In fact, there's just about everything you'd expect from a Jeff Minter offering right down to the yak and reference to Pink Floyd. It's a game of psychedelic colour schemes, speed and simplicity which falls somewhere between Williams' Defender and Palace's Cosmic Pirate. No pretensions, no frills - just a good, if slightly expensive, old-fashioned blast that will appeal to most shoot 'em ups fans.
Graphically, Photon Storm is up to Jeff's old standards but so much more could have been added. Racing around shooting myriad alien creatures and collecting the pods isn't really my idea of a fun game. Photon Storm would probably make a good graphic demo, but the lack of long-term gameplay lets it down.