ID@Xbox Game Demo Winterfest Showcases 30+ Games Until December 31

Originally published at: ID@Xbox 'Game Demo Winterfest' Showcases 30+ Games Until December 31 - XboxEra

Microsoft’s ID@Xbox programme is back and they’re running a ‘Game Demo Winterfest’, offering an glimpse into more than 30 upcoming games until the 31st of December. These also include newly announced titles set to launch on Xbox, so don’t miss your chance to check out these awesome titles.

Check out all the titles below or visit the Xbox Wire article here for more information.

502’s Arcade (502 Studios)

502’s Arcade is an anthology of arcade games. Each game is a remix of genres with mechanics that you’ve always loved with modern twists that will make them an enjoyable challenge for all kinds of players.

Captain Bones (World of Poly)

Captain Bones is an exhilarating action-adventure game that immerses you in an expansive pirate world. Your survival skills will guide you through epic ship battles and thrilling treasure hunts alongside your loyal crew. Navigate handcrafted pirate islands, harness resources to create weapons and vehicles, and embark on daring explorations. At its core, the game follows the journey of Captain Bones from a simple crew member to a legendary captain.

Champion Shift (SRG Studios)

Champion Shift is a fast-paced, action roguelike where you play as a mythical champion fighting against the evil Dominion. Unlock mythical upgrades throughout your game session, shift form into a vehicle to power through masses of enemies and defeat epic bosses to progress through your run.

Dinosaur Fossil Hunter (Pyramid Games S.A.)

Become a real paleontologist, explore various environments and search for dinosaur fossils. Dig for and study the remnants of these majestic creatures to learn about their evolution. Build your own museum and experience an immersive background story. Drive off-road vehicles, explore dig sites, use excavation tools, search through deformable terrain. Prepare fossils.

Donut Dodo (

If a long-lost arcade game from 1983 resurfaced today, it would be Donut Dodo. A classic platforming frenzy from the golden era that’s tough as nails and challenging for the whole family! Will you top the high score table today?

New Star GP (Five Aces Publishing/New Star Games)

New Star GP is a retro arcade racer that puts you in the driving seat at iconic racing circuits from the 1980s to the present day. Lead your team through all the drama of race strategies, pitting, tyre blowouts and more to take glory and win the World Championship!

Roguematch: The Extraplanar Invasion (Starstruck Games)

Roguematch: The Extraplanar Invasion is a challenging mystery dungeon combined with match 3 mechanics that will intrigue both turn-based roguelike and puzzle fans alike. Travel through a castle full of traps and monsters, strategically using your turns to move, attack, cast spells, and match mana to defeat enemies!

Slopecrashers (byteparrot)

Slopecrashers is an arcade snowboard combat racer in which a wild crew of animals band together on a world spanning tour to become the best snowboarders. Unfortunately, somebody is trying to ruin their plans! Grab your friends and barrel down the slopes together while battling it out in high-speed races with over-the-top power-ups!

The Land Beneath Us (PID Games/FairPlay Studios)

The Land Beneath Us is a turn-based rogue-lite action dungeon crawler. Use powerful skill combos and stylish weaponry to battle your way through the Underworld known as Annwn. Defeat the Seven Lords and rescue The Creator and her vital Soul-Tech.

Vagrus – The Riven Realms (Lost Pilgrims Studio)

Embark on a perilous journey across a realm forsaken by the gods and devastated by an arcane cataclysm. Accompanied by a hardy crew, you must trade, fight, and explore your way to success as the leader of a traveling company in Vagrus, an award-winning turn-based post-apocalyptic fantasy RPG.

Along with these unique titles, there’s a diverse list of games that will be available to try! Below are the games, and their developers, participating in the ID@Xbox Game Demo Winterfest:


Has anyone tried any of the demos yet?

Not yet - any particular ones that are a highlight?

I checked the demos section yesterday and only a few were there. Hopefully they’ve added all of them now. Or better yet, a dedicated section. Do they now?

What’s the bet Captain Bones comes out before Skull and Bones?

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The latter actually has a release date now.

That is if Ubi doesn’t delay it again. :skull:

5 minutes of New Star GP and Parcel Corp and I’m definitely going to play a lot more of both.

New Star GP is a Virtua Racing look-alike with a ton more depth. All the features expected of a full priced console game but with a retro presentation.

Parcel Corps will immediately remind you of Jet Set Radio from a presentation standpoint. Actually it looks a lot like the leaked JSR footage as it is a modern-day version of it. You’re on a bike delivering parcels.


SquadBlast is not available via the link and can’t find it in the Xbox store on console. Same for Go Mecha Ball.

I played more New Star GP and I’m loving it. A definite buy for me. It’s a great Virtua Racing clone as in it is a great open wheel arcade racing game with the same visual aesthetics. But it goes beyond that with the depth that you would expect from a console game and a compelling singleplayer mode. From car upgrades to team management, it arcadifies elements that you see in the F1 games. The track designs are great as well.

I’m here downloading Tekken 8 and I thought I would try more of this and when the download finished I just couldn’t stop playing this.

I also downloaded Donut Dodo and I found it really hard but it was super addictive and I just didn’t want to give up. I really like the CRT filters in this game and I wish most retro style games had filters this good. It’s a gorgeous game.

I grabbed Pinball FX as well and it looks glorious and 4K something we’ve never seen on consoles in the past. I really like the selection of tables that are promised, and it seems like a great playing title just like all of the previous ones. I just wish they were a bit more diversity in the themes. Like I’ve never noticed a racing inspired pinball table. Or a fighting game one. They take a lot of great movie IPs and make them into tables but I would love to see a Street Fighter or Afterburner table. I like Star Wars and there are more than plenty of SW tables but video game IPs would be more my jam. Like a Halo table.

Beyond that, while I love the challenge of pinball and the leaderboard gameplay, playing this made me wish there was a split screen two-player pinball game that was like a fighting game. :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

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I was so in love with New Star GP that I made a video on it, thinking that there may not be many out there as it’s a small indie title. I just checked and there are tons lol

But here it is anyways.

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