I haven’t really been posting enough here about the awesome games I’ve come across in my travels.
Action Fist was first brought to my attention by one of the folks over at Hardcore Gaming 101. It’s an awesome freeware action game; it looks like Cave Story, but the game itself reminds me strongly of Treasure’s Gunstar Heroes with a dash of Metal Slug for flavor.
Action Fist is a sidescrolling run-and-gun; it stars two main characters- the Tom Baker-esque Domingus and his monocled companion Ina- as they chase the creatively-named Madman and battle his army of robots. Each character carries two modular weapons, each of which is defined by a color, firing pattern, and bonus (such as increased bullet speed or damage). Enemies come in three colors (Yellow, Red, and Green), and take additional damage from a weapon of the same color. It’s a simple gimmick, but it adds some depth to your weapon selections- should I keep my yellow gun, or switch to green? Is a rapid-fire, penetrating weapon more useful than a three-way?
On the normal difficulty level, the game is pretty forgiving- you’re given infinite lives, and it can be completed in under two hours. There’s a reasonable variety of stages and enemies, and the game is fun throughout. A number of unlockables are available upon completing the game, including additional playable characters, costumes, and difficulty levels.