Gunball 2: Emperor's Revenge
Halfbit's got that boom boom pow in their arena shooter Gunball 2: Emperor's Revenge, which focuses on a relateable protagonist with realistic goals. Namely, a little goggle-eyed sentient ball that spits bullets out to topple the leaders of his kingdom and become the next ruler of all the other ambitious goggle-eyed sentient balls. I think we've all been there, amirite? Use the [WASD] or [arrow] keys to zip around the field, aiming and shooting with the mouse, and unleashing whatever special ability you have with the [spacebar]. Take down your foes to earn experience points so you can gain levels and new skills, but also money to spend in the extensive shop to outfit your little hero into a rolling orb of death. Truly, a poster child for freedom, independence, and irresponsible body modification.
While there are a lot of arena shooters, they tend to be a little heavy on the whole "blood, guts and genocide" thing, which makes Gunball all the more welcome for its comparatively family-friendly gameplay. You're still blowing enemies up, but the twee presentation and lack of traumatising body parts means this one is about as horrifying as Zuma. More importantly, however, for those of us without ankle-biters, the game is just plain, frantic fun. While some levels do tend to drag and become engorged with so many fast-moving objects it can feel like skill is only somewhat important for victory, the sheer amount of levels, upgrades, enemies, and power-ups makes this game a definite win in the wheeeeeee category. You wouldn't ever call it particularly complex or inventive, but Gunball 2: Emperor's Revenge is the perfect fast-paced treat for when you want to blow something up. Remember, googly eyes make everything better.