Xbox Live’s Summer of Arcade Dates and Prices Announced

Xbox Live’s annual summer promotion has thrown up some of the digital download store’s best titles. Limbo, Braid, Shadow Complex, Bastion, Trials HD, ‘Splosion Man, Castle Crashers and Geometry Wars 2 all saw their console debut during the various Summers of Arcade we’ve seen since 2008.


Now, via his blog, Microsoft’s Major Nelson has taken a moment away from defending the indefensible and snatching microphones to tell us what’s coming, when and for how much in this year’s promotion.

It starts on August 7th with Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons for 1200MSP. That’s a tricky one to control, initially as you move both brothers at once with a stick each. But the art style is engaging and the potential for some excellent puzzling is there.

A week later, on August 14th, Charlie Murder brings gruesome brawling to the 360 with a disgraced punk band battling the forces of evil death metal rivals. That’s priced at 800MSP and looks suitably bonkers.

On the 21st of August, my most eagerly awaited digital release of the summer arrives: Flashback. It’s priced at 800MSP and is a modern remake of the early ’90s classic from Delphine that I still drag out and play fairly regularly. Don’t expect anything too frantic and action-packed from this sci-fi classic though, it’s a more considered approach to platforming, puzzling and occasional combat.

Finally, on the 28th August, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows launches for 1200MSP. It’s a four player online and two player offline co-op brawler that sees you take control of one of the famous heroes in a half shell to bust open the minions of evil. Based on the comics, rather than the cartoons, it’s a grimier look but the key elements should be familiar to any Turtles fans.

Microsoft has also pledged to give away a free Souls Pack for Ascend: Hand of Kul to anyone who purchases two or more of the Summer of Arcade titles. Generous, huh?

Source: Major Nelson



  1. Nothing eally interesting me here but then again nothing is at the moment. I’m trying not to spend any more on my Xbox because I’m saving for the PS4

  2. These look great fun (arcade games have been much better than retail this gen imo). Alas, they would only cut into my X1 fund, which I don’t want to do any more than I have to.

  3. The only game I’d be interested in out of that lot is Brothers.

    Been interested in that since I saw a piece on it in Game Informer a few months back.

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