This week's demo offerings were sparse, coming only on the Playstation 3. Users got to try Mensa Academy and Bently's Hackpack, which is a spinoff game based on the newest Sly Cooper outing. Let's take a look at how these games are shaping up.
Mensa Academy is a series of mutliple-choice style minigames that have you answering a wide range of questions in multiple categories from linguistics to memorization. The presentation of these questions is certainly quirky, but the demo only includes a small sampling of the early rounds, so it's hard to tell how difficult the game will get (though one can imagine it should prove fairly challenging). The game isn't very involved beyond moving the joystick to select an answer, and hitting "X" to select it. You are timed for each question, and after ten you will get a score. It's a mildly entertaining game that may prove more interesting to those more prone to enjoy quiz-style games, but there are plenty of better offerings for those looking for a good party game. As it stands right now, Mensa Academy is too dry and straightforward for it's own good.
Bently's Hackpack was a bit of a surprise, as those who haven't played Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time probably didn't even know it existed. This game presents itself as an arcade presumably owned by the titular character, which players use as a hub to access a multitude of minigames like the ones you'll find in the full game. The three offered in the demo are the same hacking game players know from all Sly Cooper games, as well as a bullet-hell style shooter that shows no inclination towards being as difficult as the best in that genre, and a Monkey Ball style ball-rolling game. Individually, these are all reasonably fun to play, though there's a ton of levels within each game, which suggests things could get repetitive quickly. The good news is that Bently's Hackpack is relatively inexpensive, and fans of the franchise will find something fun to play, though they may not want to play it for long.
That's it for this week's demos. Check back in week seven to see what new trials are up for grabs!