Indieverse: Vehicular Mayhem


“Slamming down the gas pedal to the floor and smashing into stuff is a favorite pastime for many virtual racing enthusiasts, ourselves included. You don’t have to be a total gearhead to get a few kicks from hopping into anything with a seat, a steering wheel, and a high-powered motor. When it comes to all things racing and motorized, the Xbox Live Indie Games Channel has some horsepower under the hood. Here are some of our favorite picks for racers, both quick and quirky.”

Check out the full feature here at Official Xbox Magazine.

Indieverse: Dating, Sex, and Relationships (@OXM)


“Dating games and  stranger fare sporting sexy-tinged content pop-up on the Xbox Live Indie  Games channel all the time, offering a titillating-yet-creepy buffer  between the avalanche of shooters, zombie holocaust simulators, and  platformers. Let’s be honest — while most of these offerings have a serious  tone, they’re all pretty ridiculous. Whether you’re looking for remote  controller massages and online avatar hook-ups or relationship advice  and cheesy distraction, this selection of indie oddities touches all the  bases.”

Check out the full article here at Official Xbox Magazine.

Indieverse: The Horror Show


“A few brave souls are working to prove the horror genre is alive and well on the Xbox Live Indie Games Channel beyond the sea of brain-munching fare on tap. From creepy to campy, this “No Zombies Allowed” round-up showcases a darker side to indie gaming on Xbox 360. Grab an extra change of clothes — it’s about to get messy up in here.”

Check out the full feature here at Official Xbox Magazine.

Indieverse: Four Fun FPS Indies Under $5 (@OXM)


“Some enjoy reciting flowery prose to express themselves. We, on the other hand, occasionally find our best poetry comes out of the barrel of a gun. For those times when you just need to indulge your itchy trigger finger in some no-nonsense hot lead-spraying action, the Xbox Live Indie Games channel is packing some heat with a few great first-person shooter games to lock-and-load. Go ahead, make your day with these FPS indies under $5.”

Check out the full article here at Official Xbox Magazine.

Indieverse: Revenge of the Music Games (@OXM)


“The explosive Guitar Hero and Rock Band craze may have died way down in recent years, but there’s always still plenty of room for a few more quarters in the ol’ music game jukebox. Even if the big boys are slowing down, indie developers are still finding new, creative ways to weave together fun gameplay and good tunes. If you’re looking to find your groove, then scope out these rocking selections from the Xbox Live Indie Games channel.”

Check out the full article here at Official Xbox Magazine.

Indieverse: Welcome to Bullet Hell (@OXM)


“Twitchy arcade shooters bristling with ridiculous gobs of bullets have been around for a long time; there’s something about the reflex-honing nature of these frenetic games that’s pleasantly primal. When a split-second maneuver is all that stands between you and utter annihilation, things tend to go from zero to “Holy crap, I’m dead” fast.

Bullet-hell addicts don’t have to look far or shell out a lot of green for a quality fix these days, as the genre is well represented on the Xbox Live Indie Games channel. Here are some of the more unique and thrilling shooters on tap.”

Check out the full article here at Official Xbox Magazine.

Indieverse: It’s Good To Be Bad (@OXM)


“News flash – being good is dumb. Running around saving captured princess, smiting the forces of darkness, and saving the land from being destroyed? Booorrrriiiinnng. We’ve done that all before a million times over, so why not let us players have the opportunity to cut loose and take a walk on the dark side?

Thankfully, a handful of indie developers exactly feel the same way. If you’re sick and tired of playing as the same old do-gooders day and night, it’s about time you join TEAM EVIL. We’ve rounded up four awesome Xbox Live Indie Games that allow you to kick off your sissy shoes and stomp through the garden of goody-goody lameness.

Whether you’re in the mood to incite a zombie apocalypse, feed babies to your dark lord, burn down the most decadent castle in the realm, or dine on the blood of your mortal enemies, these bite-sized downloadables have you covered.”

Check out the full article here at Official Xbox Magazine.

Indieverse – The Weirdest Xbox Live Indie Games and the Stories Behind Them (@OXM)


“These days, so many new releases on the Xbox Live Indie Games Channel seem to fall into the categories of creepy dating simulators, zombie-apocalypse shooters, or blatant clones of other successful game formulas that it’s easy to miss out on the truly innovative indies. Thankfully, if you poke around beneath the surface, you’ll unearth some crazy, interesting stuff.

After diving deep into the XBLIG rabbit hole to see just what kind of wild creations are down there, we handpicked the three most unique and unusual offerings we could find — then tracked down their creators to gain some insight into each peculiar project.”

Check out the full article here at OXM.

Indieverse: Attack of the Minecraft Clones (@ OXM)


“For a small indie studio, selling more than 4.7 million copies of your debut game is pretty incredible. Beginning in 2009, the blocky but absorbing sandbox fantasy realm within Minecraft grabbed a hold of gamers’ hearts (and eventually, their wallets) with surprising ferocity. Its runaway success on PC skyrocketed creator Markus “Notch” Persson and his development team, Mojang, into the mainstream public eye, generating some serious green in the process.

It’s no surprise that plenty of “me too” imitators have come pouring out of the woodwork to vie for a piece of the action, especially on platforms like the Xbox 360, where it has been unavailable. If you’re an Xbox 360 owner itching to get a taste of Minecraft’s RPG-survivalist building, crafting, and exploring adventure, that’s not such a bad thing. The Xbox Live Indie Games Channel is already packing a few crafty clones that offer a similar experience — and they’re pretty awesome for the few bucks you’ll spend on them. We still have a few months to wait before Minecraft hits Xbox Live this spring, so why not dig into these indies in the meantime?”

Check out the full article here at OXM.