Flying Hamster HD ($4.99) by Game Atelier is a side-scrolling shooter that has finally made its way to the iPad. The premise is simple and whimsical. You control the “flying hamster” through a variety of environments, evading or shooting an amusing assortment of enemies: giant mushroom men, owls that shoot lasers from their eyes, and penguins with umbrellas shooting guns.
Your arsenal in this endeavor is centered around seeds and beer. Eating or drinking different items provides you with a variety of ammunition types, including the ability to shoot bees from your mouth.
The controls are responsive and easy to learn, the difficulty curve is appropriate, and the entire experience comes wrapped in an amusing cartoonish package that never ceases to raise a smirk, if not a chuckle.