Nature Strikes Back
Nature Strikes Back is Dreamgate Company's latest game, and though at first you may see a physics-based projectile game and write it off as an imitation of Fragger, Nature Strikes Back stands on its own merits. The gameplay is simple: you play as a plant with a set number of seeds, and your goal is to destroy all the evil polluting people so the world can turn green again. Move the mouse to aim, and click to launch.
Each level of Nature Strikes Back introduces a new challenge or combines existing elements in new ways. Though you have a limited number of seeds, there are three types of seeds. Yellow ones split into three when you click, and brown ones explode. (One can never go wrong when explosions are involved.) There are laser traps, and automated drones that will kill polluters on contact, and two levels of armor for the polluters to wear. But the most important feature of the game — the one that gives it its "just-one-more-level" quality — is that the seeds ricochet off of walls and obstacles. While the amount of blood is perhaps a little excessive, the game doesn't linger on the gore, and the end-level animations where the whole level becomes overgrown with plants is lovely. Plus, you get to play as a plant that looks an awful lot like the one from Little Shop of Horrors, so what are you waiting for?