Xbox Live Arcade games are a great option for people that want fun video games to play, but do not want to spend $60 for a new game. With each game only costing $5-$20, it is a much more affordable option for gamers on a budget. It also enables smaller development studios to make games that otherwise might not be able to find a publisher. Here is a look at a few of the gems among the 300+ games currently available on the Xbox Live Arcade.
Costume Quest is a charming little Halloween themed role-playing game that is great for children and adults alike. While it is a tad short (it will only take 8-10 hours to do everything in the game), it is still well worth the $15 price tag for anyone that enjoys old school role-playing games, Halloween, and quirky humor.
Super Meat Boy
Super Meat Boy is designed to be a throwback to the difficult platformers of old. With over 300 levels and 12 unlockable characters, players will enjoy many hours of fun (and frustration at some of the more brutally difficult levels) for only $10.
DeathSpank and DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue
The DeathSpank games are action role-playing games with gameplay similar to Blizzard’s Diablo games. As you can tell by the subtitle of the second game, offbeat humor is a big part of the games. The first game has a more medieval setting, with the use of swords, axes, and the like, while the second game has a more modernized and science fiction feel, with the use of several different types of guns. Each game costs $15.
Shank is a side-scrolling 2D beat ’em up game that is perfect for gamers looking for some mindless and bloody fun. It is a bit short for the $15 price tag, but the gamers that enjoy this type of game should be satisfied with their purchase.
Limbo is a 2D side-scrolling puzzle platformer that stands out with its dark and moody atmosphere, mostly presented in black and white. The only knock against the game is the length compared to its cost, only three to six hours for a price of $15.
This remake of the Nintendo 64 classic has updated graphics, an improved frame rate, and multiplayer on Xbox Live. At a cost of only $10, Perfect Dark is a great deal for fans of the original, as well as any gamer looking for a great first-person shooter.