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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 sections 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 point as long as there are lives and credits left. The game can be played with two players cooperatively.

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Air Buster Genesis The bullets are tiny and many.
Air Buster Genesis After all we've been through not even a single-screen cut-scene?!
Air Buster Genesis The cast
Air Buster Genesis We've reached planet's orbit. This snake enemy offers a long battle

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Alternate Titles

  • "Aero Blasters" -- TurboGrafx-16/Genesis Japanese title
  • "エアロブラスターズ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Video Games TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis Apr, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Joystick (French) Genesis Apr, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Mean Machines Genesis Mar, 1991 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) TurboGrafx-16 Jan, 1991 9.4 out of 12 78
Raze Genesis May, 1991 74 out of 100 74
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Apr, 1991 8.4 out of 12 70
Sinclair User Arcade May, 1990 6 out of 10 60
Power Play Arcade Mar, 1990 2 out of 5 40
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Jan, 2011 3 out of 10 30

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Extras

The US version came with a free Kaneko video glove.
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