Welcome to the year-end wrap for the year 2012! Similar to last year, Ergo Me Smart
and myself will be bringing you our top three Xbox LIVE Indie Games over the next few weeks. Today we have our #3 titles for your reading pleasure. As always, our guest columnist Ergo Me Smart will go first.
"Welcome to the dungeon. Those (un)lucky few that are chosen, face great riches and great perils. Good luck!" A randomly generated dungeon is created every time you play. Discover the dungeons many secrets and multiple outcomes. Do you have what it takes to survive the dungeon?Diehard Dungeon
RELEASE DATE: 9/11/2012
GENRE: Action & Adventure
Offline players 1
is a rogue-like that manages to perfectly mix a blend of retro and modern gameplay elements. The game's 16-bit graphical stylings is merged with the kind of sharpness and polish you'd expect in any modern game to create a game that feeds our retro urges without the need for rose-tinted glasses.
As well as the elements you'd expect from any rogue-like, such as randomised maps and a game-ending death, Diehard Dungeon
manages to add more, including a Pac-Man
-esque mini-game to gain free upgrades, a loot chest that will upgrade and even start fighting for you as you collect more loot and multiple different routes for you to take. There's even a completely separate twin-stick shooter within the game that even has online leaderboards, just in case you're beginning to get a bit fed up with dying in the rogue-like.
Our young friend Andy has drawn his latest daydream on his notepad. He's imagining flying saucers, wild planets, moons and even black holes! Develop your spaceship piloting skills and exercise your combat skills with four weapon types as you fly around on Andy's Notepad!
RELEASE DATE: 6/29/2012
Offline players 1 - 4
Who can resist the whimsical charm of little UFO doodles battling it out on a child's notebook? No one, no one can. Andy's Notepad: Saucers
is a charming little title that I just could not get out of my head as I thought about this list.
If you have a couch-buddy or three, that is where this game really shines. With local four-player competitive battles, you and your friends will have loads of fun. Even if you don't have any local buddies to play with, the game will keep you entertained with the AI competition.If you have an Xbox Live Indie Game that you feel should be featured in an edition of the Indie Games Spotlight, please PM your suggestions to mancide.