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Fable 2 Pub Games – Xbox Live Arcade review

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AT A GLANCE
  • Two fun and addictive games
  • Balance of chance and strategy
  • Money carries over to Fable 2
  • Pricey for what you get
  • Spinnerbox sucks
  • Easily exploited

Apparently trying to drum up anticipation for the release of Fable 2, developer Lion Head has spewed forth this mini-collection of minigames. While designed to be passable time-wasters, these three games, including Keystone, Fortune’s Tower, and Spinnerbox also have a nefarious hook: money you earn in these promo games actually carries over when you buy and play the full Fable 2 game, so you can start out already rich.

Keystone

Fable 2’s take on Craps is a remarkably strong and balanced game of chance, with lots of different ways to gamble on the outcome of the roll of three dice. The strongest and most skillful of the three, Keystone isn’t quite the most fun…

Fortune’s Tower

A game of almost pure luck, Fortune’s Tower shouldn’t be nearly as much fun as it is. It’s a straight card-drawing game, with each fresh draw offering more cash but a higher chance of failure. It’s deliciously nerve-wracking as each line reveals itself. Unfortunately, someone discovered an exploit that allows you to get rich way too easily. Hopefully this problem will be fixed soon.

Spinnerbox

Spinnerbox is Fable’s fruit machine, minus everything that makes fruit machines fun; and fruit machines aren’t much fun anyway, so as you’d expect, it’s the weakest of the bunch. No holds, no nudges - just a tap of the A button and a spin of the discs; matches score, odd symbols fail. That’s about it. Ignore, unless you’re a serious, mental gambling addict.

Overall, Fable 2 Pub Games is a very expensive package, but the rewards in the wider world of Fable 2 could be great. It’s essential only for players who plan on spending a lot of time with the full game.

Aug 22, 2008

More Info

Release date: Aug 13 2008 - Xbox 360 (US)
Aug 13 2008 - Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Genre: Other Games/Compilations
Published by: Microsoft
Developed by: Lionhead Studios
Franchise: Fable

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1 comment

  • GaMeZ4LiFe - August 28, 2008 11:44 p.m.

    I think that if you really are going to be playing Fable 2 enough to need this then it would be a great idea but if you aren't planning on playing that much just save your money for the game and spend you time on it.

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