There are options to program old-fashioned 2D games rather easily.
[Pygames| http://www.pygame.org] is advertised as such but J2ME is actually relatively easy too and offers interesting deployment possibilities.

Some of the world's best video games have [helicopter sprites|SWD:HelicopterABC].

! J2ME
Two tutorials that are rather useful to write a simple 2D game with J2ME
* [http://developers.sun.com/mobility/midp/articles/gameapi/]
* [http://developers.sun.com/mobility/midp/articles/game/]
It would be nice to be able to run a J2ME game as an applet. There are a couple libraries on the net that implement J2ME for J2SE but why not roll our [own|J2ME library]? Well there is [microemulator|http://www.microemu.org/] that's LGPL...