The lights are flashing. The bass is pumping. You're moving with a single-minded intensity but never going anywhere. 90's rave? Or DonixGames' bullet hell shooter, Helinon? In this single screen action arcade game, you zip around with the glide of your mouse as you avoid the brightly colored geometric enemies that come hurtling after you. From whence they came is not mentioned nor your quarrel with them, but then again, an electric purple spiral is just an electric purple spiral, right? Attack your glowing enemies by... wait, no need, you attack automatically. But [V] will unleash a special attack and [space] opens up the menu where you can purchase more lives, more bombs and a (limited) number of upgrades to your weapon, all for the sake of... shape-ly dominance, perhaps?
Helinon sits in the class of bullet hell shooters that open up the playing field and really make you feel like you're taking full advantage of a two-dimensional screen rather than simply moving left and right with the occasional jolt up and down as in a traditional bullet hell like Boss Slayer. With no ultimate ending to the game, the achievement list provides a nice replacement, requiring you to experience the game in both easy and hard mode. And while Helinon doesn't add anything new to the genre, the tight controls and glowing graphics will have you mesmerized for a hypnotic lunch break*.
*(Glow stick jewelry and a crowd of sweaty bodies optional.)