At least one XBL Indie Game developer doesn’t want you to buy his game.
It all started so innocently and promisingly, with the developer proudly announcing the release of his game, Puzzle Lights, on the Xbox Live Indie Games channel.
It quickly beat his meagre sales forecast.
The game was apparently inspired by a Tiger LCD handheld game (in the following tweet he says “Tandy”, but corrected himself in his very next tweet).
The game continued to sell, to his continuing surprise.
Then when it kept selling he actually asked people to stop buying it, and recommended what he felt was a better game that people should buy instead.
It seems the game was created as a pet project by someone who felt nostalgic for an old Tiger handheld unit, a great way to experiment with Microsoft’s development tools and to make something that he would personally enjoy. Proving that we’re all our own worst critics, he is actually encouraging people to buy other games that he feels are better. What’s a developer experiencing unexpected success to do?
If you want to see what all the fuss is about for yourself, click here to download “PuzzleLights”, then please come back to review it.
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