In Jotego's current MiSTer implementation, there is considerable slowdown in certain areas when using the spreadshot. I have no idea if this was in the original, it almost felt broken in spots.
DAD. MOM. SIS. PLEASE BE CAREFUL.
This reminds me a lot of the Amiga port I played as a kid. Awesome music, interesting multi-directional run -n gun gameplay, and very cool with the randomized selection in the weapon shops.
Completed the game on Easy (5 lives) difficulty (MiSTer).
WHAT? The last weapon shop you have to buy your family's lives! How cruel! I ended up with just Mom and Dad at the ending screen, because I didn't bring enough cash for the siblings and grand parents. That's messed up.