XBLIG Companion

XBLIG Companion

XBLIG Companion is your #1 app for the Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) service on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 system. You can currently grab it off of the Windows Phone Marketplace here. iOS port is awaiting approval from Apple, and should be available within the following weeks. Android port is now available from the Google Play Store here. If you do not have access to the Google Play Store, you can find the application here.

What is XBLIG Companion?

XBLIG Companion lets you browse new releases and recently updated games on the XBLIG service. It also has a collection of hand picked games by reputable sources of the XBLIG community, such as IndieGamerChick.com and ArmlessOctopus.com. In addition to this, there is a “devs picks” section that lists games that have been polled by the XBLIG developer community. There is also searching functionality to search for games and developers by name, and the abilty to add games to a watch list, which is a quick list of your favorites in one spot. Viewing a game in the app will show you screenshots, info about the game, links to youtube trailers, and a link to the MS Marketplace. On the MS Marketplace, you can log in with your Live ID and queue up a download or even purchase the game right from your phone!

How it works

The XBLIG companion works by scraping the RSS feeds of XboxIndies.com, as well as the XML and CSV data for all of the games. The process is fully automated, so as the games are updated, so are the feeds.

Donate!

Why should you donate? This app is free and was created on my own time, outside of all my other projects and work. This will help go for paying for server fees and help pay for updates in the future. If you like this app, toss me a few $$ to help keep things running smoothly.





Screen Shots

Windows Phone 7

Once a title is clicked on, all of the developer’s information from the Xbox LIVE marketplace is carried over, including screen shots, cover art, and a brief summary.

iPhone

Android

  • DaveVoyles

    Recent updates in today’s build:

    Here is what I have added/fixed:

    Live Tiles
    You can create secondary tiles for new games and updated games.
    If there are new games, or recently updated the count for the tile will be displayed.

    Main live tile will show count for new games, and has a back tile for showing how many new, and how many updated.

    WatchList
    You can tap/hold on any game, and add it to a watch list. This is a special list that will show up on the catalog screen.
    As of right now, it is just a nice list of games that you want to keep track of. I’m trying to figure out what to do for tile notifications for them.

    Picks
    Picks now open up to a page that gives info about the specific pick list, along with twitter link and website link.
    It pivots into the game list that was there before.

    Developer Page
    Developer pages should have more information, like twitter, website, facebook, and youtube channel links. This is a slow process because scraping it so far has been some what of a bust, and needs to be manually checked. I have about 1/4 of the devs info that I could find from scraper inserted.
    If you are a XBLIG dev and would like a small bio (512 chars max) and/or any of the other data, let me know, and I can add it to the db.
    Tapping on the box art will now open the game view for that game.

    AppBar
    I moved the About view to a button on the Appbar.
    I also removed the Settings, Share, Rate, and Feedback from the About page, and moved them to the main Appbar.

    Main View
    I removed the Info view, it is not needed now, imho.