This has been a decidedly turbulent week for Xbox Live Indie Games. Our sensational interview with MStar Games' Mike Bergenstjerna absolutely slammed the state of the service, with esteemed MVP George Clingerman wading in with his own exceptional set of observations and solutions. On top of that, some misguided lacrosse fans have been playing havoc with the ratings system.
But never mind all that. It's easy to lose sight of the all-important games in amongst all the controversy, so this week, we've got four great titles for your consideration. As always, click the links to check out the trial versions!
Call us misty-eyed retro fanboys if you must, but we love it when a game makes us feel like we're back in the good old 16-Bit days. Oozi: Earth Adventure feels like it deserves pride of place in a SEGA Mega Drive compilation, and though it obviously comes from a cookie cutter mould, it provides a seriously solid experience for the meagre asking price.
As well as a heady dose of nostalgia.
Controlling the titular blob, you'll jump your way around five long levels, leap over spike pits, collect stars and leap upon enemies to kill them. We've danced this dance before a thousand times, but the incredibly responsive controls and authentic visual style makes Oozi: Earth Adventure feel like a classic retro title from yesteryear. As well as the meaty campaign, there are also a few challenge levels and a timed arcade mode to add some welcome extra bang for your sixty-eight pence.
Oozi: Earth Adventure Episode 1 oozes style, content and value. Future episodes will need to shake up the formula with new abilities and challenges, but for now, this is an fantastic start to what could be an exceptional Indie franchise.
CEPINAS is yet another space shooter. Oh yes. But this time, there's an interesting new twist. The experience hinges around capturing planets by encircling them in a ring of lasers, and once you've done so, they can be upgraded into massive fortresses that actively defend against enemies taking them over for their own nefarious ends. Nuanced controls and sharp visuals will help CEPINAS break out of the pack and (hopefully) onto your radar.Click here to continue this week's Indie review roundup >>