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#1 vamn

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:24 PM

Since Microsoft recently changed their pricing structure for Xbox Indies, larger games can can now be sold for 80 MSP. As a result, many XBLIG devs have opted to drop the price of their games. I thought it would be pretty cool to have a thread that would try to track what WORTHWHILE games are now cheaper.

DISCLAIMER: Yes, I know that Xbox Indies is a largely horrifying wasteland of shovelware and absolute garbage like "Avatar Zombie Massager" and "Look I Made a One Level Platformer with MS Paint!!!". (There's really no need to elaborate on it further, we all know this.) But there ARE some good games in the pile. And I'd like to keep the thread focused on those, if possible.

DISCLAIMER 2 (The More Important One):
Xbox Live Indie Games require an internet connection to start the game. It doesn't matter if you have a Silver (Free) or Gold account, just that the Xbox is connected to the internet. Again, this is only to start the game; once the game is running you can disconnect your Xbox, but not sign out of your profile.



Price Drops:
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* = Local Multiplayer
* = Online Multiplayer
* = System Link (LAN)

The Best:
Firefly Vegas - 240 -> 80 - Clearance Bin Review
Magic Racing GP 2 ** - 240 -> 80 - XBLIG.co - Xbox Hornet
Mechanoid Army - 240 -> 80 - Two Fedoras

The Rest:
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Future price drops:





XBLIG Review Sites:
Armless Octopus
XBLAFans
Xbox Hornet
Clearance Bin Review - XBLIG Spotlight
XBLIG.co
Indie Gamer Chick
Indie Theory
XBLARatings (Not really a review site, just a site listing all of the XBLIGs that come out. There are some - very few, really - reviews on individual game pages.)





Other Recommended Games:
* = Local Multiplayer
* = Online Multiplayer
* = System Link (LAN)

Adventure:
Clover: A Curious Tale - 80 - Armless Octopus - Clearance Bin Review
Decay: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - 80 - Armless Octopus - Indie Theory - XBLARatings

Fighter:
Avatar Fighter Online **- 80 - Clearance Bin Review

FPS:
Firing Range - 80 - Gamer's Abstract

Platformer:
Aban Hawkins & the 1000 SPIKES - 80 - Armless Octopus - XBLAFans
Akane the Kunoichi - 80 - Armless Octopus - Game Informer
Along Came A Spider - 80 - Xbox Hornet - XBLARatings
Antipole - 80 - Armless Octopus - Destructoid
Apple Jack - 80 - Armless Octopus
Arkedo Series - 01 JUMP! - 240 - XBLARatings
Arkedo Series - 03 PIXEL! - 240 - XBLARatings - Joystiq
A Voxel Action - 80 - XBLIG.co - IGN
Blocks That Matter - 240 - Armless Octopus - Destructoid
CarneyVale: Showtime - 240 - Destructoid
Chester - 80 - Armless Octopus - XBLIG Summer Uprising
Defy Gravity - 80 - Armless Octopus - Xbox Hornet
Dino 'Splode - 240 -> 80 - DIYGamer
DLC Quest - 80 - Armless Octopus
Escape Goat - 80 - Armless Octopus - Indie Gamer Chick
EXPLOSIONADE * - 80 - Armless Octopus - XBLAFans
Growing Pains - 240 -> 80 - Xbox Hornet - Indie Gamer Chick
Johnny Platform Saves Christmas! - 80 - XBLARatings - Joystiq
Johnny Platform's Biscuit Romp - 80 - Armless Octopus - XBLARatings
Junk Fields * - 240 -> 80 - XBLIG.co
Kobold's Quest * - 80 - Clearance Bin Review
LaserCat - 80 - Extra Guy - Indie Gamer Chick
Lumi - 240 - Armless Octopus
Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess - 240 - Armless Octopus - Destructoid
Monster Hero and the Mysterious Ruins (魔物な勇者と謎の遺跡) - 80 - 1up
Orbitron: Revolution - 240 -> 80 - Clearance Bin Review - Indie Gamer Chick
Plague * - 80 - Clearance Bin Review - Armless Octopus
Platformance: Castle Pain - 80 - Armless Octopus
PLATFORMANCE: Temple Death - 80 - Armless Octopus - XBLAFans
Tempura of the Dead - 240 - Armless Octopus - Destructoid
Volchaos - 80 - XBLARatings - Xbox Hornet
ZP2K9 ** - 80 - XBLARatings
ZP2KX: Zombies & Pterodactyls! * - 80 - Armless Octopus

