XBLA Wednesday: March 24th, 2010

By Aeris Gainzbrah, 8 years ago
This Wednesday the previously announced Game Room goes up for download.

Remember pumping quarters into your favourite video games at the classic Arcade? Nothing would beat the colourfully-decorated cabinets, the smell of popcorn and candy and best of all, the endless hours of competition with friends, trumping the top score, and mastering the machine.

This Spring, Game Room on Xbox LIVE lets you relive the glory days of the classic arcade. Play as your Avatar and enjoy the original sights, sounds, and gameplay that make these retro games come alive on Xbox 360 and Games for Windows LIVE.

Relive the glory days of the classic arcade: Game Room replicates the old-school look, sound, and feel of a retro video game Arcade. At launch, Game Room brings you a library of 30 original arcade and console classics from Activision, Atari, Intellivision, Konami, Taito, and others, including Centipede, Asteroids Deluxe, and Super Cobra shown in their original cabinets. Create a brand new social environment your Avatar can explore, personalize your game room by arranging your cabinets, and decorate each room with themes and animated mascots. Invite your friends on Xbox 360 or Windows PC to check out your games collection. With weekly new title releases, your arcade will be retro-fitted to perfection.
* Prove you're the arcade master: Think you have what it takes? Challenge friends to beat your high score by sending custom challenges and taunts across platforms, earn Achievements, unlock levels, and climb your way to the top of universal leaderboards. Compete in parallel mode, in which you and your friend play the game at the same time, or round robin mode, in which you take turns playing a game. Game Room also offers local couch play for up to two players — how will you duke it out for arcade supremacy? Enjoy a seamless experience across Xbox 360 and Windows PC as you share games, track your progress, and jump back into the game no matter what platform you're on. You can even invite friends into your custom arcade to check out your collection.
* Buy Game Room titles once and play on both Xbox 360 and Windows PC: Enjoy the freedom of buying Game Room once and playing on your platform of choice — Xbox LIVE or Windows PC. Purchase a classic arcade game you can enjoy on both Xbox 360 and Windows PC platforms for less than the price of a movie ticket. If you prefer to play on one platform, you can purchase individual games for either Xbox 360 or Windows PC at a lower price or even pay to play a single game, just like in the old arcades. See how long you can last on a single token!
The full list of launch titles for Game Room has also been revealed. The 30 launch titles are:
• Adventure
• Armor Battle
• Asteroids Deluxe
• Astrosmash
• Battlantis
• Centipede
• Combat
• Crystal Castles
• Finalizer
• Football
• Jungler
• Lunar Lander
• Millipede
• Mountain Madness: Super Pro Skiing
• Outlaw
• RealSports Tennis
• Red Baron
• Road Fighter
• Scramble
• Sea Battle
• Shao-Lin's Road
• Space Armada
• Space Hawk
• Star Raiders
• Sub Hunt
• Super Cobra
• Tempest
• Tutankham
• Yars' Revenge

The Game Room itself is free to download, but prices of games vary. Each game will be priced at 240 MSP. However, If you wish, you can pay 400 MSP to play the games on both your Xbox 360 and your PC through Games for Windows. If you only want to play something as a one off, or just to try, you can pay just 40 MSP to play a single game. What's even better, if a friend of yours buys a game, you can try it for free in their 'Game Room'.

This will be available for download on Wednesday.