I don’t care how broke you are or how bad you are at bullet-hell style shooters. I’m terrible at them myself, regardless of how many I buy and play.
If you have an Xbox 360, round up 800 Microsoft Points – that’s 10 US dollars – and buy Trigger Heart Exelica off the Xbox Live Arcade.
I paid six times that amount when it was released on the Dreamcast, and I do not regret doing so in the least.
It’s pretty. It’s frenetic. It’s short. You’ll finish it – if you make use of the unlimited continues – in less than an hour, and then you’ll do it again with the other playable character, and then you’ll do it without using any bombs because, hey, the “no bombs” achievement just takes another play through with a little self-discipline, and then you’ll start trying to do well enough to fight the secret bosses on level 1 and 3 and then you’ll start trying to beat your high score…
…and eventually you’ll go to bed with your hands cramped into barely-recognizable-as-human-claws and you will be fully internalizing, possibly for the first time in your life, the true meaning of the words “twisted” and “gnarled” as they pertain to the lumps of meat and bone you once used for sensitive manipulation tasks.