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Atomic 79

First Impression: Atomic 79

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This First Impression article is based upon about the first hour of gameplay and may not necessarily be indicative of the game as a whole. This includes the score at the end.

With a name referencing the atomic number for gold, you might think that Atomic 79 is about mining, and you wouldn’t be wrong, but it’s more about shooting a whole lot of voxel skeletons. Aside from the initial hub, the entire game takes place inside a single, dark room where you must survive against the relentless hordes of spooky skeletons for as long as possible while collecting as much gold as you can. Even though Devil Daggers immediately comes to mind, Atomic 79 is far more upbeat, infinitely more charming, and feels pretty different overall beyond belonging to the same odd ‘arena survival FPS’ subgenre.

TranscendPang Sentinels


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TranscendPang might be the best Pang-style game out there, freeware or otherwise. This psychedelic take on the arcade classic still has you shooting wires upward to split bouncing circles into smaller bouncing circles, but it adds in a whole slew of new things. With branching paths, bizarre bosses and minibosses, a clever bomb mechanic, and tons of playable characters, each with a unique ability and varying stats, TranscendPang takes the original formula to the next stage.


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Though it may look like a simple Geometry Wars clone in screenshots, Ellipsis is a very different type of experience. You have no direct form of attack and your objective in each of the many short single-screen levels is to gather a set of collectibles and make it to the exit without getting hit. With branching paths and a large, neon world filled with plenty of creative enemies and hazards, Ellipsis has far more to offer than you might expect.

Mr. Rescue

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The world could probably use a few more firefighter arcade games since it seems like just about all of them are astonishingly good. Mr. Rescue is no exception to the rule with its intense gameplay and some charmingly ridiculous self-aware humor. Between putting out fires, collecting upgrades, monitoring your water and heat meters, and, most importantly of all, rescuing people by tossing them out of windows, there is a lot to keep track of and little time to spare.

The Bug Butcher

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There are surprisingly few games out there which take after Pang and its sequels, better known as the Buster Bros. series in the West, and I do not know of any which are quite as willing to change around the mechanics as The Bug Butcher.