Microsoft goes asset mental on games coming to XBL Arcade

Tuesday, 7 June 2011 04:07 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft has release screenshots and a few trailers for some of its games coming to XBL Arcade, some are part of the Summer of Arcade line-up. The list is a doozy, so we’re going to get right to it.

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

The game is a side-scrolling adventure that is a fusion of art, classical animation, and gameplay, by artist Michel Gagné and developer Fuelcell Games.


Double Fine’s tower defense actioner will release on June 22.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War

Signal Studios plans to deliver hours of “intense first person combat” combined with “addictive fast action strategy,” with this title. Called a “playful homage to ’80s action toys and films,” players take control of a full arsenal of US and Soviet units, base defenses, combat vehicles, jet fighters, assault helos, and even commando action figures.

Ms. Splosion Man

Twisted Pixel is expected to release this gem by fall this year.

Crimson Alliance

Certain Affinity’s Crimson Alliance, an action-RPG, is slated for a summer 2011 release.


An Action RPG for Xbox Live Arcade coming out in Summer 2011 and PC later this year. It is the first game from independent developer Supergiant Games and has received several accolades following its debut at PAX Prime in 2010, including two nominations in the prestigious 2011 Independent Games Festival in the categories of Excellence in Visual Art and Excellence in Audio.

In Bastion, players take control of a character known as the Kid, who is thrust into a world that has literally crumbled around him in a great Calamity. He must now construct a safe haven and build a new world from the remnants of the past. The game features lush and imaginative artwork as well as an innovative reactive narration system that responds to the player’s actions in real time all throughout the adventure. Bastion includes more than 30 areas to explore set in several wildly different environments, a variety of weapons and upgrades to discover, and a deep storyline to unravel.

Fruit Ninja Kinect

Fruit Ninja Kinect, an all-new console iteration of the hit mobile game Fruit Ninja is heading to XBL Arcade. Fruit Ninja Kinect will be featured as part of Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade promotion, and available via download from Xbox LIVE Arcade exclusively this summer.

There are three single player modes: Classic Mode, Zen Mode, and Arcade Mode. Fruit Ninja Kinect also adds local multiplayer so Fruit Ninjas can slice side-by-side in pursuit of unlockable blades, backgrounds, avatar shadows and Achievements. True masters of “fruit ninjutsu” searching the lands for “a worthy opponent” can climb the online leaderboards, but only ninjas able to “decimate the mysterious pomegranate – a rare fruit that players can attack furiously in bullet-time” – can claim the highest scores.

With more than 25 million downloads worldwide on mobile devices and top sales chart rankings in more than 60 countries, Fruit Ninja is already rather popular.