Madballs, Secrets of Monkey Island sail onto XBLA

It's a week of comebacks on Xbox Live Arcade this week. Headlining the downloadable game service's Wednesday update is a revamp of an '80s toy line and a vintage adventure game nearing its 20th anniversary.Playbrain's Madballs in Babo: Invasion is an action adventure game where players take control...

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It's a week of comebacks on Xbox Live Arcade this week. Headlining the downloadable game service's Wednesday update is a revamp of an '80s toy line and a vintage adventure game nearing its 20th anniversary.

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Playbrain's Madballs in Babo: Invasion is an action adventure game where players take control of characters inspired by the toy line of foam balls with faces on them. It is also the first XBLA game to offer in-game avatar support at the time of release and features 16-player online matches and 21 multiplayer maps. The game costs 800 Microsoft points ($10).

Another throwback, The Secrets of Monkey Island: Special Edition is a reboot of the original 1990 title. Developed by LucasArts, this adventure game includes several new changes, like revamped high-res hand-painted art, "close-up" cutscenes during dialogue sequences, full-speech voice acting, and a brand new score recorded from live instruments. Purist players can also revert the graphics back to the pixelated style of the original game. The Secrets of Monkey: Special Edition has a price tag of 800 Microsoft points ($10).

Lastly, pedaling onto XBLA is Cyanide's Tour de France 2009. Cyclists can choose from 18 official teams and race through 21 of the tour's official legs. This bike-sim costs 800 Microsoft points ($10).

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