XBLA Wednesday: December 12th, 2012

By Mark Delaney, 5 years ago
It's been a very impressive year for arcade titles, perhaps the best so far. As the year ends and the holidays approach even closer — some having begun already — new releases become very sparse, and this week's pair are some of the last of 2012.

American Mensa Academy
Developer: Silverball Studios
Publisher: Square Enix
Price: 800 MSP
Get ready to stretch your grey matter as you put yourself through more than 100 interesting and challenging puzzles designed to stretch and train your brain in key areas including logic, language, visual and more. Mensa Academy is the only brain training game backed by Mensa, the high IQ society, so for the first time you’ll be able to put all that practice into action by taking on real Mensa-style questions, like the ones you see in the Mensa IQ tests. What will your Mensa Academy score be?
Black Knight Sword
Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture Inc.
Publisher: Digital Reality
Price: 800 MSP
From the twisted and brilliant mind of Suda 51 comes Black Knight Sword, a platforming adventure with an unprecedented visual style. In this fresh take on the classic fairy tale, The Black Knight treks through a dark and mysterious world filled with whimsical creatures to kill the dark princess and ending her reign of terror. A throwback to classic platformers, Black Knight Sword evokes simple yet addictive and challenging gameplay with an overall aesthetic unlike anything released to date.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is one of three voices on the TA Playlist podcast. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his fiancé and son. He almost never writes in the third person.