I’ve always felt that indie games don’t get their deserved attention, and I’ve found a few gems playing Xbox One indie games. Curve Digital has published quite a few and is now selling them on the Xbox Store as the Instant Indie Hits bundle which follows up a couple of their previous Instant Indie Collections. The price of the bundle is $99.99USD/CAD (great deal if you’re Canadian given the current conversion rate) for 10 games which would cost you just over $120 if you purchased them separately. While the full retail price of the bundle nets you a game or two for free if you purchase it before March 9th you can get all $10 games for only $20 – a savings of $79.99 or almost 80%. Not a bad deal for 10 games.
Check out the games include in Curve Digital’s Instant Indie Hits bundle:
What if someone knew your mind better than you did? The Swapper is an award-winning, narrative-driven puzzle game set in the furthest reaches of space. The Swapper takes place in an isolated and atmospheric sci-fi world. Players wield an experimental device which allows them to create clones of themselves, swapping their entire consciousness into new bodies to overcome the challenges of the environment.
- Think: Fiendishly designed puzzles with equally clever solutions that are never more than a few steps away.
- Wonder: The art in The Swapper is constructed using clay models and everyday materials, which combine to create truly unique visuals in a detailed and atmospheric environment.
- Discover: A powerful and thoughtful story told through the game’s environment with narrative design from Tom Jubert, the writer behind hits including Driver: San Francisco and Faster Than Light.
Run, jump and butt-slide into the glorious toy-filled world of Action Henk! Become a master of momentum and defy physics as you race against a band of ragged 90s action figures! Action Henk is a lightning fast platform-racing game set in a beautifully crafted 3D toy box world, where a cast of classic action figure inspired characters compete to once and for all prove that Action Henk is the fastest of them all!
The game challenges players to shave milliseconds off their times by running, jumping and butt-sliding with 5 playable characters across over 70 challenging levels in a game which revels in almost sonic speeds. Action Henk is pure, unadulterated joy at an eye-watering pace. Collect bronze, silver, gold or even rainbow medals to unlock new worlds and greater challenges. And if that’s not enough: race friends in local multiplayer or tackle awesome boss races to unlock mind-boggling bonus levels.
Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones
Stealth Inc 2 is a puzzle platformer where you play the role of a clone escaping a sinister and high-tech testing facility. Stealth Inc 2 tests both your brain and your reflexes over 60 varied levels linked together by a sprawling and detailed overworld.
Death is never more than a few moments away, but one of the few advantages of being a clone is that death isn’t all that permanent. With no loading screens and no lives to worry about, players are encouraged to use their inevitable demise as a learning tool as they navigate lasers, homicidal robots and terrifying bosses in the ultimate hostile work environment.
Pilot your trusty vessel through mysterious and foreign planets in this original sci-fi adventure. Your mission: fix space-time and search out the scientists lost in the aftermath of the Universe’s greatest experiment. Aided only by your trusty (if somewhat sandwich-obsessed) guide, you must repair the temporal vortex!
Navigate mind-warping puzzles and engage in strategic battles with bizarre astrobiological creatures in a twisted environment where the turn-based world and the real-time world collide. As you progress through three distinct worlds, you’ll need to protect yourself by collecting new abilities and upgrade modules for your ship, but remember, your greatest weapon is SCIENCE itself!
Hue is a vibrant, award-winning puzzle adventure, where you alter the world by changing its background colour. You explore a dangerous grey land, unearthing coloured fragments on a journey to find your missing mother. As obstacles match the background, they disappear, creating new and exciting puzzles – full of peril, mystery… and colours unseen.
- Unique colour-matching mechanic, offering a new twist on the classic adventure game.
- A heartfelt story that touches on themes of love, loss, existence and remorse.
- A world full of lively characters to talk to, each with their own personality and story.
- Stark silhouetted art style with bright, bold colours.
- Over 30 original music tracks, composed exclusively for Hue.
- Professionally voiced narration by Anna Acton and Matthew Wade, some of the UK’s best television talent.
Not enough for you? Complete all challenges to unlock the super skillful RAD Mode! Rack up the biggest and coolest combos along the way then time your landing to perfection to rule the leaderboards. Compete across the world in all modes to get the highest scores on every Level and Spot.
Daily Grind gives you 24 hours to challenge the world at a randomly selected Spot. You can practice as many times as you like, but you only get one chance to set your score. Just don’t slam on your face… (you will slam on your face!).
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure
Stikbold! is a groovy 70s-themed single and local multiplayer fantasy dodgeball game with intense, quirky arenas, and chaos-inducing random events which change the outcome of each round. Stikbold! is a single and local multiplayer dodgeball game heavily inspired by the 70’s, back when tacky was cool and there was no such thing as bad style. Follow the story of world famous Stikbold athletes Björn and Jerome, team up with a dodgeball buddy in co-op team battles or charge head first into a manic free-for-all battles with up to five others.
- An epic story mode that can be played solo or with a friend in co-op
- Local multiplayer mayhem across a variety of unique and chaotic dodgeball arenas
- Get knocked out? Stay in the game by attacking players from the sidelines to affect the tournament outcome
- Loads of playable dodgeball combatants to unlock
- A funky 70s disco soundtrack
- Lots of Moustaches
10 Second Ninja X
10 Second Ninja X is a blisteringly fast, overwhelmingly intense action game. The nefarious Captain Greatbeard has kidnapped you and trapped your forest friends inside of his army of robots like some kind of psychopath. Greatbeard doesn’t think you’re the fastest ninja who ever lived – he is WRONG. Destroy all of Greatbeard’s robots in each level in ten seconds or less. Be fast enough to get the coveted three star rating in each.
Fight through 100 levels, explore Greatbeard’s airship, discover secrets, climb the leaderboards and show everyone what it means to be THE FASTEST, COOLEST, MOST FOCUS TEST APPROVED HERO EVER.
Thomas Was Alone
Thomas Was Alone is the critically acclaimed indie platformer about friendship and jumping. Guide a group of sentient rectangles through a series of environments, combining their skills to reach the end of each level. Listen to awesome music by David Housden, negotiate obstacles meticulously placed by Mike Bithell and immerse yourself in the characters’ journey with a voiceover read wistfully and amusingly by Danny Wallace.
Discover the story of the world’s first sentient AIs, and how they worked together to, well… “escape” is a strong word. “Emerge” might be better. “Emerge” has an air of importance about it, while keeping a plethora of plot twists and origin stories under wraps. We didn’t even mention the bouncing. That’d be overkill.
- 120 levels.
- 15 playable characters, each with unique characteristics and abilities.
- Story narrated by Danny Wallace.
- Soundtrack by critically acclaimed composer David Housden.
- Commentary for every level by creator Mike Bithell.
The Swindle is a steampunk cybercrime caper about breaking into buildings, hacking their systems, stealing all their cash, and quickly running away again before the police show up.London, 1849. Scotland Yard will soon activate its breakthrough surveillance technology, “The Devil’s Basilisk.” Its surveillance capabilities will be total and your career as a master thief will be over. Steal it, before that can happen.
From the safety of your rickety airship, you can modify your thief with new skills, tools, and all manner of technological horrors to tackle the richest and most secure buildings in London. All the buildings you’ll be robbing are randomly-generated, so you’ll never get the same level twice. Have you got what it takes to pull off The Swindle?
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