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Air Buster

MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
...
2.2
Genesis
72
3.7
TurboGrafx-16
80
3.5
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Description

Air Buster is a fast side-scrolling shooter. The player controls a small craft through different levels with many enemies. Every level ends with a boss and some section speed up the gameplay, offering fast obstacle courses both horizontally and vertically scrolling. Flying orange pods release many power-ups at once, enhancing the ships with new or more powerful lasers, wing men and shields. The player can also hold the fire key to charge a blast that removes all enemy bullets from the screen and deals damage to all enemies. With an unforgiving difficulty, every hit is fatal, but the game can be continued from any points as long as there are lives and credits left. The game can be played with two players cooperatively.

Screenshots

Air Buster Genesis Dodging these planes is hard, and it's even harder to bring them down with initial weapon
Air Buster Genesis After all we've been through not even a single-screen cut-scene?!
Air Buster Genesis Moving blocks...
Air Buster Genesis The fast obstacle courses are a hell.

Alternate Titles

  • "Aero Blasters" -- Japanese title
  • "エアロブラスターズ" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

TurboPlay TurboGrafx-16 Dec, 1990 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis Apr, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Genesis May, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Power Play TurboGrafx-16 Jan, 1991 79 out of 100 79
The Video Game Critic Genesis Nov 20, 2010 B 75
Raze Genesis May, 1991 74 out of 100 74
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Apr, 1991 8.4 out of 12 70
The Video Game Critic TurboGrafx-16 Feb 16, 2002 B- 67
Defunct Games TurboGrafx-16 Jan 20, 2008 65 out of 100 65
Power Play Arcade Mar, 1990 2 out of 5 40

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Extras

The US version came with a free Kaneko video glove.
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