I tried to like something about this... (UFO review)
Before we start, let me clarify something: I love Touhou.
With that being said, UFO is one of the worst shmups I've ever played.
The music is meh at best (for Touhou standards) and bland at worse (save for some, like Nazrin's theme). Overrall presentation looks fine, but it's nothing I've seen before (as in the modern Windows series). The characters are... strange, but I don't have any real complain about them. So far, the game sounds decent.
Then there's what absolutely kills it: The gameplay.
Almost every game in the series has its gimmick to move some things around. Mo F
had the faith system, PCB had the cherry system, and UFO has the... UFO system. What's wrong about it?
Well, it goes like this: Many enemies appearing on-screen may have a different color scheme and a small UFO animation over its sprite. Once you kill the enemy (usually a fairy) a small UFO will start wandering aimlessly around the screen. If you pick three of the same color, a small miniboss will appear, which will suck up every single item until you kill it. Once killed, it will drop a special bonus, which may double if it was completely filled with items.
Let's start with the first trouble I have with this fun little gimmick:
1.- It's distracting as hell
Well, it's not called a bullet hell
for nothing. You're supposed to be dodging all the bullets that come on-screen and collect as many items as you can in order to score (most players do it to earn extra lives, but I'll get to that later). These things just make your concentration go downhill. I swear most of the time I wasn't dying because the stage was hard, but because I was way too busy trying to catch a trivial item in order to get more points.
2.- It makes scoring a pain
To add insult to injury, these UFO minibosses have very limited time on-screen before they disappear, so you have to draw your attention on that one thing or else you'll lose all the items it sucked up and end up being distracted, leaving you open to enemy fire. Yay.
3.- It makes getting extra lives a pain
Along with defeating a boss/midboss and, these UFO s are your ONLY chance to get 1/5 of extra life. Not to mention these are very important if you want to get anywhere on this game.
I'm limited to the word count. Comment and I'll try to close my original idea. Thanks.