Indie games often get a bad reputation; they’re viewed as poorly designed, as clones of existing games, or both. The Indie Games section of the Xbox 360 dashboard has plenty of twin stick shooters and role playing games. What they don’t have a lot of are 2.5D motorcycle games, and that’s where Toy Stunt Bike excels.
Blocks: The Devilish Delivery Game is a casual puzzle game that was released by Darkwind Media January 29, 2011 for 240 Microsoft Points. The object of the game is to deliver a box to the floating island. It sounds easy enough, but the delivery platform can only fire rockets on one side of the platform at a time. Also, players must beat the clock to get it there through a maze of twists and turns.
The control scheme for the game is simple, right trigger or bumper controls the right side rockets, and the left trigger of bumper controls the left side rockets. As stated players can only fire one set of rockets at a time. The whole idea is to move the platform with the box to the island and keep things as balanced as possible.
The problem with Xbox Live Indie Games is that they often go overlooked. Like the iTunes store, games are released so often that players can often miss the hidden gems in the crowd of releases. Some games such as I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES 1N IT!!!1 get media attention, but most slip away into obscurity, often without even a review from an indie gaming site. Is Avatar Karting a game that should be overlooked, or a game that players just can’t pass up? Find out after the jump.
In May 1998 Luxoflux and Activision teamed up to create a major competitor to the Twisted Metal games; Vigilante 8. Set in an alternate 1970’s during an oil crisis, the game pitted the criminal Coyotes against the Vigilantes, a team of civilians who take the law into their own hands. The game was a commercial success and sprouted a sequel, Vigilante 8: Second Offense. The series sat dormant for eight years until Isopod Labs, a group of developers consisting of three members of the Vigilante 8 team, brought the series back to the forefront with Vigilante 8 Arcade. But could this revival to the series live up to the fond memories players have of the original games? Found out in today’s Rewind Review.
Pixelbit Snooker and Pool is an Xbox Live Indie Game that was released on January 10, 2011 for 240 Microsoft Points. It’s Pixelbit’s first offering and it doesn’t include avatars! But how does the game fair as a pool simulator? How does it stand up on it own? How does it compare to other similar titles? Find out after the jump.
Microbot is a dual-stick shooter, which is fairly common genre on the XBLA platform. With games like Geometry Wars and Assault Heroes already on the marketplace, it’s tough for a newcomer to stand out. Microbot offers the same dual-stick gameplay gamers have become accustomed to with a few new additions. Even though some of the new additions are a welcomed change among the dual-stick audience, there are simply too many issues with Microbot to make it an enjoyable experience.
With Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 just around the corner we at XBLA Fans thought it was a good time to revisit the first XBLA game in the series. Itself a remake of the fondly remembered NES game the original Rearmed was hotly anticipated upon it’s announcement in January 08. Since XBLAFans was not around to review it at the time we take a look back for our first Rewind Review.
Bionic Commando Rearmed was released August 13, 2008 for 800MSP. It was developed by the now-defunct GRIN, which would later have many of its employees transfer to Fatshark, who developed Rearmed 2. It follows Nathan Spencer, an operative for the Federation who is equipped with a bionic left arm. His mission: To rescue Federation hero Super Joe from the clutches of the evil Empire and assist him with destroying their experimental superweapon known as Albatros.
Breach is a first person shooter developed by Atomic Games. It’s available on the XBLA for 1200 Microsoft points. The publisher provided us with a copy of the game for reviewing purposes.
There’s a moment ever-so-often in any shooter experience when know your enemy is behind a wall, and you’re at that wall, and there’s just one entrance. Death lies in the doorway, but victory lies beyond it, so what do you do? Well, if you’re playing Breach, you just blow up the whole darn wall! Breach brings total brick-by-brick destruction, active cover and authentic tactics all being played in 16 player team modes to the Xbox LIVE Arcade in a powerful way.
Spare Parts is a casual action adventure game with minor puzzle elements that mostly surround the co-op aspects of the game. You play as a robot, Mar-T, who is searching for stranded robotic allies and missing ship parts in order to escape the hostile environment where he’s shipwrecked. It’s a basic concept that’s been done many times before. Sadly, Spare Parts brings nothing new to the table and the gameplay is as generic as the title of the game.
Zeit2 is a sidescrolling Shoot ‘em Up developed by Brightside Games and published by Ubisoft. It’s available on the XBLA for 800 microsoft points.
XBLA games are frequently prone to being viewed as “casual” because of their price point, and as such it’s easy to assume any XBLA title will have a casual playing style to it; Zeit2 does not. The game has a tutorial where they explain how the game works and how to play, along with supplementary tips throughout the Arcade experience, but the handholding quickly ends and Zeit2 shows itself to be a top shelf challenge worthy of any sidescrolling shoot ‘em up lover.