The Jaguar looks completely underpowered with this game that are not that much of an enhancement over the Lynx title of the same name. Other than a couple nifty but completely unnecessary FMV scenes, the game consists of scaled sprites... horribly pixelated scaled sprites. The graphics of this title are about what you would expect from a SNES game, not a Jaguar game and a CD game at that.
The sound is all right, and I really quite enjoyed the musical tracks, but they don't stick in your mind the way the Tempest 2000 tunes do... or the Zool tunes, or the Defender 2000 tunes, or... a lot of the Jaguar's library. They are of a hard rock theme, and it works well for this game.
Control is about what you would expect. The game is on rails, so you can't explore wherever you want. Luckily, this game works as an on-rails shooter, and because of that the problems with controls are bearable most of the time. You have to use the D-pad to both steer your aircraft and aim, which is probably the only way to do this with the standard controller, but an expanded Pro-Controller option would have greatly benefited this title.
Underneath it all, the gameplay is relatively fun, although a bit
underwhelming. For a few dollars, this title is a great game to pick up
for your Jaguar. There is no denying that a much better game should have
been used as the Jaguar CD pack-in (*ahem* BattleMorph), but I'll
admit that I still will pull this title out to play it from time to
time. It isn't a game to show off the power of the system with, but if
you liked titles like Sega's After Burner, you'll enjoy Blue
Lightning for a time.