YMMV / Umihara Kawase

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Most of the BGM is really good, but special mention goes out to Oouna.
  • Goddamned Bats: There's a bunch of enemies that can be this, especially when they spawn in uncomfortable locations. The octopuses (who are hard to kill but touching them doesn't directly kill you) and the bubbles that the Giant Enemy Crab spits (which have semi-random movement, knock you on your ass and are more than likely to bounce you into a hole, onto some spike or onto the boss) are probably the worst, though.
  • Polished Port: The DS port of Shun, which was made by the original developers, and had a good example of the game's famous physics engine in it.
  • Polished Porting Disaster: The PC port of Sayonara, while it does run at 60 FPS, has nearly no graphics options (the fullscreen option is just an upscaled version of the windowed mode).
  • Porting Disaster: The PSP port of Shun, which got the franchise's trademark rope physics completely wrong.
  • That One Boss: The Giant Enemy Crab of Field 56 (SFC). Even when the platform that blocks access to the exit door is gone, it's all too possible to fall on the spikes and have to do the whole thing again. It takes three minutes and 40 seconds before it's possible to reach the door at all, and another 20 or 30 seconds before you can try and not have to get it perfect on the first try. And if you die, you have to do it all over again.
    • The fish posse of Field 49 can be pretty nasty too, but at least they are killable and aren't as random as the bubbles.
    • The Field 40 tadpole is probably the very worst, however, since there is little to nothing you can do to prevent the frogs from getting into the water. The tadpole is easy to avoid, the frogs, less so.
  • Vindicated by History: It was a colossal bomb when it first came out. Nowadays (partly due to JewWario, as well as various Youtube playthroughs like the one by Zeta Plays), it's considered one of the greatest platformers in the 16 bit era by those who know of it.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Again, fish. With legs.