this game is brilliant. although at first it seems hard yet when you die you earn more starting money, and the fact that when you beat bosses you get more upgrades and such. the music is very fitting as well with makes it good + the fact that the bosses are so awesome. only downside is the second boss no hit achievment, but all in all GREAT.
Very fun game with simple controls and lots of ways to customize. Berzerk Studio always makes cool games and this one is as well. It's easy to pick up and play and has a scheme to keep you playing over and over. For all those complaining about the pay to play aspect... then don't pay. No one's making you. You can still play and if you try hard enough, still do quite well. You're right though... how dare they put time, energy, and money into a game and then ask for a donation. You're absolutely right. All these guys should just make flash games for your amusement. Maybe they're doing this for a living? Not everyone on Newgrounds is a solitary guy doing it strictly for the fun of it. Grow up.
Start out buying the flags and new ships. These will give you a decent balance of inventory and stat boosts. You can get past both bosses using flag upgrades on lv 2/3 ships. Once you get to the final boss, sell off the weaker flag upgrades and sink your money into max guns and fire rate upgrades that you can afford. You should have just enough speed to dodge Jolly Roger's bullets, and the big guns on you will whittle him down. Once you finish and go into inifinite mode, switch over to more flag upgrades, since you need the magnetism and loot drops. Once you get enough cash and the best ship, sell off the flags and anything giving you magnets and loot, and put it all into guns and rate of fire.
This is an addictive coffee time game.
nive guys keep it up