Microsoft announces 25 indie games coming to Xbox One

Including a couple that use Kinect.

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Microsoft has announced 25 indie games coming to Xbox One as part of the ID@Xbox self-publishing program.

Games such as Nicalis' 1001 Spikes, Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition by DrinkBox Studios and Super Time Force by Capybara are on the list.

More than 200 developers have now received Xbox One development kits through the program, Microsoft said.

Now, Xbox One owners are about to see the results, with ID@Xbox games due to be released in the Xbox store in the coming weeks.

Here's the list:

  • 1001 Spikes by Nicalis
  • Calibre 10 Racing Series by Bongfish GmbH
  • CastleStorm by Zen Studios
  • Chariot by Frima
  • Chuck's Challenge 3D by Niffler
  • Contrast by Compulsion Games
  • Divekick Addition Edition + by Iron Galaxy Studios
  • Forced by BetaDwarf ApS
  • FRU by Through Games
  • Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition by DrinkBox Studios
  • Gunscape by Blowfish Studios
  • Habitat by 4gency
  • Hyper Light Drifter by Heart Machine
  • It Draws a Red Box by Other Ocean
  • Nutjitsu by NinjaBee
  • Pinball Arcade by FarSight Studios
  • Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut by Toxic Games
  • Riptide GP2 by Vector Unit
  • Roundabout by No Goblin
  • Sixty Second Shooter Prime by Happion Laboratories
  • Spectra: 8bit Racing by Gateway Interactive
  • Strike Suit Zero by Born Ready Games
  • Super Time Force by Capybara
  • The Last Tinker by Mimimi Productions
  • Wulverblade by Darkwind Media

Of note are It Draws a Red Box and FRU, which feature Kinect integration.

It Draws a Red Box is "a chaotic eight-player eSport jumping jetpack future arena ball game" inspired by Bomberman and Smash Bros.

Fru is described as a Kinect-based puzzle platformer in which the player uses a joystick and their body to control the game. The player's silhouette is used to reveal what lies beneath the world at first glance, Microsoft said. "Fru's gameplay changes according to the player's shape, pose and movement."

Microsoft said the list is not comprehensive, and more ID@Xbox games are in the pipeline, including Pool Nation FX, Another World, Stick it to the Man, Ninja Cowboys, Mortar Melon and The ARC.

ID@Xbox chief Chris Charla said: "Since we first announced the program in August, we've been working closely with developers to bring a diverse array of independent games to Xbox One.

"Our goal is to make the process as easy as possible so developers can focus on what matters most: creating the games you're beginning to see today!"

Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer added: "Our goal has always been to make Xbox One the best place to play games, and that means having a diverse portfolio for gamers to choose from.

"We've worked closely with independent developers to bring their own brand of creativity and innovation to the platform and today is just the beginning."

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