I have owned this game for nine years. I have tried to beat it every six months. This is such a fantastic game that, despite never beating it, I always think positively of it and want to play it again. The controls are tight, the different weapon options are impactful, the game has a very pleasing color pallet, and the models are all interesting and well animated. The story may be basic, but that just gives the game a more retro, arcade feel. Speaking of arcade, it is a top-down 2D "bullet-storm" shooter where you fly a nimble ship through levels bursting with enemies culminating in a fantastic boss battle with dynamic attacks that you will need to memorize if you want to complete the story with your very limited shields and your three lives (if you lose all 3 lives you have to start all over, hence it being so incredibly difficult). This game is for those who dismiss the DS as a shovelware platform for children and seek a challenge, and is definitely not for kids who have little patience.
Length of ownership: 1 year or longer
yes: I recommend this product