Alone in the Park (Amidos & Vartagh)
When you think about shooter games, the first words that are likely to pop into your head are: gory, bloody, or hellish, but not cute. At least, not until you've had a look at Amidos and Vartagh's adorable little multidirectional shooter, Alone in the Park, where you play John the Cook, who after a long day at work, closes down his restaurant and decides to take a shortcut through the park. Big mistake. Because, as we all know, walking alone at night in the park is just asking for a purple multidimensional portal to open up and suck you into a parallel universe controlled by evil mushrooms. You were clearly just asking for it.
In more conventional shooters, you'd have your pick of shotguns, ninja stars, or BFGs. But you're just a cook after all, so you'll have to make due with thrown cigarettes and pizza cutters, at least until you've earned enough points to upgrade your weapons. To do this, you're going to have to do a lot of running with [WASD] and shooting with your [arrow] keys. But, because this shooter is anything but conventional, you can run in any direction and shoot in any direction you like at the same time. As an added bonus, the controls are customizable. If [WASD] and [arrow] keys aren't your thing, you have the choice to fire with your mouse and move with [WASD], along with a few more combinations for the true obsessives among us.
Alone in the Park is a fun mix of simple 8-bit presentation with a customizable control scheme, just-right sound effects, and some nice unlockable characters (Notch the Miner!) that will keep your fingers twitching past that first hectic afternoon play through.