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Aero Fighters 3, a classic top-down bullet hell, launches onto mobile courtesy of the ACA NeoGeo Collection

Aero Fighters 3, a classic top-down bullet hell, launches onto mobile courtesy of the ACA NeoGeo Collection

SNK and Hamster have released their latest title within their always-growing collection of retro classics ported to mobile devices by the graces of the ACA NeoGeo collection. This time, players will be engaging in some classic shoot-em-up action courtesy of Aero Fighters 3. This is about as old-school as you can get, with nothing but a top-down view and constant bullet-hell action.

ACA NeoGeo has been a godsend for anyone who’s a fan of retro gaming, as they release a new title nearly every week. These games range from fighting games like Samurai Shodown to beat-em-ups like Fatal Fury, or even old-school 2D side-scrolling with the likes of Metal Slug 4. With all of these classics on offer, and that library growing every day, there’s truly something for everyone here.

In terms of Aero Fighters 3, it’s pretty simple to describe if you’ve played a bullet-hell/shoot-em-up before. You’ll take on the role of a singular jet fighter, blasting away at contextless faceless enemies as stages get progressively harder. It’s all played from a vertical perspective, and every enemy will be coming directly at you from the top of the screen.

This loop is freshened up by the introduction of power-ups and various weapons that you can pick up as you move within this vertical landscape. These weapons can range from a shotgun-like blast to extra missiles, and power-ups like an extra life or a shield that can protect you from a hit or two.

An interesting part of Aero Fighters 3 is that it actually features somewhat of a story though light, and even goes so far as to include multiple endings and routes. This adds a lot of replay value and makes it super worth the low entry cost if you’re a fan of the genre.

If you’d like to check it out yourself, you can purchase Aero Fighters 3 for only $3.99 at either of the links below! If you’d like to check out the full ACA NeoGeo Library, you can take a peek at the official website as well.

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