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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 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.


Air Buster Genesis Phase 4 boss has several interesting attacks
Air Buster Genesis Phase four. This phase does tricks to the gravity, your ship gains momentum and becomes hard to control
Air Buster Genesis Game over
Air Buster Genesis But quickly escalates to the skies

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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

Mean Machines Mar, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Joystick (French) Apr, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Power Play May, 1991 80 out of 100 80 Oct 02, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1991 80 out of 100 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jun, 1991 785 out of 1000 78
The Video Game Critic Nov 20, 2010 B 75
Raze May, 1991 74 out of 100 74
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1991 8.4 out of 12 70
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Jan, 2011 3 out of 10 30


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The US version came with a free Kaneko video glove.
Sciere (385857) added Air Buster (Genesis) on Dec 28, 2007
Other platforms contributed by 666gonzo666 (55056) and chirinea (37545)