AERO BLASTERS
AKA: AIR BUSTER
エアロブラスターズ

MAKER: HUDSON SOFT / INTER STATE / KANEKO
RELEASE DATE: 11 FEBRUARY 1990 / 31 DECEMBER 1990
STYLE: HORIZONTAL SHOOT 'EM UP
FORMAT: HUCARD
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Overview
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.

Comment
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.
sunteam_paul

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Cheats/Tips
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.

 

 

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