Lt. Fly vs the Spiders from Above
Fall in, troops! It seems we've got ourselves another attack on our hands. Menacing spiders are descending from the skies, and it's up to our platoon of cannons to stop them! We've got to divide our forces to gather bullets on one side, and shoot down the spiders on the other side, so you'll need to divide your attention to win the battle!
Lt. Fly vs the Spiders from Above is a combination puzzle/shooter game that will leave your head buzzing. On the left side of the screen (company, left face!) is a block puzzle with a light twist. At the top left of the board is a fly holding a block of one color. Clicking anywhere within the grid will replace that block with the color designated. If you create a cluster of four or more similarly-colored blocks, they will disappear, leaving the rest of the blocks to topple down into place, and possibly cause some delightful combo action. Also in the grid are special blocks with bullets, flamethrowers, and bombs. If you work these blocks to the bottom of the screen, they get added to your arsenal of ammunition.
That ammunition gets used on the other side of the screen (company, right face!). Using the fly-operated cannon at the bottom-center of the screen, simply aim and fire at the spiders descending from the sky! You'll have to be careful, since your cursor will disappear once you cross into the right side of the screen. Keep an eye on the angle of the cannon's elevation (or just get used to blindly mousing around), or else you'll waste precious bullets. If you defeat enough spiders, you'll move on to the next invasion, where more of the creepy-crawlies await!
Analysis: I'm a fan of multi-tasking games, and this one successfully blends together two contrasting genres: the strategic puzzle and the fast-paced shooter. My one complaint about the game is the fact that the randomness of blocks on the left-hand side doesn't seem to be very consistent (sorry, did I just mention "consistent randomness"?). What I mean is, in playing this game, I've often found myself with a whole stash of bullets one moment, then none the next, without a single bullet on the board to attempt to claim. But then again, this could be an intentional feature of the game. After all, how fun would it be if all you had to do was stock up on bullets in one level, and coast throughout the rest of the game?
So if you're ready for your first mission in insect warfare, then forward march!