What is this game about? Well, Steven, after reading the reviews of the infamous "Street Combat", decides to take a walk around the Mushroom Kingdom in search of a nice game that can save his reputation, but unfortunately no Kingdom dweller wants to deal with this blonde mullet dude, and they will try to attack him. Steven's new adventure is going to be a very strange day for him. How will it end? What's going to happen to Steven? If you get a Game Over, you will start from the beginning. 6 new bosses (5 optional).
The developer has written in the description that you will start from the beginning after an game over, so that's definitely intended by game-design.
Because it's so short you're supposed play it like an arcade game. All in one session, which wouldn't take too long. If the game would just autosave after each level it would be trivial and lifes would have no purpose.
This is an interesting game, but there are a few improvements that I will suggest.
1) It needs to auto save after each level. Having to restart from the beginning just doesn't work. It would be like playing SMW without a save battery.
2) The power upgrade system has a flaw. If you have fire power and you get hit, but also have a reserve fire flower in your item box, in some cases its possibly for you to not fully upgrade to a fire flower and instead just get bigger when really you should have had a fire flower. I think its when you pick up a mushroom when your big, it automatically covers up the fire flower in your item box.