Aero Blasters © 1990 Hudson Soft.
Aero Blasters is a horizontal shooter by Hudson Soft, and conversion of Kaneko's coin-op Air Buster originally released in 1990. The fighter ship comes equipped with a standard vulcan-gun and numerous secondary weapons can be equipped throughout the game, such as Side Shots, Missiles, six-way shots, backward shots and so forth. These power-ups are kept inside flying pods that throw their content around the screen when destroyed - although most of them equip a different secondary weapon, flashing power icons upgrade the power of the Vulcan-gun. Interestingly, one of the secondary weapon comes in the shape of 'paddles' that can protect the ship against collisions which is especially useful in the second stage, and its high-speed chase through narrow corridors. Finally, the player can also charge up a quick blast of energy that briefly damage all the enemies on the screen The game consist of six long levels, from a Seaside front and its huge futuristic city (which doesn't last very long), to a gigantic space station floating in space where the player ends up dodging enemy bullets in zero gravity. Aero Blasters also features a two-player simultaneous mode.