A new life in a new city sounds perfect for Xiro and his sister after the tragic loss of their mother, but with the undead attack one day while he's at work, he must fight his way back through the streets to find his little sister and scavenge blueprints and supplies in this action-packed game.
Most people have two eyes, but you've only got one, and getting it safely through each challenging stage of this unique physics game takes a lot of work and patience. Using the powers of strangely coloured critters, you'll need split-second timing to succeed!
Skudgee's retro Metroidvania game might be a little rough around the edges, but ain't it just the cutest? You control a little robot who, after relentless teasing from his peers, winds up getting lost and trapped in a very dangerous place indeed... though fortunately there are a lot of things to discover to help you!
In this fast-paced and stylish hack-and-slash side-scroller, you play a warrior who takes up a cursed sword that feasts on his own life force as you battle through endless hordes of foes.
Bullets, pixels, and a break-neck pace drenches in a retro neon aesthetic. What more could you want? Duke it out with big bosses and swarms of enemies in this upgrade-packed run-and-gun sci-fi arcade game!
Little Red Riding Hood can't catch a break, and if she stops to have one, she's going to be bludgeoned with a giant carrot and then cooked in a pan while she plays the trombone, because it's awesome that's why. Anjo Pascual and Ray Sagun deliver a gorgeously animated and quirky arcade game that challenges you to last as long as possible as you click to make Red leap over attacks and obstacles, nabbing power-ups and more. Though on the repetitive side, Run Red Run packs quality and charm to burn, and we'd love to see a more fleshed out version.
Bam! Right in the nostalgia. Chris Martin puts a clever spin on one of the most notorious games of our decade by combining Earthbound and Flappy Bird for a game development jam designed to encourage and inspire. How long can you last flapping through some iconic locations past some mysterious office supplies before you take mortal damage and collapse?
In Earth Taken 2, an action platformer by SeethingSwarm, you are a survivor, trying desperately to shoot through the hordes of aliens who've turned the world toxic. So a lot like the first Earth Taken, then. Jocularity aside, though, while there's a lot that's the same, gameplay has also been refined, making this the sci-fi horror game the original could and should have been.
Let's protect the Moon! Again! In this fast-paced, lasers-everywhere defence shooter you'll mow down wave after wave of intruders in order to save a big hunk of space rock – and with all those cool upgrades and unlimited futuristic ammo, that will be no problem at all.
Can a game be both mellow and make you want to throw your computer off a bridge? If it's Hybrid Mind Studios' imminently stylish and simple avoidance game, then the answer is a teeth-gritting yes! Try to navigate yourself through a maze avoiding the walls that only appear when you click, which itself incurs a small penalty, so the object is to try to memorize the layout of the level to get through with your highscore intact. And your computer.
Help a cute, scampering demon-thingy storm the dark castle, crack the magic orbs, defeat devilish bosses, restore sunlight to the land, and score some sweet upgrades in Labyrinth: Secrets of ShadowHaven, a roguelike platformer by Nick Casto and Luis Castanon. The only real goal may be a high score, but the game's innate humor and likability sees it through
Who you gonna call? No, those guys are probably retired, and when your ghost problem is more of the match-3 variety, you need a specialist. This simple yet addictively charming little game takes you across 45 levels of arcade action as you deal with ghosts of all types that bounce and roll around the screen to make connections... just keep an eye on your timer!
Hiiiiiiiiigh-way TO THE monster zone! turboNUKE serves up more of the physics-based racing they're known for in this colourful game packed with upgrades and fangs. Fans might find little to pull them away from the more elaborate Cyclomaniacs, but you try telling a giant T-Rex in a monster truck that you've "been there, done that" and talk to me when you've picked the treads out of your teeth.
rottenmage's 48-hour entry for Global Game Jam draws inspiration from Terry Cavanagh's Don't Look Back to create a heavily symbolic action game where one wrong move means death. You play a man going about his "every day life", but in this case that means dodging lightning strikes, angry dogs, and... demons? Hmmm. Hmmmm, I say.
