Braid puzzles PS3 as Pinball Heroes tilts PSP

PlayStation Store Update: Time-manipulating platformer joins Star Trek movie tie-in for home system; gamers on the go get SCEA-themed pinball tables, Kenka Bancho.


Between a pair of belated Xbox 360 ports and the debut of a handful of pinball games, this week's PlayStation Store update is a blast from the past.

Now PS3 owners can try out one of last year's indie darlings in Braid.
Now PS3 owners can try out one of last year's indie darlings in Braid.

At the top of the list is Braid, GameSpot's Best Original Downloadable Console Game of 2008. Released on Xbox 360 last August (with a version for PCs and Macs earlier this year), Braid tells the story of Tim and his quest for an unnamed princess, an endeavor aided by his ability to manipulate time in a variety of ways. The PSN edition of the game sells for $14.99.

Similarly belated in its appearance is Star Trek: D.A.C., a ship-to-ship space combat game based in the universe of the most recent revamp of the seminal sci-fi series. D.A.C. originally debuted on the Xbox 360 in May, coinciding with the theatrical release of Star Trek. The PS3 edition of the game is arriving just in time for next week's launch of the film on DVD and Blu-ray and sells for $9.99 on the PlayStation Store.

Keeping the retro theme going, Sony added another title to its library of original PlayStation titles downloadable for both the PS3 and PSP. Command & Conquer: Red Alert is now available for $5.99 from the PlayStation Store. The first installment in the real-time strategy series' spin-off franchise, Red Alert includes dozens of missions set in an alternate universe where Adolf Hitler never existed and the USSR conquered Europe.

The PSP also received a few games of its own in this week's update. As revealed earlier in the week, Sony launched a series of four Pinball Heroes titles based on some of its first-party franchises. Each of the games includes a single table for $4.99, and the four tables offered are based on Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Pain, High Velocity Bowling, and Hot Shots Golf.

Wrapping up the new releases are Atlus' juvenile delinquent beat-'em-up Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble for $39.99 and the $4.99 PSP Mini game Bubble Trubble from Creat Studios. For a full list of new demos, add-ons, and wallpaper themes included in the weekly update, check out Sony's official PlayStation blog.

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