Michael Falk's (aka Picobots) Ms. Particle-Man is a retro-style arcade game for iOS, Silverlight, Windows, and Xbox 360. On her journey to discover the Higgs boson, Ms. Particle-Man faces a retro mash-up of gameplay inspired by such titles as Pong, Breakout, Asteroids, Ms. Pac-Man, Frogger, Donkey Kong, Pitfall!, and Super Mario Bros.

The developer notes that the $0.99 iOS and browser versions are simplified versions of the game. The trailer footage is from the Windows version of the game.

In addition to those digitally accessible platforms, there is an arcade version of the game housed in a one-of-a-kind custom tabletop cabinet. I can only imagine how much more fun, or at least authentic, the trackball makes it.

In video games, I am attracted to shiny things. My swift deaths in Ms. Particle-Man's first stage each time I go back for more tells me to be otherwise. With that admonition, go ahead and try Ms. Particle-Man or request the superior Windows build via Facebook.