There are over 70 free demos of indie games available on the Xbox store right now. Here’s the full list.
When Geoff Keighley promised us a Summer Game Fest, he really meant the whole damn summer, didn’t he? This thing just keeps going on and on. Honestly, if we never had to see or hear from Geoff ever again, we would be very happy.
But there are nice things coming out of the Summer Game Fest, at least. Like this.
Presently, Xbox is having an ID@Xbox demo event, where 73 weird and quirky indie games all have free demos available to play. These aren’t all polished demos from already-released games, though. This is your opportunity to get in on the ground floor with some games that are still in development. That means you might run into some bugs and issues, but also, you get to discover brand new stuff while it’s still in development. You get to be like a games journalist, but you don’t have to work horrifically long hours for next to no money!
There are some real gems in the list, too. Some big names jump out, like the Destroy All Humans! remake, but you should take this opportunity to chance your arm on some things you may not have heard of. We heartily recommend Cake Bash, Cris Tales, Curved Space, Haven, Road to Guangdong, Swim Out, and of course, the mighty
Tiny Hawk’s Pro Skater Skatebird.
Here’s every game included in the ID@Xbox summer game demo event:
- 9 Monkeys of Shaolin (Sobaka Studio)
- A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher (Ask An Enemy Studios)
- Alchemist Adventure (Bad Minions)
- Aniquilation (R-Next)
- Antipole DX (Saturnine Games)
- Armed and Gelatinous (Three Flip Studios)
- Ars Fabulae (Punk Notion)
- Back to Belt (Mauricio Felippe)
- Bite the Bullet (Mega Cat Studios)
- Book of Adventum (Dark Amber Softworks)
- Cake Bash (High Tea Frog)
- Chickens Madness (Vikong)
- Clea (InvertMouse)
- Cris Tales (Dreams Uncorporated, SYCK)
- Curved Space (Only By Midnight Ltd.)
- Dandy Ace (Mad Mimic)
- Darkestville Castle (Epic Llama)
- Deleveled (ToasterFuel)
- Destroy All Humans! (Black Forest Games)
- Doodle God: Crime City Demo (JoyBits, Inc)
- Dungeon and Gravestone (Wonderland Kazakiri inc.)
- Dungeon Scavenger Inferno (Vidama Software)
- Ephemeral Tale (Dawdling Dog, Ltd.)
- Flowing Lights (gFaUmNe)
- Fractal Space (Haze Games)
- Freshly Frosted (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild)
- Galacide (Puny Human)
- Gauntlet Force: Rise of the Machines Demo (Forge Studios)
- Genesis Noir (Feral Cat Den)
- Haven (The Game Bakers)
- Helheim Hassle (Perfectly Paranormal)
- Hellpoint (Cradle Games)
- In the Valley of Death (stdio.gypsy)
- Kaze and the Wild Masks (PixelHive)
- Klang 2 (Tinimations)
- Knight Squad 2 (Chainsawesome Games)
- Kova: AlphaLink (Black Hive Media)
- KungFu Kickball (WhaleFood Games)
- Long Ago: A Puzzle Tale (GrimTalin)
- Lost Wing (BoxFrog Games)
- Mars Power Industries Deluxe (7A Games)
- Mayhem Brawler (Hero Concept)
- Momentus (Swerve Studios)
- Nine Witches: Family Disruption (Indiesruption)
- OkunoKA Madness (Caracal Games)
- PHOGS! (Bit Loom)
- Pixel Skater (Chickopie Games)
- Ponpu (Purple Tree Studio)
- Projection: First Light (Shadowplay Studios)
- Raji: An Ancient Epic (Nodding Heads Games)
- Re:Turn – One Way Trip (Red Ego Games)
- Road to Guangdong (Just Add Oil)
- Rover Wars: Battle for mars Demo (Sakari Games)
- Sail Forth (David Evans Games)
- ScourgeBringer (Flying Oak Games)
- Seasons of the Samurai (TopView Studio)
- SkateBIRD (Glass Bottom Games)
- Skycadia (Studio Nisse LLC)
- Solaroids: Prologue (DynF/X Digital)
- Space Otter Charlie (Wayward Distractions)
- Swim Out (Lozange Lab)
- Swimsanity! (Decoy Games, LLC)
- Tesla Force (10tons Ltd.)
- The Ambassador: Fractured Timelines (tinyDino)
- The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav (Daedalic Entertainment)
- The Dark Eye: Memoria (Daedalic Entertainment)
- The Last Cube (Improx Games)
- The Vale: Shadow of the Crown (Falling Squirrel Inc.)
- Tribble Troubles Demo (Scary Robot)
- Unspottable (GrosChevaux Ltd)
- WarriOrb (Not Yet)
- Welcome to Elk (Triple Topping)
- YesterMorrow (BitMap Galaxy)
The event is on now and runs through until July 27, 2020. So go fill your boots, play some demos of games you wouldn’t normally consider, and most of all, have fun.
(And if you see Geoff Keighley in the street, throw something at him.)
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