Week in Arcade: BattleBlock Theater

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The Behemoth returns with a $15 take on the platformer.

BattleBlock Theater

Absolutely deranged but undeniably a part of developer Behemoth, this frantic puzzle platformer is a colorful journey into a sadistic world of cheery characters and a priceless narrator. Hazards are numerous on a mad cap quest for gems or other bonuses, with help and impediments coming at the hands of various creatures. Platform types are numerous as well, many inserted for certain death. It becomes a game of trial an error, although one worth the frustrations just to see what twisted secrets are still lying in wait. XBLA needed this spark of simple ingenuity and raw entertainment.