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Psychedelic Serpent: Qrth-Phyl

Cornwall-based Hermit Games have prior experience in neon-drenched arcade games with a penchant for algorithmic designs, flexible difficulty and eye-caressing visuals. I thoroughly enjoyed horizontal shooter Leave Home and qrth-phyl, which is the sound of a man dredging phlegm from the back of his throat and then spitting it into a cereal bowl, looks to be a similar take on maze games and Snake. Everything makes sense in this short description until the final phrase lights a bulb in the old brainbox and then smashes it, replaces it with a sentient disco ball and bounces around the walls giggling: "The game plays in 3D, is adaptive and fuses elements of documentary". Trailer below, along with a free browser Snake game of interest.

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Out very soon and looking rather exciting. If the disco ball in your head needs any more encouragement, this should send it spinning harder than a platoon of political pests.

Built with custom tools, self generating code and a modified AY-3-8912 audio chip.

Indeed. But that's not all! If you want a Snake-alike to play right now, you could do worse than check out Snakes On a Cartesian Plane, which includes as many variants on the arse-dodging structure of the original as anyone could ever desire. Thanks to indiegames.com for that one.

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