Beetle Wars is a great looking shooter disguised as a war between super powered insects. You are but one little super powered beetle and have the potential to possess an assortment of miraculous talents, available via purchasable upgrades. Select the ones you like with the hard-earned cash you earn by defeating your foes.
Your goal is simple: Kill all the other beetles and insects around you without dying; how you achieve that goal is not so simple. With 18 levels to complete and 19 different skills to choose this game gives you a lot of choice as to how you want to define your winning strategy. It has a good mix of passive, offensive, and defensive abilities to suit almost any strategy you can come up with. Although you have 19 different skills you can choose from, you will first need to save up the gold to pay for them and even then you can only take 6 with you into each battle. You start out with a simple ranged attack but it isn't too long before you are able to afford some of the better skills
You may need to play some levels a few times in order to save up for some of the skills you need to beat the later levels, but with a variety of different level types, this shouldn't really be too much of a problem. Although I did find the difficulty curve to be quite steep, and the gameplay a bit slow to get rolling, this game is definitely worth the trouble.
The game does save your progress so it's perfect if you just want to play a level or two on your coffee break, or sit at home and plow through the whole game. And even after you're done you can play through again trying a completely different set of skills.