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Aerial Assault
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Peripherals supported:
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
US
$? ?
Sega Master System
UK
£29.99[1][2] 7041
Sega Master System
FR
299[4]F 7041
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 7041
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 7041
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,500 G-3219
Sega Game Gear
US
$? 2320
Sega Game Gear
UK
£24.99[5]
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ?
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas
Sega Game Gear
BR
R$? 015820



Aerial Assault (エアリアル アサルト) is a shoot-'em-up game developed by Sanritsu and published by Sega for the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear in 1990 and 1992, respectively. The working title for the game was Freedom Fighter, and was referred to as such in several magazine reviews.

Players control a prototype fighter plance codenamed "Freedom Fighter" (hence the working title) which looks like an F-15. (In game model looks like a Delta-wing plane however, like Mirage) Ultimate goal of the game is to defeat the terrorist organization named N.A.C. (meaning of this acronym was never explained even in the manual) which somehow managed to gather enough resources and technology to start a war against the entire world. Player is tasked with the destruction of N.A.C.'s secret weapon, a giant laser cannon called "EL" which can destroy the ozone layer. It has been hinted that N.A.C. is actually an alien civilization.

Gameplay (Master System version)

A typical shoot'em up (Or "Shoot'em Right") game, Aerial Assault has simple mechanics. Players must shoot down enemies as game screen scrolls towards the right. Every stage has different type of enemies and bosses which will force players to use different kind of tactics in each level. Game contains 5 levels. (4 if you play in Easy)

Freedom Fighter can be destroyed if hit by enemy, projectiles or touches any stationary object, such as ground. There are not "hit points" but a "Shield" power-up which appears in later levels can save the players a few times until it is gone.

Controls are also easy. Number 1 fires the main weapons while number 2 fire special weapons.

Levels

Mission 1 Attack the enemy's open seas fleet and sink the enemy battleship "Vinsk"

Mission 2 Ascend into the stratosphere and intercept the enemy bomber fleet. Target is massive bomber CB-53.

Mission 3 Location of N.A.C.'s headquarters detected. Destroy the cliff fortress to gain entrance.

Mission 4 Raid the N.A.C.'s headquarters and destroy "EL".

Mission 5 War is not over. Fly into Earth orbit and destroy N.A.C.'s space cruiser and the threat once and for all.

Power Ups

Aerial Assault contains many power-ups.

  • Primary Weapons
    • Normal Shot
    • 3-Way Shot
    • 8-Way Shot
    • Laser
    • Wide Laser
    • Chaser Missile
    • Explosion Shot
    • Increase Shot
    • Direction Shot
  • Secondary Weapons
    • Bomb
    • Triple Bomb
    • Missile Napalm
    • Hyper Ball
  • Other
    • Speed Up
    • Bonus
    • 1 Up
    • 1 Down
    • Guard (Shield)

Production credits

Source: In-game credits
  • Planner: All Members
  • Designer: Tommy, Yukino
  • Programmer: Nonchan, T.Hagiwara
  • Sound: Ippo
  • Test Player: Kou
  • Special Thanks: O.B
  • Presented by: Sega

Magazine articles

Main article: Aerial Assault/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Sega Visions (US) #2: "October/November 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #18: "January 1991" (199x-xx-xx)[6]
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Sega Visions (US) #4: "April/May 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Sega Visions (US) #5: "Summer 1991" (1991-xx-xx)[7]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #27: "October 1991" (1991-xx-xx)[8]
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #107: "October 1990" (1990-09-16)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #108: "November 1990" (1990-10-16)[9]
  • ACE (UK) #38: "November 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[10]
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Sega Power (UK) #13: "December 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #109: "December 1990" (1990-11-16)[11]
  • ACE (UK) #39: "December 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[12]
  • Sega Power (UK) #14: "January 1991" (199x-xx-xx)[13]
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #110: "January 1991" (1990-12-15)[14]
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Physical scans

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
63 №36, p58/59[1]
82 №4, p89[15]
83 №105, p86[16]
74 №4, p92[17]
75 №10, p124[18]
50 №2/32
85 №2, p38/39[19]
82 №9, p4/5[20]
78 №23, p41
80 №23, p55
76 №1, p18[21]
79 №12, p89
Sega Master System
76
Based on
12 reviews

Master System, US
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Cover
Aerialassault sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
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Cover
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Cart
AerialAssaultSMSEUManual3L.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU

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Cart
AerialAssaultSMSAuManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
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Cover
AerialAssault SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, SE (Rental)

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
73 №131 (Go!), p7[5]
78 №11, p137[22]
45 №11
45 №30, p195[23]
39 №23, p115[24]
24 №35, p47
42 №11, p48
48 №8, p78/79[25]
Sega Game Gear
49
Based on
8 reviews

Game Gear, US
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Cover
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Cart
Aerialassault gg us manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
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Cover
AerialAssault GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Game Gear, BR
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Cover
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Cart

References