Every man his dog is releasing scrolling shooters on Indie Games these days, but Vampire Rage is certainly one of the better ones. Like some loony cross between 1943 and Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night, the game replaces the plane with a vampire, soaring over a weird night garden and battling giant insects and other weird monsters, all to a pumping symphonic metal soundtrack.
It looks and sounds the business, but is also contains a semi-unique gameplay twist. As well as shooting missiles, the vampire is also equipped with a sword, one swing of which changes any enemy projectiles in its range into ‘friendly’, arrow-shaped missiles that fly off at angles and do massive damage to any enemy they hit. It’s a compelling system, adding a sense of risk and reward to proceedings that stops gameplay developing the kind of tedium that usually sets in after a level or two of such shooters.