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Air Buster

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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.


Air Buster Genesis Phase 5 boss
Air Buster Arcade Boss fight 1st phase
Air Buster TurboGrafx-16 Title screen
Air Buster Genesis Final boss - second form

Alternate Titles

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

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Tilt TurboGrafx-16 Jan, 1991 18 out of 20 90
Power Play Genesis May, 1991 80 out of 100 80
TurboPlay TurboGrafx-16 Dec, 1990 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Joystick (French) Genesis Apr, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Power Play TurboGrafx-16 Jan, 1991 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) TurboGrafx-16 Jan, 1991 9.4 out of 12 78
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Apr, 1991 8.4 out of 12 70
The Video Game Critic TurboGrafx-16 Feb 16, 2002 B- 67
Sinclair User Arcade May, 1990 6 out of 10 60
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Jan, 2011 3 out of 10 30


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The US version came with a free Kaneko video glove.
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