STRIKE FORCE ONE
The first wave of ID@ Xbox games is coming. Here are ten of the highest-profile examples
1 As with some of the other games on this list, two-button fighting game distillation Dive kick Addition
Edition is also coming to Sony’s consoles. This version includes character stat tweaks and adds blind selection for ranked matches.
2 Made as part of this year’s Global Game Jam, Through Games’ Kinect-based puzzle-platformer
Fru enables players to use their own silhouette to reveal a hidden world.
3 Another puzzle-platformer, though this time one that uses light and shadow to offer an alternative dimension, Compulsion Games’
Contrast is charming if you can ignore the cracks in its design. 4 A strategy game set in space,
Habitat casts the player as an engineer who must build an orbiting space station for refugees, using junk ejected from an Earth beset by destructive nanomachines.
5 Gateway Interactive is working with Super Hexagon composer Niamh Houston, AKA Chipzel, to create Spectra: 8 bit Racing, a procedurally generated racer based on tunes from her latest album.
6 Beta Dwarf is bringing its co-op brawler, Forced, over from Steam. As slaves enrolled in the “toughest fantasy gladiator school of them all”, you battle for your freedom along with up to three other friends.
7 Another platform for Alex Preston’s hugely anticipated action-RPG Hyper Light Drifter. The game takes its inspiration from the 2D adventures that Preston enjoyed in his youth, and promises to offer a stern challenge.
8 Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut refurbishes the mecha dogfighter with a restructured campaign, all-new dialogue and improved graphics, as well as including the Heroes Of The Fleet mission and two further Strike Suits.
9 Nicalis’s terrifyingly difficult platformer 1001Spikes furnishes players with one life per titular spike to make it through the game. That sounds generous, but this is Rick Dangerous dialled up to 1,001. 10 Roundabout sells itself as an “open-world driving puzzle game”, but it’s more useful to think of this as a limo-themed Kuru Kuru Kururin. You move your rotating vehicle through cluttered streets while picking up passengers and trying not to flatten other pedestrians.