Froggy like robot
It really is amazing what you did, and how you did it. I still have much to discover, but still...As to the playability, yes, I spent a lot of time trying to get a "character" with gameplay. The truly great SS games had a certain feel to them, and they certainly had a personality especially compared to the modern games where it feels like you are playing to a stop watch.
When I first saw the layout and heard the sound-set, my immediate thought was 'okay, this is another cool Bally 70's - 80's tribute, like Dave Sanders (Eala Dubhe Sidhe) used to do.' Which is pure praise in my book.
Well... nah. Nothing against Dave / Eala, but this one is on a new level IMO.