Day 201: Leave Home

Posted: 2011/05/29 in Indie Games

I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and are not well represented in the top 50 lists on the Xbox Dashboard. Today is day #201, and today’s game is “Leave Home”.

Leave home is a unique beast. It’s most standout feature is that it never plays the same way twice: each play through challenges you with the same number of levels, but *which* levels the game chooses to throw at you changes each game depending on the skill level you demonstrate, seeking at all times to give you the right amount of challenge (never boringly easy or frustratingly hard). Add in fast and fluid animation, innovative combination of gameplay elements (levels similar to R-Type, speed similar to Ikaruga, controls that let you shoot anywhere you want while moving in a different direction entirely), and a 80 Microsoft Point price, and this game is an easily recommended purchase.

First, from the developer (hermitgames):

“Abstract shooter with dynamic difficulty and metaphorical explosions. Fixed length game session. Score points. Increase difficulty. Split shots. Leave Home…”

Weighing in at a mere 5MB, this game is tiny, far smaller than your typical retail game DLC pack, but you wouldn’t know it from the great presentation and the level variety on offer with the neon-drenched look Geometry Wars popularised paired up with a pixelated 8-bit art-style and music tracks that appropriately drive everything forward. The game is built around replay value in two ways: by making the game never play out the same way twice, and by keeping each play-through short enough that it’s worth coming back for another burn through the game in the hunt for a new high score. Since this is a game about quick runs and high scores rather than simply completing the game, lives are unlimited.

Enemy variety is great, with some enemies requiring manipulation (such as shifting them around using your weapons to reveal a weak spot) to defeat. There isn’t much more to say, just buy it already.

Click here to download, and then please come back after playing to rate the game.



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