Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya, the Japanese game developer who single-handedly designed, programmed, and composed Cave Story, put out a new game called Akantares. It has a simple premise -- shoot your computer-controlled opponent five times, using the gravity of surrounding orbs to guide your shots across the field.

While it's not a big adventure like Cave Story, nor does it have the celebrated indie game's charming characters and story, Akantares serves as a nice distraction while we wait for Nicalis to finally release its Cave Story WiiWare remake (wasn't this initially announced for late last year?).

If you download Akantares, be prepared to deal with a couple Japanese prompts asking you to type in your profile name and then select your profile. You can grab the PC game from Pixel's site.

[Via TIGSource]