Tuesday, February 15, 2011
By: Matthew Doucette
7. Score Rush
Developer: Xona Games
In the land of the twin-stick shooter that is XBLIG, Xona Games' (the dynamic Nova Scotian duo of twin brothers Matthew and Jason Doucette) Score Rush is the undisputed king. The bullet hell is plenty hellish, yet still navigable enough to draw you into the insanity and the shameless amount of explosions, firepower, and general nonsensecombined with the kind of hard-rockin' hard rock that makes a third Bill & Ted picture seem like a real good timemake this one of the very best releases of late, on XBLIG or off.
2. Decimation X3
Developer: Xona Games
Xona strikes again! It's a bullet deluge and pixel typhoon in the brothers Doucette's third and greatest homage to a pillar of classic gaming that even Taito's own updatethe excellent Space Invaders Extremefails to match in terms of sheer awesome. Wise design choices mean never drawing down players' increasingly ridiculous levels of firepower, even after taking a bullet, and from the moment collaborator Imphenzia's electronic tunes kick in on the title screen, things never let up, resulting in the single best shoot-em-up on XBLIG, besting even the Doucettes' own Score Rush. It just doesn't get done any bigger than this, folks.
Just want to thank Nick Marroni for the great pics, be sure to check them all out at: http://www.complex.com/video-games/2011/02/underground-kings-the-25-best-xbox-live-games/
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About the Author: I am Matthew Doucette of Xona Games, an award-winning indie game studio that I founded with my twin brother. We make intensified arcade-style retro games. Our business, our games, our technology, and we as competitive gamers have won prestigious awards and received worldwide press. Our business has won $180,000 in contests. Our games have ranked from #1 in Canada to #1 in Japan, have become #1 best sellers in multiple countries, have won game contests, and have held 3 of the top 5 rated spots in Japan of all Xbox LIVE indie games. Our game engines have been awarded for technical excellence. And we, the developers, have placed #1 in competitive gaming competitions -- relating to the games we make. Read about our story, our awards, our games, and view our blog.