Just released on PC and XBLIG Hermit Games' Qrth-phyl is a clever modern update on an old classic. It takes the classic arcade game Snake - wherein you zip around as an ever growing digital serpent doing its best to not accidentally run into its own tail - and updates it into a 3D game.
Sometimes you slide around both sides of a flat surface, other times you slither around a cube and sometimes you fly around the interior of a box weaving between your own longass body. It ain't easy being a snake.
Qrth-phyl features self-generating code, so the challenges won't play out the same way twice, and intriguingly Hermit Games bills it as an "arcade documentary," that explores the beginnings of it source material.
The game also features an adaptive difficulty ala Hermit's last game, the shmup Leave Home, which our Kristan Reed awarded an 8/10 in his digital roundup where he wrote, "With its disturbingly frazzled intro and mangled retro aesthetic, this is a glorious trip into one man's fractured imagination."
Qrth-phyl is out now on XBLIG for 80 Microsoft Points or on PC for $3 or your local equivalent on the developer's site. Hermit Games noted that it would add leaderboards and achievements if it gets published via user votes on Steam Greenlight.