If you're sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for the next Brad Borne game, or if a little repetitive strain doesn't bother you, this next game may be just what you're looking for.
In Nuclear Eagle, a brand new release from Luksy of c404, Brad Borne and Armor Games, you play a mutant eagle—apparently a victim of the nuclear waste from a nearby power plant—with a nest of "babies" to feed. Fortunately, there are plenty of townsfolk from a nearby city milling about, and so the objective becomes a task of grabbing them in your claws and dropping them down or tossing them up into the nest. Eventually, as the townspeople begin to fight back, you must begin to defend the nest as well.
Control is entirely with the mouse. Click to grab, then drag and drop to deposit into the nest. Alternately, you can just give a 'flinging' motion with the mouse as you release the mouse button and the poor innocent townsperson will go sailing through the air. Later levels will introduce police cars and swat vehicles, both of which can also be lifted off the ground. Use these as return fire to create fantastic explosions and combos. You can even grab the people as they are flying. Wacky, outrageous fun.
Try to stay alive as long as you can. The townspeople and police increase their rate of attack and will begin to fire their weapons at the nest. You must protect both you (red health gauge) and your nest (blue health gauge) from harm. If either gauge depletes in its entirety, it's game over.
Analysis: Although the game is a bit violent, it was the explosions that held my interest for a while. The underlying physics engine was programmed by Brad Borne, and considering his work with the Fancy Pants Adventures, it's not surprising that it works here, too, save for a bit of slowdown that eventually occurs once there is a lot happening simultaneously on-screen. Unfortunately, the constant and repetitive click-drag-release motion this game requires to make it even to level 10 to unlock the "City" portion of the game is its greatest weakness. Even after the first play through (I only made it to level 8) my arm was aching, so please use caution and take frequent breaks while playing.
Mindless fun. And did I mention the explosions?