Being a god is awesome! Worshiped by multitudes, unlimited powers, able to just reach out and smite someone anytime you like, right? Well, in the new Preloaded game for Adult Swim UK, zOMT, you indeed get to be a god! But your number of believers tops out at six. Okay but still, awesome powers right? Well, yes, but you have to wait for them to be unlocked, and also they take some time to reload, and you need to wait for your believers to offer up some green gems in order to use them at all. Okay but... still, instant smiting, right? No one beyond your mighty arm? Well, actually your godly power is limited to that torch-thing over yonder. And the waves of enemies come from beyond that. So... yeah. If you were looking for a game that gives you a taste of omnipotence, zOMT leaves something to be desired. But as a defense game, it's a great deal of fun.
You start out with at least one worshiper on each level. Enemies will approach and attempt to kill them, and if they all die, it's game over. The believers may seem rather helpless because all they do is bow and scrape before you, and won't fight back against any enemies. However, every so often a believer gives off a little green gem which wafts up from them. Clicking on these gems gives you points which you can spend on summons to defend your believers, everything from a suicide bomber to a rampaging bear to the intriguing "bouncy cloud", which can be drawn in the sky by clicking and dragging and used to bounce projectiles away from yourself, and if you're skilled with trajectories, even to bounce back at the enemies. You can use either the left and right [arrow] keys or [A] and [D] to scroll back and forth, and you can return to the center at any time instantly by hitting up arrow or [W]. You beat the level by destroying all the enemies. Enemies also release green gems as they die, for a quick pick-me-up.
As you get further up, you have to deal with enemies coming from both left and right, and your believers are quite fragile, so keeping the enemies at bay can become frantic. The most difficult aspect to master is the use of bouncy clouds. Using them to defend your believers is simple enough, but getting the angle right so as to strike back at whatever is hitting you can be very difficult, because you can't see the entire field at once. Another tricky piece to use is the suicide bomber, because while you're using him you can't click to pick up any gems on the way (since clicking causes him to explode). Since gems disappear after floating up to a certain distance, it's possible to lose out on needed points this way. It might have been better to assign the suicide bomber a key instead, so that the player could have continued to click and pick up gems while deploying him.
I really enjoyed zOMT's great flat paper-puppet aesthetic and sense of humor. Being told that my godly might was at the level of "holy toast" was certainly a spur to keep playing. Conquer all fifteen levels and your power will be unquestioned! At least from here to that torch-thing.