Just a few months again, Video System’s Aero Fighters 2 ($3.99) arrived on the cell Arcade Archives. I discovered it was a very good match for cell play in my overview, and gave it a hearty suggestion. On the time I famous that it in all probability wouldn’t be lengthy earlier than Aero Fighters 3 ($3.99) rolled in and, properly, right here we’re. Initially launched simply over a yr after the earlier recreation within the collection, Aero Fighters 3 is definitely a extra assured recreation than its predecessor, however is it higher?
The reply to that query is, sadly, largely a no. On the optimistic aspect of issues, you’ve acquired a wide selection of characters to select from and may choose whichever pilot you want in single-player. There are additionally fairly a couple of levels, with the branching nature of development within the recreation giving it an additional little bit of replay worth. A few of the characters can now cost up their fundamental weapon, which provides an additional fashion of play to the sport. There are a couple of fascinating and really amusing secrets and techniques to seek out. It’s a reliable recreation in most respects, and it hasn’t misplaced that weird humorousness that made the earlier recreation so memorable.
The largest failing of Aero Fighters 3 is within the brevity of its levels. A few of them barely get going earlier than the boss arrives, they usually’re all conspicuously quick. The bosses are a bit longer, with virtually all of them taking up a number of types till they lastly go down. The patterns run on the essential aspect, and few of them have any really fascinating gimmicks. A whole run will take you thru eight levels, with a couple of of them being bonus rounds. So sure, not very lengthy or fascinating, and also you’ll be spending virtually as a lot time preventing bosses as you’ll touring by way of levels.
A intelligent scoring system can save many capturing video games in comparable circumstances, however whereas Aero Fighters 3 does have a bit extra to chew on in that regard in comparison with the second recreation, it’s not particularly intriguing. Defeat enemies, keep away from getting killed, choose up bonus level objects once they crop up, and attempt to maintain on to your powered-up state so subsequent power-ups will simply give further factors. You’ll additionally wish to study which routes have probably the most potential for larger scoring and take these. It’s not nothing, but it surely’s additionally not likely good or distinctive sufficient to raise the sport.
What does elevate it considerably is identical factor that helped the earlier recreation a lot: the humor. Your chosen character will make feedback as you progress by way of the sport, and every solo character and group has a singular ending, most of that are ridiculous. The Russian group of Spanky the Dolphin and the dual sisters Chaika and Pooshika, for instance, have an ending the place the women are questioning simply how a dolphin flies an airplane. It then cuts to Spanky complaining in regards to the warmth and eradicating his head, which is now clearly a fancy dress, revealing a strange-looking man beneath. There’s numerous unusual jokes like this within the recreation, and it makes you wish to clear the sport with everybody simply to see all of them.
The opposite manner this follow-up loses one thing in comparison with its predecessor is much less consequential for this cell model, but it surely does bear mentioning. Aero Fighters 2 allowed two gamers to combine and match characters from totally different nations, however Aero Fighters 3 forces each gamers to make use of characters from the identical nation. This considerably cuts again on the variety of potential endings, which might be why the builders did it, but it surely additionally cuts again on the pliability in constructing groups. However on this cell model, you may solely play with a second participant when you have exterior controllers anyway, so it isn’t prone to be an element for a lot of of you.
Whereas we’re right here, let’s cowl the standard guidelines of factors about Arcade Archives cell releases. You get the standard array of modes, with each worldwide and Japanese variations of the sport accessible together with a Rating Assault and Caravan Mode to play. There are on-line leaderboards so that you can examine with others on, important in this type of recreation. The sport options assist for exterior controllers, although just like the earlier recreation the contact controls work completely fantastic right here. You additionally get the standard array of choices, together with problem toggles, video settings, management mappings, and audio settings. Naturally, the emulation is as prime quality as ever. Hamster has NEOGEO all the way down to a science by now.
Aero Fighters 3 isn’t fairly the sport that Aero Fighters 2 is, but it surely’s nonetheless a good sufficient shoot-em-up romp to be of curiosity to style followers at this value. The goofy humor helps it stand out from the gang, and having so many various characters to make use of provides tremendously to the replay worth. If the degrees have been a bit of longer and the bosses a bit of extra fascinating, this could have been a greater expertise throughout. However it’s what it’s, and Hamster has executed its usually fantastic job in adapting it for cell units. For the value, it’ll do.