Space Giraffe

Space Giraffe is the latest game by Jeff Minter, a rather legendary developer - have you ever heard of Attack of the Mutant Camels? Tempest 3000? - and it's available on Xbox Live Arcade. It's certainly been a contentious game, with mixed opinions out there. I think the problem is that people aren't actually playing the bloody game properly before they decide on their opinion. On an incredibly superficial level, it looks like a Tempest clone, but if you actually play through the tutorial, have a few goes yourself and learn how to play it properly, it's completely something else. Playing Space Giraffe as if it was Tempest will get you no score and no particular pleasure. It's most certainly not for the timid - you're going to need to put in at least a modicum of effort to get to grips with - but once you do, it's incredibly addictive. Some gorgeous, trippy visuals certainly help matters (and can hinder them too, but that's what sound cues are for). I heartily recommend the game, especially at its lower price than most Live original content, but you should probably get the trial game, play through the tutorial a few times, and see what you think. Don't give up on it after 30 seconds, trust me.

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