Available on: PC; Publisher: Paradox Interactive; Developer: Arrowhead Game Studios; Players: 1 – 4; Released: January 25, 2011/April 12, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Website
Without a large financial backing, indie games need to rely on innovation or simple, effective game design to get it critical acclaim. Curious gamers will always be on the lookout for that next Braid or Super Meat Boy, games that were able to capture the hearts of gamers and critics alike despite their humble roots. Magicka does a little of both, delivering an open-ended single player and extremely fun multiplayer experience.
Although it seems like there’s no big releases this week, there’s enough to keep some casual gamers interested and a couple of niche games that are sure to satiate the fans who have been waiting, such as the strategy giant Armada 2526: Supernova. The 3DS gets its second batch of games while Michael Jackson The Experience gets a chance to redeem itself with its Kinect-enhanced features, perhaps challenging the current dance king known as Dance Central.