Aerial Assault (Master System)

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Aerial Assault
System(s): Sega Master System
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Genre: Shooting[2][3]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
US
Sega Master System
EU
7041
Sega Master System
FR
299F299[8] 7041
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9929.99[6][7] 7041
Sega Master System
SE
(Rental)
Sega Master System
GR
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
BR

Aerial Assault is a shoot-'em-up game developed by Sanritsu and published by Sega for the Sega Master System in 1990. The working title for the game was Freedom Fighter, and it was referred to as such in several magazine reviews.

Story

A militaristic organization named N.A.C. (whose acronym is never explained) has developed a huge laser emitter called "EL," which is capable of gradually destroying the ozone layer. In the year 1999, the N.A.C. begins an all-out offensive against every country in the world. It is hinted that N.A.C. is actually an alien civilization.

The armies of the world are overwhelmed. The player controls the mysterious "Freedom Fighter," an aircraft with no official connection to any government, which flies off to stop the N.A.C.

Gameplay

Aerial Assault is a horizontally scrolling shoot-'em-up game. Players must shoot down enemies as the screen scrolls to the right. Each level has different enemies and bosses, which require different weapons and tactics to effectively counter.

1 fires the primary weapon, which has unlimited ammunition and can be held down to fire continuously. 2 releases the secondary weapon, mostly types of bombs, which are limited but can be replenished through items. There are many types of both primary weapons and bombs that can be found through item pick-ups throughout the levels.

The Freedom Fighter is destroyed if it is hit by enemies or projectiles or touches any stationary object, such as the ground. There are no hit points but a Shield power-up appears in later levels that can absorb a few hits before it is gone.

Items

Primary Weapons

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Normal Shot
The basic starting weapon. A single stream of quick shots.
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3-Way Shot
Fires three shots in a conical spread. Covers a large area but fires relatively slowly.
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Increase Shot
Fires six shots in a conical spread. Covers a large area but fires relatively slowly.
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Chaser Missile
Fires long missiles from below the Freedom Fighter. Fast-firing and stronger than the Normal Shot.
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Explosion Shot
Fires a large round that fragments into smaller shots after traveling a certain distance without hitting an enemy.
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Direction Shot
Fires shots in the direction that the player is moving. For example, it fires directly above the craft by holding Up or directly below it by holding Down.
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8-Way Shot
Fires eight shots in a full circle out from the Freedom Fighter. Fires slowly.
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Laser
Shoots fast-moving lasers that can pierce through enemies and hit multiple targets.
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Wide Laser
Shoots tall energy beams very quickly.

Bombs

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Bomb
A basic bomb. Each pick-up contains 30.
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Triple Bomb
Same as the regular bomb but drops three bombs with each volley. Each pick-up contains 15.
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Missile
A missile that drops down and then shoots forwards, for taking out ground targets. Each pick-up contains 25.
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Napalm
An incendiary that bursts into multiple explosions. Each pick-up contains 20.
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Hyper Ball
Shoots several large fireballs from the Freedom Fighter. Each pick-up contains 8.

Other

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Speed-Up
Increases the movement speed of the Freedom Fighter.
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Bonus
Awards the player with 5,000 bonus points.
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1-Up
Awards the player with an extra life.
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1-Down
Instantly kills the player.
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Guard
A shield that surrounds the Freedom Fighter and absorbs five hits before dissipating.

Levels

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

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

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

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

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

Production credits

  • Planner: All Members
  • Designer: Tommy, Yukino
  • Programmer: Nonchan, T.Hagiwara
  • Sound: Ippo
  • Test Player: Kou
  • Special Thanks: O.B
  • Presented by: Sega
Source:
In-game credits[9]


Magazine articles

Main article: Aerial Assault (Master System)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #2: "October/November 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #107: "October 1990" (1990-09-16)
also published in:
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Print advert in Guida Video Giochi (IT) #15: "Ottobre 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Sega Power (UK) #13: "December 1990" (1990-11-01)
also published in:
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Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #4: "April/May 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
ACE (UK)
63
[19]
Ação Games (BR)
92
[20]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
82
[21]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) PAL
76
[22]
Console XS (UK) PAL
69
[23]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
83
[24]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
74
[25]
Joystick (FR)
75
[26]
Mega Play (US) NTSC-U
45
[4]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
50
[27]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
82
[28]
Player One (FR)
85
[29]
S: The Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
82
[30]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
78
[31]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[32]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
76
[33]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
69
[34]
Tilt (FR)
40
[35]
Tilt (FR)
80
[36]
Zero (UK)
79
[37]
Sega Master System
73
Based on
20 reviews

Aerial Assault (Master System)

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, GR (Zegetron)
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Cover
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Cart
AerialAssaultSMSEUManual3L.pdf
Manual
Master System, SE (Rental)
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Cover
Master System, AU

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Cart
AerialAssaultSMSAuManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
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Cover
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Cart


Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 ecf491cf
MD5 0713f2e55a1eea0d9e2fb7044740261b
SHA-1 2a9090ed365e7425ca7a59f87b942c16b376f0a3
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 15576613
MD5 8b603c931418a3680b8723861f55a7b5
SHA-1 e57b1d4476ca33d18d9071e022ddc9cc702d6497
256kB Cartridge (US)

References

  1. http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/Sanritsu
  2. File:AerialAssault SMS EU Box.jpg
  3. https://sega.jp/history/hard/gamegear/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-12-07 04:57)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mega Play, "November/December 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 31
  5. 5.0 5.1 ACE, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-xx), page 165
  6. ACE, "September 1990" (UK; 1990-08-03), page 58
  7. Computer & Video Games, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-16), page 117
  8. Player One, "Octobre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 39
  9. File:Aerial Assault SMS credits.pdf
  10. GamePro, "January 1991" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 44
  11. Computer & Video Games, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-16), page 58
  12. ACE, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-xx), page 92
  13. Computer & Video Games, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-11-16), page 168
  14. ACE, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 102
  15. Sega Power, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-06), page 2
  16. Computer & Video Games, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-15), page 98
  17. Sega Visions, "Summer 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 10
  18. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 142
  19. ACE, "September 1990" (UK; 1990-08-03), page 56
  20. Ação Games, "Setembro 1991" (BR; 1991-09-xx), page 28
  21. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 89
  22. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 90
  23. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 137
  24. Computer & Video Games, "August 1990" (UK; 1990-07-16), page 86
  25. Hobby Consolas, "Enero 1992" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 92
  26. Joystick, "Novembre 1990" (FR; 1990-1x-xx), page 124
  27. Micromanía (segunda época), "Enero 1991" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 34
  28. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 132
  29. Player One, "Octobre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 38
  30. S: The Sega Magazine, "August 1990" (UK; 1990-07-05), page 4
  31. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 41
  32. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 55
  33. Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 18
  34. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 70
  35. Tilt, "Septembre 1990" (FR; 1990-0x-xx), page 100
  36. Tilt, "Décembre 1990" (FR; 1990-1x-xx), page 116
  37. Zero, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-xx-xx), page 89


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