[Popcorn seller at the sports game voice] Xbox Demos! Get ya Xbox demos!
That’s right, my sweet summer children. ID@Xbox, which is Xbox’s dedicated indie sector, currently has over 30 games, mostly unreleased, with playable demos out right now.
From June 21st to June 27th, these demos will be available on Xbox consoles to give a big fat go before you decide to chuck a preorder on it. The thing is, that’s a lot of games! About 30 game demos, but what the hell are they?
That’s a great question that will be answered by this post. Here’s the full list of game demos available to play for the week, as well as trailers to give you an idea of what they’re about so you can see before you try before you buy.
Dragon Vein Studios
A 3D isometric role-playing game with turn-based combat and little wooden puppets.
Tiny Warrior Games
Atari-esque metroidvania where you play a sword-duelling cat in Feudal Japan.
Batora: Lost Haven
Action-adventure RPG with a choose-your-own-adventure story.
Turn based RPG where you battle as cakes. The name is very self-explanatory.
An animated movie AND a puzzle game. Completely hand-drawn graphics.
BROK the InvestiGator
Slated to be “the very first Punch & Click game”. Story-driven adventure game about a crocodile detective.
Third person investigative adventure game set in France. hon hon.
Pixel-based roguelike with automatic battles and procedurally generated levels.
Doodle God Evolution
you are a god. Enough said.
Endling – Extinction is Forever
Exploration game where you play a mother fox keeping your little cubs alive and well. I’m already getting emotional at the sound of that.
Physics-based game where you control an exhausted man on a mission to do everything without getting up.
Grid Force – Mask of the Goddess
Real-time tactical bullet-hell RPG with a big roster of heroes to choose from.
Narrative-focused experiential game where you are a soothsayer that must lead your tribe out of turmoil.
Cutesy 2D side-scrolling survival action title where you’re a schoolgirl that must fight your way out of a dungeon.
A rhythm-based action-adventure shooter where the more in-sync you are with the metal tracks in the game, the more destruction you will cause.
Rhythm game with multiple difficulty levels and lots of genres to choose from.
A platformer/little guy game where you must lead some very stupid little guys to safety.
Overpass: Rhythm Road Trip
Road trip rhythm game where you must travel to the beat of the music.
Card deck-building roguelite with hints of JRPG and roguelike spattered throughout.
Intense circular bullet hell. Very minimalist, very stressful.
Action adventure game where you play through the memories of your protagonist, but all your actions in the memories have immediate consequences on the present.
A chibi version of chess mixed with monopoly†
David Evans Games
A water based sailing exploration game.
Stylized first-person shooter with fluid stunt system and a lot of time to shoot.
Cult-classic roleplaying strategy game in a cyberpunk fantasy world.
Fast-paced couch co-op brawler where you play spiders with laser swords and more.
A puzzle arcade game where you control the particles of life itself.
Goofy action adventure game inspired by cartoons from the 90’s.
Waving Bear Studio
Procedurally generated first-person shooter where you control a teddy bear fighting nightmares in a little girl’s dreams. Putting this in the category of ‘games that look like horror games but aren’t’.
Terror of Hemasaurus
Retro city smash ’em up where you and your friends can wreak havoc as giant monsters.
Puzzle platform and little guy game. Pikmin meets Paper Mario†
The world’s first skate-boating game, set in a Miami Vice-type world.
Dodgem car beat ’em up game in a knockout arena setting.
Hand-drawn puzzle exploration game where you swim, launch, jump, and bounce between bubbles in a reactive soundscape sky.
That’s all of them! I’m personally keen on giving Tinykin, Stuffed, RE:CALL, Metal: Hellsinger, Exhausted Man, Endling: Extinction is Forever, and Lost Ruins okay. I know it’s a lot, but I’m deeply unhinged.
But how about you? What are you not trying to do? Let us know!