Mr. MothBall 2: Cotton Carnage
Mr. MothBall 2: Cotton Carnage is a charming shooter from Polish artist Mateusz Skutnuk, author of both the Covert Front and Submachine point-and-click series of games. You control a white mothball trying to shoot down evil red mothballs in an adorable penciled world with pastel shading. The game is a spiritual sequel to Mr. MothBall platformer entered in our 4th game design competition.
You control the mothball man by moving the cursor around the screen and clicking the left button to fire. The single-screen gameplay is nicely staged and starts out with shooting a few red mothballs and works up to annihilating whole groups of foes that cover the board. You grab the occasional power-up while dodging and shooting your way to a high score, though an online leaderboard isn't part of the deal just yet.
Once your health gets low enough you're given a respite to gather energy, then it's time for the boss battle. Except that's just a prelude, then the real boss battle begins. Even though it's a short and simple game, Mr. MothBall 2 is paced so it feels much more meatier than it actually is.
Analysis: The game's control scheme, while easy to pick up, is also the game's chief weakness. When you fire the bullets go in whatever direction Mr. MothBall is facing. It requires some care to make sure they go the right way. Turning shots bi-directional would make the game more fluid and solve this control issue. There's also a major glitch where the game doesn't recognize the final blow against the boss that lets you win the game. This happens only occasionally, but when it does, it's no fun.
A short but sweet game from one of the most creative designers on the web, Mateusz Skutnik.