This last week, I've taken an uncharacteristic break to prepare for E3 and get a cheeky bit of cheap sunshine thanks to a last-minute deal... but enough lame excuses [I thought we fired you? -Ed]. Whilst I've been separated from my console, my Windows 7 mobile has staunchly stayed within easy reach - so it's time to round up some of the best indie games to have supported the fledgling platform!
Well, after a little rant. Before last year's Xbox.com site redesign that included indie games into the browser marketplace, Microsoft rightfully took a lot of flak for failing to give these titles enough exposure. Unfortunately they've failed to learn from their mistakes, meaning that Indie games aren't hosted in the browser marketplace along with their Microsoft-published big brothers.
The upshot is that you'll need Zune (groan) installed to take advantage of the download links... and it took a fair bit of detective work using Bing's (groan harder) visual search to track them down. Prepare for an longer, angrier rant at a later date. I now return you to our feature presentation.
If Hypership Out Of Control looks familiar, it's because Fun Infused Games' breakthrough indie hit is no stranger to our Game Of The Week roundups. In fact, we rated it as one of the best XBLI titles of 2010... and it's now also one of the best games on Windows 7 phones.Click here to continue our mobile indie adventure! >>
The Indie Winter Uprising is still going strong, and we're got it covered. We've been rounding up these games over the last few days... so in the interest of fairness, this week's standout XBLI gem isn't affiliated with the promotion. Though the developer is...
I may have lived a virtuous life... but I'm no stranger to Bullet Hell. I learned many harsh lessons during my nerve-shredding times with Uridium 2, Ikaruga, Tempest and Guwange; but amongst attack patterns and wave formations, I learned a singularly unexpected lesson. Hell can be heavenly- and genuinely beautiful- if handled properly. Which brings me neatly onto Score Rush. Without hyperbole, I can safely say that Xona Games' latest effort is one of the most beautiful SHMUPS I have ever had the pleasure to play.
Oh, and before you accuse me of being pretentious, I should probably mention that it's also badass.
Click here for Drums, Subbuteo and a massive rush!