It´s no secret that the average quality of games released on the Xbox Live Indie Games channel is rather low. This winter the situation will be different. 13 high profile games will be released in a short period of time making it more than just worth visiting the channel.
The first game will hit the channel very soon, it is Epic Dungeon, a great Dungeon Crawler that is as simple as addictive. And with developers like Zeboyd Games (Breath of Death VII) or Radiangames (Inferno, Crossfire,…) in the mix the next titles will be on a similar high level. Check out all the coming games on indiegames-uprising.com.
The Deep Cave is a game that comes from the Super Meat Boy or VVVVVV school of pain. Challenging levels with increasingly complex obstacles, but numerous checkpoints along the way. This makes The Deep Cave both a frustrating, and an addictive game. Despite this, the game does have its numerous flaws, ranging from control issues to hit detection bugs. The Deep Cave may not be as polished as similar games, but its qualities make it well-worth the asking price of 80 Microsoft points (translated to $1.00).
Ska Studios, you might know them from The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai or I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1NIT!!!1, just announced their new game – ZP2KX (looking forward to trying to pronounce it in a videoreview *sigh*). Of course there are zombies 1NIT (yeah I lied in the header, sue me)!!!1 And pterodactyls (you know the dinosaur birds). No word though if there are zombie pterodactyls, but it will feature over thirty weapons, 30 different skills (split up into offense, defense, and modifiers), and five different modes (with over a dozen game-changing mutators). All for just a dollar (if the soundtrack will remind us of that while playing is still unconfirmed).
Just have a look at the trailer – it´s definitely a game I´m looking forward to!
Don’t judge a book by its cover is a principle that I try to maintain when browsing the Xbox Live Indie games channel. U Want Cookie is one such game that has awful presentation, but in execution the game is actually fairly unique, and pretty fun. The game is unfortunately (but aptly) titled, and its box art does not lend to its appeal, which is sad because this is a pretty fun game. U Want Cookie does have its flaws–some more glaring than others–but it does not deserve the incredibly low score it has received on the marketplace.
Okay, this time I will not tell you how great radiangames are. And I will not tell you to go and buy JoyJoy, Crossfire, Inferno, Fluid & Fireball. And I won´t tell you how much I loved Fireball when I played it. All those things I will do when I post my videoreview for it in a few days.
What I will do now is tell you what Fireball is about. You are a fireball surrounded by little Iceballs that try to get you. It feels a lot like it evolved out of Fluid, but also reminds one of the later stages in Geometry Wars when the screen is filled with enemies. The only difference is that you can´t shoot back. The only way to get rid of them is to start explosions … well, just watch the trailer. It´s definately a dollar well spend (even though the cover of the game reminds me a bit of a laundry detergent package).
price: 80 points
This is most likely the shortest review on this site and maybe one of the shortest games, but it´s definately worth a look and the good rating it got so far is well deserved. So check the game out!