It's not different from many other shooters before it, but it is still challenging and fun.
The game is set as a vertical shooter. You pick one of the few game modes, set your difficulty and stock, and go blast it out through 7 levels. You fly around in your ship and blast anything that moves, all while avoiding dozens upon dozens of gunfire on screen at once. Most likely you will die, but the challenge the game presents you (especially on the highest difficulty) is very satisfying. To make things better you can play with an extra player, which is always a plus for games like this.
Like in other shooters of this kind you will be collecting a few power ups: The Vulcan Shot, Laser, and Proton Laser. Each weapon can be upgraded from power-ups, which makes owning enemies all the more satisfying. In addition to that you can also obtain secondary weapons, which include various missiles, and bombs. When you lose a life your bombs are restocked and you go back to your default weapon.
Again, as cool as these features are, there is no denying that this game does nothing new to set itself from other shooters. However, this game does come from a preexisting series which have used many of these same features, so a lot of these originality problems a little forgiven. But in the end, it could have added a little more to it to set itself apart from many other shooters that came since 1994.
The graphics are decent, but the backgrounds are a little bland. The character sprites look really good and have really cool gunfire. The sound effects are also pretty sweet. The music is really catchy and upbeat, and it actually fits into the action rather nicely.
To sum things up:
-Challenging and satisfying shooter action
-Cool-looking character sprites
-2 player option
-Not much originality since the rise of other shooters
So in the end, fans of space shooters like myself will devour this. Those new to the genre should hopefully find something to like here (as long as you are up to the challenge).