Microsoft lines up Games for the Holidays

Purchasing entire family-friendly lineup of Raskulls, Ilomilo, A World of Keflings to unlock new characters in each game; early releases available for two of three titles.

Microsoft already celebrated the Summer of Arcade, a fall GameFeast, and the spring Block Party. Now the company is going four-for-four on seasonal showcases of downloadable games, as the company today rolled out its Games for the Holidays lineup.

Beginning later this month, Microsoft will release a trio of family-friendly games (none rated higher than an E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older) in consecutive weeks. First up on December 22 is A World of Keflings. A follow-up to 2008's well-regarded A Kingdom for Keflings, the latest effort from developer Ninja Bee will let players use their Xbox avatars to help build a world for the game's titular residents.

Clearly, this Raskulls ninja is skull-king in the shadows.

Halfbrick Studios' Raskulls will follow on December 29. Originally conceived as a Mr. Driller-style game for the DS, Raskulls was reenvisioned for the Xbox 360 by the Australian developer over a year ago.

Finally, Southend Interactive's puzzler Ilomilo will officially launch on Xbox Live January 5. The game lets players control protagonists Ilo and Milo independently, navigating their way through cube mazes trying to repeatedly reunite the pair. All three Games for the Holidays titles will sell for 800 Microsoft points ($10).

Ilomilo is already available for gamers who know where to look.

Games for the Holidays is experimenting with a few new sales tactics for Microsoft. First off, purchasing all three titles will unlock new characters pulled from the other games. For instance, Ilomilo's Ilo and World of Kefling's Doug will be playable in Raskulls.

Additionally, gamers won't need to wait until the official release dates to get their hands on Raskulls and Ilomilo. Raskulls will be available to purchase from an in-game menu of World of Keflings, while Ilomilo is already available on Xbox 360 through slightly circuitous means. By visiting a "supersecret website," players can get a code that can be redeemed on Xbox Live Marketplace for a demo version of Ilomilo. The full version of the game can then be purchased from within that demo.

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46 comments
Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

@xTheMuffinManx Here are the exclusives for Xbox 360 known so far for 2011. Gears of War 3 Forza Motorsport 4 Star Wars Kinect Codename Kingdoms Steel Batallion: Heavy Armour Rise of Nightmares Haunt Project Draco Codename D XCOM There are also rumours of a new Halo title and possibly Dance Central 2. I believe the PS3 has a stellar year ahead of it as well, but Xbox 360 owners, and especially Kinect owners, shouldn't be disappointed.

kickblocker
kickblocker

when to the 'secret website' and im currently downloading my trial now

sixoneone
sixoneone

everyhing flopped on PS3 and yet STILL MS rolls out ilomilo on top of the already massive assault in 2010? :D come on MS, be nice to the sonyers, they're already game starved and impoverished.

MAXIM-332971
MAXIM-332971

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sakanakami
sakanakami

I've had ilomilo for a week now, it's a great game, it is definitely worth the 800 MSP.

mac-shild
mac-shild

i dont care i have finished call of duty black ops on pc in less than 24hrs....the game sucks ass

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

eh i may get one of em Incubus420 i smell fan boy all over you

blackace
blackace

@Incubus420 Wait has there been a triple A title from Microsoft this year? Halo Reach...anything else? **************************************************************** What does that have to do with the article above? lol!! Most of the PS3 exclusives have flopped hard this year. GT5, Time Crisis: Razing Storm, 3D Dot Game Hero, MLB 10 The Show, White Knight Chronicles and almost ALL the new Move exclusive titles. The only PS3 game that got "AAA" was GoW 3. What other exclusive on the PS3 score 9.0 or better this year?

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I'm more looking forward to Steams Christmas sale.

STRIFE9288
STRIFE9288

huh, nothing for the kinect i see. i guess they are still trying to figure what kind of games to make for it besides animal, and work out games. fail, and everyone that bought it will feel it when they see their kinects getting dusty.

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

hahaha go away- just go away, that made me lol

Incubus420
Incubus420

Wait has there been a triple A title from Microsoft this year? Halo Reach...anything else?

will-p101
will-p101

@x-2tha-z Oy, you, stop bloody trashing this site, you obviously hate it so go away. You left a nasty comment on the podcast page, too. So, go away!

turtlebird95
turtlebird95

ilomilo is really fun actually, definitely going to buy it next time I get points.

