According to the ESRB, this game contains: Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes

Parents shouldn't be too worried. The outer space activity is limited to shooting enemy ships and flying squids, and the on-foot action is mostly about blasting bug-eyed slimy things, although occasionally there is some extremely simple combat against humans and humanoids. However, none of the violence is graphic and there is no blood or gore. There is no explicit sexual content, although some of the dialogue is slightly suggestive and most of the female characters in the game are clothed in rather revealing bikinis. Still, this is the Game Boy Advance we're talking about here, so the level of detail possible pales compared to a standard home console. There is no use of profanity.

"Shmup" fans will definitely want to check the game out. It's not the best action ever seen, but it is a genuine step forward for the genre and a very interesting blend unlike anything else I can think of. Mixing and matching the gun components was highly enjoyable, and something I'd like to see other shooters adopt. The pace does slow down a bit during the RPG sections, but overall, this is something you'll want in your library.

GBA and SP fans, there's just not much to say. You need to buy this game, and you're going to be sorry if you don't. Save yourself the hassle of buying it for an inflated price on eBay, and avoid the need to kick yourself in the pants later. Just buy it.

Brad Gallaway

Brad Gallaway

Brad Gallaway has been gaming since the days when arcades were everywhere and the Atari 2600 was cutting edge. So, like... A while.

Currently, he's got about 42 minutes a night to play because adulting is a timesuck, but despite that, he's a happily married guy with two kids who both have better K/D ratios than he does.

Brad still loves Transformers, he's on Marvel Puzzle Quest when nobody at the office is looking, and his favorite game of all time is the first Mass Effect -- and he thought the trilogy's ending was Just Fine, Thanks.

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