New Xbox Live Arcade updates revealed

Oct 30, 2007

Bad news if you're bored of XBLA arcade shooters and puzzle games; there are plenty of them lined up for the next few weeks.

As well as confirming this week's release, (another) arcade shooter Mutant Storm Empire, Microsoft has detailed the seven games in the running for the next few weeks including N+, Switchball and, uh, SpongeBob SquarePants.

Mutant Storm Empire, the sequel to Mutant Storm Reloaded, will be up tomorrow morning for 800 Microsoft Points (£6.80). Here's the rest of the upcoming downloadables, in Microsoft's own PR-tastic words... (because we can't be bothered)

N+ (Slick Entertainment and Metanet Software) - Play as an acrobatic ninja in this addictive action-puzzle platformer. N+ features inadvertently homicidal robots, stylish graphics, a level editor and intense multiplayer awesomeness.

Screwjumper! (THQ) - Players take the plunge in "Screwjumper!" and free-fall into the depths of the chaotic underworld as a Screwjumper, driving aliens back to their home world by destroying their precious mining equipment.

SHREK-N-ROLL (Activision) - Gamers join "Shrek," "Fiona," "Donkey," "Puss in Boots" and 20 other twisted fairy tale friends in this hilarious puzzle game designed for ogres of all ages.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Underpants Slam (Nickelodeon and THQ) - In this quick and fun game, players search the kitchen of the Krusty Krab, the Flying Dutchman's ship and the Armoury of Atlantis for 99 pairs of underpants.

Switchball (Sierra Online) - Based on real-world physics, "Switchball" is an intricate puzzle game set in a stunning 3-D world where players control an ever-changing ball along a narrow, winding course suspended in midair.

Undertow (Chair Entertainment Group) - This fast-paced action-shooter sends gamers underwater as they battle up to 16 players for control of the oceans! Players race to upgrade their units as they engage in non-stop conquest-style battles through multiple levels of combat action with some of the most stunning graphics ever seen in an Xbox LIVE Arcade title.

Word Puzzle (InterServ International) - The classic pen-and-paper word search game is brought to a new level of excitement on Xbox LIVE Arcade, complete with combos, high-score achievements and the ability to compete against others online.

Courtesy of CVG