Deal of the Week: June 28th, 2010

By zigs00,
This week's Deal of the Week is a reduction on another batch of awesome XBLA games, dubbed the "Critic's Choice." As always, in case you've forgotten, the deals are exclusively for Xbox Live Gold members.

The aptly named tower defense game is down 50% this week, from 800 to 400 MSP. gives the following description of the game:
The definitive tower defense game for Xbox LIVE®, Defense Grid: The Awakening is easy to pick up, engrossing to play, and hard to set down. Strategically place your towers on the map to prevent alien enemies from stealing your power cores. Play for just fifteen minutes or several hours! This award-winning game includes 10 hours of story play with 20 unique maps in the Awakening campaign, four bonus Borderlands maps, a wide variety of tower and enemy types, an interactive soundtrack, plus over 100 unlockable challenge modes adding dozens of hours of additional fun. Protect the Cores!
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The absolutely amazing puzzle/platformer is seeing the same offer, down from 800 to 400 MSP. gives the following description of the game:
Create your own paradox … for the love of pie. Enter a macabre and comical silent world filled with mischief, time travel and delicious pie in The Misadventures of P. B. Winterbottom. Record yourself and harness your time-bending abilities to cooperate, compete against, and disrupt your past, present, and future selves. Winterbottom’s debut misadventures present a whimsical spin on the notions of time, space, and play. Join Winterbottom as he travels through over 75 “movie” levels, causing mischief and mayhem in pursuit of the mysterious and elusive Chronoberry Pie on his spectacular journey through space-time.
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Do you like rockets? You'll probably enjoy It's also down to just 400 MSP for the next half-fortnight. gives the following description of the game:
Strap on your bazooka soldier, and get ready for the awesome action-packed side-view shooter Rocket Riot™. In this highly stylized eight-bit era style game, blast your way through the environment against enemies or multiplayer foes online. Navigate through a completely destructible environment, uncover special power-ups, or even burrow into different areas of the map. The map regenerates, keeping the action fast-paced, but time doesn't heal all wounds.
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Awarding-winning strategy game is down from 1200 to 800 MSP this week. gives the following description of the game:
Over thousands of generations the peaceful Darwinians have been evolving in a beautiful digital world, but now their whole way of life is under threat from a devastating computer virus that has infected their world and decimated their numbers. Without your protection they don't stand a chance, and it’s up to you to lead them into battle to recapture their lost world in Darwinia+! Once you've proven your command ability, take your Darwinian army online and challenge your friends to strategic combat, as tribes of Darwinians slaughter one another in a desperate struggle for supremacy.
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I've got to be honest, I'm not entirely sure what the crack is now with's charitably. But if you've yet to buy it, it is down to a bargain of just 240 MSP this week. gives the following description of the game:
An exclusive Zoë Mode production for OneBigGame, the video game industry-wide charity initiative, Chime pits gamers against the melody in this all-new puzzle experience. Place blocks against the clock and remix famous artists’ music tracks in this challenging and addictive puzzle game. More than 60 percent of the purchase price of Chime will be donated to children's charities around the world, helping those who need it the most.
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Finally, innovative puzzler is also 50% off, down from 800 to 400 MSP, unsurprisingly. gives the following description of the game:
Poker Smash™ is an action-packed puzzle game with a poker twist. Poker Smash expands on the traditional match-three puzzle mechanic with elements of one of the world's most popular card games: poker. Make vertical and horizontal matches by forming poker hands, and play in seven different game modes, including multiplayer. Fast and fluid controls paired with radical features such as super-slow motion and card-blasting bombs make this game a whole new puzzle experience!
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Honestly, I can't recommend enough. I could rant and rave for hours about how completely and utterly perfect the puzzles are in it, how gorgeous the art style is, how witty and charming the narrative is and - most importantly - how much fun it is to play! It's without a doubt my GOTY so far. It's definitely worth that 400 MSP price tag, for sure. Go and buy it, fools!