Indie Games Spotlight for December 16th, 2012

By mancide, 4 years ago
Welcome to the year-end wrap for the year 2012! Similar to last year, Ergo Me Smart and myself will be bringing you our top three Xbox LIVE Indie Games over the next few weeks. Today we have our top titles for your reading pleasure. As always, our guest columnist Ergo Me Smart will go first.

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Create and build your own Call Center in Smooth Operators. Develop client relationships while balancing your financials and workload. Plan an efficient operation through micro management of your workforce.Can you create a successful Call Center?

RELEASE DATE: 9/14/2012
DEVELOPER: Andreas Heydeck
GENRE: Strategy & Simulation

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Offline players 1
Dolby Digital
Smooth Operators to some might sound like a nightmarish idea for a game. In it, you live the life of a call center manager, taking contracts and hiring workers. As time passes, you'll need to hire more workers, add new sections to your building and take more contracts, all the time making sure your employees don't just get up and quit.

I don't know what it is about this simple management simulation, but it had me hooked. Maybe it was the charming slightly-pixelated art style, calming background music and simple game-play that drew me in. Or maybe, just maybe, I just really like watching people take phone calls and go up and down lifts. Whatever it was, it made Smooth Operators into a great example of its genre and my favorite Xbox indie game of 2012.

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Arcade documentary of maze/dot/snake mechanic within changing dimensions, axis locks and the corruption of the system. Collect, grow, avoid your past, find new space, wake up...

RELEASE DATE: 09/09/2012
DEVELOPER: hermitgames
GENRE: Action & Adventure

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Offline players 1
Dolby Digital
qrth-phyl takes snake to a whole new dimension. My mind was simply blown away by how this game has taken a very simple concept that all gamers are familiar with, modernized it and made it into something entirely new and challenging.

I'll try not to spoil it for you, but there is a moment when the game shifts from a 2D plane into the 3D space that, while totally seamless with the controls, just blows your mind and sets the tone for this modern version of snake.

However, I don't want to gloss over how impressed I was with the 3D pixelated graphics that qrth-phyl utilizes. I thought these enabled the game to massage your nostalgic regions for pixel graphics of yesteryear, while at the same time bringing the concept into the modern age.

If you have an Xbox Live Indie Game that you feel should be featured in an edition of the Indie Games Spotlight, please PM your suggestions to mancide. The Indie Game Spotlight will be on hiatus until after the holidays. We look forward to bringing you more Indie Games highlights in 2013!
mancide
Written by mancide
When not enjoying video games, our fearless newshound enjoys an nice pint of fermented barley and hops in a variety of styles. India Pale Ales, Stouts, Porters, Witbiers, Saisons, Gose, Lambics, Barleywine, you name it. If it has water, malted barley, hops and yeast in it, I'll consume it. I also enjoy all things technological, Doctor Who, wrasslin, traveling, and spending time with my family.