If you've already mastered mayoring Sim City and you've long since established your dominance as a rollercoaster tycoon, it's time to take your skills to new heights - like into orbit. In Outpost Kaloki X, you'll micromanage space stations to nurture nature, build businesses and establish espionage, all while attempting to rescue a ditsy princess from the evils of the universe.
While the late-90s’ graphics leave much to be desired (in 1080i, no less), Kaloki makes up for it with some genuinely amusing gameplay. The game offers two distinct campaigns with more than 30 unique scenarios, forcing you to cope with everything from limited resources to asteroid attacks. Many of the scenarios take up to half an hour to complete, and once you've beaten the game, you can go back and improve your times to earn even more Achievement points. The storyline manages to develop briskly between building sessions and throws more than a few surprises your way, though you can also skip the dialogue, burn through the plot and get to building.
While the general format of each scenario is pretty similar, the varied designs of the space stations and strange creatures you'll meet help keep things interesting. And once you've defeated both campaigns, there's still plenty of gaming to be done with extra downloadable content, including four additional campaign packs (some of which are free, and some of which will cost you a few hundred Microsoft Points). Fast-paced and often challenging, Outpost Kaloki X is one of the few Xbox Live Arcade titles that actually makes you earn your Achievements.