The North Pole is in trouble and only you can save Christmas in ELFSQUAD7! Go solo or team up with family and friends (two-player local for PC, four-player for Xbox Live Indie Games) in this co-op holiday adventure as you wrap toys, stuff Santa's sack, demolish freakish un-toys, and battle Kevin - the haywire toy-building robot of the North. This is retro gaming at its most festive, so ready the milk and's time to save Christmas! (The PC version of ELFSQUAD7 is exclusive to the Indie Royale Xmas Bundle for the 2011 holiday season!)

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7 comments by ScottTykoski on Dec 1st, 2011

So it's finally done...ELFSQUAD7 is golden, approved, and is now live on the Xbox Indie Channel. My first released indie game! Huzzahs and WOOTs all around!!!

Screenshots from the FINAL GAME!!!!!!!!!
Loves me some quality "Cute Christmas Elves vs. Demon Alien Robot" Juxtaposition.

But the big news for me is that I was able to snag a publisher to head up the marketing and PR...and as all indie developers know, getting press is a HUGE part of the battle! THANK YOU STARDOCK FOR LETTING ME FOCUS ON THE GAME AND NOT PRESS RELEASES AND MEDIA GROVELING FOR ATTENTION. :) Of course I had a foot in the door since I've worked at Stardock for 12+ years now, but it was still nice of Brad to offer to field the marketing for me.

Anyways, let's talk CONTENT. "What do I get for my 80mspts," you ask? "What holiday deliciousness did you stuff this game with?"

Here's the skinny...

- Wrap n' Grab gameplay (I've seen a few reviews compare it to "Bubble Bobble")
- 18 unique stages, broken up into 3 difficulty levels (so 6 Easy, 6 Medium, and 6 Hard)
- 6 Hero Characters to pick from (and 2 unlockables)
- 10 Items to purchase in-between levels
- 1-4 players, local co-op, with post-level stats and rankings for bragging rights :)
- Destruct able Environments (the lego-esque stages are some of my favorites)
- Full Soundtrack (each stage has unique music)
- 3 different enemy types and a unique end-game Boss

Screenshots from the FINAL GAME!!!!!!!!!

Have a few reviews coming in, all pretty friggin' positive...worst I saw was that someone beat the game, on easy, in 10 minutes. This isn't surprising since Easy is really for Grandmas and Babies, but I would like to put out an update that addresses single-player replayability. All my tested tended to be with the MP, so perhaps some SP-friendly challenge rooms are in order. We'll see what I can muster the energy for :)

So I highly suggest, if you have an Xbox360 and will be hanging out with family or friends this holiday season...pick up ELFSQUAD7 for some co-op, Christmas saving gaming fun!

As for me...I'm off to take one of those ‘long winters nap's I've heard so much about. ;)

- Next Time-

Now that I'm not making ES7 I can take more time to chat about it! Next journal we'll look at the GAMING INSPIRATION behind some of my favorite set-pieces of Elfsquad and perhaps get some feedback from you about how ELFSQUAD7 actually turned out. Happy gaming!

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laser_ghost Dec 23 2012 says:

Nice little game for a Christmas morning :)

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Lunick Jul 24 2012 says:

Mmm, this looks like fun. Too bad I didn't make it to the early Indie Royale bundles.

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IndieBase Jan 18 2012 says:

I'm sorry, i found the gamplay to be way too boring for my taste.

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ScottTykoski Jan 30 2012 replied:

No prob...I went back to play recently and it defiantly lacks something in single-player. Time to start work on Elfsquad7 2012, eh? :)

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IndieBase Mar 5 2012 replied:

Heh, probably, i did try it in singleplayer. I imagine it would be a bit more fun in multiplayer, but i found the gameplay to be a bit limiting.

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mxtomek Jan 10 2012 says:

It is possible to play with one player only? Bacause the game always wait for second player imput :(
and then the other player stays on the ground, or I can controul bought with other hands

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ScottTykoski Jan 14 2012 replied:

Weird...hadn't heard of that one before. Your playing the PC version, right? If your tryign to play with the controller, try pressing ESC on the choose character menu and it should stop waiting for player 2 to pick a character.

Let me know if that dosent work.

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gerrit555 Dec 19 2011 says:

hi kevin

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ne_zavarj Dec 1 2011 says:

I'm waiting for the PC version .

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ScottTykoski Dec 1 2011 replied:

I've heard a lot of people that are holding of for that because you dont have an Xbox, or the indie channel is too tough to find?

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maddnesscats Dec 1 2011 replied:

im going to buy it on my Xbox :)

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ScottTykoski Dec 1 2011 replied:

Thanks man! If you get a chance, let me know what you think of it! :) All ears when it comes to feedback and critiques!

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TheGameSquid Dec 24 2011 replied:

Also, in case you didn't know, only a few countries have actual access to the chanel. I live in Belgium and I can't buy Xbox Indies.

Anyway, since it was included in the Indie Royale bundle, I'm a happy man again ;)

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