Just a few months again, Video System’s Aero Fighters 2 ($3.99) arrived on the cellular Arcade Archives. I discovered it was a very good match for cellular play in my evaluation, 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, nicely, right here we’re. Initially launched simply over a 12 months after the earlier game within the collection, Aero Fighters 3 is definitely a extra assured game than its predecessor, however is it higher?
The reply to that query is, sadly, principally a no. On the optimistic facet of issues, you’ve acquired a wide selection of characters to select from and might choose whichever pilot you want in single-player. There are additionally fairly a number of levels, with the branching nature of development within the game giving it an additional little bit of replay worth. A number of the characters can now cost up their primary weapon, which provides an additional fashion of play to the game. There are a number of attention-grabbing and really amusing secrets and techniques to search out. It’s a reliable game in most respects, and it hasn’t misplaced that weird humorousness that made the earlier game 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, and so they’re all conspicuously quick. The bosses are a bit longer, with nearly all of them taking over a number of kinds till they lastly go down. The patterns run on the fundamental facet, and few of them have any actually attention-grabbing gimmicks. An entire run will take you thru eight levels, with a number of of them being bonus rounds. So sure, not very lengthy or attention-grabbing, and also you’ll be spending nearly as a lot time combating bosses as you’ll touring by means of levels.
A intelligent scoring system can save many taking pictures video games in related circumstances, however whereas Aero Fighters 3 does have a bit extra to chew on in that regard in comparison with the second game, it’s not particularly intriguing. Defeat enemies, keep away from getting killed, choose up bonus level gadgets 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 need to study which routes have essentially the most potential for increased scoring and take these. It’s not nothing, however it’s additionally probably not good or distinctive sufficient to raise the game.
What does elevate it considerably is similar factor that helped the earlier game a lot: the humor. Your chosen character will make feedback as you progress by means of the game, and every solo character and staff has a singular ending, most of that are ridiculous. The Russian staff 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 dressing up, revealing a strange-looking man beneath. There’s loads of unusual jokes like this within the game, and it makes you need to clear the game with everybody simply to see all of them.
The opposite method this follow-up loses one thing in comparison with its predecessor is much less consequential for this cellular model, however it does bear mentioning. Aero Fighters 2 allowed two gamers to combine and match characters from totally different international locations, 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, however it additionally cuts again on the flexibleness in constructing groups. However on this cellular model, you’ll be able to solely play with a second participant when you’ve got exterior controllers anyway, so it isn’t more likely to be an element for a lot of of you.
Whereas we’re right here, let’s cowl the same old guidelines of factors about Arcade Archives cellular releases. You get the same old array of modes, with each worldwide and Japanese variations of the game accessible together with a Rating Assault and Caravan Mode to play. There are on-line leaderboards so that you can evaluate with others on, important in this type of game. The game options help for exterior controllers, although just like the earlier game the contact controls work completely advantageous right here. You additionally get the same old array of choices, together with issue 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 game that Aero Fighters 2 is, however it’s nonetheless a good sufficient shoot-em-up romp to be of curiosity to style followers at this worth. The goofy humor helps it stand out from the group, and having so many alternative 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 attention-grabbing, this could have been a greater expertise throughout. However it’s what it’s, and Hamster has completed its usually advantageous job in adapting it for cellular gadgets. For the value, it’ll do.