Every few weeks we here at Kotaku make a selection of some of the best Indie games that Xbox Live has to offer. These are our latest favourites.
You'll be able to find the list here for reference, or in the "Kotaku's favorites" channel in the Indie Game section of Xbox Live's Games Marketplace.
Robot Riot (80 MS Points): If you're looking for a good bargain, look no further than Robotriot. A platformer with some shooting elements, you take control of Slug: a hovering robot with a rotating turret. The game has you hopping on platforms, gunning down enemy robots, and dodging bullets. For $US1, it offers nice pixel-art graphics, fun gameplay, and its own little personality over 12 levels. When talking bang for your buck, I can't recommend it enough!
Glow Arcade Racer (80 MS Points): The name describes the game perfectly. This top-down racer puts you in control of a glowing little arrow that you steer through bright neon tracks. The controls are very simple and it's satisfying to play, taking your ship through twists and turns across multiple laps. There are several tracks, and the game includes a pretty functional track editor, as well. The functions of power ups can be a little confusing, but with the variety of tracks and races available, it's well worth a purchase.
Flight Adventure 2 (240 MS Points): This aeroplane simulator puts you in control of a P-51 Mustang, and for an indie game the feeling of flight is very satisfying. There is an unlimited free flight mode, races against time and ghosts, and online multiplayer. Taking off and flying are fun, and there are multiple in-flight controls such as flaps, landing gear, and engine power to please enthusiasts. A fun, light package!
Dark Delve (80 MS Points): Another inexpensive title, Dark Delve is an interesting fantasy RPG with turn-based combat. Gameplay consists of trekking through dungeons, exploring rooms and searching chests while encountering enemies. Your characters have HP and SP bars, which depletes for skill usage as you fight, and you can attain items in your travels. A campaign mode lets you create 4 heroes to take through a "century old tragedy", while the challenge mode has you conquer unique dungeons. The graphics may not be outstanding, but it's definitely worth a play for the price!
Ninja War (80 MS Points): Ninja War borrows a sizable amount of inspiration from Castle Crashers and applies it to, you guessed it, ninjas. That said, it's a pretty fun game for $US1, letting you control one of four ninjas as you chop and jump your way through various levels and settings. You can play up to four players in co-op, as well, multiplying the fun. Your ninja has multiple attack combos and special skills that mix up the gameplay to keep some variety, and you can pick up weapons to fight with as well. Some humorous mis-translated text aside, Ninja War is worth a look.
FastBall 2 (80 MS Points): FastBall, a game also featured on the iTunes app store, has made it's way to Xbox Live. This simple game has you control a constantly moving ball through a variety of short levels with multiple obstacles. You have to guide and jump the ball over objects, pits, and more while collecting stars and making it to the end. There's not much to it, but it's a fun game that you can sit back and play without thinking too hard.