I love this game. Does anyone else know about any other classic Shmups for dos?
Also they remixed Bill Clinton's voice for the item powerup menu.
off-topic: Has anyone else seen how cheap the saturn usb pads are on ebay right now?
The commonly cited DOS favourites for shoot'em-ups are Tyrian and Raptor. I can't disagree, really. Some of the ones which were significant to me were Overkill and Galactix (though Galactix was Space Invaders-esque in that you could only move left and right). One of my friends way back in the day was in love with Traffic Department 2192, which I have to say is one of the cooler names for a shooting game. To me it always looked kind of like Solar Winds, but Solar Winds wasn't that much fun.
What's really quite interesting is that a whole bunch of the well-known DOS era shooting games feature an almost RPG-esque upgrading system (like in Raptor and Tyrian).
A somewhat more recent game that is squarely in the Tyrian style is Jets 'n Guns, though I don't like how it looks nearly as much as Raptor or Tyrian.