Xona Games is an award-winning
Xbox and PlayStation indie game studio, co-founded by Matthew Doucette and Jason Doucette. We make arcade-style intense retro games and best known for our $180,000 contest wins and our #1 shmup hits in Japan. Xona Games headquarters is located in The Hub Yarmouth, a co-working space also co-founded by Matthew.
Jason Doucette (left) and Matthew Doucette (right) of Xona Games.
Matthew and Jason have been coding games since they were seven years old, before they owned a computer. Their first personal computer was a TI-99/4A and second a Tandy 1000 SX. Starting in early elementary school, they developed a "game code", a formulated and sometimes philosophical list of do's and don't's by which all of their games abide.
Xona Games is the realization of a lifelong passion.
Matthew (left) and Jason (center) in Xona Games studios.
We have won prestigious awards (
Innovacorp's $100,000 prize, Tizen's $50,000 prize, Roger's $20,000 prize) and received worldwide press ( Develop, Retro Gamer, Famitsu, Reviews On The Run, Official Xbox Magazine). We have won over $180,000 in contests. Our games have been rated from #1 in Canada ( Duality ZF in Dream Build Play 2010) to #1 in Japan ( Decimation X and Decimation X3 on XBLIG), and been top picks across many categories ( IGN, Famitsu, Gamasutra, Joystiq). Every game we developed, released or not, has won awards.
Jason (left) and Matthew (right), in the Xona Games studios.
Our games have also become #1 best sellers in multiple countries (
Decimation X, Decimation X3, and Score Rush). We have dominated the Japanese market with three of the top five games and two best sellers, simultaneously. We have dominated XBLIG with 3 of the top 7 four-player shoot 'em ups and out of thousands of developers we are 1 of 3 studios to produce 3 or more 4+ star rated titles.
Jason (left) and Matthew (right) in Xona Games studios.
Our game engine technology was recognized for technical excellence (
IndiePub semi-finalist). Microsoft invited our studio to develop a launch title for their Windows Phone 7 launch ( Decimation X2). We have strong indie ties and were chosen to represent the Indie Games Winter Uprising. Our only mobile title won a highly commended award in WP7COMP, a Microsoft-supported Windows Phone 7 Competition, and was the only game that placed (the rest were "apps"). Turbulenz, a new online gaming platform, funded us to develop a launch title ( Score Rush port) and even turned one of our games into a cake!
Our games feature beautiful
Imphenzia and hard-rocking Dragon Music Productions soundtracks, and are 4-player shoot 'em ups. Expect to see more genres exploited for their true potential in the future, including racing and beat 'em ups. We have only just begun.
To see what we are currently working on, visit our developer's blog. Also check out our friends who have all done amazing things in the indie gaming industry!
NSBI, Nova Scotia's business development agency, has supported our attending of international game conferences:
NSBI also included us in the Nova Scotian
"Your Studio Here" promotions. We have even been congratulated by Nova Scotia's House of Assembly.
Our games are also featured by the New Brunswick government in Jalloo, a gaming festival hosted by NBCC Miramichi:
We also attend various gaming expos on our own:
PAX East '12*
PAX Prime '12
PAX East '13*
PAX East '14
PAX East '16
PAX East '17
Hal-Con '16 w/ Xona Games booth**
Spring Geequinox 2017
Hal-Con' 17 w/ Xona Games booth (
*At PAX East, we placed second (PAX East '12) and
first ( PAX East '13) in Geometry Wars 2 gaming competitions.
NSCC Truro Campus, part of the Nova Scotia Community Colleges, also helped fund these trips as Matthew Doucette is the core faculty member of their Game Development and Game Development Generalist Concentration (game programming and design concentration) programs.
We have developed for
many game platforms:
In the future we plan to
develop for more game platforms:
Windows PC - Steam
Windows PC - Desura
Nintendo Wii -WiiWare
AppStore - iPhone/iPad
Matthew interviewed by Game Code TV ( blog entry).
Jason at GDC 2012 ( blog entry).
Matthew on the "Are You Smarter Than A CEO?" contest ( blog entry).
