Oh brother. This week has been fairly quiet for Xbox Live Indie Games, and we assume that many developers are holding back their wares to allow the controversy surrounding FortressCraft to settle down. After all, it's currently the best selling Xbox Live game on the service! We have a couple of titles for your delectation - but I'd urge you to check out our previous roundups for a wider selection.
We Come In Peace
The Vorganians are a peaceful race - and thus, when their ambassador Bob decides to visit the Earth to check out their interstellar neighbours, nobody bothered to equip his flying saucer with any weaponry. Armed with nothing but reflexes, players will need to dodge through labyrinths of incoming space junk while collecting humanity's energy waste.
It's simple stuff, but handled very nicely.
The British-based BBQ Games have added another faux-retro arcade title to their lineup, and actually, We Come In Peace is really rather good. Sharp controls make dodging though the increasingly-intricate levels an absolute breeze, and the stylish visuals wouldn't look out of place on an Atari 2800. Bear in mind that we like the Atari 2800 before taking that as an insult.
A witty and charming intro sets the scene at the start of the game, and though there's little story to speak of, We Come In Peace suckers you in with the simple addictive satisfaction of getting further into the levels each time you play.
We Come In Peace is a simple, effective and addictive experience with tight controls and charming visuals. It'll more than tide you over this week.
Zombie Death Zone
Oh lord, here comes another twinstick shooter with zombies in it. Isn't everyone sick of the undead already?! But luckily, this one has a bit of a twist. The slavering hordes attack the player in massive, unbelievable numbers (usually filling the majority of the screen), requiring players to desperately clear tiny patches of space in order to stay alive. A cyclic selection of weapons including a flamethrower, SMGs and a minigun provide a nice change of pace for the action.
Rather than aiming for a certain number of kills, Zombie Death Zone tasks you to collect a certain number of power crystals in a tight time limit in order to win time extensions... and since they tend to be embedded deep within the undead armies, you'll need to get some serious killing done.
Zombie Death Zone takes a fun new tack with the hackneyed and boring zombie twinstick genre, and manages to more justify its existence as well as its price tag.
360 Video Poker
- Developer: S.A.D. Games
- Get Demo/Buy: 80 Microsoft Points
Everyone has to start somewhere, and in order to polish up his XNA and C# skills in preparation for a new project, Trolog has thrown together a fun and functional poker game. The core poker experience is a great way of brushing up on your memory for flushes and straights, using some solid controls to make raising bets and holding cards as intuitive as possible. Though there aren't any opponents to bluff and face off against, it's a great opportunity to get some practice in. The Hi-Lo minigame (think Play Your Cards Right) is also an enjoyable diversion.
Note, however, that the term "video" doesn't imply that it has Xbox Live Vision or Kinect support. Odd.
360 Video Poker is a great start for S.A.D. Games and a useful app for poker players. We're looking forward to seeing what they've got in store for us next.