XBLIG Uprising Preview: “Portal” turned upside-sideways equals “Gateways.”

It’s time for an uprising of the gaming variety!  Indie game fans and developers rejoice, for now is your time to RISE!  Can you hear the chanting?  Can you hear the cries?  Can you hear the Batman?  I’m kidding about that part… or am I?

We here at CBR have set out to provide you with exclusive coverage of the XBLIG uprising.  From previews, to reviews, to fresh made cookies — I’m kidding, I’m terrible at baking — we’ll have everything you want from this year’s event.

In 2007 David Johnston decided to take a side project and turn it into a XBLA game.  After self-publishing a number of titles, Johnston’s pet project, “The Adventures of Shuggy,” was not only published by Valcon Games, it received critical acclaim and got a PC port in 2012.

It’s Portal… to the EXTREME!

Now Johnston and Smudged Cat Games returns with a new puzzle platformer.  Imagine yourself as a scientist with big glasses and wild hair.  You’ve done quite a few experiments in your 2D platforming wonderlab, but what happens when those experiments break free?  “Gateways” takes a page from traditional platformers.  You’ll have to traverse across moving platforms, avoid spikes, and jump on the heads of your enemies.  However, unlike platformers of the past, Professor Ed has a huge weapon to use against his foes: the gateway guns.  Think “Portal,” only skyrocketed with possibilities.  You can create two gateways to pass through at the start of the game, but as the game progresses you’ll acquire different kinds of guns that have different functions.  There’s one that creates gateways of different sizes, the small one shrinking Ed and the large one increasing his size.  There’s another gun that takes the laws of gravity and turns it upside down, letting Ed walk on walls and on the ceiling itself.  There’s even a gun that creates gateways that’ll let Ed travel back in time.  When he does this, he’ll encounter different versions of himself, something that can create multiple Eds on the same screen.

Hello human. If you would be so kind as the pick up that gateway gun over there…

In “Gateways,” you’ll have to survive the dangers of your own lab.  Can you overcome your experiments and make it out of the lab alive?  Grab a hold of your gateway gun and step through the solid walls of adventure today.


About Briana Lawrence

A geeky girl that's cosplaying as an adult -- sort of -- I've been into video games since I watched my mom save the princess in Super Mario Brothers when I was six years old. A couple of years later, anime would be added in my on-going list of geekery when I discovered a certain vampire hunter who had a hand that talked to him. I'm currently living in St. Paul with my wonderful partner who feeds my nerdtastic needs of anime conventions, watching Persona 4 on Hulu, and trying to beat the crap out of people like Nightmare or rolling up things with a katamari ball. The both of us cosplay together and do artist alley tables, selling the crafty things we make like plushies, woodburned coasters, shotglasses, and other things. The two of us recently purchased a house together, took a room, and painted it with Pac-Man, Sonic, Portal, Star Fox, Katamari, and other gaming gems before we combined our massive game/anime/action figure collections. Up next? Painting our bathroom in an underwater mario theme! I would say I need professional help, but I'm a lost cause at this point. Besides, all men, women, and zombies are created equal!