Day 720: 3D Infinity

Posted: 2012/10/29 in Indie Games

I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and no longer appear in the top 50 downloads. Today is day #720, and today’s game is “3D Infinity”.

Those of you who’ve been following this blog for a long time will remember when all the reviews began with the paragraph above. It’s all still true, but the text slipped by the wayside at some point. I brought it back today because this is a game I considered reviewing a long time ago, back in the first 100 days in fact, but decided to wait until I got around to getting appropriate 3D glasses (two types work with this game, the red/blue anaglyph style and a more modern style that I know less about). Glasses in hand I finally got a chance to try it today.

To the best of my knowledge, given it dates back to April 2010 (early days for the Xbox Live Indie Games channel), it was the first Xbox 360 game with a 3D mode. If anyone knows of an earlier one, let me know in the comments please. Either way, it’s the first I’ve had the opportunity to try on the 360. And how’d I like it? Quite a bit.

The game isn’t revolutionary. Those who’ve played classic rail shooters (think “Microcosm”, “StarBlade”, “Space Harrier”, “Afterburner”, or the previously reviewed “LEUCISTIC WYVERNリューシスティックワイバーン” from waaaaaaay back on Day 31 O_o) will find a lot to like here, and the 3D works and added to the experience for me. That’s all I expected, it’s all I got, it’s all I wanted, and it let me relieve those great StarBlade moments from the arcade 20 years ago, in 3D, for only 400 Microsoft Points (the equivalent of 45 minutes worth of StarBlade play back in the day).

Here’s what the developer (SmileBoom) has to say about the game:

“Amazing 3D shooting game! Feel the hot ride of the spinning action! How far can you catch up this intense camera work and the speed that keeps accelerating? You can experience the overwhelming pop-up 3D images by putting red-blue glasses on or playing on 3D television. Otherwise, you can still enjoy it in 2D version.”

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