Thanks go out to Nils for the link to this very cool Shockwave game created by Steve Riddett of the MetalBox.com.
Merlin's Revenge is a cute little adventure in which you play as Merlin on a quest to save your brother, Berlin, who is kidnapped by the evil Scarlet Wizard.
As Merlin, your primary method of attack is, of course, magic, and the mouse is used to aim and fire a burst of energy. Simply move the mouse to where the enemy is and click. Hold down the mouse button for a larger, and more lethal, charge. Your magic skills as a wizard can be improved upon by collecting potions along the way. Red ones increase the blast size, blue increases the blast charge speed, purple increases the initial blast size, and green increases the rate that Merlin walks, and therefore is able to avoid enemies easier. You will also find Medkits that completely restore Merlin's health.
Use the arrow keys to move Merlin around the map. Your quest takes you from area to area making your way to the Scarlet Wizard's Post to the north. As you enter a new infested area, you must kill all of the enemies in it before the exits are enabled, but once you clear an area it remains cleared.
It's a fun game with pleasing pixel-style tiled graphics and cool effects. And while there isn't much use of sound in the game, the sound effects that are used fit the action well. But it's not an easy game, and there is no way to save your progress mid-game, which means if you die you must start again from the beginning. That is my only complaint, so far, but it is one that Steve addresses in Merlin's Revenge 2. And he's already begun work on the third game in the series.