Top rated games at http://xblcg.info/

Updated 23/04/09 7.00am BST
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Developer: UberGeekGames
Genre: Classics
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1-2, System Link 2, HDTV 720p, Custom Soundtracks

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Online Multiplayer 2

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: March 11, 2009
Description:

Classic tennis, updated with modern features! Single player, Local & Online Multiplayer modes, plus online Scoreboards (for Gold Members) bring this favorite into the 21st century!

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User Approval: 71%
(31 Votes)

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Developer: Sharky NZ
Genre: Racing & Flying
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1-2, Co-op 2, HDTV 1080p

Ratings: Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: January 3, 2009
Description:

Take to the skies in frenetic WWII dogfighting. Fight it out with up to 10 aircraft – friend and foe! Multiple flyable aircraft. Single player & 2 player battles – including cooperative play. [website http://sharky.bluecog.co.nz%5D

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User Approval: 76%
(41 Votes)

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Developer: Novaleaf Software
Genre: Action & Adventure
Price: 800
Features:
Players 1-4, Co-op 2-4, HDTV 1080i

Ratings: Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: January 28, 2009
Description:

Biology Battle is a modern, fast-paced take on the action arcade genre. Fight for topscore in our online challenge, or battle your friends through 12 unique ‘party game’ modes.A HIGHLY RATED GAME! Biology Battle was awarded a MetaCritic score of 74, which even puts it above many XBLA games in quality, fun, and value. Versus, Co-op, and more await you! (v1.9)

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User Approval: 81%
(32 Votes)

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Developer: David Flook
Genre: Other
Price: 400
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 720p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: November 17, 2008
Description:

Use wind to guide your bubbles safely to the exit. Journey though the magical canopy of the ‘Great Tree’ collecting ‘Flames’ with help from the Faeries. Experience 70 handcrafted levels and infinite procedurally generated levels for endless variety.

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User Approval: 71%
(21 Votes)

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Developer: Running Pixel
Genre: Classics
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1-2, Co-op 2, HDTV 1080p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: March 9, 2009
Description:

A classic bricks breaker under a whole new light.2 Coop modes, 50 levels, a neverending mode, a relaxing Zen mode and a bipolar mode for really hardcore gamers.Ready for the challenge?

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User Approval: 85%
(62 Votes)

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Developer: gambitsg
Genre: Platformer
Price: 400
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 720p

Ratings: Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: December 22, 2008
Description:

CarneyVale: Showtime is a vertical ragdoll platform game. In the game, you play as Slinky, a circus acrobat trying to rise up the ranks by performing acrobatic tricks and death-defying stunts through increasingly complex arenas.

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User Approval: 75%
(20 Votes)

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Developer: Johnny Death
Genre: Action & Adventure
Price: 400
Features:
Players 1-2, Co-op 2, HDTV 720p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: April 13, 2009
Description:

There is a collapse at the San Marino Mines! Join the Miner Rescue Team to save the trapped miners before it is too late. Explore 80 dangerous puzzle-filled levels in this addictive 3D adventure.

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User Approval: 76%
(17 Votes)

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Developer: Unarmed
Genre: Card & Board
Price: 400
Features:
Players 1, System Link 2-4, HDTV 720p, Custom Soundtracks

Online Features:

Online Multiplayer 2-4, Co-op 2

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: February 28, 2009
Description:

Enjoy a game of euchre, hearts, oh hell, spades, knockout whist or romanian whist solo or with your friends. It’s a classic card game for up to four players over live or system link. Invite your friends and let them join while you play.Customize your game experience to fit your house rules. 99 unlockable awards. Proper 16:9 and 4:3 support.

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User Approval: 75%
(20 Votes)

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Developer: BogTurtleCarl
Genre: Shooter
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 720p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: December 4, 2008
Description:

Galax-e-mail has you delivering e-mails by controlling a squad of spaceships battling its way through galaxies of increasing difficulty. You have powerups, multiple weapons and multiple ship types at your disposal. There will be explosions. There will be fast-paced battles between flocks of fighters. Join the fray and deliver some e-mail!

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User Approval: 75%
(28 Votes)

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Developer: Funkmasonry Industries
Genre: Shooter
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 720p

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: January 9, 2009
Description:

Groov is a frenetic dual-stick shooter that makes you the conductor of an intergalactic jazz fusion orchestra. Every action in Groov has a musical reaction, and with three unique modes, randomized music, and powerups that slow down the song (and your enemies), no two playthroughs are ever alike!

