Geru Geru Panic (Gel Gel Panic)
Panzo the Panda bear got more than he bargained for in this Shockwave arcade action game from Japan. The title, Geru Geru Panic, roughly translates to Gel Gel Panic, a reference to the gelatinous goo that the aliens appear to be made of. Although it may seem odd, what I can tell you is that you don't need to speak Japanese to enjoy the amazing good times packed into this little gem.
The game is like a cross between Asteroids, in which the player shoots at large objects that break apart into multiple smaller objects, and Pang. Once the objects are at their smallest size, one more shot obliterates them, and they go away. In place of asteroids, this game offers up gelatinous alien blobs that bounce around the play field, and you control Panzo the Panda and his fierce little ray gun.
Control is entirely with the mouse. Simply move the mouse to aim and click to fire. An energy bar along the bottom, filled with pink when you start, depletes its energy as you fire. Upon releasing the mouse button, the bar slowly fills up again. You will need to conserve your fire power to the best of your ability, especially in later levels.
To make the game even more fun, there are many different types of power-ups that sometimes drop from the gel-blobs when hit. You will find all sorts of crazy items like: timers that stop all blobs for a moment; shields that protect you from one hit; instant refills of your energy bar; power-ups for your weapon; one-ups; bombs that split all gel-blobs to their smallest size (watch out for this one in later levels! It's not such a good thing!); and even more.
The game is nicely polished and of commercial quality. The sound effects are fun and fit the action well. The background techno tracks, while uplifting, are a bit repetitious at times, and yet the excellent sound effects make up for it. Thanks to Tonypa who sent me the link to this game, I accomplished next to nothing for the next several hours except for scoring 157,000. I just can't get past Level 12, it's insane!!! This game is fantastic, just try it and you too will be hooked.