We are almost six years into the Xbox and the Xbox Live Arcade has had a lot of games released. There are a lot of great titles like Castle Crashers, Shadow Complex, and Super Meat Boy. There have been a lot of titles with some question, are they the worst titles on Xbox Live Arcade. Here are ten games that are at the bottom of the barrel.
When the word Zombie Shovelware come to mind, so does this title. The game isn't fun to play because the mechanics and camera are nightmares. The player is extremely tiny compared to everything and the camera isn't very friendly to you obstructing your view with large enemies or buildings any chance it gets. This makes Zombie Wranglers a cel shaded mess that isn't fun to play.
Someone thought the way to promote a bizarre looking car was to make a game were the car shoots an akward looking laser gun as it drives on rails through a NyQuil induced nightmare. In this game sumo wrestlers ride tricycles and car parts attack you as intelligent beings. The aim is to drive through half pipes, collect coins, go faster and survive the insanity. It also has a tendency to crash Xbox 360s, and people wondered why it was removed from the marketplace?
Wits & Wagers
The graphic style bothers me a lot. When your game is reminiscent of construction paper cutouts you may have a problem. This is a trivia game though and luckily all of it is complete garbage too. Questions have correct answers that weren't even correct when the game initially released. That makes this title a luck based guessing game with the detail of a browser game.
Tower Bloxx Deluxe
Colorful but there is nothing to Tower Bloxx Deluxe except hitting the A button. There actually is no other controls but hitting the A button to drop boxes in a stack. The objective is to drop them perfectly onto each other to score the most points. The other objective is to stack really high, no twists at all.
Of all the bad combat car games on Xbox Live Arcade this is the worst. The driving is sluggish and the physics are from another planet. It plays out like Twisted Metal gone horribly wrong. None of the modes from racing to battling are done very well and most using the same track sectioned off. The AI is ferocious when not near you and gets stupider the closer you drive to it.
I have no idea what a robotic unicycle badminton game has to do with Blazing Birds. Somehow this was a finalist in the XNA Dream Build Play contest and got the chance to be made into an Xbox Live Arcade title. Unfortunately it's a 2D tennis game that looks like can openers are playing volleyball. Few titles feel overpriced at $5, this one did.
Street Trace: NYC
Jet Moto and Jet Set Radio have a baby, this is that title. It's part battle mode part racing and all on hover boards Street Race NYC is the one game on this list that could have been better if done right. The game is flat out hard to control correctly as it is. When you add the game's firing controls into the mix it became a disaster.
Skydiving is a cool thing to do right? You are free falling in the wide open air, the world could not be more free as you plummet to earth. How about diving into a tiny tunnel filled with mines that explode blocking your view everywhere? The object of Screwjumper is to crash into objects causing a chain reaction of high score and explosions while avoiding other objects. A real cluster of chaos.
A 3D game about a robot? COOL. Except in Roboblitz you move things around with your magnetic arms in the clumsiest way possible. Movement from Mega Man Legends combined with really akward controls for grabbing objects which is the main way to solve the game's puzzles was a bit scary. Then add in useless combat moves that have virtually no chance of hitting and you have a losing title.
Tour De France 2009
A bike simulation game. No you don't even bike race you manage a team of bikers. This may be the low point of the simulation genre. Every race is packed with racers to the point it looks like a giant mass with wavering national pride for several countries. There is simply no fun to be had in this game and most people wrote it off as the ultimate shovelware. Personally I own this title for some unknown reason.