The Mega-CD conversion of Sega's arcade hit
isn't quite as pretty as the 32X cartridge version, and it's not the same
without a flight stick and hydraulic cabinet. but the static shots here don't do
this game justice. The scenery may be limited but it moves very smoothly
and the unit's sprite rotation and scaling power is put to good use.
Players can fly with a view behind the jet or in cockpit mode, which will pull
back smoothly if an enemy approaches from the rear. Both ground and air
targets are presented for attack, and the lack of fuel or ammunition limits
makes this a pure arcade blast. Using a 6-button controller allows for a
little extra control with the wing flaps for braking bound to the Z button.
A couple of timed challenge modes add some variety.