Ok R-Type really doesn't need much of an introduction as it is the epitome of all side scrolling space shooters and was released on so many platforms that I can't keep track. Heck, there is probably a port of the game to play on your calculator. But there is a reason it had flooded the market... it's just that good!
Few side scrolling shoot-em-ups of the 16 bit era had the stunning visuals incorporated them like R-Type did. You can't help but scan around the screen, taking in the backgrounds and environment as you blast the crap out of the enemies.
You fly your R-9a "Arrowhead" space fighter through various levels, battling the evil Bydo Empire. There are various power-ups along the way but odds are that you will fail in your mission. The difficulty of completing your task is proportionate to the amount of fun you have. R-Type is voted into the top ten most difficult games to beat according to IGN.
I would say that the game play for this cartridge rates 9-10, controls 7-10, and overall 8-10. A must for lovers of space, shoot-em-up, action games. Challenge a few friends to see who can make it father into the levels before their inevitable demise.