August 6th, 2009 is a special date for us XNA / Xbox Indie Games developers, because today is the last submission day for the Dream Build Play 2009 contest.
You probably never heard of DBP, so here's some background: It's a contest for XNA based Xbox games. The DBP 2007 was won by The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai
, now of XBLA fame. In the same contest, Blazing Birds
(now also on XBLA) also placed as a finalist.
DBP 2008 was won by CarneyVale: Showtime
, with Weapon of Choice
placing third (I think) and Blow
(from the same developer as "Blazing Birds") also being among the finalists. All three now available on XBLIG (and very worth titles, me thinks).
None of these titles from 2008 were offered XBLA contracts (although MS always keeps this option open for contest finalists), probably because MS didn't want to steal the good games just before the Xbox Live Community Games service (as it was then called) was going online (or who knows, maybe XBLA was simply "full").
Anyway, with the submission closing soon, most entries have already been made, as you can see in the contest gallery
. One of them being my own Kuchibi
(although I'm not claiming any hopes for actually winning anything).
Some of the entries are quite amazing, and even though I don't know if any of these will show up on Xbox Live Indie Games (or maybe even XBLA), I wanted to present a few I think are noteworthy (more to come in a later blog post). Disclaimer: I myself have nothing to do with the development or publishing of any of the following games!
And of course, all of these games are written with XNA, so theoretically, all of them could show up on XBLIG.
Stand by for more on this year's DBP entries in a future post...
Really amazing is Dust: An Elysian Tail
. I've been able to actually play this in playtest in the XNA Creators Club, and it really is fun. It certainly looks
great! See for yourself:
Another game that really looks great in the video (although I haven't played it myself): RC Racing 360
And finally (for this post), there's WhipCrack
, which really looks interesting and innovative - sort of "Indiana Jones' whip meets Luke Skywalker's light sabre and the two have a very mean offspring". Again, I haven't played it yet, but I have downloaded the playtest version and will be sure to give it a go: