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Air Buster (TurboGrafx-16)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.
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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 TurboGrafx-16 This thing can only be hurt at its head
Air Buster TurboGrafx-16 Phase 1
Air Buster TurboGrafx-16 Phase 1 boss
Air Buster TurboGrafx-16 Flying through a narrow passage

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Génération 4 Jan, 1991 10 out of 10 100
Tilt Jan, 1991 18 out of 20 90
Video Games Mar, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Power Play Jan, 1991 79 out of 100 79
The Video Game Critic Feb 16, 2002 B- 67
Defunct Games Jan 20, 2008 65 out of 100 65


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The US version came with a free Kaneko video glove.
chirinea (33575) added Air Buster (TurboGrafx-16) on Dec 30, 2007
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