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)
Armor Valley by Protege Production, 400 MS Points ($5)
Breath of Death VII by Zeboyd Games, 80 MS Points ($1)
CarneyVale Showtime by Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab, 240 MS Points ($3)
CaveIn: Miner Rescue Team by Johnny Death Games, 80 MS Points ($1)
Cthulhu Saves the World by Zeboyd Games, 240 MS Points ($3)
Defy Gravity by Fish Factory Games, 80 MS Points ($1)
Epic Dungeon by Eyehook Games, 80 MS Points ($1)
Explosionade by Mommy's Best Games, 80 MS Points ($1)
Miner Dig Deep by Robir, 80 MS Points ($1)
Platformance: Castle Pain by Magiko Gaming, 80 MS Points ($1)
Shoot 1UP by Mommy's Best Games, 80 MS Points ($1)
Solar System 4D by GZ Storm Games, 80 MS Points ($1)
Soul by Kydos, 80 MS Points ($1)
Trino by TrinoTeam, 240 MS Points ($3)
Weapon of Choice by Mommy's Best Games, 400 MS Points ($5)
Zombie Estate by Jeremy Verchick, 80 MS Points ($1)
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.
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