So I got around to playing rRootage...

I think I'm addicted.

I like how the different powers make the battles flow differently.

Giga Wing = Pac-man?

I need to get Ikaruga.


The 'Normal Mode' flow is just that; normal. You dodge, in a rather plodding manner. The pace isn't sow really; it's just careful, and steady. At least on the lower levels (How does difficulty affect the flow?)

'Psy Mode' has the special ability to become invincible after you've shot enough enemies, and scraped enough bullets. The invincibilty is short. Giving the player invincibility for shooting the main enemy makes it really hard to precisely time the power. Maybe on the harder levels things change.
Also, this mode lets you be a real jack-ass with bullet patterns.

'Ika Mode' reminds me of Pac-man, at least the pellet collecting part. This mode (based off of Ikaruga, which is now on XLM!) lets you pick between two colors; red and white. When you're white, you reflect white bullets back at the boss, and black bullets kill you. When you're black, vice-versa.
I just love how it takes the familiar mechanic of picking up 'tokens' and shifts it into a life-or-death proposition.
My only complaint is that it's hard to see white bullets that the enemy fires; he's yellow you see, and a rather bright shade at that. This dictates that you must stay a certain distance from the enemy, which in turn eliminates a whole host of stratagems (Thesaurus, FTW!).

And lastly, we have 'GW Mode'. This mode brings to mind the real Pac-man. The hunter-becomes-the-hunted part. This mode's mechanic allows you to reflect your enemies bullets back at them, but only after you're power meter is charged. When you use it (after a delay) you generate a shield, which shrinks and shrinks and then...GETS HUGE!
I like the flow, and the idea behind GW mode (named after Giga Wing, a wonderful arcade shmup, MAME FTW!). It forces back and all around with wave after wave of bullets. But when your meter's charged, you have to get right into the thick of things, and rush the boss, so as to get the most bullets reflected.

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