Every weekend, Windows Central livestreams an Xbox One or Steam game for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers! We call this show Saturday Game School, because learning about new games is always fun.
Tonight on Beam, we played several games from the Instant Indie Hits bundle, a collection of 10 Xbox One games for $20. All come from Curve Digital, publisher of fine games. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners and the full video replay.
Instant Indie Hits bundle
The Instant Indie Hits Bundle is a limited-time deal in which Xbox One owners can grab 10 indie games from Curve Digital, a value of over $100, for only $19.99. That's a ton of gaming bang for your buck.
This bundle contains these cool games:
- 10 Second Ninja X ( livestream): a challenging platformer with stages that last only 10 seconds each
- Action Henk
- Hue ( livestream): manipulate colors to change the world around them and solve puzzles.
- Nova-111: A sci-fi adventure game with time manipulation mechanics
- OlliOlli: A skateboarding game with a deep tricks system
- Stealth Inc. 2 ( livestream): a challenging platformer with lots of unique mechanics and a vast overworld connecting everything together
- Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure ( livestream): a silly dodgeball game with a lengthy story mode and local multiplayer
- The Swapper: A sci-fi puzzle platformer
- The Swindle: A steampunk stealth action game
- Thomas Was Alone ( livestream): Play as Thomas a computer program come to life, as he makes friends in this fully-narrated platforming adventure.
We've featured several of these games on Saturday Game School before – see above for quick descriptions and review links. Curve publishes a lot of terrific games, and we're glad this bundle makes it so easy and affordable to pick them up at once.
The Instant Indie Hits bundle is only available until March 9. Get it before it's gone!
We streamed the Instant Indie Hits bundle for ~90 minutes. During that time, we gave out a total of 9 bundle or game codes:
- 6 Instant Indie Hits bundles for Xbox One – Win 10 games all at once!
- 1 Tachyon Project for Steam
- 1 Bridge Constructor for Steam
- 1 Grim Legends 3: The Dark City for Steam
See the contest winners at the end of this story.
How to watch Beam livestreams
We're now streaming on Beam, Microsoft's interactive livestreaming platform. It provides some welcome improvements over Twitch, such as a cleaner website layout, built-in stream interactivity, and extremely low latency.
You can follow our channel at Beam.pro/WindowsCentral. From there, you'll be able to watch the stream and participate in chat directly from any web browser, including the Xbox One and Windows Phone browsers.
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- First, follow our channel.
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- Pick the Account option near the bottom of the menu.
- Go to the Notifications tab.
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- Click or tap the Email box next to our channel name until a check appears. That's it!
- We highly recommend that you set a recurring alarm on your phone. Our weekend stream always starts at the same time (9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific), so the phone reminder can be very helpful.
Beam does not offer Xbox One or Windows Phone apps yet, so watching from the browser is the only option on Microsoft platforms. But Beam does offer apps on Android and iOS. Yes, that's a strange inequity. Native Xbox and Windows 10 support is coming though, so stick with us!
Want to know what's next for Windows Central's weekend Beam programming? We stream a different game every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday). The stream always starts at the same time: 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):
- March 11: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare from Activision – Win the new 'Sabotage' DLC and maybe even a full copy of the game!
- March 18: Star Trek Online from Perfect World. Go where no one has gone before in this free MMO and exclusive premium ships (the Tal Shiar T6 Adapted Battlecruisers) for Xbox One and Faction Pack item bundles for PlayStation 4!
We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.
These winners were a big hit during the stream!
Instant Indie Hits bundle for Xbox One
Tachyon Project for Steam
Bridge Constructor for Steam
Grim Legends 3: The Dark City for Steam
Tonight's prizes provided by Curve Digital and Paul Acevedo. Thanks also to our stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!