How long has it been since you found a game that was really innovative? Something that didn’t just take an existing idea and added something to it (not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course) but really introduced a completely new gameplay idea?
It was very long for me, and that’s why I loved Swarm Arena so much. It’s a relatively new indie game (about a year old, I think), and here’s what it looks like:
If you have no idea what you just saw, don’t worry. That’s how humans are supposed to react to something like this. Basically, you control one of those shiny fluorescent blobs, and you have those shiny little grains of rice hovering around you. when they hit the opponent’s grains of rice they cancel each other out, but when they hit the opponent he gets hurt. Every hit lowers your ability to control your rice, and eventually you lose. There are powerups that pop up randomly around the map that increase your abilities (there are two types of abilities, that give you different ways to control the rice). The point is to control your rice well enough to defend yourself from the enemy rice, keep him away from the powerups, and eventually defeat him.
(note – the game refers to the things floating around you as “drones”. But I think it clearly looks like shiny rice).
Not only is it innovative, but it has the added bonus where everyone who looks at you playing it will think you’re either an alien, a robot, a robot alien, or an insane genius.
The game is on Steam, costs 5$, and has a demo, so there’s no reason not to play it (well, except that it’s Windows only, so, sorry about that…). And this is a good opportunity to introduce the new page in this blog – Play with me. Where I invite everyone who likes reading this blog to also join me in shooting things, building things, and whatever else we will find desirable.