The indie surge has been significant over the last decade. With Xbox Live Arcade leading the charge for small developers, we’ve seen a slew of classic titles over the years that may of otherwise never came to be. A Walk in the Dark from developers Flying Turtle was actually released five years ago on PC, at a time when the indie scene was becoming more prolific. And with every good title we also saw something best left alone. Prolific titles have been a clear influence for A Walk in the Dark. Super Meat Boy and Limbo being two primary examples. ... Read More »
Have you always wanted to play as a sea worm that’s been swallowed by a sea-beast, hunting for your kidnapped sea-children? Rejoice – you can fulfil that incredibly niche desire in action-adventure Into the Belly of the Beast, the inventive sea-themed sort-of side-scroller from indie developer Lucky Brograms. The game kicks off without much of an introduction, just a 30-second cut-scene that sets up the entire premise of the game, with your character, Sploosh, watching his babies sucked into the mouth of the titular beast. Initially we were concerned, since the blocky cut-scene graphics reminded us more of a Nintendo 64 ... Read More »
It’s not often we get to play as a mute toddler with a creepy talking teddy for a best friend – but that’s exactly what’s on offer in Among the Sleep, a first-person horror from Krillbite Studios. Players are thrust instantly into the world – there’s no tutorial here, no clear objectives – which reminded us of those famous cold opens in the TV show Rugrats, except here everything’s just… too… perfect. And that makes it utterly disturbing from the off. Things go from unsettling to terrifying shortly after, as the protagonist’s mother disappears, leaving the child to explore the ... Read More »
Gear Gauntlet, the indie game from Drop Dead Interactive, is possibly one of the simplest games we’ve ever seen here at Xbox One UK. Simple in set-up, that is. In terms of gameplay, it’s one of the most infuriating, frustrating, anger-inducing, joy-defying games we’ve ever played. But then, that’s precisely what it’s supposed to be. It’s been showcased at Rezzed two years running, as part of the ID@Xbox line-up, where it’s received incredibly positive reactions, but a brief spell at a games convention can’t possibly do justice to it; it’s a game to be mastered, not played. The team behind ... Read More »
Curve Digital have announced that the Instant Indie Collection is coming to the Xbox One this Friday, containing Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones, Thomas Was Alone and The Swapper. Priced at £17.99, over 33% cheaper than buying them all separately, the collection gives players the chance to try some indie titles that they might have missed the first time around. They've also announced that this collection isn't a mere one-off, as it plans to showcase indie titles from across all genres. What do you think? Will you be tempted to purchase this collection? What games would you like ... Read More »
On 14th July The Fall, Over The Moon Games' debut title, landed on Xbox One. Set on an unknown planet, The Fall puts players in the futuristic combat suit boots of the A.I. ARID, tasked with one mission: to find medical aid for her pilot. A dark setting that oozes atmosphere, a mixture of adventure game puzzles and action, as well as a story that explores key science fiction themes and is as mysterious as it is compelling, The Fall is a game well worth your attention. John Warner is the founder of Over The Moon Games and the lead developer and director of The Fall. I ... Read More »
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