Tucked away in a small corner of the Xbox Live Marketplace, the Indie Games section is a little haven for budding developers to show off their wares. This week we have a fizzing 6 new titles to pore over. Slip into something more comfortable, put your feet up and let’s have a look:
Annunaki’s Errands – Golconda
We start off this week with the odd concept of running errands for a giant Annunaki Princess, who, of course, is scantily clad. This seems to be a mixture of first person survival-adventure and co-ordinated dance game from the screenshots, with Carnival and Errands modes. Looking at the gameplay video below, it looks like Errand mode will have you running around shooting more scantily clad, spindly-limbed girls who appear from nowhere, while you rapidly run out of ammo. 69p
Catch a Cold – The Awakening Productions
The Awakening Productions seem to like molecular biology. The creators of Amoeba Generator now bring you Catch a Cold. This multiplayer game has you controlling a virus, completing tasks and avoiding obstacles such as deadly white blood cells. 69p
Smash-A-Seal – Water Bear Interactive
The forces of P.E.T.S are at it again in this whack-a-mole clone. We normally wouldn’t condone the smashing of seal forces, as he’s a harmless singer from the 90s, but in this game they’re trying to take over the world. So, by all means, smash those seals but avoid the cyborg penguins and help stop the forces of P.E.T.S today. Looking at the gameplay video, I think I’d have to turn the music off . 69p
Audio Challenge – Aura E.
This is a multiplayer sound guessing game for all the family. I just hope it doesn’t have an ‘Uncle Frank’s after Christmas dinner guess the vegetable smell’ round. 69p
The Outer Rim – Tomlin Games
Control your Sentinel MK2 defence droid and protect the colony in this single player shooter. It reminds me or old 3D tank battle games, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Featuring upgradeable weapons and Campaign, Arena and Arcade modes, this looks like it might be a lot of fun to play. 69p
Paper Galactica – Msi/Gtr/Jms
This is a very simple, old school vertical scrolling shoot ‘em up, with a clever graphic twist. It looks like it’s been drawn on paper. No colour involved here, just simple black on white, almost hand-drawn visuals. Fight your way through 20 waves of alien attack and 6 bosses. Rack up a high score with bonus multipliers and utilise any one of 9 different weapons to defeat the aliens. 69p
And that is all for this week. I’d say give The Outer Rim a look this week, it looks a lot of fun. One thing is for sure though, noting a price in sterling rather than MSP is going to take some getting used to.