Star Wars Cantina and Battle for Hoth can still be downloaded -but you might want to hurry

When three Xbox Live games were pulled from the Marketplace in a single day, gamers were justifiably upset. The delisted games include Fast & Furious: Adrenaline (review), Star Wars: Battle for Hoth (review), and Star Wars Cantina. All three games are based on licensed properties, and those licenses seemed to expire simultaneously. Sure, the publishers should have notified us that the licenses were ending in advance so as to reap last-minute sales, but that would actually make sense…

Good news for Star Wars fans then, as working Zune links for both Cantina and Battle for Hoth have been discovered. Neither game shows up when browsing the Marketplace, but with these links they can still be purchased. Should you buy them though? Battle for Hoth may be the worst Xbox Live tower defense game in my opinion, due to its absurd difficulty and general jankiness. Cantina, on the other hand, is a decent time-management game. It’s nowhere near as good as Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition (review) due to its short length and poor controls, but still worth a play if you’ve already finished Sally’s Salon and crave more customers to serve. Plus, unlike Hoth it’s got easy Achievements.

You can find Star Wars: Battle for Hoth here (opens in new tab) (Zune link) and Star Wars Cantina here (opens in new tab), hidden away in the Marketplace. There’s no telling how much longer the links will work, so commence to downloading if they catch your fancy.

Source: wp7linx (opens in new tab)

Paul Acevedo

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

  • Thanks for the heads up. Glad you suggested alternatives so it's much easier to pass them up.
  • I'm such a sucker. I bought both. Hoping I enjoy them, Hoth will be my first WP7 tower defense game, so I think I'll enjoy it....assuming all those deleted game save horror stories don't happen to me.
  • You should really get Plants vs. Zombies too. :)
  • I plan to, but I think I'll wait for Deal of the Week, I've already got it on XBLA and PC.
  • Fair enough! Yep, I have it on those platforms too. 'Tis my favorite game.
  • So downloaded both trials n bought Catina works fine but, I can't buy Hoth it keeps saying can't get this info check back in a little while? Does that mean I can't get Hoth now?
  • Yeah, they may have killed the ability to buy it already.
  • Bummer, I just tried the links Paul and no luck. thank you. At least a couple people got to purchase. I was going to buy Catina.
  • I was able to download the trial for Hoth and buy it as well via the Zune links so you might want to try it again. Thanks for posting these!