For shoot-em-up fans this game is truly worth a look. It isn't a faithful port of the arcade original particularly, but don't let that put you off. The game packs a good challenge without being stupidly hard, it is the ideal entry point for a newcomer to the Gradius series of games. The alternating horizontal and vertical levels are an innovative touch for the era this originally came out and the 2 player mode is the icing on the cake. It comes heartily recommended for shoot-em-up fans.