Heavy weapons training must be part of the degree program at MIT. That's really the only way we can explain the plethora of hardcore butt-kicking engineers in video games. Gordon Freeman started this noble tradition in Half-Life, Team Fortress 2's Engineer continued to practice practical science in the name of bloodshed and now we've got Zach Scrap, protagonist of a new top-down shooter by Jazza Studios appropriately titled The Engineer.
In classic top-down shooter style you move with [WASD] and shoot with the mouse. As an engineer, our hero can also construct turrets, structures and bombs using scrap from defeated enemies and scrap piles found throughout each level. Your goal in the main story mode is typically to hack several consoles in each level, a task complicated by the armies of angry robots out for blood. Your best option is often to set up a nest of turrets while you work on your current hack; fortunately a lot of your options are high-powered robot-vaporizing fare like lasers and rockets so you won't have to miss out on any carnage.
While top-down shooters like this are pretty common, there's a lot to be said for the amount of destruction and strategy introduced by The Engineer's turrets and weapon upgrades. Different types of turrets are better in different situations and you'll need to balance hacking with fighting and grabbing scrap. In the end you're going to have to use the brain that got you through grad school; your Ph.D. came with a license to kill and it's time to put them both to work.