Uprisings and Updates

The Indie Games Uprising III is over now, and there’s plenty to review once I’ve spent enough time with the remaining games. In the meantime there are some quick look videos on The Indie Ocean’s YouTube channel.
I can tell you right now, though, that one of the Uprising games has displaced a regular diner at my Captain’s Table of the finest Xbox Live Indie Games. Congratulations to Smooth Operators: Call Centre Chaos, which offers us a management sim smooth, professional and addictive enough to rival the classic likes of Theme Park. And for only 80 Microsoft points! That’s almost offensively good value. If you’ve ever got even a moment’s enjoyment from a Theme, Sim or Tycoon game, go and take a peek at Smooth Operators.

Smooth Operators: Call Centre Chaos

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All the Nines: Uprising to the Challenge

It’s coming. In the wake of last year’s reasonably successful summer and winter Indie Uprising events comes the biggest yet: the Indie Games Uprising III, also known amusingly paradoxically as the Fall Uprising. Nine games in the ninth month, all brand new releases from ambitious indie developers, and some that have already made me gape with barely suppressed gaming lust.

The finished products haven’t landed yet, but the Indie Ocean’s pick of the bunch at this pre-release stage is City, Tuesday in which you play someone stuck repeatedly reliving the same five minutes before a terrorist attack. Profiles of this game and the others in the Uprising will pop up like mischievous gnomes over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, you can follow Uprising news on Twitter @XBLIGUprising or using the hashtag #IGU3, or at http://indiegames-uprising.com/

Once the games hit the market there will also be some unprecedentedly delicious video treats in store that you’ll find only on the Indie Ocean. Nine games, the voices of nine developers, and a big heap of my acerbic ruminations. Stick around.