Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch 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!

Tonight we played Project Root from OPQAM and Reverb Triple XP. Project Root is a shmup/twin-stick shooter hybrid. We also gave out copies of the game to 17 lucky winners. Read on for game impressions, contest winners, and a full replay of the stream in YouTube format!

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Project Root

Shoot 'em ups and twin-stick shooters tend to be two separate genres – the former typically restricting players to firing in one direction, with automatic scrolling. Twin-stick shooters on the other hand allow players to fire in 360 degrees with control over screen scrolling. But they share a lot in common, namely screens full of enemies firing bullets for players to dodge.

Buenos Aires-based developer OPQAM combined those two genres with Project Root, a modern shmup with twin-stick controls and total freedom of movement. Players will explore massive levels in a spaceship, battling air- and ground-based foes while completing various objectives. Between levels, an upgrade system allows customization of the ship's abilities.

Is Project Root the next evolution of the shmup and twin-stick genres? Tune in tonight to find out, and maybe win a copy of your own!

  • Project Root – Xbox One – 786 MB – $9.99 – Xbox Link
  • Project Root – Windows PC – $9.99 – Steam Link

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The Contest

We'll be streaming Project Root for 60-90 minutes tonight, starting at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT). During that time, we'll be giving out a total of 17 game codes:

  • 12 Project Root for Xbox One
  • 5 Project Root for PlayStation 4 (North American accounts only)

To enter, just follow us at Twitch.tv/WindowsCentral and Twitch.tv/EastXTwitch (making sure to enable email notifications!) and tune in during the stream. You can watch the stream right here in this post, but you need to actually participate in the stream chat to have a chance at winning. We'll deliver codes to the winners via Twitch message (PM) during the stream. No code begging!

Feel free to stick around in chat before and after the stream if you have any questions or just want to say hi. If you enjoy the stream, be sure to check our schedule and come back for more!

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Next week's stream

Want to know what's next for Windows Central's Twitch programming? Here's next weekend's contest stream. The stream always starts at the same time: 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT).

  • Mystery game! Stay tuned for the announcement.

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.

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The following people are in for a whooping courtesy of Project Root!

Xbox One

  • Sn0wpard
  • DEADP00L1391
  • peroni99
  • cdubdamonsta
  • Stoneysilence
  • LightspeedHalo
  • Wildwest310
  • ChoppersX77
  • KluckMyDuck
  • Dakrkplayer2
  • Jonno107
  • jmf337

PlayStation 4

  • Mittens_small_cox
  • little1on1
  • Shawnsig
  • Jurassicworld
  • ohryn32

Tonight's prizes provided by Reverb Triple XP. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!