So, lets do a little math. According to Xbox’s own Backwards Compatibility list there are a few over 360 games that are currently playable on Xbox One (that’s fitting!). This Backward Compatibility Super Sale includes around 285 titles. That means that if you’re hoping a particular title is on sale, you’ve got about an 80% chance that you can get a great deal on it!
Unfortunately, that’s also a LOT of games to go through to find some hidden gems, and that’s where this list will come in handy! Here I’ll take a look at some of the best indie games currently on sale that you can pick up for Xbox 360 and play on Xbox One immediately!
Note: Keep in mind that 360 titles still don’t accept Xbox credit to purchase… Trust me, I feel your pain! Also, according to the sale list you MUST HAVE XBOX LIVE GOLD to get the sale prices!
What I’m (Hopefully) Buying
Bomberman Battlefest ($2.49, 75% off) is one I’ve wanted for a while. Bomberman has been special to me since the SNES days when it required a special accessory to play 4 player and boy was it worth it! The explosive party game will be a blast for my gal and I in the very near future. Metacritic’s score of 70 comes with the warning that it’s more of the same, though, so if you already have a Bomberman title you can play you may want to pass this one up. (YouTube trailer)
Gripshift ($2.49, 75% off) looks like a really wild racing game, and the 72 Metacritic score isn’t bad. Not only does it challenge you to make great times, the trailer encourages thinking outside of the box for insane shortcuts and drops to complete objectives. Sadly it doesn’t have offline multiplayer, but it does support 2-4 players online! (YouTube trailer)
Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax ($2.49, 75% off) had me sold with only one sentence (via Metacritic, where it has a score of 76): “A complete hypersonic RPG adventure: start your quest, meet people who need your help, fight through dark dungeons, earn money, upgrade equipment, level up, level up, level up, and take down the final boss…all in just half a minute!” The game is rated higher on PSP though, so if that’s an option you may want to look for a sale over there instead. (YouTube trailer)
Joe Danger: Special Edition ($2.49, 75% off) has an amazing 88 metascore thanks to a perfect 100 from Official Xbox Magazine UK and a 95 from IGN. It also looks like a stylish update to Excitebike, a classic from the NES days. The ability to play with someone else offline is what really sealed the deal though! (YouTube trailer)
Joe Danger 2: The Movie ($3.74, 75% off) isn’t ranked as well as the original but still boasts an 82 metascore. It looks even funnier and includes a level editor that allows for downloading tracks as well, but it’s hard to want to dive into TWO similar games at once. (YouTube trailer)
A Kingdom For Keflings and A World For Keflings ($2.49, 75% off each) are peaceful world-building games where you use the Keflings to build more and more elaborate towns. I haven’t played Kingdom, but I found World to be among the coolest uses of the Xbox avatar (you play as your avatar!). While hardcore gamers may not enjoy it, it’s a great co-op game with kids or a friend on a laid-back day. They have metascores of 78 and 77 respectively. (YouTube trailer for Kingdom)
Age of Booty ($1.25, 75% off) is a “casual real-time multiplayer strategy game that puts players at the helm of their own pirate ship with the goal of sending your enemies to the briny deep, and looting and capturing towns for your pirate faction” according to Metacritic, where it has a metascore of 76. (YouTube XBLA trailer)
Alien Hominid ($2.49, 75% off) is a classic. While I haven’t played the console version, the original flash title from the Newgrounds creators was tough as nails. It was also a solid Contra-like game with some really cool art, and it rocks a metascore of 79. (YouTube Level 1-1)
Braid ($2.49, 75% off) is one of the most legendary indie games of its time. The game features all sorts of time puzzles, stylish art and a deep, mysterious story that may still not be fully cracked. It also boasts a metascore of 93! (YouTube trailer)
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved and Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 ($1.24, 75% off; $4.99, 50% off) are also indie classics. While I wasn’t a fan myself, it definitely feels like I’m the odd man out. Retro Revolved is sitting at 86 on Metacritic, but its sequel is an excellent 90! (YouTube trailer)
Super Meat Boy ($3.74, 75% off) is about as classic as it gets, but the difficulty of the game wasn’t for me. If you love challenging platformers with really solid controls, give it a shot! The 90 metascore is sweet as well. (YouTube trailer)
Trine 2 ($3.74, 75% off) is a unique platforming puzzler that requires alternating between 3 characters to progress. I own the game on PS4 and have played a bit; the way the DualShock 4 controller’s touch pad is utilized is awesome. As such, if you have a PS4 I’d recommend getting it over there instead, although it has an 85 metascore on 360 and an 84 on PS4. It’s also worth mentioning that the game can be played with friends (offline OR online!) instead of swapping characters yourself. (YouTube co-op trailer)
Digital Board Games
Carcassonne ($4.99, 50% off) is a classic in the board game world. I’m ashamed to admit I never picked up any version of the game, but only 50% off is still a little too high to make me dig into a 2007 title. If you love the board game version or want a classic board game that you can play against your friends or an AI, it’s not a bad deal! If you have a device capable of playing the iOS version you may want to look there instead though, the iOS version has a 93 metascore compared to this one’s 79. (YouTube single player sample video)
Ticket to Ride ($2.49, 75% off) is, along with Carcassonne, one of the most popular board games that isn’t Monopoly, Risk or their ilk. Like Carcassonne I’m embarrassed that I’ve never played it, but I plan to change that very soon! According to Gamespot, the game DOES have offline multiplayer (along with the 2-5 player online multiplayer), which is a large part of why I want it. Be warned, though, as reviews are torn on the game for both its implementation and the game’s actual concept. Its overall metascore is also only 70, a whopping 21 points lower than its iOS counterpart!.(YouTube review video)
If you found any other gems that we missed or are super hyped you got a good deal, let us know in the comments!