Platformance: Castle Pain Screenshot

So, after a lengthy, unexpected medical quasi-crisis and much unavoidable delay, I'm finally getting around to wrapping up my seven-day Xbox Live Indiefest. I'll dispense with the formalities since I'm sure most of the people reading this blog have already seen the preface several times.

I had planned on covering another handful of games for tonight's post, and this was supposed to be the final entry. Instead, I'm going to hold off on covering new titles and save them for next time.

Yes, there will be a next time.

This has been a really fun and enjoyable thing to do, so my new plan is to cover at least four or five Indies once a week on a regular basis. Covering these games again has reminded me of how much enjoyment I derive from checking out the Indies, so I'm going to keep that love train a-rolling.

With that said, as a way of wrapping up my "official" Indiefest coverage and giving the whole thing a little closure, I'm going to go ahead and run a list of some older favorites. they're all fun or interesting titles (and hey, some are even both!) so I'd like to humbly suggest that if some of these names are new to you, that you should do yourself a favor and check them out.

Some of my XBLI top-choice picks, in alphabetical order…

Aban Hawkins & the 1000 Spikes by 8bits Fanatics, 80 MS Points ($1)

Aban Hawkins & the 1000 Spikes Screenshot

Armor Valley by Protege Production, 400 MS Points ($5)

Armor Valley Screenshot

Breath of Death VII by Zeboyd Games, 80 MS Points ($1)

Breath of Death VII Screenshot

CarneyVale Showtime by Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab, 240 MS Points ($3)

CarneyVale Showtime Screenshot

CaveIn: Miner Rescue Team by Johnny Death Games, 80 MS Points ($1)

CaveIn: Miner Rescue Team Screenshot

Cthulhu Saves the World by Zeboyd Games, 240 MS Points ($3)

Cthulhu Saves the World Screenshot

Defy Gravity by Fish Factory Games, 80 MS Points ($1)

Defy Gravity Screenshot

Epic Dungeon by Eyehook Games, 80 MS Points ($1)

Epic Dungeon Screenshot

Explosionade by Mommy's Best Games, 80 MS Points ($1)

Explosionade Screenshot

Miner Dig Deep by Robir, 80 MS Points ($1)

Miner Dig Deep Screenshot

Platformance: Castle Pain by Magiko Gaming, 80 MS Points ($1)

Platformance: Castle Pain Screenshot

Shoot 1UP by Mommy's Best Games, 80 MS Points ($1)

Shoot 1UP Screenshot

Solar System 4D by GZ Storm Games, 80 MS Points ($1)

Solar System 4D Screenshot

Soul by Kydos, 80 MS Points ($1)

Soul Screenshot

Trino by TrinoTeam, 240 MS Points ($3)

Trino Screenshot

Weapon of Choice by Mommy's Best Games, 400 MS Points ($5)

Weapon of Choice Screenshot

Zombie Estate by Jeremy Verchick, 80 MS Points ($1)

Zombie Estate Screenshot

Thanks again for sticking with me over the week (plus) of XBL Indie coverage. I hope you've enjoyed it, and I definitely hope you've checked out at least a few of the titles I've mentioned. They may not have AAA-level budgets, but a lot of these projects are really something special.


Brad Gallaway

Brad Gallaway

Brad Gallaway has been gaming since the days when arcades were everywhere and the Atari 2600 was cutting edge. So, like... A while.

Currently, he's got about 42 minutes a night to play because adulting is a timesuck, but despite that, he's a happily married guy with two kids who both have better K/D ratios than he does.

Brad still loves Transformers, he's on Marvel Puzzle Quest when nobody at the office is looking, and his favorite game of all time is the first Mass Effect -- and he thought the trilogy's ending was Just Fine, Thanks.

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