I guess it's sometimes hard to differentiate nostalgia and quality, and perhaps nostalgia is part of the reason why I choose to call this game a real Master System classic. There is something unique with the first Master System games, originally made for the Japanese Mark III, and this game definitely has that special uniqueness I'm not able to express in better terms.
And it's actually quite a hard game - I was never able to finish it as a kid. (Actually I think I was never able to beat the third "boss" - the three choppers.) But I remember spending hours and hours playing it, slowly becoming better and better at it, and at the same time discovering new things about it. Oh, what a joy it was to finally beat one of the bosses and progressing to the next level and see what it was like, and how it was different from the last ones. Because, even though the levels look quite similar, there are a few differences - and some new enemies. One tip though - enter one of the Sega trucks (or grab one of the "P"s if you're up in the sky) to get better shooting as fast as possible. That will make the game a lot easier. And of course, try not to die, as you then will start with the first weapon again. And entering the Sega truck a second time will also be very useful, so that you're able to shoot down those extremely irritating choppers.
The music is also classic in my opinion. And the take off and landing sequences are extremely cool! The nerve-racking wait while you're taking off and the music stops and there's complete silence. For a while you only see white in the picture, and then suddenly, the cool plane music starts and before you have the chance to think there's enemies attacking you! And the boss music is equally cool. When you hear that you really know it's time to get serious!
To summorize - perhaps me owning this game as a kid and playing it a lot has something to do with this positive review of it, but even a kid is able to seperate a shitty game from a good one. I thought it was a good game then, and I still think it is. It's a shame they don't make more of these any longer...
Action Fighter Trivia
Action Fighter Cheats, Hints, Tips and Walkthroughs
Enter one of the following codes at the name screen:
HANG_ON. (Letters A, B, C, D collected)
_©_SEGA. (Invincible to bullets)
SPECIAL. (Letters A, B, C, D collected and invincibility)
GP_WORLD (Three extra lives after time reaches zero)
DOKI_PEN (All cheat features)
Get ready to play a starring role in the incredible world of international espionage. You recieve five different assignments. All action-packed. And all extremely dangerous. Your secret weapon? A vehicle that transforms into a dozen different deadly devices. Your high-speed motorcycle can turn into a customized car and then into a sound-barrier-breaking jet plane. All in a matter of seconds. The real test? To know when to use which weapon. Because, the wrong machine at the wrong time, can prove fatal.
Take the motorcycle from "Hang On,™" equip it with hi-tech weaponry and give it the ability to transform itself into an aircraft or car—and you've got ACTION FIGHTER!
Nehmen Sie das Motorrad von "Hang On". Statten Sie es mit ultramoderner Bewaffnung aus. Und geben Sie ihm die Fähigkeit, sich in ein Flugzeug oder Auto umzuwandeln — und Sie haben ACTION FIGHTER!
Prenez une moto de "Hang On", équipez-la d'un armement de pointe et donnez-lui la possibilité de se transformer en un avion ou une voiture. Oui, vous comprenez dès lors ce qu'est "ACTION FIGHTER".
Tome la motocicleta de "Hang On", equípela con el más avanzado armamento, dele la capacidad de poder transformarse en un avión o un automóvil, y ise habrá convertido en un combatiente ACTION FIGHTER!
Se prendi la moto di Hang On, la munisci di armi ad alta tecnologia e la trasformi in un aereo o in un'automobile, ecco che avrai ACTION FIGHTER.
Übernehmen Sie die Hauptrolle in der unglaublichen Well der Spionage. Ach ia - Ihre Geheimwaffen: Ein Fahrzeug, das unzählige Überraschungen in sich birgt. Mal verwandelt sich Ihr Hochgeschwin-digkeits-Motorrad in ein unscheinbares Auto, dann wieder in ein Überschallflugzeug. Und das alles in Bruchteilen von Sekunden. Sind Sie der Herausforderung gewachsen' Denn, wählen Sie für Ihre Mtssion das falsche" Fahrzeug zur falschen Zeit, hat das katastrophale Folgen.
Pronto para entrar no fascinante mundo da espionagem ? Esperamos que sim, pois não há tempo a perder. Você terá que passar por 5 missões diferentes. Todas cheias de ação. E todas extremamente perigosas... Sua arma secreta? Um veículo que se transforma no que você quiser: em uma moto super potente, um carro turbo ou um avião a jato. Tudo em questão de segundos. Os desafios serão grandes, tanto em terra quanto no ar. Há submarinos nucleares "Clarken" à sua espera, lança-mísseis "Baromet" e tanques antiaéreos "Sphinxs" prontos para atirar ! Fora as duas missões Top Secret ! O segredo ? Saber o momento exato de usar cada arma. Porque a máquina errada, no momento errado, pode ser fatal...