Improving its UI and crafting system while adding new worlds and creatures to contend with, this sequel to 2012's hit Motherload-esque mining simulation takes you to all new alien planets as you control a lost robot scrounging for supplies to repair and upgrade himself in a wide variety of ways.
Survive as long as you can against waves of enemies and increasingly badder bosses in Crionuke Games' arcade shooter, nabbing coins to spend on upgrades for your initially paltry plane. Be warned... not only does the game make the dangerous mistake of not using Danger Zone as a soundtrack, but once you die, you'll have to start all over from the beginning! (Though you'll keep your upgrades, mercifully.)
Normally I'd tell you to pick on someone your own size, but the pint-size powerhouses in Smallfarm's defense shooter don't need any protection! Unlock new heroes and upgrades as you hold the line against metal giants and more, and even rescue fellow tiny citizens to enable them to help you in your battles, but stay on your toes since enemies can attack you as well as the wall you're defending.
Pipkin Game's little red chomper guy is back for another round of Boulder Dash-like arcade action, in Crazy Digger 2! Cleverer puzzles, fairer enemy placement, and much, much better music mark Crazy Digger 2 as the kind of sequel that even those who skipped the original will dig.
A bounty hunter's life for me! After all, it's bandanas and cool motorbikes and shooting from all sorts of weapons, what's not to like? In Deadly Road Trip, you'll get the chance to take out as many bad guys as you like, collecting power-ups along the way and buying lots of upgrades so you can take out more bad guys. With great visuals and more than decent length, this is one awesome explosion-filled, unlimited-ammo old school arcade shooter.
The night is dark and full of terrors. You are one of them. You cannot see, but you can hear, and though they may hear you coming, they will not be able to stop you. Because he deserves it. Jord Farrell presents The Hunter, an intense, challenging, and intensely challenging, unique top-down stealth-based horror adventure, originally developed as part of the "you only get one" Ludum Dare 28 competition, now expanded and refined for a final release.
You've got more than nine lives and you're going to need them in this punishing platformer. Use jet-packs, teleporters, gravity switches and much, much more to overcome fiendish and deadly hazards in your journey to save the world. I think you can do it, even if the narrator is... less than encouraging.
Help the pixels escape the advancing glitch-wall of doom in Pixel Escape, a run-and-jump platform game by Jonny and Eugene. Pixel Escape can be a little overwhelming to the senses, but it'll be hard to stop playing till you've gotten every one of those darn things to safety.
Arrows, fireballs, glacial winds, and the unholy tortured spirits of the undead are at your disposal in this addictive and gorgeous but oh-so-grindy shooter defense game. Stave off waves of invading monsters and make use of extensive spells and upgrade trees... and a blacksmith on a turtle, because why not.
It's just you against an endless tide of sword-and-bow-wielding enemies in this simple but stylish little arcade game, so try to take as many of them out as you can before they take you out! More variety would have really made this one shine, but as it stands, it's still an interesting twist on a very simple formula.
Rebelde's "CLICK NOW DUMMY NOW NOW oh sorry not fast enough try again" game could also be called "Sliders" since that's unfortunately what the movement feels like, but it's still a cool concept. Your handsome blocky avatar has both a white and a black side, and neither can touch terrain of the opposite colour, so you've got to jump and dodge in the nick of time to avoid being obliterated, using ramps in the terrain to flip yourself over. Neat!
Eran Shabi apparently had a vastly different experience raising chickens growing up than I did, since I remember a lot less "chasing down and rescuing the birds from an evil race of anthropomorphic squid by laying a severe beatdown" and a lot more running around the backyard pretending I was trying to reach a distant heart piece in a Zelda game. It's cute, simple, and excessively violent. Sort of like actual chickens.
Good news: you now have the entire space station to yourself. Bad news: that's only if you don't count an endless supply of zombies. Jimp and Jay Armstrong serve up a fun and chaotic, if repetitive, zombie arena shooter with a fantastic design.
