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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 Arcade Blue laser
Air Buster TurboGrafx-16 Phase 1 boss
Air Buster Arcade Intro
Air Buster Genesis The bullets are tiny and many.

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Tilt TurboGrafx-16 Jan, 1991 18 out of 20 90
Video Games TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Mean Machines Genesis Mar, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Genesis May, 1991 80 out of 100 80
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 TurboGrafx-16 Jan, 1991 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) TurboGrafx-16 Jan, 1991 9.4 out of 12 78
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Genesis Jun, 1991 785 out of 1000 78
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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