World Gone Sour
Doritos may have set the standard for releasing free games that double as advertisements, but World Gone Sour’s $5 price tag means you’re getting a slightly more substantial product. It’s a few hours long, is surprisingly adult and dark-humored, and features some clever gameplay mechanics. I like how you collect followers along the way and can absorb them to make yourself bigger and stronger. You can also toss these followers onto switches or into pits of spikes to reach point multipliers. The leaderboard implementation is lame, though, so I stopped caring about the points early on. This is a pretty basic platformer, anyway, and the game’s cool ideas are overshadowed by formulaic boss battles and repetitive level design. The controls aren’t really up to par, either. It’s difficult to make minor adjustments in speed, and I found the wall-jumping here to be some of the most frustrating wall-jumping I’ve ever experienced. All in all, World Gone Sour is okay, but considering XBLA has no shortage of great platformers, you won’t miss out on much by skipping this one.