If this physics-based platformer feels familiar, it's probably because Ant Karlov has basically recreated playing their Zombotron games... only without any zombies or heavy weaponry. Hack and douse your way through destructible levels as a fireman with a big axe, but be warned that some of the level design actually allows you to become unable to proceed if you, you know, destroy some objects that the game allows you to, which seems like an area that could have used some polishing.
Another game created for the "You Only Get One" themed Ludum Dare, MakeBabi.es delivers a heart-stoppingly adorable arcade game where you play an acrobatic pup in a pet-shop performing stunts to impress a little girl and her mother. Once you get the hang of the mechanics it can be a bit too easy to grind points with easy tricks, but d'awwwww wookit its widdle face!
Time to mow down some bad guys... in winter! Battalion Commander 2 is the sequel of the popular vertical shooter, now with 100ore snow. With all new soldiers, enemies and missions, this action-packed game will keep you entertained for a long time – that is, if you don't mind slaying cute little soldiers dressed in pink.
I want candy! Especially if it's Candy Ride, the physics-platformer by Levon Vardanyan A slow-paced kind of work, with gameplay reliant on proper timing and movement, Candy Ride is more "rolling" than "rollicking". But it's a entertaining implementation of a creative premise.
The kingdom needs a hero to slay a dragon, but you need cash a lots of it! In this simple arcade action RPG, you'll charge through five levels of enemies, nabbing all the coin they drop and using it to upgrade your equipment. Though definitely short and nearly TOO simple, great visuals and simple fun still make it addictive while it lasts.
Fireballs. Tesla towers. Explosions. Power-downs. This arcade avoidance game puts a few chaotic twists on a simple concept as you must avoid everything the stages have to throw at you while carving up slices of the landscape!
Pixel Continuous' Ziggy stars in this upgrade-packed arcade game where the star of Humbug tromps through the snowy streets nabbing candy canes, evading the police, and punching people for presents. It's cute as the dickens, though an odd fit for a character who won hearts in surreal puzzle platformers, but is still an accurate representation of my family's holiday tradition nonetheless.
One arrow, but one shot is all you need. Unfortunately, that's also all the monsters trying to take you down need, too. Created in 72 hours for Ludum Dare 28's "You Only Get One" theme, Titan Souls is a gorgeous and atmospheric, if potentially a little short and simple, game that feels like a part of something bigger waiting to happen.
Fever Blue isn't the name of some hair product, but it'll leave your scalp tingling like one. In this short puzzle shooter made for Ludum Dare, you're told that the markings on the ground will guide the way, but you've still got to figure out how to use them while navigating a maze of deadly turrets and monsters.
It's the entirety of your existence as summed up through an endless-ish arcade fall through the sky! Each stage of your life is represented by a different mini-game, and finding out how to complete each one is part of the challenge. A lot of the games seem to drag on just a bit too long, but it's still a clever and quirky symbolical experience.
IriySoft serves up a very Mad-Max-y action game as you drive down a post-apocalyptic landscape blasting bikers, trucks, jet-packers and more to earn as much as cash you can for upgrades before doing it all over again. It's a little on the simple side, but should serve to awaken the road warrior that sleeps within you!
In the Podge's latest game, you control an eclectic strong-arm repo crew sent to recover valuable items from some people who really, really don't want you to. Use each character's special strengths and abilities to retrieve the most valuable items to reach your goals before time runs out!
Tender your resignation and escape you office filled with mustache-hating aliens in I Quit! Must Dash!, a one-button retro platformer by Casino Jack. The gameplay might be a little familiar to those who've played its one button brethren, but overall it is a well-designed, tough-but-fair challenge with a host of neat unlockables.
On the one hand, Adventure Island's adorable retro action game is exactly like a Gameboy Classic from the way it plays to the way it feels, but on the other hand... uh... exactly like a Gameboy Classic from the way it plays to the way it feels, which means it comes with all the frustrating issues like floaty jumping and simplistic gameplay on top of all that fantastic old school charm. Looking for something truly dedicated to being old school? This one has everything to take that title and is as lovingly crafted an homage to classic handheld gaming as you could wish.
