Finally, after completing the first level, I realized that this is basically R-Type II with some alternative levels thrown in. It is a nice looking version of R-Type II, but the slowdown is really annoying.
In Novice mode, you retain your power-ups after death.
Level 3 boss tip: full charge to the eye.
Completed level 3/7.
Completed level 4/7.
That level 5 is a real bitch. Not so much the level, but that I have to restart every time I die to the boss... Grr...
completed the game on Novice difficulty.
Whoa, I just completed levels 5-7 on the first try without dying. I guess all the practice yesterday had taken hold.