Rob and Aliens
wooood's Rob and Aliens is an adorable little platformer about a precocious pup whose bark is the only thing that can repel the truly terrifying green aliens trundling about. In each of the game's eight levels, use [WASD] or the [arrow] keys to move and jump as you head towards the end of each stage, grabbing all the... crackers? buttons?... along the way, with the down [arrow] or [S] to bark and destroy any aliens nearby, but only if you have at least one bone in the meter at the top of the screen, which depletes one bone by half with each mighty woof, making proper use of the limited bones in each stage important. Just watch your step around aliens and other hazards, since the doghouses that function as respawn points mean you're never sent back far if you take a hit, but three strikes and you'll need to restart the whole level. Rob and Aliens' old-school pixel style works with its simple but classic gameplay perfectly, especially with its oddly catchy soundtrack, and it all functions surprisingly well as both a nostalgia trip and a purely enjoyable little platformer. Enemies being able to fire when they're offscreen can be frustrating, since you can be bounding along only to take a blast to the face from something you couldn't even see, but Rob and Aliens makes up for it by being an otherwise engaging game that's juuuust long enough for the handful of elements it introduces. Rob and Aliens is old-school platforming fun without a lot of bells and whistles to make your day a little brighter.