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Top 10 Xbox Live Community Games December 29, 2008

Posted by Jesse in : Game Reviews , trackback

It’s the end of the year, and that means top ten lists of all sorts of things are popping up everywhere.  In that spirit, here’s my list of the top ten XBLCG games released so far.

  1. Blow
  2. Blow is a puzzle game that reminds me of games like Lemmings, The Incredible Machine, or Eets.  It’s one of the best games I’ve played this year, and if you like puzzle games and own an Xbox 360, it deserves your immediate attention.

  3. Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp
  4. As you might know by now, I’m very partial to platformers.  JPBR is a single screen platformer, with a total of fifty-five levels.  That’s quite alot of gameplay for two hundred Microsoft Points.  I thoroughly enjoyed the game and hope that the creator gives us a sequel.

  5. Biology Battle
  6. This game draws alot of comparisons to Geometry Wars, and rightly so.  Biology Battle is a very high quality dual-stick shooter that is alot of fun to play.  It has high quality visuals, great audio, and a nice sense of humor.  While the game is fun in single player, it truly shines in multiplayer.

  7. Word Soup
  8. While I’m not normally a big fan of word games, this game has easily earned a spot on my list.  My wife and I have spent many hours passing a controller back and forth trying to beat each others score.  (She wins most of the time.)

  9. CarneyVale Showtime
  10. Here’s the big winner of this years Dream Build Play competition.  As soon as you fire it up, you’ll notice that it is polished to a glow.  The creators have paid alot of attention to the details here, and it really shows.  I’m surprised this one didn’t get picked up for release as an Xbox Live Arcade title.

  11. Ultratron
  12. I’m a big fan of the titles from Puppygames.  This is a port of their game of the same name.  Just like the original, it’s a great game and having access to the Xbox 360 controller only makes the game even better.

  13. Duotrix
  14. Here we have a falling blocks based puzzle game where you have to control two play areas at the same time.  As you might imagine, this can become pretty intense, pretty quickly.  Add in powerups and powerdowns, and you have a very interesting game.  Watch out for that mystery powerup!

  15. Artoon
  16. Artoon is a platformer that is sort of a modern reimagining of Q-Bert.  You control Art, and he is constantly bouncing, and you need to control him to make him bounce on platforms in the correct order and the correct number of times to keep your score multiplier going.  Each world has a different visual presentation, and makes the game feel like you are playing through different pieces of digital artwork.

  17. Classicard
  18. I really like playing spades and hearts. I’m not terribly good at either, but they’re fun. Classicard has both of those, plus euchre, knockout, and some other games I’ve never heard of. It’s a very solid single player game, but even better it includes up to four player gaming on Xbox Live. This is very well made and an incredible value.

  19. Bloc
  20. Everything I wrote about Bloc in my review is still true.  It’s a good game.  A recent update from the creators have made the game even better.


1. Pandapadawan - December 29, 2008

Actually gambitsg are in talks for an XBLA release of CarneyVale. And I guess it won’t be 400 points there. But I would actually buy it again for 800 points if they offer a couple of new levels. 🙂

My top 9 (no particular order, top 9 because I find these 9 titles outstanding)

– Artoon
– Machiavelli’s Ascend
– Word Soup
– CaveIn – Miner Rescue Team
– Ultratron
– CarneyVale: Showtime
– Blow
– Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp
– Hexothermic

2. GloryHornetEmmo - January 6, 2009

This list should have included:
Cavein – Miner Rescue and Word Soup

3. Jesse - January 6, 2009

Word Soup is number 4 on my list.

CaveIn – Miner Rescue is a game that looks like it would be right up my alley, but I couldn’t bring myself to play it. The voice saying “good” and “awesome” in the gameplay video just drive me crazy for some reason. I’ve heard good things about it several times now, so I’ll have to suck it up and give it a try.

Thanks for your input.

4. Jigsaw hc - February 12, 2009

I really dig Tower Revolution, but I’m a tower defense addict.