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User Approval: 88%
(49 Votes)

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Developer: Halfbrick
Genre: Racing & Flying
Price: 400
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 720p

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: April 8, 2009
Description:

Blast Off into a universe of gravity slingshots, lost astronauts and bizarre planet systems. Use your rocket ship to rescue astronauts and carry them through the warpgate to safety. But be careful! The ever-present force of gravity can be your best friend AND deadliest foe. The emphasis of Halfbrick Blast Off is predicting the effects of gravity and using very minor corrections as you go.

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User Approval: 79%
(28 Votes)

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Developer: David webb
Genre: Puzzle & Trivia
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 1080p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: April 13, 2009
Description:

Hexothermic is a puzzle game that will blow you away! With 4 different game modes, awards and highscores, Hexothermic is fun for all the family! Top Ten Community game 2008 – Gamerbytes.com

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User Approval: 79%
(39 Votes)

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Developer: IshiEiketsu
Genre: Platformer
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 1080p

Ratings: Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: December 26, 2008
Description:

Play as Johnny Platform himself in this retro-styled platformer! Do death-defying double-jumps and solve puzzles in your quest to defeat the evil robot army… and don’t forget to drink plenty of coffee along the way.

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User Approval: 85%
(55 Votes)

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Developer: Robir
Genre: Action & Adventure
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 720p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: March 13, 2009
Description:

Dig and expand your mine to find greater treasures from the depths. Build the deepest mine so you can make your fortune in rare gems and metals from the earth below.

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User Approval: 76%
(37 Votes)

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Developer: Murudai
Genre: Action & Adventure
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: April 1, 2009
Description:

Solar, a space simulation/action game where you play as the sun itself. You can complete a myriad of challenges or simply mess around in an infinite, sandbox universe.

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User Approval: 77%
(43 Votes)

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Developer: MommysBest
Genre: Action & Adventure
Price: 400
Features:
Players 1

Ratings: Violence: 3/3, Sex: 2/3, Mature: 2/3
Last Updated: December 9, 2008
Description:

INSANE ACTION and HUMONGOUS ALIENS tied together by a TWISTED STORY. Branching levels, 4 unique endings, 7 characters each with a Weapon of Choice. Reap revenge with the Vengeance Missile. Cheat death with Deathbrushing! Scale walls with the Spiderpack. Rock out to original, blistering metal guitar tracks. Enough gameplay to rot your teeth! Third Place in Microsoft’s Dream Build Play 2008. v.1.06

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User Approval: 73%
(33 Votes)

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Developer: Fuzzy Bug
Genre: Puzzle & Trivia
Price: 400
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 1080p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: December 17, 2008
Description:

This word game is easy to play and maddeningly addictive. Join the blocks to make words of three or more letters. Blocks can be joined horizontally, vertically and diagonally.When a word is made, the blocks used disappear and the blocks above collapse. Every move creates new combinations.

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User Approval: 73%
(15 Votes)

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Developer: xPox
Genre: Shooter
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: January 6, 2009
Description:

Save the world from global terrorists by shooting down incoming missiles that threaten the few remaining cities of your region.

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User Approval: 75%
(36 Votes)

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Developer: FourBrosStudio
Genre: Platformer
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 1080p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 1/3
Last Updated: March 21, 2009
Description:

Zoomaroom is a physics based platformer that is sure to test your skills. Compete with your friends to get the best time in 70 built-in rooms. Create & share your own rooms on XBL using the in-game editor. Collect all 350 coins to unlock rooms and fun costumes. Zoom baby zoom!

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User Approval: 76%
(33 Votes)

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Developer: Jamezila
Genre: Platformer
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1, System Link 2-10, HDTV 720p, Custom Soundtracks

Online Features:

Online Multiplayer 2-10

Ratings: Violence: 3/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: March 14, 2009
Description:

ZP2K9 is a super-crazy multiplayer sidescroller. Play Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and King of the Hill with 13 devastating weapons and 6 grenade types including Akimbo SMGs, the freeze gun, gas grenades, and the enemy-splattering MIRV.

