A competent conversion of a B-list arcade shooter, Aero Blasters has all
the standard elements that you have come to expect. Starting you off over
a pleasant looking cityscape (with some nice parallax scrolling), you are
out to blast everything in sight. Your ship is equipped with a standard
front-firing weapon, but destroying a power-up craft gives you a whole range
of add-ons that fly out of the wreckage at you. None of these are particularly
impressive to look at, and some even seem like more of a curse than a blessing
so choose wisely. Also to help you is a power up meter at the top of the
screen. When you hold down the charge button, this powers up the ship until
you are able to release a quick flash of energy, destroying bullets and
most of the smaller enemies in one shot.
For the most part, the level design is pretty standard stuff, but there
are a few exceptions. One of the best parts in the game is having to navigate
through some very fast moving tunnels - especially if you missed the barrier
power-up. There is also the occasional nice effect, like the city being
destroyed at the end of level one. In all the graphics are well drawn, nice
to look at and there isn't any slowdown or flicker of consequence. Sound-wise,
it could have been better. The tunes are inoffensive, but the sound is thin
and weedy and this doesn't work in the game's favour. But despite this,
it's reasonably fun and it's certainly professionally put together, even
if it lacks a little personality.
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Credits/Sound Test: On the title screen, push RIGHT 3 times, then push SELECT. Credits will appear and you can change them with UP/DOWN. Push SELECT again to access the sound test mode.