Out of this World
Out of this World, developed by Seething Swarm, is a short but unique action game centered around shifting play mechanics. Surprisingly, the game doesn't start with a roto-scoped teleporter accident, but rather with two lovers leaving a fancy restaurant. They aren't named in-game, but since they look British, let's call them Ron and Hermione. Anyways, Ron and Hermione decide to go for a ride on their rocket ship, but, son of a gun, wouldn't you know it, aliens decide to kidnap the fair maiden. So its up to you Ron, with your shock of red hair, your badass longcoat, your awesome umbrella, and your shooty-blasty space gun to rescue her from the extra-terrestrial's clutches.
Though the controls of Out of this World modify to keep up with its changing gameplay, generally you move with the [arrow] keys, whether on foot, on a rocket ship, or in a hulking stomping mecha. Likewise, you'll use [A] and [S] to attack, be it with umbrella, blaster, or alien space bomb. Power-ups like double-damage and invincibility are there to be collected, and the glowing hearts will refill your health. Out of this World has gorgeous visuals and some interesting gameplay ideas, if not particularly challenging ones. The pace is measured, almost meandering, which does get tedious at times. Still, those interested in an artistic game with a bit of variety and just a touch of experimentation will find themselves quite chuffed.