I'm a fan of the shmup genre (Cave, Raiden, Treasure). And Guns of Mercy is already part of my daily gaming that I make time for throughout the day. So therefore, had to try this out once i heard about it.
I found this game to be a bit bizarre, not in the bad sense but just different. And perhaps thats a good thing. Everything from the graphic styling to the music was very different than what I'm use to seeing in other shmups. Its kinda like a mix of the typical bullet-hell genre, mixed with the teleportation of Velocity Ultra/Penelope. Slightly slower paced but still has many tense moments.
I didn't quite enjoy the first level too much. I initially thought those diamonds you first see were powerups or collectibles - to my surprise they weren't. The level pacing and patterns felt strange. The music was also bizarre. The whole entire time i forgot that I can even teleport. But that was just the first level.
The second level i thoroughly enjoyed quite more. It kinda reminded me the second level from Ikaruga. Obviously now I had to make use of the teleportation. The same with the 3rd level. However, this is trial by fire type game. Even skilled shmup players will die many times (perhaps a bit much from the looks of it) until they can actually memorize the level properly.
I did enjoy the boss fights though. They were insanely overwhelming but it was fun and done well.
All in all, i enjoyed the game. Definitely looking to see how it all turns out.