I can see a whole bunch of people disliking it because of it's difficulty, or the fact it plays best with a controller, but it is little things like that, that bring me back to the 80's and gaming on my NES. As much as us in the PC Master Race hate to admit it, consoles were the only real place to play games before the 90's or throw your quarters away at the arcade. Sidescrolling with limited lives, continues and patience. This game doesn't have graphics that will sweat your 780ti or 290X, or make your processor cry for mercy, it doesn't have a pulse pounding 5.1 soundtrack, or multimonitor gaming, it doesn't have a near endless list of graphic options, or a lengthy tutorial on how to play, it doesn't have some loose story (in fact it has none at all) with bad voice acting or a star studded cast. What it does have, is nostalgia, and it has it in spades.
Very Limited Lives? Check
Limited Time? Check
Limited Continues? Check
Limited Forgiveness for miscalculating movements? Check
Sidescrolling action? Check
Best played with controller? Check
Frustration Inducing? Can be.
This isn't a game you're going to get lost in for hours, but it is one you're going to go back and try and beat again and again, for small periods of time, and more than likely get your ♥♥♥ handed to you again and again.
I would really have preferred if you could use the D-Pad instead of the analog stick. These controllers today just do not have the responsiveness of the old Arcade sticks of yore.
Oh well, if you want to play a game that is a short time killer, or enjoy being challanged by having to discover how to play on your own, or just like baddies that can hit you with ease and love tossing your controller; This game is worth the $10 entry fee.
Need your hand held all the time, or need eye bleeding graphics, a forgiving system that always makes you feel superior, or if you just need to feel like a PC Master Race ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ by never touching a controller; This game is NOT for you.