Summer Uprising III has come to a close, bringing us another four days of intriguing and worthwhile Xbox Live Indie games. As promised in Part 1, it's time to get involved with Week 2's micro-review roundup: which includes Entropy, City Tuesday, Xenominer and Pixel.
Yes, I admit that the article is a bit late - but time makes fools of us all. Especially in the silly season when a relatively quiet week can turn into sleepless Torchlight and Borderlands-powered delirium.
Get Trial/Buy: 80 Microsoft Points
Entropy is easily one of the most accomplished puzzlers I've ever played on XBLIG. From a first-person perspective, you'll manipulate the base physical properties of objects and fluids to solve an increasingly clever series of puzzles. Though things start slow and simple, but build to pleasingly cerebral levels after the first dozen levels. 80 Microsoft Points will net you a seriously good-looking game too, with only a slightly choppy framerate betraying its humble roots.Click here to read more...
If Summer Of Arcade 2012 left you with crushing disappointment and a fat stack of Microsoft Points, the Xbox Live Indie community are on hand with a promotion of their very own. The Summer Uprising has entered its third year of championing quality XBLIG development and the latest selection is already very tasty indeed.
After kicking off last Monday, Summer Uprising III has brought us Qrth-Phyl, Sententia, Diehard Dungeon, Gateways and Smooth Operators: an astoundingly varied selection of different genres, art styles and gameplay concepts.
The silly season may almost be upon us, but there'll be plenty of time to deal with the oncoming AAA tidal wave soon enough. For now, here's a rundown of the first week of Summer Uprising titles, complete with links to the marketplace and brisk micro-reviews for your purchasing convenience.
Get Trial/Buy Now: 80 Microsoft Points
Half Snake, half Blockade and half history lesson, Qrth-Phyl is another astoundingly deep title from Hermitgames. Matt James (Leave Home & Frenze) has proved to be a master of layering deep metaphor and meaning into mechanics and art direction, and this is no exception: an addictive and evolving experience that serves to educate players about classic arcade games and hereditary genetic code.Click here to read more...
Summer Uprising III, the annual semi-official festival of quality Xbox Live Indie development, has kicked off today with the launch of qrth-phyl from Hermit Games.The surreal Snake-a-like is available now for 80 Microsoft Points, or as part of an incredibly attractive PC bundle.
Qrth-phyl heralds the start of an excellent game arriving on the service every single day, including platformers, dungeon crawlers, puzzle games and even a call centre simulation. We've got the full schedule after the break.Click here to read more...
It's the long tepid summer again, which can only mean one thing: it's time for the Xbox Live Indie Summer Uprising to shake things up. Following on from last year's festival of quality XBLIG titles, Summer Uprising III will be featuring a massive selection of exciting games including an "arcade documentary," a time-bending puzzle platformer, experimental projects and "a game where players will control a man who is stuck reliving the final 5 minutes of his life before a terrorist attack." We've got a trailer and details below - this is going to be a hot one.Click here to read more...
The Indie Summer Uprising has now unleashed its full complement of great games onto the Xbox Live Marketplace, and it's high time we took a closer look at the five titles that released over this last week. You can catch up with our review roundup of the first five here... so without further ado, let's get involved and do this thing! I hope you've still got a few Microsoft Points handy...
Developer: Discord Games
Get Demo/Buy: 240 Microsoft Points
Take Arms initially appears to be designed with Contra in mind; a mechanically slick and capable run & gun platformer that empowers players with a range of big guns and enemies to kill them with. However, the singleplayer campaign is just foreplay to an online multiplayer suite that actually resembles a triple-A shooter twisted into two dimensions. Team deathmatches and capture the flag modes become hectic, raucous affairs as combatants leap from platform to platform, rush their objectives and generally have a spankingly good time. We're not exactly spoiled for choice when it comes to online shooters on the Xbox Live Marketplace, and Take Arms proves that the platform definitely has what it takes.Click here to read more...
The Indie Games Summer Uprising hit the Xbox 360 at the perfect time. Chances are that you've got some random, bitty amounts of Microsoft points lying in your account after Bastion, From Dust and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet monopolised your wallet, meaning that there's never been a better opportunity to blow your load on some fantastic Indie games.
Unfortunately the Summer Uprising also coincided with Gamescom and PAX; meaning that we're drowning under a deluge of previews, interviews and news direct from the convention halls. I just haven't had time to keep abreast of the daily schedule, but to make up for it, here's a roundup of the first five featured games to hit the Xbox Live Indie Marketplace.
Developer: Milkstone Studios
Get Demo/Buy: 240 Microsoft Points
Milkstone Studios are a controversial outfit who nevertheless deliver the goods on a regular basis. Raventhorne is their most impressive game to date, and it rivals many XBLA titles in terms of value, competency and visuals.Click here to read more...
The XBLA Summer Of Arcade may have come to an end, but the Indie scene is set to deliver an exceptional festival of quality, innovation and good old fashioned fun. The Summer Uprising has officially begun, with the first game, Raventhorne, already available to trial and download.
We've got the full release schedule after the break, and I'll be doing my best to review the ever-loving hell out of them. Drop us a line about which of the lineup you'll be playing!Click here to read more...
The Summer Uprising is coming - and its developers have spoken. The eight headline titles for this August's independent Indie promotion have now been confirmed by developer ballot, meaning that we can now shed some light on some of the best indie games releasing this year! Epic RPGs, visceral shooters and even a sandbox train sim have made the cut, and frankly, we can't wait to spend some serious points.
Here are the first eight headliners with links to the developer websites:
Two more slots will be up for grabs and can be voted for by the community. Head over to the Facebook page on August 1st to cast your vote!
That's right, folks, it's time for another Indie Uprising! When Xbox Live indie developers grow weary of shoddy avatar games and a lack of publicity from Microsoft, they don't sit back and wait for someone to fix it; rather, they unite and organise massive festivals of epic games. The Summer Uprising is dated for 22nd August, and will showcase ten independent hits from well-known boutique studios... and to celebrate, the revamped site is now live complete with an awesome new trailer.Click here for the trailer and new details! >>