There's a lot of good new games coming out but sometimes it's good to remember some older gems, recently I've started playing Polychromatic again and it's such a fantastic arcade twin-stick shooter.
Gameplay in Polychromatic is simple, as you're given a small circular arena to slide around in as you take on various waves of enemies made from simple shapes. Each shape has a different behaviour, some will dart right at you, some will stay still and fire at you and it has a decent amount of challenge to it. Considering how simple the game is mechanically, it's quite surprising just how addictive it is. I don't often go back to games too often, unless they're really something special. In the case of Polychromatic, it's just so beautifully streamlined it deserves to be a game high up on your list to play during a coffee break.
I don't think I'm ever going to beat the high-score of our contributor Samsai, I haven't managed to after three years!
It has three different game modes, although the action is the same they do play differently. There's an endless mode which just keeps on going until you run out of lives, a timed mode where you defeat as many waves as possible until you run out of time and a one-life mode which is pretty self-explanatory. Each of them incredibly frantic, not something you should play after a few coffees because this game really does get your blood pumping fiercely.
It's also perfection with the right pad of the Steam Controller, something that trips up a lot of twin-stick arcade shooters as they often have very specific styles of aiming designed around a stick but Polychromatic feels perfect for a pad as your slide your thumb around.
If you're a high-score chaser or you're looking for something to fill a few minutes each day, Polychromatic isn't a new game but it is an excellent minimalistic arcade bullet hell that deserves a little more attention.