UnderSeven
UnderSeven

Yep, he's a troll. Lets ignore him and talk about something else.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

@x-2tha-z herp derp one not everyone celebrates xmas 2 theres more than 1 holiday this month and 3 holidays should of implied that

jasonlc3221
jasonlc3221

@x-2tha-z Really? You've never heard it called the holidays? It's the "holidays" because it's xmas and new years. A ndif you look at the dates they listed, it covers both of the holidays........hence why they called it the "holidays"

UnderSeven
UnderSeven

@x-2tha-z I should know better than to feed the troll. That is what you're doing right? Trolling? I mean everyone knows that we're not all christians and therefore do not all celebrate christmas. I an say as a non-christian that all the chrismas ads everywhere is really quite annoying. A company like Microsoft can not ignore christmas and other holidays, as they stand to make a lot of money during them, however they also recognize costumers (like me) who are not christian and do not want to be marketed at as if we were, therefore they try to take a more neutral stance, calling them the 'holidays' which could encompass jewish and rasifarian holidays around the same time of year. Is that so wrong? Or do you insist on shoving your religion down our throats. Because you know insisting on that is exactly why we insist on not having to celebrate your religion. You've never heard of an athiest complain about buddism being too confrontational.

Knutte79
Knutte79

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x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

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RocSeanD
RocSeanD

Where is the remake to Rushin Attack?!?!?!?!

King_Jeremy_77
King_Jeremy_77

What's wrong with games that look like they're on the NES? I still play my NES.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

Loving the Raskulls news but bummed not to see X-Men Live Arcade here yet.

Unheard-Volume
Unheard-Volume

heh, game actually looks very intriguing! I haven't bought an arcade game in a while...maybe I'll pick this one up!

voods07
voods07

Forget that epic dungeon title (it looks like NES....) PacMan DX should be @ the top of your XBLA list.

lamprey263
lamprey263

This is the first I've heard of ilomilo, kind of want to play it though, I think MS has done a good job putting good games on XBLA, Guardian of Light was a good recent one, I'm a little late to the party but I just downloaded both Toy Soldiers and Snoopy Flying Ace, really like both of those too. Anyhow, thanks GameSpot for providing the "super secret website", kind of an interesting marketing strategy.

Evolution-X0
Evolution-X0

Kefling's will probably take up hours of my time again.

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

Light games for the family lead to more hardcore games as the younger gamers mature, good move Xbox.

Tarfang2
Tarfang2

well at least is makes the xbox line up more varied

m_sauron
m_sauron

what a nice hardcore games . hehe .. i better go play uncharted 2 again

magicalclick
magicalclick

IloMilo is actually really hard @-@. Some level feels like impossible to solve. My brain hurts.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

Sigh. The word "hardcore" is so mutilated and warped at this point. Never you mind, Muffin Man. You have a whole year to find out stuff. Believe it or not, people like playing these games.

j_kizi
j_kizi

my xbox JUST red ringed on me!!! why now? i want to try this game, it looks fun...

steelmouth
steelmouth

@xTheMuffinManx true where the games most people wann play

xTheMuffinManx
xTheMuffinManx

wtf i want hardcore games all the 360's got is Gears of War 3

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Microsoft needs to pull some games out of now where fast. Because the 360's exclusive line up of core games for 2011 is shameful. All we got to look forward to is Gears of War 3.

howie1926
howie1926

WHAT ABOUT X-MEN!!!!! WTF!!!

mike468
mike468

I hate to say it but the demo for IloMilo was pretty fun. I might have to buy the full game.

magicalclick
magicalclick

Oh Gosh, played IloMilo, it is so darn cute. All my cuddly genes are acting up. Probably too cute for some players, but, if you like cute stuff, a must have. I bought it XD

magicalclick
magicalclick

Thanks for the secret website. I am downloading right now. Weeeee.

xXCombatWombat
xXCombatWombat

The first Keflings game was great, can't wait for the sequel!!

athenian29
athenian29

ilomilo is so cute that I must have it.

IceJester45
IceJester45

ilomilo is amazing. I have no idea what its "secret launch" was all about. I'm glad Microsoft is planning a wide release for this game.