Well this was a nice game you can really feel the good old times.Nicely hard but not impossible. More games like this and the world would be a happy place :)
Nice game BUT the controls are a joke if you ask me. Why not use space for jumping and left mouse button for fire???
I really liked this game, and not being able to shoot diagonally added more of a challenge to the game.
I agree with everything Vorpike said, but I went just a tad father in the game than he did. In addition to his review, here are a couple things you could also improve on:
1. It would be nice to be able to shoot diagonally up and down
2. I got an upgrade that seemed to be some kind of flamethrower(maybe??) but the game would not let me move while shooting it, defeating the purpose of the run aspect of a "run and gun"
3. Being on newgrounds, I think a bit of character customization would be pretty neat(more my opinion than anything else)
While the graphics and programming are nice, there are some other factors you haven't considered (in a run n' gun). It's supposed to be easier to hit your enemies than your enemies hitting you, here, the enemies have too much hp and they're weapons have more range/harder to dodge. Like the thing that sprays grenades everywhere on a raised platform, it's annoying to jump up and down to trade 1 hit for 2 hits on yourself. Same goes for the main, flying enemies, I can't hit them from the ground very well. Of course, the other obvious problem is the lag, thank you for thinking about the standalone, surprising, it lags a lot but is very not detailed, like the map and platforms are very simple and sparse...guess it's all in the old school art. I also find the power-ups pointless...I don't see a difference. I gave up when it came to the moving platform while breaking boxes part, the enemies are even harder to hit and the box have way too much health, I always fall off and take a lot of damage before I break the box, but by then, the moving platform is long gone and all I could do is fall until I die.