There have been a lot of good games that have come to my attention recently, so many in fact that I am a bit backlogged. Since the thought of creating an in-depth review of each is a bit daunting to me right now on my summer vacation, I have decided to create only brief introductions to each and leave the analysis to everyone else via the comments. Let's see how well that goes.
First-up is a top-down vertical shmup—that's a technical term meaning shoot'em up—created by Googley.
Raiden X is an excellent Flash game that is a lot of fun to play, though it was a bit easy for me to complete on Normal difficulty. The trick is in the power-ups, which are many. Small squares that change in color from Red, to Blue, to Purple will float around the screen after blasting certain enemies. Each color represents a different weapon. My favorite was the Purple shocker that emits a powerful arc of electricity that seeks out enemies on-screen and zaps them until they are fried. Wait until the power-up is the color of your choice to upgrade its power, otherwise your weapon will change.
Tons of enemies and larger boss-types in this game. Excellent Flash work by a talented, young (age 13!) game developer.