Release Date: 8/19/2011
Next up is PLAGUE, yet another game which only costs a measly little dollar (or 80 Microsoft points) to download. I agree, this game is definitely stretching it as far as being considered “horror”, but it does take place in a post-apocalyptic future, so that’s good enough for me! Just like DEAD PIXELS was fun game play that paid homage to the zombie genre, PLAGUE is a fast-paced action game that’s reminiscent of early 2D side-scrolling shooters like CONTRA, NARC, or the oft forgotten METAL WARRIORS [side note: “Metal Warriors” is one of my all-time favorite games, and if you’ve ever played it, let me know!] The levels are one big homage (there’s an obvious SUPER MARIO BROS level, a GALAGA level, and even a subtle BUCKY O’ HARE stage) and the weaponry ranges from your basic rocket launchers to “black hole” guns, and even a rifle that shoots out a controllable “centipede” like from the early arcade game! True, some of the levels are just impossible to play through without dying a dozen times, but with unlimited continues and a roster of fun characters to choose from, who cares? PLAGUE is the perfect game to sit down with a buddy and rock through all the insanity that the the co-op mode has to offer!