Out this week: Wii Sports Club, The Wolf Among Us: Cry Wolf, MouseCraft and more

Last week’s meagre offering of new releases suggested that the notorious summer game drought is on its way. This week there’s no debating it – the drought is here.

There’s just one new arrival heading to retail, and that’s Wii Sports Club. After first appearing on the Wii U eShop, all five of Nintendo’s Wii Sports revamps – tennis, bowling, golf, baseball and boxing – have been bundled together for around £30.


Offering more than your typical HD conversion, each sport features online play, Miiverse support, new training mini-games and the chance to earn medals by performing various feats. The games themselves haven’t changed, however – all five are still pretty simplistic representations when compared to fully-fledged sports sims. If you played the original Wii Sports to death, then expect to feel a jarring sense of overfamiliarity.

In the world of downloads things are a little busier. On XBLA there’s the Banjo Games Bundle, which brings Rare’s platforming duo Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie together for £11.99. Then on both XBLA and PSN there’s the long-awaited season finale of The Wolf Among Us.

Forbes said that it suffers from pacing problems but remains “an appropriate capstone”. The Escapist agreed that it stumbles a bit – especially towards the end – but claimed regardless that it’s a series which “everyone should play through, both to see its successes and its failures”.

While that’s it for new Xbox downloads – unless somebody decides to spring a game out of nowhere, which isn’t unheard of on the Xbox One store lately – there are a few other newcomers on PSN.


MouseCraft mixes Tetris with Lemmings and is available now on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. The £9.99 download (or £8.99 for PS Plus Subscribers), entails guiding mice to their goal – cheese, of course – by placing Tetrominos. As well as over 80 levels to tackle, it also includes a level editor.

Twisted Lands: Shadow Town meanwhile is for PS3 only. Aimed at the casual market, it’s another one of those hidden object things. Don’t expect to see (m)any reviews for this one – games of this ilk are usually so dull and uninspired that critics won’t even touch them out of curiosity, let alone for any other reason. £9.49 strikes us as a pretty steep price too considering it’s a mobile conversion.


Somewhat more inviting is JAZZ: Trump’s Journey – a musical 2D platformer set in New Orleans. This PS Vita conversion of a little-known mobile game explores the birth of jazz, championing “a daring parallel with the real story of Louis Armstrong”. With the ability to stop time by using a trumpet, we have some doubts that it’s entirely historically accurate. Intrigued? It’ll set you back £5.79.

Skeleton Rider

This leaves us with Skeleton Rider, again on PS Vita. It’s a physics-based racer, similar to Trials HD et al, featuring monochrome sketchbook-style art work. At a hardly wallet harming £2.99, it might be worth taking a punt on.

Next week: Tropico 5 (Xbox 360) and another bunch of random downloads, no doubt.

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