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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 TurboGrafx-16 This thing can only be hurt at its head
Air Buster TurboGrafx-16 Going through a swarm of small enemies
Air Buster TurboGrafx-16 Phase 2: Mechanized Cave
Air Buster TurboGrafx-16 Lots of bullets

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Air Buster Magazine Advertisement

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

Génération 4 Jan, 1991 10 out of 10 100
Tilt Jan, 1991 18 out of 20 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jan, 1991 34 out of 40 85
Video Games Mar, 1991 81 out of 100 81 Jan 25, 2019 8 out of 10 80
TurboPlay Dec, 1990 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Jan, 1991 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1991 9.4 out of 12 78
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 (46674) added Air Buster (TurboGrafx-16) on Dec 30, 2007
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