XBLIG Uprising Preview: qrth-phyl. That’s not a typo, that’s the title.

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.

This is the last preview in this year’s Indie Game Uprising.  Huzzah!  We made it!  There’s been puzzles, dungeon crawlers, crashing landings and waking up in strange new worlds.  It’s been a lot to get through but now here we are at the last game.

But… um… h-how exactly do you pronounce it?




qrth-phyl!  I got it now!  Well… spelling-wise because I still can’t pronounce that!

I can’t even begin to come up with a caption for this.

With a title like that you can only expect wild colors and bizarre environments.  hermitgames surely does not disappoint.  Their latest game is described as an arcade documentary with maze/dot/snake mechanics.  If this is a documentary then it’s certainly the trippiest piece of work I’ve ever seen.  The sounds and levels remind me of an insane throwback to those games on my dad’s Atari, full of bleeps, bloops, pixels, and other things that I would easily lose myself in.  Taking place in a 3D space, the dimensions are constantly changing as you collect things to grow larger.  As addictive as this could easily become it’s hermitgames’ description of their creation that intrigues me the most, “Avoid your past, find new space, wake up…”

What… does that mean?!



Probably the most mellow image in the entire game.

A crazy, colorful time waster with a deeper meaning behind it all?  Now this is how you end the preview segment of the Indie Game Uprising.


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!