1996â€™s Space Jam movie tie-in was an unofficial spin-off to the legendary NBA Jam, even reusing the engine from the latest iteration. The upcoming Space Jam: A New Legacy, the long-time-coming sequel, gains a video game adaptation too – a pixel art scrolling brawler that could have leapt straight from 1996. Yep, weâ€™re in retro territory.
Space Jam: A New Legacy isnâ€™t simply trying to cash in on nostalgia, however â€“ itâ€™s free to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members (ahead of a full rollout on 15th July), and was the winning entry in a competition. Going by screenshots alone, weâ€™re expecting smart pixel art but a short runtime and some heavy recycling of assets.
In fact, thereâ€™s undeniable retro flare surrounding this weekâ€™s new releases. Disney and Lucasarts are dusting off the 16-bit classics Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol for an inexpensive double-pack, featuring bonus extras and modern improvements.
Then thereâ€™s the budget-priced Arkan: The Dog Adventurer, a combination of Arkanoid/Breakout and a platformer. Arkan is armed with a staff thatâ€™s used to rebound balls and break bricks. Having spent some time with it, we can safely say its only major downfall is using â€˜upâ€™ to jump.
Curved Space is another weâ€™ve been busy playing. Like the name suggests, this twin-stick shooter takes place in curved arenas, a la the Wii U launch title Nano Assault Neo. It implements many new ideas â€“ including the ability to chain enemies together with an electric leash â€“ and for most part, these new ideas meld well. The retail release will set you back a mere Â£15, even on PS5.
The controversial visual novel Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! also heads to all formats â€“ even Xbox One, to our surprise â€“ while the PS4 gets Arcade Archives: Raiden. Xbox shooter fans arenâ€™t being left without, gaining both Blaster Master Zero and Super Destronaut DX-2.
Over on Switch, meanwhile, THQ Nordicâ€™s Destroy All Humans! makes a belated appearance, while Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny will doubtlessly be another colossal time sink for JRPG fans.
Weâ€™re also going to give Treasure Hunter Simulator on Xbox One a mention â€“ grab a metal detector and head to historic sites in hope of finding booty. And a bottle cap or seven, presumably.
New release trailers
Space Jam: A New Legacy The Game
Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol
Arkan: The dog adventurer
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!
Destroy All Humans!
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny
Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf
New multiformat releases
- Curved Space
- Arkan: The Dog Adventurer
- Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol
- Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!
- Super Destronaut DX-2
New on PSN
- GreedFall: Gold Edition â€“ PS5
- Arcade Archives: Raiden
New on Xbox Store
- Space Jam: A New Legacy – The Game
- Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition
- Flatland Vol. 2
- Synchro Hedgehogs
- Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf
- Mina & Michi
- Escape Sequence
- Blaster Master Zero
- The Procession to Calvary
- Treasure Hunter Simulator
New Switch retail releases
eShop round-up coming Thursday
- Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny
- Destroy All Humans!
Next week: Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, Sniper Elite VR, A Plague Tale: Innocence (next-gen), Monster Harvest, Heart of the Woods, Crash Drive 3, Police Stories, ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights, The Silver Case 2425, Indigo 7: Quest for Love, and Ys IX: Monstrum Nox on Switch.