I've not put anywhere near as much time as I'd have liked into Rob 'Squid in a Box' Hale's graceful-but-frantic twin-stick shooter Waves, which has built up quite a following in recent weeks - as well as snagging the coveted RPS 'best use of the Unreal engine' award at Indievisibility the other week. I did, however, discover the other day that it runs rather well on my laptop's integrated Intel graphics thinger, so I expect to spend a fair bit of time shooting shapes while hiding in the bathroom from my girlfriend's extended family over Christmas. (That's 'shooting shapes', not 'shooting up', heroin fans).
It's just had a healthy free update, adding a sixth mode known as Chase, known variously as 'the hardest mode yet' and 'the speed metal of shmups', so masochistic nutters will be delighted.
Here's what Chase looks like:
AAAARGH MY BRAIN. The easier modes for me, please.
Also, there is a bunch of new achievements (FUN FACT: there is no neologism I despise more than 'cheevos') added in the update. You'll be glad to hear that Waves is currently 25% off in the impossible-to-keep-track-of Steam Winter sale, so now's a good time to swoop in. And there's a demo here, in case you're shilly-shallying.