Recently, genre mash-ups have provided some of the more enjoyable and interesting pleasures in the gaming medium. Titles such as twin-stick/dungeon crawler Inferno or tower-defense/shooter Toy Soldiers continue to make me think that, if Dr. Frankenstein were real, he’d probably give up the mad scientist gig and just start tossing together different game types. Earlier this year, indie developer MagicalTimeBean gave the world Soulcaster, the genre blend of tower defense and Gauntlet and what was quite possibly my favorite game of the year. And now its sequel is upon us, giving us another taste of that unique yet delicious recipe we remember from the first game.
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Decimation X3 is the successor to the quite successful Decimation X that I hold very dearly to my heart since it robbed me of many hours of my life – and I just can´t blame it. I also love the indie reviews from Michael Connolly (digitalquarters.blogspot.com) a lot and when he offered to write a Decimation X3 review for indienerds.com I was very happy. And then he didn´t like Decimation X3 even though I did. BUGGER! Still a great review and absolutely worth reading – I just had to add my personal conclusion at the very end of it. So now I hand over to Michael and get back to you at the very end.
Sometimes things come along that remind us what happens when we concentrate just a little bit too much on gratuitous shooting and explosions rather than substance. Usually, Michael Bay has us covered on that front, but I couldn’t help thinking “less is more” during my time with Decimation X3, Xona’s recent XBLIG shooter.
Editor’s note: This review was written by Jacob Gibbons, who will now be a semi-regular member of the Indie Nerds team. Please give him a warm welcome!
Excalibur Studios makes an excellent entrance into the indie world with this mind boggling, 8-bit puzzler. You play as a boy named Aesop whose garden is destroyed by his rival Alistair, who seeks to sabotage him before the great garden competition. Your goal is to collect all of the weeds in each level, so you’ll have to push blocks and hit switches without getting injured by the traps to solve 50 puzzling garden areas. This game truly puts your mind to the test, and is not to be underestimated, making this game well-worth 240 Microsoft points to those who prefer a hardcore challenge.
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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).
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.
Since Breath of Death VII, most probably the best selling XBLIG RPG, the guys from Zeboyd Games gathered quite the fan audience. These days you don´t often get the chance to play a game in the JRPG style that was so popular on the 16 bit consoles. So when I finally got my hands on the first playtest version of “Cthulhu Saves The World” I had high hopes and expectations. Now after having spent over an hour with Cthulhu I got a pretty good impression of the new title – it´s gorgeous!
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Mommy´s Best Games released couple of screenshots and details for their upcoming title “Explosionade”. With any luck the game might hit the Xbox Live Indie Games channel by the end of the month – that´s fantastic, because I haven´t played a mech in a while and the game certainly looks promising.
There is even a bit of story …
All your friends are storming the Horronym Fortress but Colonel Bouche left you to guard the supply depot.
Disregarding orders you open the depot to find a gigantic, prototype mech!
… sounds good to me. Just the quadro pod mech I would love to find while all my friends are out playing.
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