Donley Time Foundation's upgraderrific shooter is exactly what it says on the tin... a near-endless progression of boss fights, all of which are randomly generated, that you take on with a jetpack and increasing arsenal! The style is great, and seeing what bizarro bosses the game crafts for you is always fun, even if most of them tend to go down in the blink of an eye.
Crash TV is a high-difficulty platformer whose protagonist is a strangely limber TV set. The goal is to connect to a big computer somewhere beyond a series of dangerous rooms. To achieve this, our little TV has to jump, grapple and sneak its way through holes, spikes and lasers.
You should have been attending your friends' wedding and having the exotic vacation of your dreams, but because you didn't read the terms of your hotel room, now you're stuck slinging pasta to order for hordes of picky customers in this latest installment of Flipline Studios' wildly popular and addictive simulation series!
Night Rider Turbo is an action driving game by Sos Soskowski where your car is going to fall apart. It's just a matter of time. So how far can you get in delaying the inevitable? One of those unique, gimmicky games that you'll somehow play through twenty times over the course of a week.
Continuing your mad dash for rescue from a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland, this upgrade and action-packed sequel doesn't change the gameplay much as you crash through the undead and destructible barriers to rack up cash, but is just as entertaining as you'd hope.
Discover the rest of the story in this quasi-sequel to 2012's hit alien horror shooter. The disgusting, blood-filled, bullet-ridden, creepy-crawly story. Play as two different heroes as you explore both a destroyed space outpost and alien planet, earning upgrades and new equipment, and trying to discover the truth and get out alive without having your faces chewed off by shadow bats.
Part stealth game, part challenging platformer, Blade Rush's minimalist style masks a surprisingly fun and fast-paced game that forces you to keep moving as you zip around lethal stages taking out foes in one hit... before they do the same to you!
When the world has gone mad with invading alien monsters, insanity isn't a disadvantage in Madville, an arena brawler/shooter by Umut Dervis. Games with one-man armies facing off against wave after wave of snarling monsters are nothing new, but Madville gives the genre a shot in the arm.
It's the end of the world as we know it... and it's all your fault! In this simple (and grindy) yet addictive zombie arcade game, control a horde of undead with just one finger as you race through the city adding hapless citizens to your pack, nabbing powerful mutations, avoiding danger, and more!
Aliens have invaded Earth! You are the only one who can stop them! So you'd better go stop them! A nostalgic retro run-and-gun platform shooter by Sinclair Strange that hearkens to the 8-bit era, Alien Splatter may not entirely live up to the challenge of NES classics like Contra and Ninja Gaiden, but it's a pixelated good time.
Leap astride a tiny pony and ride into battle against a massive aerial assault force in this bizarre but fun shooter. Though initially slow to start and a little repetitive, it's unexpectedly charming and filled with upgrades and action.
It's tough to be a worm on a fishing hook. It's a bit easier when you have firearms, though. Bait and Switch is an underwater shooter in which a courageous red-headband-wearing worm fights for his right not to be eaten by particularly voracious fish. With lots of upgrades and types of enemies, silly graphics and solid mechanics, it's probably the most fun you can get out of simulated fishing.
Ready for more? ChrisJeff's compulsively playable and brutally difficult arcade game is back, with a new twist. Just hit the spacebar to jump over each obstacle. How difficult could it be?
Gather round, people, and witness the all new adventures of the world's only ninja miner! His incredible skills allow him to run faster than lightning, collecting gems and stars on his way. Now, in Ninja Miner 2, he will also slay nefarious creatures with his trusty blade and perform fantastic underwater stunts in thirty-two amazing new levels!
The way to turn the tide of any war is always more dudes and explosives. I don't know who said that. Probably Sun Tzu. But this simple yet addictive defense game piles on the action with basic, engaging gameplay and a retro style to keep you occupied for a while.
Grab your bombs and take a leap, because in this strange but fun arena action game, you play a lost monkey who has to blast her way down through a floating island full of baddies to defeat the boss and get back home.
Awesome Zombie Exterminators! Zombie Exterminators are awesome! Or at least they are in this action-driving game by EmitterCritter. Bouncy, comedic, and viscerally enjoyable, though admittedly without much replay value.
