Microsoft announced this morning that it is discounting over 60 retro indie Xbox game titles by up to 75 percent.
“There’s no visual style more iconic that expresses a love for gaming more than retro pixel art,” Microsoft’s Oscar Polanco writes. “Join us in this love letter to gaming culture from some of the most passionate new voices in the industry, while enjoying discounts of up to 75 percent during the [email protected] Retro Sale.”
Some of the key titles on sale include (descriptions are Microsoft’s):
Cuphead (25 percent off). “A classic run-and-gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era; traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings. Play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single player or local co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets while you try to pay your debt back to the devil!”
Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Editions (60 percent off). “Forced to leave your home under mysterious circumstances, you find yourself drawn into a conflict that has the Sword Coast on the brink of war. Soon you discover there are other forces at work, far more sinister than you could ever imagine. Can you resist the evil in your blood and forsake the dark destiny that awaits you? Or will you embrace your monstrous nature and ascend to godhood? Customize your hero, recruit a party of brave allies, and explore the Sword Coast in your search for adventure, profit, and your destiny.”
The Escapists 2 (75 percent off). “Risk it all to breakout from the toughest prisons in the world. Explore the biggest prisons yet, with multiple floors, roofs, vents, and underground tunnels. You’ll have to live by the prison rules, attending roll call, doing prison jobs, and following strict routines, all the while secretly engineering your bid for freedom. Your prison escape antics will take you from the frosty Fort Tundra to a train hurtling through the desert, and even to the final frontier!”
Pixark (75 percent off). “A vast, wild world filled with vicious dinosaurs, magical creatures, and endless adventure! To survive in this mysterious land, you must tame creatures both ferocious and cuddly, craft high tech and magical tools, and build your own base out of cubes. With a robust character creator, an infinite number of voxel-based maps and procedurally generated quests, your PixArk adventure will be completely unique. Team up with friends to form a tribe or play on your own. Spend your time building a towering fortress or go on a quest in a sprawling cavern. Fly on the back of a dragon and smite your enemies with a magic wand or ride a mighty T-Rex and blast your foes with a rocket launcher. In the world of PixArk, how you play is up to you – if you survive!”
The Survivalists (60 percent off). “The island is alive! Your newfound home will change with day/night cycles as you explore and uncover its secrets. Hunt (or be hunted by) animals for food and an array of mythical enemies, who aren’t necessarily pleased to see you. Get quests from a Mysterious Stranger or find them washed up on the shore. Prepare to trek into a procedurally generated wilderness, with a variety of biomes, for an adventure that’s unique to every player. Finding the perils of island life too much or just looking to share your building expertise with friends? The Survivalists has you covered! Complete joint adventures, gain loot, trade, and ultimately survive together and as you and up to three fellow castaways explore an island paradise.”
Kingdom Two Crowns (30 percent off). “A side-scrolling micro strategy game with a minimalist feel wrapped in a beautiful, modern pixel art aesthetic. Play the role of a monarch atop their steed and recruit loyal subjects, build your kingdom, and protect it from the greedy creatures looking to steal your coins and crown. In the brand-new campaign mode, monarchs must now work to build a kingdom that stands over time until finding a way to defeat the Greed for good. Explore the environments to discover new mounts and secrets hidden in the deep.”
You can learn more about the [email protected] Retro Sale at the Xbox website.
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