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Xbox Live Arcade and Community Games sales week of April 6th

From Major Nelson

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)
1 The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai
2 Hasbro Family Game Night**
3 Castle Crashers
4 Penny Arcade Episode 1
5 Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
6 Peggle
7 Worms
8 UNO
9 3 on 3 NHL Arcade
10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1989 Classic Arcade

The above arcade list is based on full versions purchased.
**Combined sales of all Hasbro Family Game Night titles

Top Community Games NEW! (Full Versions purchased)
1 RC-AirSim
2 Rumble Massage
3 DrumKit
4 Aquarium HD
5 Solar
6 NextWar: The Quest for Earth
7 Remote Masseuse
8 Little Racers
9 Rabid Gophers
10 Supercow

In-Depth: Xbox 360 Community Games Devs Talk Successes, Failures, What They Want

Has Microsoft’s Xbox 360-based Xbox Live Community Games service been a success? That’s the question on everyone’s mind, following the anxiously awaited release of sales data to developers.

The answer: it depends who you talk to. There have been successes and failures in the Community Games marketplace, with hard lessons being learned by both developers hinging their futures on the service and Microsoft as a platform holder.

It’s been four months since Microsoft launched Community Games, an independent games focused compliment to Xbox Live Arcade fueled by games created with the company’s free-to-download XNA Games Studio software.

During these four months, however, developers have had no idea how well (or poorly) their games are selling, the only metric being Major Nelson top-ten lists or user created leaderboards.

The numbers are finally in. The first response came from what many believed was an early success story, trippy side-scroller Weapon of Choice from ex-Insomniac Games developer Nathan Fouts and his studio Mommy’s Best Games.

“The results are, in one word, sobering,” said Fouts on his developer blog. “I left one of the best video game employers to strike out and make my own games. This is my full time job, I am not a hobbyist and Weapon of Choice shows that. It is a full-fledged game, which took a full year to make. Not only did we hope sales would recoup the savings we spent during the year of development, we hoped it would provide enough financing to support the development of our next game.”

Read the rest of the article here:

http://www.gamasutra.com/newswire?story=23009

Community games sales analysis from Gamerbyte

More excellent sales analysis of XBLCG sales from Gamerbyte:

[Compiling many of the statistics from XNA Community Games’ first data dump, GamerBytes editor Ryan Langley takes an in-depth look at what the divulged sales numbers mean for the future of the service.]

Over the past week we’ve looked at the sales data for tens of games, but today we’re specifically looking at two of the most popular ones – Word Soup and ZP2K9.

We look into the regional sales for both titles and discuss how each region has reacted to XNA Community Games, and which aren’t paying attention to the XNA Community Game space. We also look at what conversion rates from trials to sales are like at the later points in the life.

regionswordsoup.pngWord Soup, while a version of a very popular pub game in Great Britain, still had its largest base in America. 66% of the overall sales were in the United States with the United Kingdom taking up 26% of sales, and Canada third with 6%. The final 3 regions – France, Italy and Spain all did incredibly poorly, making up a total of 0.25% of the total sales. Less than a percent, a mere 22 copies in all.

regionszp2k9.pngAt the same time ZP2K9 has has somewhat similar results. 77% of sales were from the United States, 15% in the United Kingdom and 6% in Canada. Again the collection of France, Italy and Spain made up very little – a total of 2% of overall sales with 68 copies out of the 3386 copies the game sold.

To read the rest of this article click here:

http://www.gamerbytes.com/2009/04/gamerbytes_analysis_xna_showca.php

Xbox Live Community Games sales

Gamerbyte have done a very interesting piece on XBLCG sales. It looks like a lot of people are disappointed.

There are few things that MS need to do to improve this, bring back game recommendations for friends to the dashboard, introduce a user scoring system for games so browsers can make informed download choices and thirdly, some advertising would be nice. I think the third thing may happen at the launch of Kudo.

Here is the piece;

Since the start of the XNA Community Games on the Xbox Marketplace it’s been well known that the developers had no way to look at any data about their titles. As of Saturday however, download history is now available, complete with specific details on how many trial games have been download, the amount of sales they make on a daily basis, and which regions they were bought.

Many developers have openly discussed their sales through the XNA Creators forums, or on their own websites. Several others have been in contact with us and are allowing us to display their own totals. I thank every developer who was willing to speak with us and be a part of these statistics.

Below is a chart of sales for 24 different games – the amount of trial versions downloaded, and the amount of games bought. Some of the data is incomplete, but we’ve done our best to be as accurate as possible. The earnings are based on the 70 / 30 scale suggested by Microsoft for how much developers will earn through XNA Community Games, but this can change based off of the amount of promotion Microsoft give a game.

xnasalesmar09.pngRead the rest of the piece here:

http://www.gamerbytes.com/2009/03/gamerbytes_analysis_xna_commun.php