Star Fox 64 as a top-down shooter? Surely someone's had this idea before? If they have, they didn't go to the effort that Ben Claxton and Adam Butcher went to to create Teletrooper, which pairs a non-linear overhead map (similar to an old-school RPG) with the frenetic gameplay of a classic shoot 'em up. Brilliant, really and best of all, it's a free download.
According to IndieGames, the title has been in development for eight years. Clearly, it's a labour of love, with Claxton and Butcher happy to release it without charge.
The About page states Teletrooper was inspired by "the non-stop shoot-and-dodge excitement of Starfox 64" and the desire to bring it "into the world of the 2D pixel-precise arcade". Along with "nerve-wracking combat" and "overpowered weapons" it also features a "post-modern storyline*", something shoot 'em ups have been screaming for.
* That's the joke.
TeleTrooper pulls no punches, it's intentionally a difficult game. If you're feeling in the zone this weekend, why not give it a spin?