Splatter - Blood Red Edition
Honestly, I had no expectations from this game. In fact, I can't completely remember how I got a hold of it (probably mabrookes). From the cover, I expected some kind of adventure game. But when I read "Arcade" in the game's description, I knew I should give it a shot and so I gave it; I didn't regret it. :)
Splatter is yet another enjoyable top-down shooter. Visually, it looks kinda cheap and could really do with some better visuals (especially the not that impressive character/monster sprites), but when you'll be shooting down hundreds of monsters and watching the place become a sea of blood, you just won't care (at least I didn't). It has a variety of weapons which can be upgraded to pack more punch, from the humble pistol to the trusty shotgun, to the absolutely must-be-featured-crowd-control-weapon, the flamethrower™. You also have access to light flares, which are ridiculously broken, since they both scare zombies away, are plentiful in numbers and allow you to escape a wee bit too easily out of tight spots.
Like other isometric/top-down shooters, your aim is to reach a specific destination, while being hampered by many zombies and other monsters, which you must obviously kill, lest they kill you. There is not too much variety with enemies, but at least there are plenty of them. Some of the pleasantly colourful levels can drag on a bit too long, but fortunately, the game does allow mid-level saving. In between the levels (and sometimes during them), you'll be getting some Max-Payne style narration complete with noir-style images and voice acting, which is both bizarre and amateurish. Frankly, I couldn't help but feel amused at the attempt to make the game feel serious, but I guess that in the end, it does give the game some charm. All in all, a game that I unexpectedly enjoyed a lot. Full list