This week's official Microsoft deal focuses on critical successes... so you know there's some quality up for grabs at bargain prices. Remember that only Gold Members can access these reductions- and you'll need to log in! Alternatively, just grab them straight off the dashboard.
- Defense Grid 800 400 Points
- PB Winterbottom 400 Points
- Rocket Riot 800 400 Points
- Darwinia+ 1200 800 Points
- Chime 240 Points
- Poker Smash 400 Points
Defense Grid is... a grid-based tower defence game. Sorry, I mean the grid-based Tower Defence Game. Featuring huge tactical scope and some wickedly clever levels, you won't be able to part with this one for a while. Plus, the fact that the titular grid is stunningly voiced by a sarcastic, charming and occasionally obsequious voice actor adds to the value.
PB Winterbottom is all about clones. Unlike certain wars I could mention, Winterbottom provides genuine platform challenges with a beautiful art style. Whilst I'd still suggest picking up Braid rather than this one, you could certainly do worse.
Okay, it's time for a little shout out to one of the most overlooked games on the service. Rocket Riot mixes tactical Worms-style bazooka action with the immediacy of a twinstick shooter and literally combines the best of both worlds. A wicked nu-retro style and one of the best soundtracks ever makes for a fantastic and frequently overlooked little shooter. Get a few friends involved and you've got yourself several hours of addictive entertainment.
Chime might have outlived its charity commitment, but it's still well worth a punt. 240 MSP will net you a unique little audiovisual puzzler that'll tide you over for a while.
Oh yeah, and Poker Smash has also been price-slashed. Personally, I'd just buy a deck of cards... but it's well worth a look for Poker fanatics. The three-man dev team have done a great job that deserves checking out. Definitely worth a demo!