Tuesday NotesI brought back some kind of coughing plague from Shreveport (surprising), and this is usually a slow gaming week, but here are a few notes.
First off, Steam is basically just giving shit away this week. It's definitely worth your time to check it out to fill in gaps in your backlog.
Next, Kairosoft has release Epic Astro Boy for Android. Here's the Android Market description:
Pioneer an untamed planet, building roads and houses for your fellow denizens of the future. Cultivate your quaint colony into a stellar space citadel, and you'll pull alien tourists from everywhere this side of Alpha Centauri!
Careful though, not all intelligent life seeks souvenirs. Prepare to engage in heated battle with all manner of cosmic creatures! Win--and you just might be rewarded...
What that means is that there are some party-based exploration elements in the game, and your characters can actually level up. It's very much an "RPG Lite" element, but it does provide additional flavor beyond the regular Kairosoft formula.
Also, Kairosoft expert John Harwood gives it his unconditional seal of approval.
Lastly, since we went on a trip, I decided to buy a game I've wanted to try for a while: Professor Layton and the Last Specter. This game is unique in that it has both the standard Professor Layton experience and an additional bonus game called "London Life" that's a role-playing game (U.S. and Japan versions only). Here's a trailer, and it's all quite charming as your character explores "Little London." Be cautioned, though, that it's quite slow-paced (which is one of the things I like, actually--having something to play that's zero-stress is very refreshing, especially after the last few weeks).
Finally, the PS3 and 360 versions of Rocksmith are on sale for $59.99 at Amazon. That's $20 off the regular price and quite a deal for what might be my favorite game of the year.