ID@Xbox New Releases Week of March 13th, 2017

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Each week, independent developers release games to the Xbox One through the ID@Xbox program. The program allows developers to self-publish digital games on the Xbox One and Windows 10 with Xbox Live. It’s an awesome program that has brought some really fun and innovative games to Xbox.

This week, the ID@Xbox program brings several new games to the Xbox One. As usual, these games offer a variety of game play. We have a co-op puzzle game, a twin stick RPG shooter, a 1st person interactive story, and more!  See below for complete descriptions, pricing information, trailers, and links to purchase these games digitally on Xbox One. You can also watch them streamed live on the ID@Xbox Beam channel. ID@Xbox Community Manager Jill Conto (GT: AhJILLity) streams new ID@Xbox games every Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday @ 5pm Eastern Time. Be sure to check out her stream to see these new games and you may even win a free code!

Death Squared

SMG Studio
Release Date: March 14, 2017
$19.99 USD

Death Squared is a cooperative puzzle game for 1, 2 or 4 players, best enjoyed with loved ones who don’t mind a little arguing for the greater good. Prove your teamwork skills in Death Squared as you solve puzzles together or die trying! Each player needs to guide a robot to a colour-coded goal, but the path is beset with deadly traps and hazards. Teams of players will need close observation and communication to keep each other alive and discover a solution together. Complete the main campaign in single player or with two players, then take a group into four-player Party Mode for the ultimate teamwork trial! For those that can’t get enough, head to the ‘Vault’ to find extra experiments recommended only for the brave.

Click here to visit the Death Squared page on the Microsoft Store where you can read more and purchase the game.



Plug In Digital
Release Date: March 17th, 2017
$13.99 USD

NeuroVoider* is a twin-stick shooter RPG set in a cyber futuristic world about brains shooting around evil robots with nuclear rocket launchers. Battle through the horde of vigilant robots, boost your character with the smoking remains of your victims, and defeat the master NeuroVoider to end this eternal war. Play it coop with up to 4 friends, or go alone in an adventure of hack’n’slash rampage, with a pinch of rogue-lite, and some permadeath. * may contain explosions.

Click here to visit the NeuroVoider page on the Microsoft Store where you can read more and purchase the game.



Release Date: March 17th, 2017
$19.99 (On sale for $17.99 with Xbox Live Gold for a limited time)

Northern Canada, 1970. A strange blizzard ravages Atamipek Lake. Step into the shoes of a detective to explore the eerie village, investigate surreal events, and battle the elements to survive. The first installment in a series of four games, Kona is a chilly interactive tale you won’t soon forget. October 1970. W. Hamilton, a rich industrialist who owns a hunting manor in Northern Canada, reports several cases of vandalism perpetrated against his property. Unable to find out who dared to commit these acts, Hamilton calls Carl Faubert, a renowned private detective to handle the affair. In Kona, Carl becomes trapped up in the deep north, engulfed in an unexpected snowstorm. The player incarnates detective Faubert, who must shed light on the mysterious events befalling the area.

Click here to visit the Kona page on the Microsoft Store where you can read more and purchase the game.


Dark Arcana: The Carnival

Artifex Mundi
Release Date: March 17th, 2017

Find the missing woman lost in a mysterious Carnival of Horrors. Investigate two worlds: the one you know and an alternate plane existing behind the Hall of Mirrors. Discover the secret of an ancient being known as the Evil One. Reveal the story of star-crossed lovers and stop the Evil One from breaking its magical chains and invading our world. While traveling through dimensions, you will solve cleverly designed minigames and find hidden objects or play a special minigame as an alternative. Best of all, you will befriend a cute and clever monkey devoted to aiding you on this adventure.

The Xbox version isn’t currently on the store, but click here to read more and purchase the Windows 10 version if you would like.


Blue-Collar Astronaut

Mutated Software
Release Date: March 17th, 2017

2D physics-based space flight meets your student loans. Literally and figuratively explore upwards mobility when Earth-based figures fuse with space-based action. Fly across the cosmos delivering pizza, pulling freight, and paying off your student loans! Blue-Collar Astronaut is the only game out there to bring together physics-based 2D space flight with US-census-based working class life. Hooray! Experience 40+ diverse levels utilizing 3 distinct space ships. Challenge yourself with 6 ways to play each level. Feast upon the colorful hand-drawn art and an original soundtrack! Numerous enhancements available with your pizza delivery and truckin’ earnings! Receive an authentic Space-Driving Degree and pay an authentic space-student loan!

Not currently available on the store.


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Adam Ratliff is married to an awesome woman and is the father of one amazing little girl. After the birth of his daughter, he fell out of gaming for a while, but now he's back and fully entrenched in the gaming community. Adam's gaming history started back in the day on Atari then progressed through the gamut of NES, Sega Genesis, and PS1-3 before finding a home with Xbox One. He loves spending time with family and friends, Star Wars, and puns! Follow him on Twitter at @adam_ratliff or in the gaming community everywhere else as CarpeAdam79.

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