Puzzle:
Alien Jelly * - 240 - XBLARatings - Indie Gamer Chick
Arkedo Series - 02 SWAP! - 240 - Destructoid
Cute Things Dying Violently * - 80 - Armless Octopus - XBLAFans
Fishcraft - 80 - Clearance Bin Review - Armless Octopus
Gerbil Physics - 80 - XBLAFans
Gerbil Physics 2 - 80 - Armless Octopus
GREEN ISLAND - 80 -
I, Zombie - 80 - Armless Octopus - Xbox Hornet
Kaiten Patissier - 80 - Angry Bananas
NYAN-TECH - 80 - XBLIG.co
Paipa - 80 - XBLARatings
Rotor'scope - 80 - XBLARatings - Two Fedoras - Destructoid
Soul - 80 - Armless Octopus
UpBot Goes Up - 240 - XBLARatings - Xbox Hornet
Ura Kaiten Patissier - 80
Wizorb - 240 - Armless Octopus
Your Doodles Are Bugged! - 240 - XBLARatings

Racing:
Dirchie Kart * - 240 - XBLIG.co - XBLAFans
Flowrider *** - 80 - Clearance Bin Review - Armless Octopus
Little Racers STREET ** - 80 - XBLARatings - Armless Octopus
Magic Racing GP 2 ** - 240 - XBLARatings - XBLIG.co

RPG:
Breath of Death VII - 80 - Armless Octopus
Bonded Realities - 80 - Armless Octopus - RPGfan - Xbox Hornet
Cthulu Saves the World - 80 - Metacritic
Cursed Loot (Formerly "Epic Dungeon") - 80 - Armless Octopus
Doom & Destiny - 240 - Armless Octopus - XBLAFans
EvilQuest - 80 - GamingTruth - XBLIG.co
Fall of Gods - 80 - Achievement Locked - XBLARatings
Lair of the Evil Doer - 80 - Clearance Bin Review - XBLAFans
Light's End - 80 - XBLARatings
Sequence - 240 - Armless Octopus
Soulcaster - 80
Soulcaster II - 80 - Armless Octopus - XBLAFans

Shooter:
Amniotic * - 80 - XBLARatings - Pwnem
Astro Cluster *** - 80 - Clearance Bin Review - Armless Octopus
Beat Hazard * - 400 -> 80 - Armless Octopus - Metacritic - XBLARatings
Bird Assassin - 80 - Xbox Hornet - Indie Gamer Chick
Decimation X3 * - 80 - Armless Octopus
Dysnomia * - 240 -> 80 - DIYGamer - Two Fedoras
Echoes+ - 80 - XBLARatings
Grave Breaker * - 80 - Destructoid
Groov - 80 - XBLARatings
Hypership Out of Control * - 80 - Armless Octopus - Metacritic
I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1 * - 80 - Destructoid
Infinity Danger - 80 - Armless Octopus - XBLAFans
Leave Home - 80 - XBLARatings - Joystiq
Prismatic Solid - 80 - Armless Octopus
radiangames Ballistic * - 400 - Armless Octopus
radiangames Crossfire 2 * - 400 - Armless Octopus
REVOLVER360 - 80 - Armless Octopus - Xbox Hornet
Score Rush * - 80 - XBLARatings
Shoot 1Up * - 80 - Armless Octopus
Square Off * - 80 - Armless Octopus - Clearance Bin Review
Take Arms ** - 80 - Armless Octopus - XBLIG Summer Uprising
Vorpal - 80 - Armless Octopus - Joystiq
Zombie Estate * - 80 - Armless Octopus

Side-Scroller:
Dead Pixels * - 80 - Armless Octopus
Ninja War: Stolen Scrolls * - 80 - XBLARatings
Parasitus: Ninja Zero * - 240 - Two Fedoras - Indie Gamer Chick
Rainbow Runner - 80 - Clearance Bin Review - Xbox Hornet
Veks and Silence - 80 - XBLARatings

Sim:
Miner Dig Deep - 80 - XBLARatings
Red Tie Miner - 80
Solar 2 - 400 - Armless Octopus - IGN
Total Miner: Forge *** - 240 - Gamingtruth
Train Frontier Express * - 240 - Armless Octopus

Strategy:
Cavemen vs Aliens * - 80 - Xbox Hornet - XBLARatings
Miasma - 80 - Armless Octopus
Video Wars * - 80 - Clearance Bin Review -

Tower Defense:
Protect Me Knight (まもって騎士) * - 240 - Armless Octopus

Other:
Bloody Checkers * - 80 - Review - XBLARatings
Fishing Girl - 80 - XBLARatings
Hidden In Plain Sight * - 80 - XBLARatings
Hypno Vol. 1 - 80 - Gamergeddon - XNA Roundup
Pixelbit Helicopter Challenge - 80 - CrushFragDestroy - XBLARatings
Trivia Or Die * - 80 - Armless Octopus






Edited by vamn, 24 March 2012 - 03:08 PM.

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#2 luxuria

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:26 PM

Seems like I'm getting Cthulu. Heard good things about it so $1 seems too good to pass up. Thanks OP!

#3 BrolyB593

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:26 PM

Thanks for the heads up on the info. I have been away from my 360 for a while but will definitely be checking out a few of those games. Plus there were a few that I tried before that I will now look back into and see if they too have dropped.

Good idea for a thread and I will be checking back later to see how it is going.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:28 PM

Thanks for this thread, vamn. I appreciate it.

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#5 preston181

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:36 PM

I dunno. It's true about the shovelware wasteland, but to make the rare gems come out at a lower price point seems to dwindle the motivation for future releases to me. In some cases, I actually don't mind paying a little more for the more talented creations.

#6 TrumpetDan

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:38 PM

Excellent idea for a thread Vamn! Everyone should check out Cthulu Saves The World, fun little title.

#7 Darkhate

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:45 PM

Do know if this dropped, but I bought I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1 (80MSP) a while back, its a fun game. Its kind of like geometry wars but with zombies, crazy music and light effects.





Edit: Just noticed that Minecraft is free (where have I been:-#)

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#8 vamn

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:46 PM

I dunno. It's true about the shovelware wasteland, but to make the rare gems come out at a lower price point seems to dwindle the motivation for future releases to me. In some cases, I actually don't mind paying a little more for the more talented creations.


I think a lot of the devs wanted to sell their games at a lower price point to begin with; the only thing stopping them was Microsoft's size/pricing restriction. Apple's App Store might be a model for comparison. Yes, it's filled with shovelware, too, but there are plenty of great games that sell for $0.99. Plus, a handful of devs (like Magical Time Bean, the guys who made Soulcaster and Escape Goat) have already figured out that people are more willing to pull the trigger on a $1 game than a $3 one and that means more profit for them.

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#9 Mad dog

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:46 PM

In for Chtulu, damn, glad I didn't buy it for $3 I've been holding out for so long.

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#10 Bizzquik

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:02 PM

I enjoyed the Decay series.

First game is 80 points, but takes less than fifteen minutes to complete - its more of a trial, really, for the second and third games (which are 240 points each and take maybe an hour each).

Appreciate the posts here. Its really hard to tell what is a good Indie game and what titles are just junk. And lower prices are nice, too!

#11 Gabrius

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:10 PM

Let's keep this topic bumped with anything new we find.... I don't think xbldb checks for indie games, does it?

-Spylon, would it be hard to implement?

Also, vamn, will you be updating the OP with new findings? If you don't want the task, would you think of wikifying it?

#12 jeebert

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:11 PM

I no longer have any good reasons to not buy Chuthulu. Thanks OP!

#13 vamn

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:20 PM

Do know if this dropped, but I bought I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1 (80MSP) a while back, its a fun game. Its kind of like geometry wars but with zombies, crazy music and light effects.





Edit: Just noticed that Minecraft is free (where have I been:-#)


Zomb1es has always been a dollar - hence it's theme music ;)

And that's only the trailer for Minecraft, it's not coming for a few months.