Matthew (left) and Jason (right) at GDC 2010 ( blog entry).
Xona Games winning $100,000 ( blog entry).
Xona Games on CBC TV News ( blog entry).
We are also avid gamers. We have both beat the R-Type, Raiden, and Raiden II arcades. My
old notes show that we both beat 1943: The Battle of Midway arcade together. We can complete NES versions of Contra and Super-C with one life, twice over. We are huge shoot'em up fans, as you may know. Jason has beat 15+ Xbox LIVE games and can beat the OutRun arcade. Matthew has beat 70 NES games, 100+ Xbox LIVE games, and many other games, as well as competed and placed first and second in PAX East's Geometry Wars 2 contest (in 2013 and 2012).
Here's some examples of our gameplay:
Matthew playing Pacifism in Geometry Wars 2, scoring 600 million / 705 worldwide rank.
Unrecorded, in Pacifism, Matthew obtained a peak rank of #553 worldwide out of about 300,000 players and separately a peak score of 890 million points.
VIDEO Matthew (left; blue) and Jason (right; red) beating Super-C in 17 minutes at PAX East 2012 ( blog entry).
Jason getting the Cardiogram achievement (Score an overall AAA in Heart Attack Mode) in OutRun Online Arcade.
*Original photoshoot article: Xona Games NSBI Photoshoot! Photos by John Sherlock.
We don't just make games, we have
other interests too.
More Xona Games Articles:
Xbox LIVE Indie Games Officially Shut Down
Matthew Doucette: Xbox MVP Award!
Exploring Non-Euclidean Geometry
PAX East 2017 Wrap Up
GDC 2017 Wrap Up
Matthew Doucette: Featured in Canada Business Network
Xona Games: Featured by Futurpreneur
Random: 3rd Place at Atlantic Lottery Hackathon
Matthew Doucette: Xbox MVP Award!
Practicing Self-Care as an Entrepreneur
Ego is the Enemy
XNA 5.0 Officially Declined by Microsoft
Kickstarter: Xydonia: Action Packed Japanese Inspired Retro Shmup
Xona Games: Featured on CJLS Radio
Xona Games: Featured in Yarmouth Vanguard
Xona Games: Featured in The Chronicle Herald
Futurpreneur Funds Xona Games
Matthew Doucette Pitching Xona Games at Invest Atlantic
Matthew Doucette: Completed 100 Xbox LIVE Games!
Xona Games: Featured in Progress Magazine
Matthew Doucette: Keynote Speaker at Game Space AV
Matthew Doucette: CJLS Radio Interview on Bizcraft
Matthew Doucette: Keynote Speaker at Bizcraft
Matthew Doucette: Guest Speaker on Artificial Intelligence
Xona Games Lands $50,000 ACOA Funding
Halifax Scramble S (Wrap Up)
How Many Games Does a Game Developer Own?
Kickstarter: Elysian Shadows, a Next-Gen 2D RPG
Kickstarter: Funded Viridis, an Indie Shmup
Xona Games in Wikipedia!
Xona Games: Featured in Greater Halifax
Xona Games: Featured in Yarmouth Vanguard
Alexander Bruce: Inspirational Indie Developer
Matthew Doucette: Guest Speaker at 1T
Domains, Domains, Domains
Matthew Doucette: Interviewed on Indie Dev Podcast
Matthew Doucette: Interviewed on Game Code TV
Xona Games: Featured in Official Xbox Magazine
Xona Games: Announced as Official ID@Xbox Developer
Matthew Doucette: 80 Completed Xbox LIVE Games
Xona Games & Turbulenz Win $50,000 Tizen App Challenge
Xona Games: Featured in Connected for Business
Halifax Scramble Wrap Up
Matthew Doucette Wins Raiden Fighters Jet Tournament
Xona Games Shmup Tournament
Xona Games: Interviewed by Rogers
Don't Forget, Xona Games is in ID@Xbox too!
