It’s a big week for releases on the Xbox Live Arcade! Downloadable today are The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Madballs In… Babo: Invasion, and Tour de France 2009. Each of these new games is available for a very reasonable 800 Microsoft Points (or $10). Here’s the lowdown from Microsoft:
Pirates! Adventure! Monkeys! Relive the hilarious swashbuckling misadventures of the wannabe pirate Guybrush Threepwood as he attempts to become the most infamous pirate in the Caribbean! Back by popular demand, The Secret of Monkey Island™: Special Edition faithfully re-imagines the internationally-acclaimed classic pirate adventure game from LucasArts in gorgeous HD detail.
Featuring an all new re-imagined contemporary art style, hand-drawn and presented in 1080p, complete voice over by members of the original Monkey Island™ franchise cast, a re-mastered musical score using live instruments, plus scene-for scene-hot swap to seamlessly transition between Special Edition and Classic modes at anytime.
- Hilarious swashbuckling misadventures: Embark on a bumbling misadventure in an attempt to become the most infamous pirate in the Caribbean, win the heart of the beautiful governor, Elaine Marley, and confront the evil ghost pirate, LeChuck!
- High-definition graphics: The game is all-new and re-imagined with a contemporary art style, hand-drawn and presented in 1080p.
- Voiceover talent: Complete voice over using original Monkey Island franchise cast members brings the story and characters to life like never before.
- Renewed music score: Enjoy the re-mastered and re-recorded musical score using live instruments.
- Special Edition and Classic modes: Scene-for-scene hot swap lets you seamlessly transition between Special Edition and Classic modes at anytime during gameplay.
- Enhanced gameplay: The all-new intuitive game interface and controls provide a more interactive gameplay experience.
- Hint system: Not sure what to do next? The in-game puzzle hint system keeps the puzzles fresh and fun.
Combat revolved! In Madballs in … Babo: Invasion, campaign across distant worlds either solo or with four-player online co-op, taking no prisoners in your wake. Challenge your friends (and your enemies) to see who’s the baddest ball on the planet in no-holds-barred 16-player multiplayer arenas with freaky characters or with your own Xbox 360® Avatar! Or really push your limits and try your hand at Invasion Mode where combatants create the very worlds where they wage war. Dozens of unique character classes, weapons, special abilities, worlds, unlocks, secrets, maps, and game modes give you limitless gameplay!
- Avatar ready: Play as your own Xbox 360 Avatar.
- Multiple game modes: Take on the campaign, a ten-level epic quest to save the galaxy. Play multiplayer with up to 16 players, or try four-player online co-op throughout the campaign. And try Invasion Mode, where teams strategically square off to build their side of a never-before-seen map. Once the map is designed, it is rendered in real-time and the combatants meet on it to battle for supremacy!
- Versus arenas: Play on 21 multiplayer maps, with five combat modes: Skirmish, Team Skirmish, Capture The Flag, Invasion, and Avatar Attack.
- The Madballs: Play as your favorite childhood toys, with 10 character classes each with their own unique special abilities, and 10 powerful weapons, each with two fire modes.
Tour de France 2009 – The Official Game is the most famous cycling race’s official simulation. Choose one of the teams and lead it through the 21 official legs of the 2009 edition of the race. Interact directly with your riders and guide early breakaways, fights for jerseys, sprints, and more. Up to four players can race, wheel to wheel, on Xbox LIVE® Arcade. Lead your team to the highest step on the podium.
- Official teams and course: Choose one of the official race teams and manage it to victory over the official course of the Tour de France. Do you have what it takes to gain the yellow jersey?
- Team management: Manage your team actively, protect the leader, conduct breakaways, and take control of your cyclists during the time attack phases.
- Multiplayer: Up to four players can compete against each other over Xbox LIVE.
- Achievements: Master the new achievements and win the Tour de France!