Over at Shmup-Dev you’ll find the results of the recently finished Horizontal Scroller with Boss competition!
The winning entry is this R-Type clone:
(more or less as you’d expect given the theme of the competition!). I notice there’s an entry from Dr. Petter there at number 9 (Dr. Petter of GridWars fame). I’m busy wrangling with an RMI-HTTP-CGI tunneling wotsit at the moment and I haven’t got time to play ’em. Perhaps you could, and post a comment or two on them.