When there's somethin' strange in the neighbourhood, who ya gonna call?!... well, uh. Apparently nobody, since you're all by yourself in Firebeast's arcade shooter Evilgeddon Spooky Max when an evil force takes over and floods the streets with monsters. Armed only with your trusty peashooter and whatever weapons the baddies helpfully (though perplexingly) drop on death, you'll have to grind your way through dangerous locations filled with waves of monsters, dealing with the baddest boss in each one, before you finally get to set things right once and for all. Use the [WASD] keys to move, the mouse to aim and shoot, and [spacebar] to cycle through your available weapons.
Each stage will release various ghouls at you in waves, and if you survive 'til the end, you can take a crack at the boss. Avoid blasting any ghosts, since they'll drop supplies to you if you touch them. Die, and, well... just try again. Between stages, you can visit the upgrade shop to spend the coins you earn increasing your arsenal, or stars, which are granted for completing special objectives and leveling up, to make the hero himself stronger. It's the sort of game you'd call "grind-tastic", and whether that's a nail in the coffin depends on if you enjoy the sort of achievement-driven gameplay and the repetition of guzzling coins 'til you're buff enough to proceed. It's worth mentioning that I occasionally seemed to encounter "sticky" terrain when moving and I would appear to get hung up on invisible objects, though immediately tapping the movement key again would fix it. It's a simple game that could have done with some more instruction in some areas, but has a great, smile-inducing quirky design. What makes a hero? Not muscles or great one liners. It's all about the hair, man, and the courage to wear your sunglasses at night.