The visuals are gorgeous and the music pulses along nicely - but again, the graphics have a beautiful kind of painted look to them, filled with vibrant colors and details. It sure is pretty, though sometimes there is so much happening on the screen, you can take hits without fully realizing what all is coming at you.
The game itself is a side-scrolling shooter, but thankfully there is a bit more going on than just dodging bullets and shooting things. The power-ups, time slowdown and shielding mechanisms set against a timer and not a life bar make things feel fresh, even though the basic action is the kind of thing you have seen before plenty of times.
There is a revenge story here, but it feels a bit oddly disjointed at times and honestly did not hold my interest. The difficulty can be punishing at times, but seldom feels completely unfair. It is the sort of game that is not going to appeal to everyone, but for those who enjoy a good shooter with drop dead gorgeous visuals, this is a pretty solid way to spend a few hours.
Review by Nick
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