New Xbox Live Arcade titles are released on Wednesdays, and this week's offering is Boom Boom Rocket! The music rhythm game is Electronic Arts' first XBLA title and costs 800 Microsoft Points ($10). This is exciting news for us, because the next game for the EA Arcade will be Wing Commander Arena! Since EA needs to coordinate with Microsoft in rolling out XBLA titles, we don't yet have a specific release date for Arena. The original press release said the game is scheduled to come out this Summer.
In Boom Boom Rocket, players trigger rockets to the beat of the music while traveling through a 3D cityscape. The better the player times the explosions, the more spectacular the fireworks effects. The fireworks are choreographed to 10 original tracks created by Ian Livingstone. Players can play in single player mode or go head-to-head against a friend on the same console.Screenshots and gameplay videos are available from the Boom Boom Rocket website.
“As one of the worldwide leaders in game publishing, EA has long recognized the power of on-demand, online entertainment,” said Chris Early, Product Unit Manager for Xbox Live Arcade and Microsoft Casual Games. ”We’re honored that EA has chosen Xbox Live Arcade as the platform for their first-ever downloadable game for console game players and are excited to make Boom Boom Rocket available to the millions of Xbox Live Arcade players around the world.”
“Boom Boom Rocket is an addictive and original challenge for all types of gamer, and we're enjoying working with EA to create this unique Xbox Live Arcade experience”, said Martyn Chudley, Managing Director of Bizarre Creations. “Our teams love both working and playing on Xbox Live Arcade, and we're looking forward to releasing another innovative title on this platform with Boom Boom Rocket.”