Most mediocre blast 'em ups feature simple 'asdw' keyboard controls, and of course they work wel, but Front Runner takes another tack - allowing players to control with the mouse, and it changes the experience considerably.
Front Runner's strength is undoubtedly its high production values. It has a unique, highly stylised aesthetic, with chunky ship and enemy designs that really pop, great sound and a slick looking user interface. It really is a polished game.
It also features the whole upgrade your weapon mechanic that all flash game seem to feature nowadays. It's a cheap way to add depth to the game, and I would have preferred some sort of power up system, but what the hell, it's better than nothing - a minor complaint given all that Front Runner gets right.
Front Runner [Kongregate]