Cyborgs are the bane of your futuristic existence, so you take up a gun and go on missions to make them history. They've come prepared, though, so you'll have to earn money to upgrade your weapons, stats and general awesomeness, until you can defeat all three bosses and reduce their minions to a heap of broken metal.
Komix-Games and ProGamix deliver a simple yet gorgeous and addictive twist on the classic avoidance genre as you sweep through levels of lovely yet lethal hazards popping all the bubbles in your path. Though some might find it a bit too simple, it remains a fun dose of casual gameplay for a coffee-break sized break.
Zombotron is back! When your ship off this zombie-ridden world still lacks fuel, you set out to find some. Unfortunately for you, it's never that simple. With more elaborate levels and all the explosive physics action you've come to expect, this latest Zombotron installment is just as weird and wonderfully addictive as ever.
The four barons are wreaking havoc in the underworld and it's up to a plucky little hero to put an end to their evil lives. With your trusty bow, you'll wander from cave to dungeon, eliminating various minions of the dark lords, becoming ever stronger as your quest goes on and getting ready to face the dreaded barons themselves.
Earth Taken is an action platformer by SeethingSwarm that casts you as the desperate measures that the desperate needs of an alien menace require. It's a mishmash of run-and-gun and survival horror tropes, but an entertaining one, with some very cool (and toxic looking) environmental design.
Neonball is your latest futuristic arcade addiction. Your job is to bounce a ball around a room to the exit point, collecting stars and avoiding lasers and bombs. With a ton of stages, excitement-packed gameplay and sometimes fiendishly challenging levels, Neonball is definitely the complete package.
Go West, my son. Wait... East, EAST! Lucas Molina present a simple yet simply addictive arcade game with RPG trappings as you control a brave hero speeding East through monsters and other pitfalls, earning experience and coin for upgrades along the way. Throw in some lovely pixel style and a great soundtrack, and you have the perfect casual action game to fill a little spare time.
Everyone makes mistakes, but for most of us those mistakes aren't unleashing an unholy army upon the earth. This simple but stunning fighting game is packed with upgrades and achievements as you blast your way through a series of enormous demons to save the world and fix your whoopsie.
I Am Level is a one button arcade platform game from Smiling Bag. It does away with most control buttons and gives you a rolling character you influence by tilting your mobile device left and right. Tap the screen to activate all of the screen's mechanisms, shooting springboards up, shifting platforms around, or knocking pinball-style flippers in the air. Through a creative combination of luck and skill, it's your job to explore the delightfully unconventional pathways that wind their way in and out of the game's challenging stages.
Fight the Cathode Raybots, or join their cause in this over-the-top action shooter by Tom Fulp and the Newgrounds crew. Overwhelming surface flashiness hides an excellent boss-battle creation engine, that those in the community have used to great cleverness.
They say there's a safehouse on the other side of the city, but between you and it is an entire city full of zombies. In this vertical scrolling action game, play as one of two heroes and bash, blast, and even drive your way through stages filled with unique objectives, earning skills and upgrades. Though suffering from slow movement and grinding, Bloodbath Avenue is still a fun throwback to classic arcade games.
We only have one moon, so we must do our very best to protect it! So you'll jump into your Moon rover-type contraption, charge your space cannon and shoot some bad guys. with lots of upgrades, cool futuristic weapons and intense levels, That's My Moon is an action-packed, highly addictive shooter.
What do you do with a Brawlin' Sailor? Well, if it's Major Bueno's new action game, then you should play it! Bueno has sneakily become one of browser gaming's most intriguing experimenters, with each of his games-a-month being consistently entertaining and singularly unique. This brawling tale of a sea dog punching his way through a multitude of captors is certainly both.
Pursued by a killer as you search for the artifacts you need to pay homage to a deity who will destroy him, you have to listen, run, and hide to stay alive in this freakish nightmare of a game made in just fourteen days. Though rough around the edges, its surreal style and great production values make it a fun time with the lights down and the sound up.
