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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Xbox Dashboard Helps Indie Game


December 21, 2011 (Louisville, KY) – Shoot 'em up "Game Type" launches on the Xbox 360 after Microsoft reserved a special tile on the dashboard for the game since the new Fall update.

Mommy's Best Games, creators of Shoot 1UP, present a new, coop shoot 'em up in which you pilot the iconic Hoodie Girl to battle the evil MediaBall.
"Game Type" box art
Think you have what it takes to explode angry cats and raging SUVs into showers of cash? Show the world with the shared, online high scores table. Game Type is a "score attack"-style game in which you zoom your way through bizarre enemies, going for the high score, all while the game-speed continues to climb. Bring in a friend and fire your Kick Beams for extra power--PARKOUR!

Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard update, Game Marketplace (note Game Type tile in upper right--Sweet!)

"I've been thrilled Microsoft created the special dashboard tile just for our game. It's such a terrible name which I created as a placeholder while starting the project." reveals lead designer Nathan Fouts. "With the incongruous stock photo of a woman in a hoodie doing a jump-kick, and the forgettable 'Game Type' title, it's good to know Microsoft was advertising our poorly-named game, and not trying to label the console's entire digital game storefront. Otherwise, it'd be a horrible match that would simply make no sense and generally lead fewer gamers to find the store and browse on their own terms."

Check out "Game Type" on Xbox Live Indie Games. Find it in the Xbox 360 Games Marketplace. Or just do a search on it. Otherwise, you'll probably get lost in the dashboard, stuck watching advertisement for TV shows.

Game Type marketplace link

Game Type screens, click to zoom:

Will you be able to find "Game Type" on the MediaBall dashboard? It's in there somewhere!

Hoodie Girl slaps some sense into these flying nasties!
Award-winning shows like "Fat Guy and Pretty Girl" now streamable on your console!

Hut-hut-hut! Watch out Hoodie Girl!

Deliver swift justice with the Kick Beam in 2-player mode. PARKOUR!
Gameplay footage:

About Mommy’s Best Games:
 Mommy's Best Games, Inc. is a boutique game developer founded in 2007. We strive to deliver games that push the edges of the medium through gameplay, art, satire, and pie. Our first game, Weapon of Choice, is an award-winning, side-scrolling, action game now available Xbox LIVE Indie Games. And our newest, critically acclaimed games Shoot 1UP, Explosionade, and Serious Sam Double D are available on XBLIG and PC. Follow MBG on Twitter to find out more!


EDfromRED said...

It's deplorable how the new XBox Dasboard update has made indie games harder to browse.
Indie game access should be front and center, not sweeped under the rug.

Machaira said...

I think my review kicked this through. Glad I could help. :)

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Ujn Hunter said...

Love your game. Hate the new dashboard.

Gamertag: Alfred Saxon said...

Please fix the score saving problem and make more STG's please!.

Nathan Fouts said...

Yes, thank you!

Thanks guys, glad you liked the game!
I don't hate the whole dashboard--I like being able to search for things, but the browseable store fronts are a clunky and could use work.

@Alfred Saxon
(Saw your comment in an email but now it's gone)
Yes, I'll get the score bug fixed ASAP. XBLIG system requires at least 7 days after a review, so it'll be that plus a few days, but we'll get it fixed soon.

And I agree, I like making shooting games and hope to make more!

Zachwulf said...

Bought! Honestly, I tried to find the Indie Game section the other day and I literally could not after 5 minutes. I mean, and I pride myself for how good I am at these things. I was absolutely appalled at how MS hid it.

Anonymous said...

To be honest not many "mainstream" even bother looking at the catalog at all.

I agree though, more voice for the indie developers (good ones at least).

Anonymous said...

Why I don't understand is why many Indie devs INSIST in creating games for a console that treats them like dirt.

They get no respect at all.

Even the freakin' Wii has a better search tool.

Besides, that's the problem with having consoles being treated as one more generic media center. And not as a GAME console.

But since you Indies like the 360 so much, you get what you ask for. Don't complain.

helicopteros radiocontrol said...

Most of the Xbox users are recommend negative views on this new dashboard. I also hate this new Dashboard. But i love your game lists.

Anonymous said...

I purchased your game because of its sheer creativity! It's unfortunate that Microsoft still has not made the XBLIG section more easily accessible on the dashboard, but at least now they have finally somewhat improved the number of listings to 50 or more in multiple categories. Hopefully someday they will give the XBLIG section more accessibility!

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