XBLIG Escapees: Mommy’s Best Games On PC

Xbox Live Indie Games has felt like an outpost of PC gaming on Xbox 360. It’s a space like Newgrounds, Game Jolt, or Itch, where anyone can make and release small games, which means its library of thousands has everything from scrappy gag games to some really pretty great stuff. And like PC gaming, Microsoft had no idea what to do with XBLIG – they hid the space away for years, and are now planning to close it.

But! Good (and RPS-relevant) news: four games from prolific XBLIG dev Mommy’s Best Games – who you might know for the gun-stacking Serious Sam Double D – have arrived on Steam, giving a small peek into the world.

The four games are all retro 2D shooters of various types in bright colours. Explosionade is a bit Metal Slug-y, Shoot 1UP is a vertical-scrolling shmup where you can deploy and control oodles of ships at once (and fight a lady with roboboobs, because shmups), Weapon of Choice is a bit Contra-y, and Game Type… I’m really happy Game Type made it over.

The horizontal-scrolling shmup is perhaps the weakest of the four, but is such a daft artifact of its time and place. Game Type, see, is a game parodying Microsoft’s awful new Xbox 360 UI from 2011, which filled the main menu with junk and adverts while also hiding XBLIG away behind a button labelled ‘Game Type’ with a picture of a parkouring lady in a hoodie. If you’re bringing over some XBLIG games, it’d be a shame to leave something like that behind.

Explosionade, Shoot 1UP, and Game Type cost £1.99 apiece, while Weapon of Choice is £3.99. Or they’re all in this bundle for £5.59.


  1. golem09 says:

    Reminds me that there still is one Xbox Live Arcade game in dire need of a pc port… Shadow Complex.

    That one turned out to be my favorite Metroidvania.

    • welverin says:

      We need ports of Radiant Silvergun and Guardian Heroes as well, even though they didn’t originate there.

  2. Hedgeclipper says:

    Ah Microsoft, I have concluded they are counter-capitalist performance artists boldly breaking things people like to demonstrate the futility of hope in modern society.

  3. smeghamr says:

    You know, for a moment there, I thought someone had remade Alien Fish Finger

  4. SuicideKing says:

    The PC Master Race welcomes the XBLIG devs.

  5. Spacewalk says:

    Weapon Of Choice looks like something that Earnest Evans vomited.

  6. Jekhar says:

    I made a point of testing every remotely interesting looking XBLIG title released, and buyed quite a lot of them. Mommy’s Best Games was good developer, as was Magical Time Bean and that Zeeboyd guy. It’s a shame MS buried the channel, there were quite a few hidden gems to be found. But, let’s be honest, also a lot of Silver Dollar-y crapware.

  7. AlwaysRight says:

    The closest thing Microsoft ever did to curate XBLIG was commissioning “The Independent Charles Show” starring RPS’ Rab.
    It was, and still is; the best thing that Microsoft has ever done.

  8. Jalan says:

    Had a lot more fun with Serious Sam Double D than I initially expected to years ago (this was 2012 I think, definitely before the patch updated the game to the XXL version). It was the right mix of challenge and fun that allowed me to finish it in the span of a single afternoon, only later going back in to pick off achievements. It didn’t really feel like a Serious Sam title though and seeing their other games I’m beginning to understand just exactly why that is.

  9. Phasma Felis says:

    If we’re recommending XBLIG-ported-to-PC, you must play Super Amazing Wagon Adventure. $3 on Steam, go get it.

    And if that got you in the mood for more amazing wagon adventures, you should play Fuck Oregon, Let’s Go Find El Dorado. It wasn’t on XBLIG, but it is free and amazing.