The first thing I noticed were the colorful background graphics. In the opening stage, the silhouettes of the oil refineries in front of the blue night sky look incredible. I actually had to stop and say, "wow, that looks really good".
The commando-style gameplay is terrific. The punching controls are responsive, and the fact that you sometimes get a flying robot to help you adds variety. There's even a stage select screen.
Any other fans of this game out there?
Yeah, Shatterhand is one of those games that looked so unspectacular and generic on paper that most people just wrote it off without giving it a chance, making it fade into obscurity.
Power Blade is another such game, I recommend giving that one a try too.