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 at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT), we have a special double stream with two games and double the prizes to win! First up, we'll be playing the humorous fighting game Divekick: Addition Edition from Iron Galaxy Studios. Then we'll follow up with numerical puzzle game Threes from Hidden Variable Entertainment. Watch along and you could win one or both games!
Update: The stream has ended. Read on for my detailed impressions of both games, the list of contest winners, and the YouTube video replay (edited for entertainment value) of the stream!
Most fighting game players will tell you, the most exciting moment in a match is when one player has no more life left to lose. That make or break moment is every moment in Divekick. Both players have life meters, and yet, one hit is all it takes to knock either competitor out and win the round. It takes multiple rounds to win the match, but that Bushido Blade-like element of trying to land that one vital blow is still there.
The one-hit mechanic would be different enough, but Divekick takes things a step further. Fights use exactly two buttons, with no input from the d-pad or stick (though you can assign either button to a direction on the d-pad). But those two buttons offer surprising versatility.
You have the dive button, which jumps, and a kick button. Tapping kick while standing while perform a backwards hop, allowing you to dodge or move away from your opponent. Jump in the air first though, and you'll pull off the all-important divekick. A divekick is a jump kick in which your character flies towards the ground at an angle. Yeah, this game is pretty much all divekicks, hence the title.
Divekick offers a single-player mode with humorous stories for all 14 characters, plus local and online multiplayer. If you're looking for an easy fighting game to get into, this is the one. Check out our full review for more details.
- Divekick: Addition Edition + – Xbox One – 3.6 GB – $9.99 – Xbox.com Link (opens in new tab)
- Divekick – Windows – $9.99 – Steam Link
Popular puzzle game Threes finally arrived on Windows Phone earlier this week, and for free no less! What better way to celebrate than by playing the game on Twitch and dishing out codes for the premium Xbox One and iOS versions, I ask you?
Threes might look complex at a glance, but it's actually very simple. The field consists of sixteen tiles. These tiles have numbers on them, ranging from 1 all the way to some big numbers that give me headaches just thinking about them.
Swipe vertically or horizontally on the analog stick or screen to try to move all of the tiles on the screen in that direction. If the number on a tile can be combined with the tile it would be sliding into, the two will combine to form a larger number.
For instance, one and two can be combined to make the magic number three. Every other number after that must be added to the same number. Two threes make six, two sixes make twelve, a pair of twelves makes 24, and so on.
Matching the same numbers sounds easy enough, but Threes does become challenging after a few moves. Different numbers (other than one and two) can't be combined. If you end up with too many incompatible numbers on the field, you'll run out of moves to make. And once that happens, it's game over.
Threes is a great fit for mobile play. Playing it on Xbox One is a little different, since you can't just whip out your Xbox One for a few minutes while standing in line at the liquor store. But Hidden Variable has done a great job of making it work on consoles. Moving the tiles with the stick is perfectly simple.
Best of all, Threes can be played while snapped to the side of the screen. So you can watch Daredevil on Netflix while playing Threes on the side of the screen. No other Xbox One game to date offers the play-while-snapped feature. Check out Mark's hands-on story for more impressions.
- Threes – Xbox One – 331 MB – $6.99 – Xbox Link (opens in new tab)
- Download Threes for Windows Phone (free)
We'll be streaming Divekick and Threes for 90-120 minutes tonight, starting at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT). During that time, we'll be giving out a grand total of 37 game codes!
We have 17 Divekick codes:
- 9 for Xbox One
- 4 for PlayStation 4 (US accounts only)
- 4 for Steam
And we also have Threes codes!
- 10 for Xbox One
- 10 for iOS (iPad and iPhone)
To enter, just follow me at 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!
I'll be available for a few minutes 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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Want to know what's next for Windows Central's Twitch programming? Here's this week's schedule. The stream always starts at the same time: 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT).
- Monday, May 4 : Tyler night! Tyler plays a game of his choice.
- Tuesday, May 5: If we get it, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. Otherwise, something else for Paul's birthday!
- Thursday, May 7: Dragon Age Inquisition 'Dragonslayer' multiplayer DLC. Play along with us during the stream!
- Saturday, May 9: Terraria from 505 Games.
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.
Come back here after the show to see the list of winners.
Thanks to Iron Galaxy and Hidden Variable for providing tonight's prizes. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!
I'll try to make it. :D
Is it ported?
Are these games actually good? I mean good enough to take me off halo.
They're small indie games, not really comparable to a bid budget AAA game.
Threes is highly addiciting on windows phone.
It's not the games. It's the chat. The ability to connect with others. Visit And take a break from gaming. Halo will still be there tomorrow.
I have my kids this weekend so its always a little harder to get there, but it feel like its been too long so I a definitely gonna try and make it. Worst case scenario if they are still awake I will tell them they might win a free game lol
Watch me play with this army knife!
Hopefully I can jump in to the stream. Quite exhausted today though. But on the plus side I picked up a 360 today with GTAV and FIFA 15 and a 500GB hard drive for a mere £150, also got £10 credit back so I got another £10 in Xbox credit. So if I can't make it, or if I can but don't win a code, then at least I can go ahead and by Kick whatever anyway. :)
That game Threes does not start again if you exit it. It just trow you back to the start screen. Happens on my Lumia 1520. Developer: Fix it!
It restarts for me. It DOES lag badly every few games, though. It'll just stop taking input for about a minute.
Divekick looks like a lot of fun! I'll be there.
Divekick is surprisingly fun for how simple it is. Never reallly got into Threes like a lot of others, but it can be OK in small doses
I could've sworn Threes was your favorite puzzle game!
It is your favorite
Might come by, not sure. Been something of a weak group of streams in the past few weeks, sadly. Hopefully Wolfenstein makes it in, because I'd definitely watch that.
40+ is what I saw at a possible high point. Maybe more.
Thanks for putting this together. I'll be there for sure.
Dang I'd love to win Threes for Xbox, I've been playing it a lot since it came to WP.
No. We're watching boxing.
Divekick looks like a lot of fun. I'll try to make it :)
Woot woot! Time for the stream!
I tried tuning in, but twitch is kind of laggy for me lately.
Yeah Twitch has a lot of problems, but can be great when it works
I won Divekick! Never played it before. :)
great stream guys and thanks for the contest and thanks for those who donated the codes for the contest.
Fun stream! Always look forward to hanging out with the community. Thanks for the Threes code.
Sorry I couldn't make it! This weekends been busy and haven't had much time for twitch. Hope you had a good stream, and congrats to the winners.
Is threes similar to 2048+ ?
Yes, I believe 2048 is a clone of Threes. Fun puzzle game.
It's a little sad story really. Threes! came first out on iOS, but flew a bit under the radar because it costed money and didn't look very special in the screenshots. The real charm, personality (with the cute talking numbers) and addictiveness can only be discovered by buying and playing it. Then along came 2048, a simplified and pretty soulless ripoff which was "free" ( ad-laden) and hence became the popular one. Then came the shameless 2048 clones which were even worse, even the WP Store was full of the bloody things. And so we ended up at a point that people might think that Threes! is yet another crappy 2048 clone...
Thanks for the win. I will try this dive kick game tomorrow. Great stream. Good chats good people.
Another great stream, with lots of good peoples and a lot of fun. Can't wait til the next one.
Gamer tag-( Wildwest310 ) Attention: PAUL A. , Could you please send me an invite to the Xbox one Preview program @7MajorT