Fullmetal Alchemist: Iron and Flame
Another diamond in the rough of the Adult Swim games section, Fullmetal Alchemist: Iron and Flame is a Shockwave-based scrolling beat 'em up, reminiscent of arcade favorite Final Fight. You control Edward and Alphonse Elric, two brothers searching for an artifact known as the philosopher's stone in order to restore their damaged bodies.
Move around the screen with the arrow keys, and dash by tapping [left] or [right] twice. Press the [spacebar] to perform a melee attack, or use your alchemy hotkeys by pressing [A], [S] or [D]. Being the science of equivalent exchange, you'll need raw materials to fuel your alchemic abilities; bags that are found in pots or dropped by enemies will provide your resources, represented by the vertical bar at the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Press [M] to bring up the alchemy menu, used to tweak the amounts of resources consumed by each transmutation, as well as assign hotkeys to your various abilities. Finally, you can switch between Ed and Al by pressing [X] at any time. Al is usually the better choice, despite being slower and having less powerful alchemy; his attack and defense are far greater than Ed's, who often seems to come up a bit short.
Analysis: As in most similar games, the enemies you'll face are slow, stupid and predictable. The challenge arises when you're forced to deal with them en masse, and it doesn't take long for Iron and Flame to start throwing chimeras at you like red stones are going out of style. Fortunately, the Elric brothers have a wide variety of alchemic tricks, mostly pulled right from the tv series. It's a shame, then, that the attempt made to customize transmutations isn't more interesting; you're limited to either boosting the power of moves when you've got resources to spare, or reducing resource consumption in a pinch. Still, Iron and Flame benefits from and is faithful to it's license, and fans will appreciate the cut scenes featuring several familiar characters.
The game was developed by Pop & Co. of New York City.