Nitrome's latest release, Graveyard Shift, is a first person rail shooter reminiscent of classic arcade games like Time Crisis. You know, those stand-up cabinets with attached guns where you had to shoot off the screen to reload. Instead of plastic pistols, you're armed with your mouse, and instead of taking out bad guys, you're disposing of zombies, killer bugs, poisonous plants, and other Halloween-approved foes.
As the landscape slowly scrolls by, zombies pop out of the ground and roam the platforms. Move your mouse and aim the crosshair to send baddies packing. Sometimes an enemy will lob a projectile at you. Hold the [spacebar] to activate your shield and move it around with the mouse to block the incoming fire. Your shield weakens with each hit, though, so be sure to pick up refills every time you see them.
Fortunately, Graveyard Shift isn't as simple as aiming a pistol at passing zombies. Sometimes a helpless maiden will stroll onto the screen, changing your immediate objective from "shoot everything that moves" to "clear a path for the lady". You'll also nab a few power-ups, such as health crates and a gestural-based sword weapon (which, I admit, is very, very cool). And grenades. Can't forget the grenades!
Even for a short browser game, Graveyard Shift packs a lot of variety. Plenty of unique enemies to dispose of, including foes who are only vulnerable for a short amount of time, lots of weapons to use, and a few areas where you can interact with the environment. Graveyard Shift is a great trip into classic first person shooting territory!