What a gem! You can really tell when a game is made with heart and passion.
I was lucky enough to play Armada on dreamcast back in the day, and have looked for a similar game ever since. This has hit that spot. While it has done a lot of things I missed from that game. it does quite a bit more for me. My guess is if you are here looking at a 2d shooter spaceship game, you are already looking for something very specific like I was. Therefore, my review is more of a review on the other reviews, so if you are looking for this specific experience you will want to pick it up anyway. Especially if it's $2 like it was when I grabbed it.
I thought it was weird reading the reviews and people saying a 2d shooter had an amazing plot. I have a lot of forgiveness when it comes to storyline on a game. It's not something I look for or need when I want to have a good time. That said, while I might be playing this without it, it just wouldn't be the same. If you are like me and will jump at any kind of a futuristic sci-fi narrative, this will quench your thirst.
A good number reviews mention the controls are clunky. I use a controller. Maybe that would make things different. However I will add, you are flying around in space. It's meant to be a little ackward. It's part of the fun. There are a ton of ships, too. They don't all fly the same. You can mod them to hell and back so you can tweek that aspect out if you find a ship you like. That and binding controls is some of the nicest and easiest I've seen on a game.
I could see how the UI and the number of options can be daunting. If you are a person that gets overwhelmed with that kind of thing, then this might not be for you. I know those people are out there. There is an insane amount of options. However, I will say that the first half of the game is pretty much showing you all the ships and weapons one by one, all fully loaded with different weapons explaining things very well. After that, it was easier for me to digest what I was working with.
I'm not sure what else to say. There is plenty else but this review is long enough. I'm very happy I picked up this title for what I was looking for. I found so much more. Hope you will do the same!