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Five indie games coming to Xbox and Windows 10 that we're really looking forward to

Update: Bumping the article due to resolved issues with preview videos now displaying properly

Microsoft invited us to attend their now annual ID@Xbox Showcase during GDC 2016. We got our hands on quite a few games that we'll share videos with you over the week, but there were a few games that stood out to us. Why, might you ask? Simply put, these games are coming to Windows 10 as well as the Xbox One. Let's check 'em out!

The Turing Test

The Turing Test comes from developers Bulkhead Interactive who have been in the news recently for their successful Kickstarter with Battalion 1944. The Turing Test, however, is a different kind of beast. The best way to describe is that it mixes their last game Pneuma: Breathe of Life with Portal.

The game has you playing as engineer Ava Turing as she explores a research base that is stationed on Jupiter's moon, Europa. Use your Energy Manipulation Tool to take power from one object and place it in another in order to complete puzzles.

I spent a little more than 20 minutes with the alpha build and walked away completely impressed. The graphics are top-notch and the controls are straightforward with the learning curve being how each object in a puzzle works. If you've ever played a Portal game, you'll feel right at home with the Turing Test.

The Turing test is slated to hit Xbox One and Windows 10 this August.

Pit People

Pit People comes from The Behemoth, the developers of cult-hits like Alien Hominid and Castle Crashers. The game is a turn-based strategy game in which you must take on Electrobots, Vampires, and sinister Cupcake people as you try to travel across an apocalyptic wonderland.

As expected, the game features The Behemoth's signature art style and as well as its sense of humor. In the game, you can customize your character as well as level up certain abilities just like you could in Castle Crashers. One of the coolest features of Pit People is that the game also features 2-player co-op and can even go up to 4 players for a 2v2 gametype.

After working my way through the tutorial I found myself enjoying the game and wanting to play more. The game kept me laughing from start to finish and although I'm generally not a fan of turn-based strategy I found myself intrigued by the odd characters and weapons.

There's no timetable on when the game will release but they did tell me that we can expect a closed beta sometime later this year. When we get further information regarding that we'll let you know!

Check out our detailed Pit People preview for more impressions!

Kyub

Kyub is a puzzle game from the Japan-based studio, Ninja Egg. The game has you playing as a Kyub that must work its way through obstacles such as gravity, lasers, and earth's elements in order to make its way through puzzles.

In the game, you must manipulate certain materials to change the status of your Kyub to help you through parts of a puzzle. For example, if there's a fire block that you have to cross over you need to turn the Kyub into a water Kyub in order to make it across. As for the game's objective, it's simple. Do whatever you can to beat the puzzles as fast as you can in order to receive a gold rating.

The game doesn't feature a direct form of multiplayer, but you can compete against your friends fastest times. The game has a bit of a learning curve as I had to give the developers the controller in order to get good gameplay footage. But if you're a friend of difficult puzzle games then Kyub was made just for you.

Thimbleweed Park

Thimbleweed Park first hit headlines back in 2014 when the Kickstarter was funded by almost 70% more of what it was asking for. The biggest reason for the game's appeal is that the game relies heavily on nostalgia as it is a 2D point-and-click adventure and the fact that it comes from the creators of Maniac Mansion.

Legend has it that Thimbleweed Park used to be a thriving town but now it's a place that you don't even want to find yourself passing through. The story begins with two useless cops who happen to find a bottom of a river and as you try to solve the crime you learn what Thimbleweed Park is all about.

My first half an hour with the game was eventful, to say the least. The game has a lot of dry/satirical humor that will have you laughing out loud even when you least expect to. I also found the characters to be quite mesmerizing although I'm usually not a fan of games that lack voice-acting. That being said developers of the game promised that the final version of the game will include full voice-acting. All in all, it's a game I can't wait to get my hands on again just to unravel the mysteries that surround Thimbleweed Park.

Kingdom

Kingdom is a 2D side-scrolling game that molds strategy with resource management. The game first started as a flash title online but steadily garnered attention from gaming outlets. Now it's making its way onto consoles.

The visuals of Kingdom are so gorgeous that just a quick glance of the game sucks you into its world. The game is presented in a pixel art that almost looks as if it was water painted. Your job is is to build up your kingdom to protect it from bad guys.

The thrill of Kingdom comes from "finding it out" as the game gives you no direction whatsoever and instead you must use trial and error to get the gist of Kingdom. Unfortunately, I found Kingdom to be rather elusive GDC and didn't get to play it for myself. That being said, the game is currently out on Steam and it has very positive reviews.

Wrap-up

Well there you have it, these are the five games shown at Microsoft's ID@Xbox Showcase that was labeled to be coming to Windows 10 as well. That being said, it was never stated whether or not the games would be available in the Windows 10 store or if that just meant that you could buy the games on Steam.

However, only a few games that made the jump into the Windows 10 store have been announced beforehand with most titles being announced a week or just days before. If we get official word if/when the titles will be coming to the Windows 10 store, you'll definitely hear it from us first.

23 Comments
  • Freaking brag about it.. -_-
  • All sound boring. Need everquest 3. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • EQ is an Indie game/company now?
  • What about Cuphead? I've been looking forward to that one, but there is still no release date... Just that it should be out in 2016.
  • Well they didn't show it here at the showcase
  • I've been waiting for news on Cuphead! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Cities Skylines!
  • Is Ori and the Blind Forest still indie? Or when Microsoft Studios had supported them, Moon Studios (developers) became non-indie?
  • Cuphead isn't coming to windows 10?
  • I'm not too sure but it wasn't here at the showcase to be gone with.
  • OMG Thimbleweed looks awesome!  Looks like it has the same feel and humour as their vintage games like Day of the Tentacle.  Haven't gamed in years but might actually give this one a go!  
  • & this is why I play mostly on consoles
  • Any release dates? Any chance of you guys doing a nice one-stop video roundup?
  • Did you know Outlook app is updated, also Traffic Raider, also MyTube and Windows Desktop Remote App. Enough of news except Windows Mobile. Posted on Lumia 930 with
    Windows 10 Mobile
  • To much retro looking 2d crap
  • Good article Jonathan. Kingdom looks like fun.
  • Please, Microsoft should look forward on FIFA 16 for windows mobile 10 or task FIFA to fix FIFA 15 lagging.
  • Whoever was playing the Game in The Turning Test video really sucks..Wow
  • You had me at Maniac Mansion (should have mentioned it's sequel though as well, the absolutely fantastic Day of the Tentacle). I'm definitely buying Thimbleweed Park.
  • Looks good. Hope to see paul stream a few! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Do people really buy indie games.
  • Yes.
  • I loved Pnuema and will get the Turing Test.   Thimbleweed Park sounds fun.  Although not mentioned, I really hope Cuphead is releasing this year!!!