The premise is about restoring color to the world and bringing back music, but the music doesn't match the levels, and is missing sound effects. Newt's story is weirdly paced, and has a lot of unnecessary details that don't add anything to it. In short, unnecessary details trip up Newt One from being something interesting.
And that's Sky Force Anniversary. Unfortunately, it's just “less” of what came before it. It shares so much with Sky Force Reloaded that I didn't mind going back into it. In some ways, it was fine to come back to and relive, albeit as a much shorter experience. But why pay the same price when there is a game identical to it in gameplay with more content?
The story isn't super deep, but it's not trying to be. This is a fun take on a villain doing what old-school villains have always done, and the thought process around that. If you're into simpler platformers that don't eat up a lot of time, and want some charming characters, Nefarious might just be for you.
But, those challenges are all in the later half of the journey, so getting to them will be a chore. I think all of the concepts here, warrant a sequel, that I would gladly come back to. A few tweaks here and there, would assist in the overall experience, but all in all I recommend checking into The Penrose for a few puzzling nights.