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This week on the PS Vita Store: Thomas Was Alone, Draw Slasher, and tons of PlayStation Mobile games
by Mike Rose 24/4/2013
Product: PlayStation Vita
Manufacturer: Sony Computer Entertainment
Format: PS Vita
There aren't a huge number of new downloadable releases for PS Vita this week, although there's still one or two you should take a look at.

And if you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber, there's something nice, indie, and free to grab this week. Free stuff is always good, right?

Those who like to check out PlayStation Mobile every now and again will be in for a shock, by the way, for there are eight - yes, eight! - new PSM games this week.

Let's crack on, then, shall we...

Full-price releases




Starting with the obvious one, Thomas Was Alone is now available on the Vita Store. It's a minimalist puzzle-platformer, with some absolutely great narration.

You can grab it for £5.99 / $9.99 if you think you'll like it, while the DLC pack Benjamin's Flight costs £2.99 (although if you're a PS Plus subscriber, you might want to scroll down a bit before you take the plunge).

Draw Slasher is a game about a ninja and some monkey zombies. You slash through enemies with your finger across the touchscreen. Errr, as you'd expect.

This game is retailing for £3.99 / $5.99. Look out for a review of it on Pocket Gamer soon.

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R is now also available to American Vita owners. It's a fighting game based on the original 2003 Guilty Gear XX title, albeit with tweaked movesets and two new characters.

Alas, I have no clue about fighting games. If you're interested in this one, though, it'll set you back $14.99.

There are a couple of games on sale, too. Smart As is now £8.99, while Sound Shapes is just £5.19.

Should you grab either of them? Why, yes. Yes, you should. Smart As isn't perfect, but it's well worth downloading at that price. Sound Shapes, meanwhile, is simply glorious.

PlayStation Plus games and offers



You get a free game this week, you PS Plussers, you!!

Thomas Was Alone is free to download, and, well, you should be doing so right about now.

Also, if you're planning to buy either Smart As or Sound Shapes while they're on offer, there's an extra 10 percent off the sale price for PS Plus subscribers. Huzzah.

PlayStation Mobile releases



I can't believe I'm about to type this, but...

PS Mobile is the place to be on PSN this week. I know. Crazy.

16bit Trader is, as you've probably guessed, a game about trading. For £1.19, you get dozens of cities in which to trade, loads of quests to complete, and random encounters to, errm, make.

Visualize doesn't look quite as appetising as 16bit Trader, to be honest. It's a really crummy-looking jigsaw game, where you put pieces together to form pictures. It costs 99p. Avoid.

Penguin Party appears to be an ice-based take on ChuChu Rocket!, with penguins following arrows on a grid to reach a goal. It's free to download, too, so you may as well grab it.

RushCat is a side-scrolling runner with a twist. Rather than make the cat jump, you touch on the land to make hills appear. Potentially good fun. Especially with that 79p price tag around it.

Multi Counter is... well, it's not a game. It's an app that lets you count things. Six things at once. But that's basically it. £1.39. Hmm.

Luminis is rather cheeky in that it appears to be a clone of Lumines, but with an awfully terrible interface. It costs £1.39. Or, you know, you could just buy the real Lumines on Vita.

Kung Fu FIGHT! looks far more interesting than Luminis. It's another retro-styled side-scroller, except this time you're kicking people in the face and punching them in the gonads. £1.19 for this sucker.

Aaaand, finally, there's brg, a Breakout game set in a circle. Could be interesting, although the visuals are hugely off-putting. £3.19, my lord.

Phew. That was quite the load, yeah.

PSP and PSone Classics



We've got some PSP games up our sleeve this week! Wazoo.

Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi is a Japanese action-RPG, filled with samurais and shoguns and that sort of thing. £19.69 if you fancy taking a punt.

Meanwhile, Black Rock Shooter: The Game is another Japanese RPG. This one, however, is about aliens and saving the earth from them. $19.99 for the privilege of protecting some humans.

Ragnarok Tactics is - how can I put this delicately? - another Japanese RPG. This one's a bit more tactics based, mind, and comparable to Final Fantasy Tactics.

That's your lot. See you next week!
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