A classic gone the 'wrong' way
First off let me start by defining a part of a good game (for me at least). A 'good' game is a game in which you are able to lose lives, gain lives, but you must be able to win the game without dying.
This game however, I found myself dying on purpose because it was the only way I could get bombs to beat the waves. Everytime you get hit you lose your weapon upgrades and thereby almost always the ability to survive a wave. The green blob bosses of wave 12 I could only beat by setting off 3 bombs in close perimiter because my shots didn't do enough damage. The wave after that I didn't have any weapon upgrades and my bombs were almost all gone, so there was almost no chance I could beat the following waves either (at which point I let myself die again to get bombs to beat yet one other wave). At wave 15 this got too repetitive and boring so I quit (to write a review which I don't doo too often, so I hope it's useful to you!).
I like the retro style and the colorful effects. The different weapon types are a nice twist as well. I enjoy the soundeffects and the music as well so for the visual and sound I have 'bad' things to say.
One last point of criticism is the fact that you made the controls so that the ship follows the mouse. In some games this is a good way to control your movement. However, in this game, I didn't think it was such a good way. Since your weapons do almost no damage on a low level you should be able to hit your enemies a lot of times. But with the current mouse controls you can't because you are constantly facing away from your enemies because you have to dodge them (especially at wave 12 this is just a bitch).
I liked the previous versions of retroshooter but I feel that it has gone downhill with this version. I read that you are going to push some updates through and I have a few suggestions.
- Try to change the controls a bit, moving with the arrows or WASD and aiming with the mouse would be an option I think.
- Try to find a way so that you don't have to die on purpose to beat yet another wave. One way, maybe, is to get a default weapon upgrade every 10 waves or so. This way your weapon stays with the difficulty of the enemies (which get more difficult the heigher wave you are in I guess?).
I hope you're able to pull it off! Because you, as well as this game, have style ;o) I hope this review can be of use to you.
Cheers, and keep up the good work!
P.S.: I am not a native American/Englishman so my grammar might be a bit off at some points ;)