TurnOn is a very simple game where you play a spark and get to travel along electric lines to power all kinds of stuff, but mostly lights. I played through the first couple of levels and really liked the cute style the whole title was done with, but it lacks a serious challenge – so one for the casual crowd.
That said – I am very much looking forward to have my youngest nephew have a go at it as I suspect he will love it. This should work really well for small kids.
Overall I think it is worth a purchase, but I am not sure how long it is so the asking price of 14,99€ is on the high scale I suspect as one can rush through the levels quite fast (though for a younger kid that might be a different story).
Very soon the Leap Motion Controller and Airspace, the app store for it, will launch. So it is a good time to have a look at the games that wait for the eager gamer.
I have used the Leap Motion almost daily for the past few months, so to be honest I am no longer that easily impressed. I noticed that my reviews sometimes are much harsher than the reactions some titles get from fresh users. So please consider this and if you think a game looks interesting, ignore my ramblings and just go for it. Most games are very cheap anyway and you want to play with your new toy right?
If you want to save some time at the end you find a short list of the games I personally deem absolutely must play titles. But at least read the categories I use to group the games, that might be of interest for your decisions.
3D control games, these really use the ability of the Leap to sense your position in 3D space. This group is rather small.
2.5D control games, this group adds some controls that would not be possible with a touchscreen.
2D control games – or the touchscreen conversion group. These games are actually touchscreen games or at least limit interaction to touchscreen mechanics that work with the Leap. Not really a bad thing, titles like Fruit Ninja really get a kick from the Leaps precision and reaction time without the need to obscure the view! This is currently the main group, and since it allows developers to target many platforms, will stay the biggest group I guess.
This is the first time a PC indie game review hits indienerds.com. And while we don´t plan to make this a regular feature, we won´t shy away from writing about games we think are special, especially games like a freeware indie game called Digital: A Love Story. This fairly unconventional release takes place in the early 1980s, where BBSes (an early form of message boards, over the phone lines) were widespread. This is a point and click adventure, which takes place entirely inside of an Amie Computer–a fictionalized computer based on the Amiga.
Despite the glaring capitalization errors in the title of Osr unhinged, there’s a lot to like in this time trial based racing game. OSR Unhinged (as I will be referring to it from henceforth) is the sequel to Old School Racer, a game which was well-received for its value for the dollar. OSR Unhinged continues this trend, offering dozens and dozens of (well-designed) levels, all for only a dollar.
We indienerds follow a simple recipe with our reviews; if it is not worth playing for at least fans of the genre, then we don´t bother reviewing it. No point in wasting your time or ours.
The games reviewed here represent the best you can find on the Xbox Live Indie marketplace and when I tell you that “Cthulhu Saves The World” is one of the finest indie games I ever reviewed, you might want to consider skipping the review and just go ahead and download it. I won´t blame you (much) and I don´t limit this suggestion to fans of the (J)RPG genre – this game is suited for everyone who enjoys a good laugh and well-thought-out dialogs.
Before you hit the MORE button to read the full review you should prepare yourself by adding the game to your download queue on the marketplace site and turn on your Xbox.
Football Games Room truly surprised me. With its lackluster presentation and Avatar support, I honestly was not expecting much out of the game. Instead, I found that I couldn’t stop playing. Football Games Room is surprisingly fun, and while initially it may not look like much, I highly suggest giving it a chance. The game is an incredibly deep experience for only 80 Microsoft points, with a variety of features and customizable options. While it does have its flaws, these are easy to overlook considering the asking price.
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When I saw the trailer for Astroman from StarQuail (which you can watch after the MORE button in the full review), I immediately wanted to play the game. I like platformers, and this one seemed to be quite polished for an Xbox Live Indie title.
Now that I have played it, I am in awe, because it’s a beautiful game with an atmosphere that very few titles manage to establish these days. But I also do have some mixed feelings for the game, because I can’t recommend it for everyone.
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