Crosstown (Xbox 360) review
"Fun action games made by smart people: that was the driving spirit behind the 1980 arcades' early successes, and that's the driving spirit behind Crosstown. I highly recommend any fan of the old fixed-screen classics download Studio Hunty's gem as soon as possible."
This is an Xbox Live Indie Games release. When playing indie games, I'm not looking for the production and sheen of a commercial release (although more power to anyone who pulls that off). I'm looking for ingenuity and talent. A game that showcases one, the other, or both is likely to receive a recommendation.
According to the developer, Crosstown is inspired by a Commodore game called Crossroads. I've not played that game. Since Crossroads isn't even listed in the HonestGamers database, I was initially skeptical of its existence. I actually believed Studio Hunty's heartfelt tale of idolatrous inspiration to be a diabolical lie! Fortunately, I later discovered that Crossroads does exist . . . just not in the form we would normally expect. The program code was printed out in an issue of COMPUTE!'s Gazette, and readers were expected to type it all into their Commodore before they could play.
Fortunately, no such shenanigans are required to run Crosstown. Simply log into Xbox Live, download this Indie title for a mere 400 points, and enjoy a retro action game reminiscent of Wizard of Wor. Gameplay occurs on a fixed screen, in a Pac-Man maze with a lot of walls and a lot of enemies. Equipped with unisex toga and gun, you walk through the maze, drill through walls, and shoot things while collecting valuable Qreds, so as to advance to the next level. Up to three additional friends can join in on the fun to assist in shooting things. Or they could shoot you and steal all of your Qreds. Crosstown's mayor, Piggy, doesn't particularly care who lives or dies. It's not as though he's in any danger.
This is Piggy.
Staff review by Zigfried (November 23, 2009)
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