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.
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?Smooth Operators
RELEASE DATE: 9/14/2012
DEVELOPER: Andreas Heydeck
GENRE: Strategy & Simulation
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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.
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...qrth-phyl
RELEASE DATE: 09/09/2012
GENRE: Action & Adventure
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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!