The Juno space probe parked itself over Jupiter last week, and the first pictures from the mission were sent back today. So now seems like a good time for The Solus Project to exit Microsoft’s Game Preview and become a full-fledged Xbox One game. Developed by Teotl Studios, The Solus Project is an interstellar exploration game where humanity’s last hope has to find a suitable location for a colony… “You must survive.”
Also available this week is Insomniac’s Song of the Deep, which takes players deep into the briny depths of the ocean for a different kind of adventure into the unknown. Described by Insomniac as a “MetroidVania,” Xbox One owners will guide a young girl named Merryn under the sea in Song of the Deep to search for her missing father.
Hopefully Merryn doesn’t find a Cthulhu-like elder god under the ocean, but if she does, we know who she’ll call… Ghostbusters. Rather than adapt the upcoming movie starring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, Activision has released an overhead shooter for the Xbox One that pits four rookies against all the Class Five Full-Roaming Vapors of the world.
And finally this week, Iron Galaxy (the developers of Killer Instinct) are back with Videoball, an Xbox One sports game that mashes together “basketball, football, soccer, first-person shooters, and real-time strategy games.” Sure, why not?
More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break.
Xbox One Games
Song of the Deep ($14.99)
Song of the Deep is a metroidvania-style action-adventure game following a young girl’s quest into the unknown to find her missing father. Combining discovery, skill, and suspense with an unforgettable narrative, this underwater journey will challenge players to explore, experiment, and skillfully navigate a vast ocean landscape.
Have you and your friends been experiencing paranormal activity? Grab your Proton Pack and join the Ghostbusters as you explore Manhattan, blasting ghosts, and trapping those runaway ghouls. An original story that takes place after the events of the movie! Ghostbusting fun for the whole family.
Super Mutant Alien Assault ($9.99)
Dance with death through randomized rooms to clear your space freighter of irradiated aliens in a brutal arcade platformer shooter stuffed to the brim with unlockable weapons, explosives, special abilities and defense moves. Clear the objective quickly and be sure to kill each enemy before it has the chance to mutate into a bigger, nastier version of itself. Take a tiny breather and then it’s on to the next room.
Anarcute is an adorably cute riot game with catchy art direction and unique crowd-beat’em all gameplay! These are dark times. A group of evil corporations has taken over the world’s major cities. They’ve taken over the media, brainwashed the police and are now shamelessly running citizens’ lives from the security of their skyscrapers. It is time to act! Take control of the revolution to confront the terrible Brainwash Patrol who are dominating the world!
Fru is a puzzle platformer that features an innovative use of Kinect, in which your silhouette becomes a “portal” between two worlds. You will find yourself solving puzzles by strategically positioning your body, combining physical interaction with traditional platforming. Be precise, be careful, take on a funny pose, but most importantly, be creative with your body! Every level can be solved in multiple ways, with different poses. What sort of creative solutions can you come up with?
The Solus Project ($19.99)
Humanity is on the verge of extinction. You are the last hope, tasked with finding a safe haven for a colony. But now you are stranded on a deserted alien planet and every other member of your crew is dead. The fate of humanity rests in your hands: you must survive… Plants grow and rot, weather changes from scorching heat to chilling storms, the wind and humidity are unforgiving…
Move the “Kyub” and use its abilities to solve devious puzzles and escape malicious traps. Switch between action and puzzle phases where you manipulate other cubes to climb walls and destroy obstacles with lasers or activate switches to trigger new paths. Protect yourself and change the Kyub’s status to become immune to the elements. Master the Kyub and discover all its insane possibilities. Design your journey at slow pace or furiously fast rhythm. But always be wise and creative because memory, reflexes and rapid execution are the keys to completing each challenge.
Videoball is a compact expression of all sports’ mechanics with simple one-button controls, online ranked or exhibition team matchmaking, various arenas, color palettes, music tracks, background patterns, and ball designs. Videoball is all offense. Videoball is all defense. Videoball: it’s all a highlight reel.
Pharaonic is an unforgiving sidescrolling Action-RPG set in Ancient Egypt. Explore a vast kingdom full of dangers and brutal enemies while you find the truth behind Ahmosis I, the Red Pharaoh. Pharaonic takes the excellent combat design of Dark Souls and adapts it to a faster paced side-scrolling environment. Use your shield to block and parry incoming attacks, manage your stamina and wait for your chance to attack and defeat your enemies. A single mistake can be fatal, so stay on your toes to avoid making any.
Game Preview… Rivals of Aether ($14.99)
Rivals of Aether is an indie fighting game set in a world where warring civilizations summon the power of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Play with up to four players locally or up to two players online.
Game Preview… Snooker Nation Championship 2016 ($5.99)
Snooker Nation Championship is digital snooker at is best. The offline tournament spans 6 rounds, competing in the qualifiers through to the grand final held in the Snooker Nation Championship venue, played on meticulously created Championship specification tables.