2010 has seen its fair share of trials and tribulations for the burgeoning Xbox Live Indie scene, but it's been an incredible year nonetheless. Rather than just a pointless little diversion, Xbox Live Indie Games have demonstrated their worth as a genuine unique selling point for the Xbox 360 with a constant stream of fantastic quality titles at bargain basement prices. Quite frankly, they're a reason to buy a 360 in the first place!
So, for your delectation, here are the ten best Xbox Live Indie Games of 2010. Click the banners to try out the trial versions- and hopefully spend a few points! Each and every game on this list is worthy of your time, money and respect.
Playing Juggle is like discovering a lost arcade machine. Denki have spared no expense at making it an authentic retro experience, playing much like a fast-paced hybrid of pong and breakout. It's immediately accessible and exceptionally good fun to play... and as an added bonus, the developers are willing to donate the entire cost of the game to charity if you ask them to. A class act and a classy game to kick off the list!
B.U.T.T.O.N. defies description...and belief. It's one of the best party games ever made, challenging players to engage in hilarious physical activities and brutally unfair tactics in order to dominate their opponents. It's ridiculous, raucous and completely breaks the fourth wall at every opportunity. You won't have played anything like this. Ever.
Breath of Death VII is a traditional 8-bit RPG that pays a witty and hilarious homage to the original NES final fantasy games. Taking on the role of an undead superhero, you’ll quest, level up and dungeon crawl through hours of enjoyable dungeons that both mocks and emulates the classic RPGs of yore. The recently-released Cthulhu Saves The World is arguably a better game, but for setting the trend and laying the groundwork, Breath of Death VII deserves its place on the list.Click here to discover the best Indie Games of 2010!
We've been excited about B.U.T.T.O.N. since our hands-on preview at the Eurogamer Expo. It made us do press ups, run short distances and touch the thighs of complete strangers (the game told us to, honest)- and by wrenching gamers out of their comfort zones, we were convinced it could well be one of the best party games ever made. This may have seemed like an outrageous claim at the time... but it turns out that we were right.
The experience is very difficult to describe beyond the fact that it's ridiculously good fun. Essentially, B.U.T.T.O.N. is just a sequence of quicktime events that knock out the slowest players to respond. However, it also throws out bizarre and embarrassing commands to psyche everyone out! Crazy poses, worryingly intimate actions and plenty of physical challenges create crazy and hilarious play sessions that make WarioWare feel dull by comparison. B.U.T.T.O.N. also loves to trick players, with several commands that disqualify the first player to respond (and suggesting that rivals actually grab their controller and press it themselves!).Click here to discover two more Indie gems!
If you happened to be passing the Indie Game Arcade at this year's Eurogamer Expo, you'd might have witnessed some truly bizarre shenanigans. You'd have seen gaggles of gamers holding hands, touching each other's thighs and running around the room. You'd have pondered the significance of a seemingly unattended screen that had lines of bystanders standing six paces away and eyeing others suspiciously. And you'd have laughed heartily at the hilarious spectacle of two overweight journalists doing pressups in the middle of the show floor- and then breathlessly sprinting over to their controllers only to be ruthlessly tricked out of a victory.
That was us... courtesy of B.U.T.T.O.N. from the Copenhagen Games Collective.Read on for Brutally Unfair Tactics...
It's no secret that MercuryStream has been tasked by Konami to create a new game, but a Spanish radio interview with the the man behind the game's soundtrack has now outed the project as a sequel to the recently-released Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. When discussing the action platformer, composer Oscar Araujo gleefully teased:
If you liked the first [game], hope that the second is even more spectacular.
Araujo also stated that Konami demanded a "rough" and "aggressive" score to contrast with the series' traditional "effeminate" image. I'm sure many fans will take issue at this one- but there's no denying that Gabriel is a lot tougher than previous protagonists. If slightly less stylish. [Thanks, Eurogamer Spain via Eurogamer]
A pulled video from the official PS3 YouTube channel has confirmed that LOVEFiLM will be hitting the Playstation 3 next month. The service will allow users to rent and stream thousands of films directly from the XMB, including a wide range of blockbuster titles and barely-known indie flicks.
Note that existing LOVEFiLM members will receive this service as part of their subscription.
Considering that we still don't have Netflix over here, this is going to give the PS3 a serious amount of media clout along with Mubi. [VG247]
The annual IndieCade Festival brings together Independent developers from all over the world, and their awards festival throws the spotlight on the best the scene has to offer. This year's winners include the dimension-defying Miegakure, the esteemed (and highly reviewed) Limbo, the trippy Continuity and the staggeringly profound masterpiece A Slow Year. Oh, and B.U.T.T.O.N. is completely insane. We'll be bringing you an Indie Games Arcade preview soon.
Many of these games are free to play- and every single one of them is worth checking out. Hit the links and get involved!
Matt's recent hands-on preview of LittleBigPlanet 2 has shed impressive new light on the exceptionally robust level editor and its capability to emulate practically any game experience (as well as new genres that have yet to be discovered). However, this is an entirely different league. ThatGamesCompany's Flower is a beloved and beautiful game... that's now running in LBP2.
Every publisher in the business must be very glad about the delay. LBP2 is shaping up to be the only game you'll ever need.