Well, what do we have here? Thanks to Microsoft’s new Xbox.com website, it appears that some choice information has been revealed to us. With the old website, the system would merely update itself every few hours and the “top games” would change depending on who was buying what at that time. While that area remains unchanged, they’ve added a new section in which we can now see what they best selling games of all time were.
Now, before I start the list you should know a couple things:
- I don’t know the exact sales numbers, Xbox.com doesn’t share that.
- This is actually a pretty depressing list given the quality of most of these titles.
So, yeah, let’s explore the best selling Xbox Live Indie Games, starting with #10:
Not a huge surprise, Headshot was, realistically, the first Xbox Live Indie Game I noticed when it was released. If you don’t really know what the game is, it’s basically a simply find the target and kill em before the timer runs out. Simple, mindless fun where you kill people.
Oh but I am surprised that Headshot has sold more than Headshot 2 which, by all accounts, is a much better game.
Try Not To Fart
One of the more crass games on the XBLIG channel, Try Not To Fart is a fairly simplistic game where you simply have to press the buttons in the right order as they get shown. Of course, who doesn’t love a good fart right?
While we’re on that note, by the way, who the hell farts that much? If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, get yourself to a doctor.
Now I haven’t actually played this game yet as I tend to avoid any XBLIG game with the word “avatar” in the title. That said, judging from the screenshots it looks like a fighting game with your avatars, and, at the end of the day, who doesn’t want to watch themselves kick the crap out of somebody else?
Again, this is another game that I’ve not actually played myself, but, what I can gather from title and screenshot is that it’s a game about golfing with your avatar. Actually, it really doesn’t look that bad, and given the review rating I’d say this might actually be a fairly comparable golfing game.
Too bad I hate golfing.
Not much to say here that’s not already explained in the title and screenshot. Basically, it’s a remote control plane simulator. You take off and fly around for a bit and then land. Not sure if there are any goals or not.
I will say that I’m quite surprised that this is so high up on the list. I mean, it’s certainly not the most exciting game.
Yet another Avatar-inspired game. I’m quite surprised so many have made the top 10.
In any case, Avatar Paintball is a game that’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: arena styled online multiplayer paintball matches with your Avatar. That’s it.
The Impossible Game
Now this is a game that’s truly worthy of being in the top 10 (not to say that some of the others weren’t). The Impossible Game is a fantastic game that has you going through a pre-set course of obstacles where if you hit anything you have to start over from the beginning.
The challenge with the game is that it actually takes a lot of mental endurance to remember when and where to jump and avoid certain obstacles.
Again with the Avatar games, this one, if you can believe it, is the simplest most non0game of them all. Each level starts off with you “dropping” your avatar down some odd level with balls and rings. The point is to get your avatar to hit various rings and get a higher score.
Honestly, there’s really not much to this “game.” I would actually liken it more to an interactive screensaver than an actual game, but apparently somebody likes it as it’s made it fairly high on this list.
Baby Maker Extreme
I’m just going to go on record as saying: I’ve never played this game and I have no idea what it’s about aside from making babies apparently. I guess, at some point, I should probably give it a try though considering it’s obvious popularity by making it to the second top spot in only a few months time. Very impressive.
I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1
No surprise here as I think we all know that I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1 success has been well documented over the last year or so. At last count I believe James had sold over 300,000 copies, had his song on the Rock Band Network, and had a shirt available for sale in Hot Topic. Very impressive for such a simplistic game.
Well that’s it. Those are the ten best selling Xbox Live Indie Games ever. I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that coming in at number 11 was Rumble Massage.
Also some other notable releases that didn’t make it to the top 10:
12. Headshot 2
15. Beat Hazard
16. Miner Dig Deep
23. Kodu Game Lab
24. Inside Lacrosse’s CL2010
So, yeah, interesting stuff. Were you surprised by anything?