Puppygames have just released their latest retro actionfest: Droid Assault for PC, Mac and Linux. It's a top down multi-directional 2D shooter which is a cross between Paradroid (one of my all-time favourite C64 games) and Robotron 2084.
Your mission is to "neutralise" all the crazy robots in Omni-corp's factory. You start off controlling a small underpowered robot that doesn't even have a gun. As soon as you can, you "transfer" your control to a better equipped robot and start blasting! Transferring to other robots is a key part of the gameplay because it allows you to upgrade to bigger and nastier hunks of metal. The robot that you were previously in control of still remains "friendly" towards you and will help you to clean out the level. You end up with a small rag-tag squad of droids on your side that you must constantly replenish with new ones as the old ones get wiped out.
The action starts of nice and easy to get you into the game concepts but then soon ramps up and includes powerups, destructible scenery, gun turrets and boss fights etc. Graphics are well done modernised-retro and so are the sounds. There's also an online scoreboard to satisfy the competitive streak in you.
The demo was great fun and it was a no-brainer impulse buy to get the full version because it's only $9.95! (That's like Â£5 for the British readers). I highly recommend that you check out the demo ASAP. Enjoy!
It's also worth mentioning some other games by Puppygames (well Shaven Puppy Ltd. to give them their proper (strange) name):
Titan Attacks is a retro space invaders/galaxians clone with lots of extras. It's unique feel and style sets it apart from other games of this genre so I highly recommend it. It's also available for PC, Mac and Linux.
Ultratron is like a super-upgraded version of Robotron with a lush modern-retro feel. You move the robot with WASD and you shoot in any direction with the cursor keys - at first it feels odd but you soon get used to it (in fact it's the same sort of control system that is used for all those Geometry Wars type games). The action is fast and furious, and addictive. Try it out. (oh yeah, it's available for PC, Mac and Linux too!)