Do you want to rip through enemy defenses in a blaze of glory? Are you dreaming of ever-bigger automatic rifles and awesome napalm waves? Are you ready to play level after level until you finish each of the hundred adrenaline-fueled missions? Then report to your Battalion Commander and start blasting your way to military greatness.
Make no mistake, Road of the Dead 2 is a game with a massive amount of talent behind it provided by people with a passion for the genre. This time, your heroes are two survivors desperately trying to escape the city, one driving while the other literally rides shotgun (or pistol, or SMG), dealing with any hazards in the way.
Notebook Wars are back, in space form! Now with 100ore spaceships, tons of upgrades and spectacular boss fights! Get your vertical scrolling shooter action right here: blow away your enemies, buy your own space battle fleet and rule the universe!
futzi01 serves up ponies serving up smackdowns in this defense game based on the Changeling siege of Canterlot in season two of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Hold out as long as you can by blasting incoming Changelings with bursts of magic from Twilight Sparkle's horn, calling in your friends to help out. Though simple and sadly lacking in Fluffle Puff, it's a fun and good looking little arcade game that will keep you on your toes. Hooves?
If you love Spore, but you're tired of that boring evolution stuff, here comes Red Extinction, a game all about microscopic organisms trying to annihilate one another. Take control of one unicellular blob, equip it with spikes, poison and laser beams and away you go! Fight for survival by purchasing ever better upgrades for your weapons and stats, collect rare drops and customise your critter in dozens of cool ways.
All the roly-poly creatures of the world compete to see who is the roly-polyest in Dillo Hills 2, the new racing game by Evil Space Chicken and Fex Labs! Fans of the original may be surprised by the emphasis on multiplayer action in what was previously a single-player title, but altogether the changes are for the awesome.
Run, jump, and burst your way to save the princess in Knight Runner. This jump and run game is fast paced and addictive, with some launch game mechanics thrown in for good measure. Squish your enemies and gather coins to buy upgrades and power-ups so you can make it to the end and commence with the rescuing!
Once in the cave, there was a cliff, a fire, and some shadow puppets... oh, wait. Wrong cave. Once in the cave, there was a wizard searching for the evil wizard in AnienaGames' new platformer. Earn achievements, unlock skills, and experiment to find the best way to defeat your enemies.
All shooters are created identical, if not equal, right? After all, how much can you change up "shoot the things" as a gameplay concept? Well, this clever little puzzler has a few ideas, and in this sequel to the 2011 hit, each level offers up new mechanics and rules you'll have to figure out how to work with... if you can even figure them out at all!
Are you obsessed with typing to a somewhat unsettling extent? Then Icarus Proudbottom Teaches Typing, a parody arcade game made by Holy Wow Studios for SomethingAwful's "Subversive Edutainment" Game Jam, should be right up your carpel tunnel-stricken alley! A pitch-perfect parody of educational software, Icarus Proudbottom Teaches Typing sometimes gets off-color, but never unentertaining.
When you're dangling by your fingertips off the edge of a cliff, what you really want is for someone to come and help you up. Instead, fate hands you a stupid little bird that tries to peck your fingers off the edge. No, Birdie, No! is a quick skill game of reflexes and dexterity where you've got to hold on to the cliff, but lift your fingers before the menacing canary pecks at them. How long can you hang on?
Transmorpher 2 is a great action-puzzle platformer hybrid in which you control four aliens, each with different abilities. In twenty-two levels you will encounter a large number of things especially designed to kill you, from lasers to acid puddles to hostile creatures, and you'll have to use brain as well as brawn to negotiate cleverly designed stages and reach the end.
You flip pancakes. You flip pancakes WELL. In Major Bueno's adorably silly arcade game, developed in just a few days, you play a man whose ability to flip pancakes really high catapults him to fame and fortune... but at what cost?! Especially since you only have three pancakes to work with over the course of your entire career... ewwwww...
Acid Bunny is an action-platformer that revels in offensiveness, almost as if its ashamed of the adorable heart beating underneath. Certainly, one can't tell tell the story of a cute lil' bunny with a tendency for acid flashbacks without getting a little dark, but those who stick through the aggressively bleak humor of the opening will find an engaging open-world to explore. Please be aware that this game contains material many would find offensive, including drug use and suicide.