Let's keep this topic bumped with anything new we find.... I don't think xbldb checks for indie games, does it?

-Spylon, would it be hard to implement?

Also, vamn, will you be updating the OP with new findings? If you don't want the task, would you think of wikifying it?


I'll see how well I can keep up with the updates and go from there.

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#14 harry hood

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:30 PM

Free minecraft trailer

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#15 Slade

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:41 PM

Cthulu Saves the World is great and a steal at $1.

Highly recommended, especially for people who played and enjoyed retro RPGs in the past.

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#16 MoCiWe

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:48 PM

I also recommend Cthulu at a buck, I bought it when it was 240 points and felt it was worth it so at 80 everybody should give it a try.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:53 PM

5 Star thread, it takes a special kind of CAGer to wade through the sea of crap XBLIG list.

#18 hufferstl

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:53 PM

Looking forward to the floodgate of $1 Indie Games coming up. I really wish Microsoft would give these people their due. They seem to treat these games and their developers like crap and many developers are going elsewhere from what I have read over at the create.microsoft forums. It is a shame.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:08 PM

Thanks for the heads up on this deal. Some of the indie games are well made compared to their xbla counterparts. I cheer for those that will take one for the team.

Breath of Death VII is an entertaining rpg. It's 80 points (not sure if it dropped).
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#20 louiedog

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:18 PM

Thanks for the heads up on this deal. Some of the indie games are well made compared to their xbla counterparts. I cheer for those that will take one for the team.

Breath of Death VII is an entertaining rpg. It's 80 points (not sure if it dropped).


I assume it dropped as well. It's by the same people who did Cthulhu Saves the World.

Both games are on sale in a package that's been discounted to $1 a couple of times on Steam. It's also coming to Mac (as well as iOS and Android) soon and I wouldn't be surprised to see it updated to Steamplay when it does. The requirements are very low. Just a heads up for people who like options.

#21 Blade

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:26 PM

I picked up both Soulcaster titles when they were $3. They're fun NES style retro games in the line of Zelda and Gauntlet. Quite a steal for $1 each.
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#22 vamn

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:31 PM

Thanks for the heads up on this deal. Some of the indie games are well made compared to their xbla counterparts. I cheer for those that will take one for the team.

Breath of Death VII is an entertaining rpg. It's 80 points (not sure if it dropped).


It was always $1. I know because I grabbed it when it first came out. :D

Still, it's a good game and worth playing. Also, Zeboyd, the guy(s) who made this and Cthulu, are supposedly working on the 3rd Penny Arcade game.

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#23 sleepydumbdude

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:59 PM

Cthulu Saves the World is pretty good especially for a dollar. I own it on both steam and xbox.
I had the first soulcaster I'll pick up the 2nd for sure since the price dropped.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:03 AM

Cthulu Saves the World is a STEAL at $ 1 . It was pretty funny and good old fashioned 8 bit romp . Hope Zyboyd keeps cranking them out . I Made a game with zombies in it has thee catchiest tune ever . Worth it for the song alone . Going to pick up Soulcaster 1 and 2 . Thanks op :)
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#25 Darkhate

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:17 AM

Antipole is now also 80MSP, wasn't the original price 400MSP?

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#26 escapekey

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:38 AM

As a stupidly big fan of 2D games, I can vouch for the quality of all 4 of these titles. Also, the Soulcaster dev recently released Escape Goat. Also totally worth it!
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#27 vamn

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 01:27 AM

Antipole is now also 80MSP, wasn't the original price 400MSP?


Looking that up now. Is it pretty much the same as the DSiWare version? Anyone know?

EDIT: It was 240 according to a couple review sites (400 according to Destructoid for some reason...). Regardless, it's 80 MSP now. Adding to OP.

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#28 m3talst0rm

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 02:08 AM

Couple of other games that have dropped...but not much in the way of reviews:

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#29 BrolyB593

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 02:08 AM

Antipole is now also 80MSP, wasn't the original price 400MSP?


I was just looking at picking this up on Desura, nice!

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 02:46 AM

I'll be waiting for the ios release of cthulu