Ashura Blaster

-Taito (1990)



The Story

"Attention helicopter pilot 37. This is mission operator. Ugh, I feel kinda queasy. *hic* Well, as you know this war has left both opposing forces decimated. The remainder of the Ashura forces have regrouped and renewed their assault. All that remains of their army are helicopters, tanks, and boats. And a whole lot of ambition. Uhh, I think I had a few too many drinks before lunch. *hic* With such a small force attacking all we need to do is send you in our most powerful future ‘copter, code-named the Ashura Blaster. I'm sure the Ashurians will cower in fear when a helicopter named after them destroys them. It has the most advanced weaponry of all attack choppers before it, but you already knew that. Since it’s so powerful, we painted it a nice target red so the Ashurian army will have a chance. Now get to da choppa, cutie. *hic* I'm gonna get another drink."    

My Thoughts

I hope you like helicopters, because Ashura Blaster has them in droves. Somehow helicopters are the only airborne vehicles to survive in the future. And why in the hell are all the good guy helicopters in the future always red? There has got to be something to this whole future red helicopter thing. 

Ashura Blaster is a fairly average overhead shooter. The same enemy helicopters, tanks, and boats will appear in every stage. The bosses are pretty boring and uninspired. There’s a tank thing that resembles a turtle, a cool looking super chopper, some weird VTOL stealth-ish plane, two hovercrafts (one with an overly huge spoiler), a weird sideways tank designed by a moron, and a really big tank... with tesla lasers!

A nifty option is the ability to select a special weapon at the beginning of each stage. There’s regular Ashura Bomb, a scatter bomb called Ashura Flash, a Fire Wave that travels across the screen, and a satellite supplied Ion cannon, which must be very precise, yet is very powerful. From time to time you’ll blow up some bigger choppers that will let fly a color changing power-up. Each color designates a certain weapon. Red is for the boring old spread vulcan in every game. Blue gives up some missiles, yellow supplies a front and rear shot, orange sets forth a fiery blaze of orange death lasers, and green is a bio ball. The bio ball curves more and more when it gets powered-up, making it utterly useless because it won't actually hit anything in front of your red helicopter. As you can probably tell from the screenshots, the scenery is essentially all the same in the six stages. Ashura Blaster is mostly average, but at least it has some variety in the weapons department.   

Score: 5.0   


Look sharp! Those red future 'copters are everywhere! Eight Forces, Ryu Jin, S.S. Mission.