal: Still Alive

Best Innovation in XBLA
Braid (time travel)
A Kingdom for Keflings (use of Avatars)
Fable II Pub Games (retail game integration)
N+ (level sharing)
Duke Nukem 3D (dynamic replay)

Best Graphics
Street Fighter II HD Remix
Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
Castle Crashers
Bionic Commando Rearmed

Best Classic/Remake Game
Bionic Commando Rearmed
Street Fighter II HD Remix
Mega Man 9
Galaga Legions
Rez HD

January 6, 2009

Xbox 360: Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos on XBLA

Filed under: Xbox 360,Xbox Live Arcade — Tags: , — technofranki @ 19:21

This week (January 7, 2009), you can download Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos on Xbox Live Arcade at 800 points. (Source:


Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos

Track down the evil and destructive fugitive Dr. Chaos, as you hunt down clues in the exciting seek and find game Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos. As an elite agent for Interpol, it is your mission to eradicate his trail of corruption as it takes you around the world from one international city to the next. Use your investigative skills to quickly gather the evidence needed to bring him to justice.

  • Tons of puzzles: Analyze elaborate crime scenes to uncover hundreds of mysterious hidden objects.
  • Glamorous destinations: Search for clues scattered in exotic locales around the world including San Francisco, Paris, Tokyo, Cairo, and more.
  • Clever mini-games: Discover bonus similarities and differences in puzzles to test your keen eyesight.
  • Four player co-op: Complete missions with other agents to quickly apprehend this dangerous criminal before he does more harm.

December 31, 2008

Xbox 360: Merv Griffin’s Crosswords on XBLA (USA only)

Filed under: Xbox Live,Xbox Live Arcade — Tags: , — technofranki @ 14:22

Microsoft ends this years Xbox Live Arcade lineup in the worst manner possible, with a US only release of Merv Griffin’s Crosswords. Nothing for the rest of us. The game is 800 points. (Source:

Merv Griffin’s Crosswords

From the Emmy®-winning creator of Wheel of Fortune® and Jeopardy®, and hosted by Ty Treadway, Merv Griffin’s Crosswords™ combines over a thousand unique and challenging crossword puzzles with fast-paced game show action in an incredibly entertaining game for the whole family. Step up to the podium and become a word wizard!

  • Puzzles galore: Become a contestant and play over 1,000 new crosswords including puzzles from the game show.
  • Themes: Play your favorite themed puzzles—movies, music, TV shows, and more.
  • Game modes: Step up to the podium and play as a contestant on the game show, or in any of four different game modes including Timed Mode and Daily Puzzle.
  • Difficulty settings: Become a word wizard and play Monday, Thursday, and Sunday puzzles in three difficulty settings.

December 24, 2008

Xbox 360: Puzzle Arcade on XBLA

Filed under: Xbox 360,Xbox Live Arcade — Tags: , — technofranki @ 13:28

This weeks Xbox Live Arcade game (on Christmas Eve) is Puzzle Arcade for 800 points. Click this link to add it to your queue-list. The game is not available in Asia. (Source: Major Nelson)


Puzzle Arcade

Puzzle Arcade is the online jigsaw game with a twist! With so many jigsaw puzzles at your fingertips, you can play in multiple modes and challenge yourself differently every time. Become Master of the Jigsaw Universe all by yourself or play alongside friends. The possibilities are endless in Puzzle Arcade.

  • Puzzles galore: More than thirty-five jigsaw puzzles are included, featuring photos, artwork, and illustrations. Downloadable puzzle packs will follow.
  • Multiple game modes: Try Classic or Turbo mode, with three levels of difficulty, and twenty different puzzle challenges.
  • Multiplayer: Support is provided for up to four gamers at the same console and over Xbox LIVE®.
  • Camera support: The game includes Xbox LIVE Vision Camera support allowing you to make and share your own puzzles.
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