Confession time – I don’t like the trend of indie games re-visiting old genres. Side scrollers stopped being interesting games to me 15 years ago when the N64 came out, and I haven’t looked back since.
The same thing can be said about top-down spaceship shooters (is there a name for this type of game?) like Everyday Shooter. I don’t disparage people from liking them, I just don’t understand the fascination with bringing back retro styles of gaming. Maybe it’s nostalgia. Maybe it’s this general cultural shift of people wanting to bring back retro thing (*cough* hipsters *cough*). I don’t know, but I’m very much of the opinion that those stopped being game genres 15 years ago because 3D technology gave us better things.
Having said that, one of the few side-scroller, indie, retro type games that I really enjoyed was Pixeljunk Shooter. In Pixeljunk Shooter, you play as a small spaceship tasked with saving a bunch of scientists from clever-created underground caverns. You have to use physics, and material interactions to get in and retrieve them. It’s honestly a lot of fun, and now it’s coming to PC, Mac, and Linux in November!
I’m not sure what the price is yet, but it probably won’t be any more than $15 (although that’s totally a guess on my part). Anyways, it’s definitely worth a look now (on the PS3) or when it come to desktop on November 11th.