Community Game Brief

In a sea of half-baked concepts and my-first-games, Carnivale Showtime sets the gold standard for what a community game should be. In Carnivale you assume the role of a circus performer, swinging from trapeze-like claw arms through obstacle courses reminiscent of Sonic 2‘s Casino Night Zone. The objectives include performing tricks, popping balloons, finding secret stars, and reaching the goal ring within the time limit. Impress the audience enough and you’ll rise in rank, with the ultimate goal of becoming the best acrobat in the world.

It’s not exactly high concept, but few community games offer this level of polish. It’s focused, controls well, and offers slick presentation in all the right places. The level-to-level progression is a gradual, satisfying ramp in difficulty with layers of depth introduced before gameplay grows stale. There’s even a level editor and achievements to unlock.


Carnivale Showtime is one of the most polished independent games on Xbox Live Marketplace and priced competitively at 400 MS points ($5), check it out.

Price: 400 points
Verdict:
BUY!
GO TO XBOX LIVE MARKETPLACE

Community Game Briefs are short but informative impressions on the ever-expanding Community Games catalogue on Xbox Live. These are not full reviews. The verdict comes in three flavors: AVOID, TRY, or BUY. Anything can be awarded an AVOID or TRY rating, whether I actually buy it or only sample the demo. You can be assured that any game awarded the BUY rating has been purchased and played extensively.

Written by Joe Donato

I'm an enthusiast and writer for video games and film, interested in criticism and sharing my thoughts & opinions with all of you.

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