Jumping right into some addictive gameplay after finals is just what I need to escape from all the stress and pressure. I want something fast with lots of action and adrenaline, lots of explosions and particle effects, and a rocking soundtrack.
Brent Silby's DNA delivers on all of these fronts. The unique game is a fast action arcade hybrid that mixes elements of a shooter with that of a collection-oriented game. The object is to collect all of the 'DNA' fragments in play, and deposit them into the sequencer while avoiding all the 'free radicals'. Once a level is cleared, you advance to the next with more fragments to collect, and meaner and more intelligent radicals.
Use the [I][J][K] and [L] keys to guide the 'ship' around the play field, press [Z] to fire the weapon from both sides simultaneously. Once you have collected some fragments, simply navigate the ship into the square labeled "sequencer" to automatically deposit them and to form them into DNA molecules.
The gameplay of DNA is quite gratifying as you move the ship around collecting fragments like a magnet. The laser weapon fires rapidly catching most enemies in their tracks. The soundtrack features motivating techno tracks that are well-suited to the fast pace of the game.