Momentum Missile Mayhem plays like a combination of a tower defense game and a physics-based strategy game such as Bowmaster Prelude. Waves of enemies come piling in from the side of the screen. Your weapon, a Gravity Launcher Installation, is capable of firing projectiles in any direction and speed. The launcher works just like a slingshot: grab the missile and pull it back, then release to send the projectile flying. Prevent as many enemies as possible from reaching the other side of the screen, but be wary of explosions near your launcher. Collision physics play a huge role in this game, so keep the tanks ricocheting and you'll stick around for another wave.
Each round begins with enemy units rolling in from the right side of the screen. Tanks receive more damage from collisions with each other than from your shots, so try banking missiles off the leader and experimenting with the game's physics for maximum damage. With each unit you destroy, you earn experience points that increase your tech level. Use these points to buy equipment upgrades at any point during the game.
There are a number of items, upgrades and stats you'll need to keep track of in Momentum Missile Mayhem. For starters, before firing each shot, take a look at the Stability gauge at the bottom of the screen. The more velocity you give your shots (i.e., the farther back you pull the mouse), the higher the chance that the shot will misfire and explode near the launcher, damaging it in the process.
From the title screen to the main game, Momentum Missile Mayhem looks extremely complex, but don't let the gauges and numbers scare you away. At its core, Mayhem is a simple game that gradually builds on the complexity as you play. Upgrades flesh out the experience in later levels, while several survival-style game modes give you an extra challenge after you complete the main scenario.
Analysis: The overall design of Momentum Missile Mayhem is superb, from the concept to the visuals and the killer metal soundtrack. It's also amazingly addictive, I was surprised how well it pulled me in and how long I played the game.
Momentum Missile Mayhem has some of the most impressive collision detection physics I've seen in a casual game. The missiles you lob at incoming tanks have a different affect depending on where they hit the enemy. Glancing blows send them spinning with little damage, but get a few tanks careening at each other by bouncing them off the walls and you're in for a good time. This central mechanic is so well done that the rest of the game couldn't help but be impressive.
The only issue I take with the game is the opacity of the laser aiming mechanism on the gravity launcher. The red line is often so faint that it's difficult to tell which direction you're pointing. Aiming sensitivity is fairly high, and I managed to fire off a few shots in the wrong direction because of it. This encourages you to take the game at a slower pace, but in titles like this, losing a few seconds can mean game over.
Momentum Missile Mayhem is an adrenaline-packed title that takes itself very seriously. There's a lot of strategy and customization built into this game, so be prepared to sink your teeth into a deep and immensely rewarding casual online game.
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Note: Momentum Missile Mayhem can be taxing on some older systems and laptops. The game's creator recommends keeping quality settings low or downloading the game to your hard drive for a smoother experience.