All hoofs are pointing to Jeff Minterâ€™s Space Giraffe heading to Xbox Live Arcade this Wednesday. Just 400 (Â£3.80) Microsoft Points and a bag of wool to you, squire.
Early reviews suggest itâ€™s going to be a love it or hate it thing, which isnâ€™t a surprise seeing as that was the case with Minterâ€™s own Tempest 2000. The Llamasoft team are keen to stress that Space Giraffe is more than a mere update of the Jaguar shooter though.
The Official US Xbox Magazine was less than impressed, giving it 2 out of 10. â€œIs this a failed game or a failed art experiment?â€ questioned the reviewer. Too visually noisy to figure out what going on seemed to be their biggest gripe. On the other hand, those who have been playing it over PartnerNet – the place Xbox Live Arcade titles appear for â€˜special peopleâ€™ to play before release – say itâ€™s genuine ‘in the zone’ stuff.