'Splosion Man

Twisted Pixel breaks away from Microsoft

Will finally be able to make multiplatform games.

Twisted Pixel - developer of 'Splosion Man, Comic Jumper, The Gunstringer and Lococycle - has parted ways with Microsoft, who acquired the studio in October 2011.

VideoVideo: The best end songs ever

Sing when you're winning (at video games).

When Lethal Weapon 3 got its cinematic release in 1992, my parents dutifully went along to the cinema to watch it. At the end of the credits, they were delighted to discover, there was one last scene - an easter egg to reward those who watched all those names scroll past on the screen. So began an excruciating family tradition.

We all know the clones. And often, we welcome them. After all, you can't play Blizzard's World of Warcraft on a phone, so Gameloft's Order and Chaos seems like it fills a hole and doesn't hurt anyone. Cloning isn't new, either. From Pong, probably the most copied game on the planet and allegedly a copy itself, to Breakout, success has always bred various degrees of imitation.

Gunstringer dev: Kinect was "fun ride"

But future Kinect games will "depend on the idea".

The Gunstringer developer Twisted Pixel Games has no plans to become a Kinect-exclusive developer despite the studio's recent buyout by Microsoft.

FeatureCheap This Week - 13/07/11

Crackdown! EDF! Child of Eden!

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Limbo, Trials, 'Splosion Man hit retail

XBLA collection heading to US stores.

Formerly download-only indie gems Limbo, Trials HD and 'Splosion Man are to get a full US retail release in a forthcoming Xbox Live Arcade triple pack.

Capcom "saddened" by MaXplosion furore

Hopes "to rebuild the trust of our fans".

Capcom has responded to the uproar surrounding the similarities between its forthcoming iPhone game MaXplosion and Twisted Pixel's 2009 Xbox Live Arcade platformer 'Splosion Man, insisting it's "saddened" by the situation.

GTA, 'Splosion Man XBL price cuts

Loads more in one day only sale.

As promised earlier this week, Microsoft has announced a number of one day only Xbox Live deals to celebrate the annual Black Friday shopping blow-out in the US.

MS offering US Summer of Arcade rebate

Buy all five games and get cash back.

Microsoft is offering 800 MSP (Ł6.80 / €9.60 / $10) cash-back to anyone who buys all five Summer of Arcade games. Anyone who lives in North America, that is.

'Splosion Man

'Splosion Man

You da bomb.

The previous XBLA offering from Twisted Pixel, The Maw, was a benign pleasure. High on production values but low on challenge and depth, it was an agreeable diversion that lasted only a few hours. For this follow-up, it seems that the developer has taken the criticisms on board. At the risk of alerting the Oo-er Police, 'Splosion Man is both longer and harder than his gelatinous predecessor.

The hero this time is a gurning creature of plasma and fire, created for some unknown reason in a secret laboratory. Escaping from his cell, it's up to you to guide him to freedom using his solitary gift: exploding. Press any of the face buttons and 'Splosion Man 'splodes. This works as a jump, and also an attack. It's also how you interact with objects, such as the explosive barrels and grenades which can be used to enhance or modify your combustible exploits.

You have three explosions until 'Splosion Man's energy is depleted, shown by his transformation into a charred husk, and while he recharges almost instantly he can only do this when standing on solid ground. This means that long chains of wall jumps are impossible, and working around the limitation is the basis of many puzzles.

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Splosion Man on XBLA tomorrow

Summer of Arcade rejigged.

Microsoft has reminded us that following a Summer of Arcade switcheroo, it's Splosion Man that's due out on Xbox Live Arcade tomorrow, 22nd July.

The Maw dev's exploding platformer

'Splosion Man heading to XBLA.

What's that old line about two side-scrolling platform games about an exploding hero coming along at once? If you didn't like the sound of Curve's Explodemon!, perhaps you'll go for Twisted Pixel's 'Splosion Man.