The Xbox Indie Games marketplace is an oft-neglected part of Xbox Live's online shopping experience, but there are some true gems amidst all the fart/massage/just plain awful games on offer. It's these gems that the Xbox Indie Games Summer Uprising aims to champion and celebrate, and from today the program has begun.

Raventhorne is the first game to be released under the Uprising banner. Casting players in the role of a fallen Norse hero on a quest to avenge his own death, the game challenges players to clear 6 worlds of platform-action-RPG combat gameplay. An interesting combat system featuring changes in stance and magic elevates the game somewhat above your typical hack and slash, and the presentation is excellent.

Raventhorne costs 240 Microsoft Points and is the first of ten titles to be featured between now and September 2. Check out the full list here.