Bomber Raid is a vertical scrolling shooter video game released for the Sega Master System in 1988 in Europe, and 1989 in the United States and Japan. It was the last game for the Master System in Japan.
In Bomber Raid, the player controls a small 'Freedom Fighter' aircraft able to fire different types of projectiles through five levels. As a shoot 'em up game, gameplay is similar to the arcade games 1942 and Raiden.
The player starts with three lives. Any collision with either an enemy aircraft or enemy fire results in the loss of a life. One type of enemy, a strange disk like object with a green and red flashing center, drops a powerup when destroyed. Power-ups, which can be a weapon power-up (p) which replace the standard twin cannon, speed power up (s) or provide the player with a fighter plane companion to assist in destroying enemies. The player can only have up to two fighters. The player also starts with a limited number of cluster bombs, which will clear the screen of many enemies (except bosses), and power pods, which give extra points, weapon power-ups, and a temporary 'backup squadron.' The cluster bomb's explosion is influenced by the squadron (up to two small planes that fly in formation with the fighter and shoot when it shoots). If there are no planes, then the cluster bomb will be a ring of fire that flies forward. With one fighter, the bomb's explosive area is over a wider area, and with two fighters, the 'orbs' of the explosion will radiate outwards in all direction.
The miniature planes' formation and the direction they fire in depends on the last 'squadron' power-up received.
This version of Bomber Raid was designed for the Sega Master System (SMS), which was an 8-bit video game console manufactured
by Sega in the years 1985 - 1992. It was a direct competitor to the much more successful NES console and the predecessor of the much beter console Sega Genesis.
The unit price of Master System was approximately $ 200 and worldwide only 13 million units of this console were sold. More information about Sega Master
System can be found here.
Recommended Game Controllers:
You can control this game easily by using the keyboard of your PC (see the table next to the game). However, for maximum gaming enjoyment, we strongly recommend using a USB gamepad that you simply plug into the USB port of your computer. If you do not have a gamepad, buy a suitable USB controller in Amazon or in some of your favorite online stores.
Available online emulators:
3 different online emulators are available for Bomber Raid. These emulators differ not only in the technology they use to emulate old games, but also in support of various game controllers, multiplayer mode, mobile phone touchscreen, emulation speed, absence or presence of embedded ads and in many other parameters. For
maximum gaming enjoyment, it's important to choose the right emulator, because on each PC and in different Internet browsers, the individual emulators behave differently. The basic
features of each emulator available for this game Bomber Raid are summarized in the following table: