Wreckateer

XB360 / Action / Release: Sep 30, 2012 / ESRB: E10+

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Wreckateer is free on Xbox Live Arcade

Related Topics – Wreckateer, xbox 360, XBLA, Kinect, Iron Galaxy
Wreckateer is free on Xbox Live Arcade

"Wreckateer is everything a Kinect game should be: accessible for newcomers, hard to master, and genuinely a blast to play." - Steve Watts, Shacknews

That's pretty incredible praise for the Kinect-exclusive Xbox Live Arcade game. And today, the game has gotten even better... by becoming free.

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Dev explains why Kinect worked so well in Wreckateer

Dev explains why Kinect worked so well in Wreckateer

Wreckateer recently released in the midst of this year's Summer of Arcade promotion. Our own Steve Watts was pleasantly surprised by the game's quality. In particular, he enjoyed its crisp Kinect controls.

Given how many Kinect titles have been plagued by unresponsive motion controls (Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor and Kinect Star Wars, just to name a few), I had to wonder if Wreckateer makers, Iron Galaxy, had solved the Kinect puzzle that continues to stump a number of game developers. So I cornered the game's lead designer, Dave Lang, to find out.

Read more: Kinect is its own platform »

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Xbox Avatar Famestars will unlock new avatar items and outfits

Xbox Avatar Famestars will unlock new avatar items and outfits

To coincide with the release of Wreckateer, Microsoft has launched "Avatar Famestars," a cross-game promotion that allows you to earn "Fame" and unlock Avatar-related bonuses.

In addition to Wreckateer, other games to support Famestar include Full House Poker and A World of Keflings. Future games planned include Avatar Motocross Madness, Fire Pro Wrestling, and Homerun Stars.

Read more: How to earn 'Fame' »

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Wreckateer review

Wreckateer review

I'll admit a fair bit of trepidation in approaching Wreckateer. The Kinect has had a few fine moments in its life so far, but the device has lost steam and some sour experiences -- like the absolutely dreadful Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor -- have made me wary towards Microsoft's motion controller. Despite all that, I was happy to find that Wreckateer is everything a Kinect game should be: accessible for newcomers, hard to master, and genuinely a blast to play.

Read more: Simple fun done well »

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Xbox Summer of Arcade 2012 begins July 18

Xbox Summer of Arcade 2012 begins July 18

Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion is back yet again. It will begin on July 18th with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD for 1200 Microsoft Points ($15). Then, it will continue with Wreckateer, Deadlight, Hybrid, and Dust: An Elysian Tail. As with previous Summer of Arcades, purchasing multiple games in the lineup will entitle you to a bonus. This year, buying three games will give you a 400 point rebate ($5).

Read more: The complete summer schedule »

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Summer of Arcade line-up announced

Summer of Arcade line-up announced

Amid all the hubub of its E3 press briefing, Microsoft has quietly revealed the line-up for this year's Summer of Arcade promotion. Though release dates and prices are still unannounced, we know the five games include Tony Hawk's return and a Kinect exclusive.

Read more: List includes Hybrid, Tony Hawk, Deadlight »

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Wreckateer coming to Kinect this summer

Related Topics – Wreckateer, xbox 360, Kinect, E3 2012
Wreckateer coming to Kinect this summer

Wreckateer was shown off at Microsoft's E3 press briefing today, along with a narrowed release window. The game with more than a passing resemblance to Angry Birds is set for this summer.

The gameplay demonstration showed a variety of weapon types being flung at a castle to topple it. These were all Kinect-commanded, including flinging a slingshot, splitting the shot into four pieces, and one special flying shot controlled by raising the player's arms.

Watch: The announcement trailer »

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