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Written by: Thryon
2/2/2009 3:03 PM  RssIcon

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Nice man, but a bit of a weirdo if you ask me.
CarneyVale Showtime
Release Date: December 22, 2008
Developer: XBLA Indie Games
ESRB Rating: n/a
Reviewed by: Brian Wray
Microsoft promised that the YouTube of gaming with the release of the Xbox Live Community Games and in a way the promise is coming true. There are plenty of weird game concepts and copy-cats, but if you search enough, you may also find a gem. CarneyVale Showtime is such a gem.
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In CarneyVale Showtime the gamer play the part of Slinky, a rag doll that has the ability to be flung around like…well a rag doll. Each level begins with Slinky being shot out of a canon, then Slinky must be flung from rotating grapple hook to rotating grapple hook till he passes through the flaming hoop at the top of the level. Along the way, Slinky can pop balloons and perform tricks to increase his reputation. The catch is that the gamer does not control Slinky directly (some slight exceptions to that rule) but rather control his trajectory via the rotating grapple hooks and, in later levels, rockets. Gamers press the “A” button to extend the rotating grapple hook closest to Slinky to catch him, and then press a again to release him, sending Slinky hurling in space hopefully towards another grappling hook. The angle and distance that Slinky will travel will depend of the speed of rotation and the angle of the grappling hook when Slinky is released. Once Slinky is released, he is free to perform a few quick tricks and can even be controlled somewhat by using boosts to quickly move left or right only (required in later levels).

Levels start off simple enough with very little in the way to stop Slinky’s ascent to greatness, but things get way more difficult as each subsequent level introduces more complex obstacles such as electric blocks and rotating fire obstacles that must the navigated to reach the flaming hoop (and complete the level).
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Completing a level is not enough thou as Slinky will need to perform tricks, break balloons, find a hidden star and complete the mission in the allotted time frame to maximize his fan base.

CarneyVale is a very addictive game and at only 400 MS points, the best deal available on the Xbox 360 console by far. The only downside to this game is the lack of achievements and after having completed a level with a 4 star performance, I really felt like a deserved one.
--Brian Wray

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