There are simultaneously too many XBox Live Indie Games and not enough. There are too many XBLIGs for me to want to review all of them – just downloading them all and making sure I have all the links set up correctly is a pain. On the other hand, quality XBLIGs don’t come out all the time, so only reviewing the good games would mean sporadic reviews at best. The solution? Expansion. Our review for Recettear has proven to be rather popular (resulting in noticeably higher traffic to zeboyd.com since we put it up) so we’re going to continue to cover indie PC games, in addition to our regular XBLIG coverage. I was recently sent review copies of Amnesia: The Dark Descent (a horror game that looks to take a lot of inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft) and Deadly Sin 2 (an RPG that scored rather highly on RPGFan) so look forward to reviews for both of those titles later this month.
In XBLIG news, Hypership Out of Control should be available to purchase on the live marketplace in a few hours. Expect a full review tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s my short review – it’s awesome if you like retro arcade-style games.
The ccg file (that’s the complete game file that you submit to Microsoft when you’re ready to release) for Cthulhu Saves the World is currently 104MBs. The bulk of that is audio data – a single uncompressed song can be several MBs, whereas the visuals for an entire dungeon might not even reach 1MB. If necessary, we can compress the audio to drastically cut down on space, but I don’t think it will be necessary – I believe we’ll be able to get the rest of the game in without going over the 150MB limit.
In Breath of Death VII news, we’re almost at 30,000 sales. Our rating on the US marketplace has been bouncing around #3-#5 of late, with stiff competition from Zombie Estate & Miner Dig Deep (both great games). If you’d loved Breath of Death VII: The Beginning, haven’t reviewed it yet, and would like to show support, why not review it now?
Final, here’s a little tidbit for you all. Bill & I have been discussing the possibility of releasing PC versions of Cthulhu Saves the World & Breath of Death VII: The Beginning later this year, once we’ve gotten the 360 version of Cthulhu out. If our games were available on a service like Steam at a reasonable price (say $5 for a combo pack with both of them), would you be interested?