* AwesomeMusic: Most of the soundtrack of the game is pure, unadultered ''{{Reggae}}'', of all things. For a better example here's the theme of the first stage [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vW3x0zGo7Y of the first game]].
* GameBreaker: The [[AnvilOnHead Heavy Bomb]] is quite powerful, especially against the bosses.
** The 7-Way shot makes short work of almost any level and is pretty useful against most of the bosses too.
** In the original, buying all the engines makes beam weapons never run out (dying excepted). This allows for unlimited use of the aforementioned 7-way shot, which makes the rest of the game significantly easier.
* SurpriseDifficulty: The colorful graphics would suggest a simple, easy-going shooter. Not so much.
* ThatOneBoss: The snowman boss of level 5 is a huge jump in difficulty and is generally a pain in the neck to get rid of. Especially if you don't have a special beam weapon to fight him with.