Pixel Hate, an arcade shoot-em-up from Arcade Bomb, has the kind of vague retro-ness that's hard to tie to any particular technology level. The title-screen looks like an ZZT game, the enemies are strictly Atari 2600, the soundtrack has the robotic edge of an early 90s arcade, and the flashy explosions remind one of recent bullet hells. Still, despite the mish-mash of elements, Pixel Hate is very enjoyable to play. Just use the mouse to steer your ship, left click to fire, and nab any power-ups that fall for more explosive strength. Shooting pixels off of enemies until flying objects literally fill the screen makes for simple and addictive gameplay, even if the gun overheats too quickly.
There is definitely room for improvement in the design: later levels can be hit with serious slowdown, likely due to the number of objects displayed. Also, the concept behind the level bosses is clever enough that it's a shame only the same sequence of three are given again and again. That said, Pixel Hate is oddly compelling and should be enjoyed by fans of the genre. Turn up the sound and prepare to relive a period of gaming history that never quite happened before!