Matthew Doucette: Guest Speaker at Entrepreneurship Seminar
Xona Games Wins $20,000 Rogers Big Idea Contest
Halifax Game Jam 2013 Wrap Up
GDC 2014, Here We Come!
Xona Games Supports NSGDA
Running CityDesk on Windows Vista/7/8/10
Xona Games Accepted in ID@Xbox
Our Own NES Game Genie Codes
Kickstarter: Funded Mighty No. 9!
Indie Royale's Indie Gamer Chick Bundle
We're featured in Yarmouth Vanguard
We're featured in Nova Scotia's ICT 2013 Sector Report
Jalloo 2013 Wrap Up
Sad News on Radiangames' First F2P, Bombcats
Xonatron Breaks Top 10,000 on TrueAchievements
Xona Games: Interviewed by Independent Gaming
Funded Another Retro Kickstarter: Chasm
Two Cool Kickstarter Projects
GDC 2013 Wrap Up
PAX East 2013 Wrap Up
Kickstarter: Shmup Devs Unite!
GDC 2013: Beating Score Rush in 0:10:20
Xona Games Featured in Develop Magazine, Thrice!
PAX East 2013: Matthew Wins Geometry Wars 2 Tournament
Matthew Doucette Interviewed on Monetization Practices
Xona Games: Jason Doucette GDC 2012 Interview
Help Xona Games win a OUYA Dev Console
Are Games Art? It Doesn't Matter
Xona Games Devs Beat Super-C in 0:16:28 at PAX EAST 2012
#1 and #2 in SHMUP Contest!
Xona Games Backs Indie Game: The Movie On Kickstarter
Xona Games Targeted For Rating Manipulation Abuse, Twice
Xona Games: Featured in Official Xbox Magazine Online
Halifax Game Jam 2011 Wrap Up
Xona Games: Canada Business Feature
"How I come to be Xona-Infected?"
Xona Games: Featured in Chronicle Herald
Xona Games: Interviewed by The Thoughtful Gamers
Xona Games 1 of 3 Developers To Produce Three 4-Star XBLIG Games
Xona Games is 4-Player Shmup King of XBLIG: Created 3 of Top 7
Xona Games Running Lean: The Lean Startup Challenge
Xona Games: Featured in Nova Scotia's "Your Studio Here" Promotions
GDC 2011 Wrap Up
Xona Games Featuered: Indie Games Counter Sequel-Driven Market
Xona Games: Featured in Chronicle Herald, Again!
Xona Games: Are You Smarter Than A CEO? Interview
Featured Indie Developers: Xona Games
Xona Games Featured in Develop Magazine, Again!
Xona Games: CBC News Recap
Xona Games 2 of Top 3 Picks in #1 Japanese Gaming Magazine, Famitsu
Xona Games 10th & 11th Best Selling XBLIGs Worldwide
Xona Games Dominates Japan in Top Ratings and Best Sellers
Xona Games Congratulated by Nova Scotia House of Assembly
Xona Games Inspires!
Racketboy Podcast #15 - Indie Shmups
Xona Games Featured Over 200 Times!
Xona Games NSBI Photoshoot!
Living the Dream!!!
Jalloo Festival to Showcase Duality ZF
And In Local News... (Yarmouth, Nova Scotia)
Homebrew Heroes: Retro Gamer Feature
Xona Games Featured in Open to the World Magazine
Xona Games Inc.: We're Officially Incorporated!
Matthew Doucette: Guest Speaker at Innovation Social
GDC 2010 Wrap Up
Xona Games Speaks at Business Over Breakfast
Xona Games Wins $100,000 - I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition (Video)
50,000 YouTube Views
Xona Games Featured in Local Newspaper
Xona Games Wins $100,000 - I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition
Acadia University Coverage: A Passion For Programming
Xona Games Top 3 in $200,000 Technology Competition
Xona Games Featured in Develop Magazine
Xona Games I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition Finalist
Xona Games Featured on CBC TV News
Xona Games on CBC News Website
CBC Radio One Interviews Xona Games
Xona Games Company Profile for NSBI
Console Arcade Interviews Xona Games
Introducing Xona Games