GlueFO 3: Asteroid Wars
All anyone thinks UFOs are good for is abducting cows, ruining photographs, and crashing down near government facilities, but it turns out that they've got one up on us Earthlings when it comes to some good old-fashioned interstellar demolition. Do your part to clean up the galaxy with Irregular Games' latest mouse-based shooter about the stickiest spacecraft you'll ever pilot: GlueFO 3: Asteroid Wars.
The mouse controls your vehicle, an unidentified, flying, and particularly adhesive object. It'll stick right onto any tiny spheroids that happen to be floating out there in the void, and firing all your stuck orbs is as simple as a click of the mouse. You'll need the projectiles to split open asteroids for cash, as well as neutralize hostile enemy fighters who have decided that, apparently, all that empty space in the universe just isn't big enough for the both of you. Other keys activate peripheral weapons and doodads, like invincibility shields and smart bombs and the like, but the vast majority of the game lies in the mouse.
You'll flit from one sector to the next at the behest of your employer, who preambles each mission with a little flavor text that's a nice touch, but not really necessary for enjoyment of the game. The difficulty doesn't spike from the beginning, but if you've been cruising through without upgrades, you'll start to feel the burn midway through the levels. And there are upgrades aplenty, ranging from faster speed to homing shots to rotational thrusters that sound handy early on, but feel strangely superfluous the more you play.
Now, to save your game, you'll have to make a MochiGames account, but fear not! The process is stupefyingly quick and painless, as well as free, and you don't even have to use it for other things if you don't want. The game's also short enough to be played through in a single sitting, so if you're not into it, just remember not to close out that tab. Otherwise, let the space gluing commence!