Peace! Houh! What is it good for? Well, something apparently, as the various factions of Berzerk Studio's new defense shooter, The Peacekeeper, want it, and are willing to slaughter everything in their path to get it. A visceral burst of just-mindless-enough entertainment, The Peacekeeper is a bloody and hilarious good time, if a little repetitive in the endgame.
Endless running gets freaky in this nightmarish game where your reflexes determine whether you live or die. Climb an ever-changing tower filled with monsters you'll need to act fast to dodge, and watch your score climb higher the farther you go in this stylish but nightmarish simple game.
You have the chance to play in the world championship for Pongball, so don't pass it up! Jump into the action in this awesome blend of Pong and pinball. Use your pinball flipper ship to hit the ball past your opponent. Score five goals to win. Can you beat them all to become the new Pongball champion?
If you've played the iOS hit 1000000, you'll find a lot to like in Undefined's addictive match-3 arcade game that puts a JRPG spin on it. To rescue a princess you'll have to raise funds by scrounging in dungeons, swapping and matching gems and other tokens to find treasure, defeat monsters, and level up your party for a familiar but addictive and charming experience.
When Cody's comic book collection is stolen by a gang of thieves, he sets out to get it back and discovers that gathering them unlocks super powers of his own! Despite some unimaginative level design and repetition, this platformer offers a great premise and a ton of personality that make it an easy choice for younger gamers-in-training!
Rocket Pets isn't quite a launch game. And it isn't quite a platformer. Somehow, Jay Armstrong and Jimp have combined the two genres, added some cute fuzzy animals wearing jetpacks, and thrown in some spikes for good measure, and the result is a ridiculously cute game where you go around collecting coins, buying upgrades, and earning achievements.
Maze Evolution is really simple. You just guide a little star through some tunnels and corridors. Also, you mustn't touch the walls. Oh, and some of the mazes are moving. Did we mention there will be things shooting at you? No? Never mind then, you'll do just fine! *shifty eyes*
Billed as an arcade cabinet imported from an alternate universe, Nam-Cap takes the familiar concept of Pac-Man and turns it backwards in many ways. Your goal in each level is to fill the whole maze with dots (as opposed to consuming them all, obviously). Despite the reversal, Nam-Cap captures everything that made Pac-Man entertaining.
How could anyone possibly hate candy? Well, if you're the snarky alien hero sent to a candy planet to rescue scientists from cuddly, cheerful toys who want nothing better than to pelt you with the stuff, it's probably pretty easy. A beautiful, silly platforming shooter with a ton of levels.
Bob the charitable robber is back! Once again you can steal to your heart's content, and you don't even have to feel guilty about it. Help Bob stay out of sight of guards, watchdogs and security cameras, and empty every drawer and pocket you can find. It's all for a good cause, so do your best!
Say you're a little boy (but really you're a dinosaur) and in your roaring rampage of dinosaur-ness, you've stomped all the plants you can. Well, the king of the forest would like a word with you, and he wants you to replant everything you've crushed. Such is the premise of Seeds, a vibrantly colored game by funstorm that tweaks the launch genre in the most adorable way imaginable.
Action meets RPG in this slow but surprisingly addictive dungeon crawler that sees you as a hero trapped in a mysterious pyramid filled with enemies who want nothing more than to see you dead. If you can master aiming and handle the slow movement, you'll find this a coffee break style experience filled with loot and levels to satisfy the casual player.
Cats rule and dogs drool, mainly because cats have heavy artillery! When these canine criminals begin marching on his kingdom, plucky Kitt mans a defensive tower to hold the line, upgrading both it and himself with various enhancements and abilities. Despite some clunky movement and grinding, this defense game possesses charm in spades.
Follow your dreams! And if your dreams mean you have to pay a monkey scientist in bananas to reach the moon and a hypothetical lady monkey, well, so be it! Though it could use some more variety, this launch game has style and polish to burn for a simple but fun experience.