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Very short, even for its genre. I like how it presents each stage or scenario as its own self-contained puzzle of enemy placements, weapon pickups, and crowd-control. Dumb in a good way, and highly replayable with its alternate routes and characters.
It has a unique rhythm where you're trying to survive for five-second intervals until your shield recharges and turns you into a bullet-bouncing menace. Super accessible and fun, with cool ships and an archaeo-steampunk style courtesy of Capcom's art team.
Some interesting ideas for a shmup of its time: a health bar, timed power-ups, dodge-rolls instead of bombs. The repetitive stages and enemies are a big downer. The console ports are arguably more interesting, with their expanded secrets and shops.