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Developer(s) Mad Fellows
Publisher(s) Mad Fellows
Designer(s) Paul Norris
Programmer(s) Daniel Horbury
Artist(s) Paul Norris, Kostas Michalopoulos
Engine Unity
Platform(s) Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
Release 11th April 2017
Genre(s) Action, Rhythm/Music
Mode(s) Single-player

Aaero is a rhythm action rail shooter video game developed by the two-man British Independent video game developer Mad Fellows. Aaero was released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows, via Steam, on 11 April 2017.


The basic controls are that of a twin-stick shooter, the left stick controlling the ship while the right controls targeting.

Mike Fahey of Kotaku says: "Aaero sees players navigating through alien environments in a futuristic flying craft. As the music plays, ribbons of light bend and twist in the air, visualizing aspects of the song. Sometimes it’s vocals. Sometimes it’s strange electronic wails. Using the left analog stick (required even in the PC version), players must grind against those ribbons in order to absorb the energy of the music." [1]

He goes on to describe the shooting element of the gameplay: "The game’s tunnel-like environments warp and twist to impede the player, each new level bringing unique obstacles and traps into play. Odd mechanical enemies attack from time to time, with the game employing a target lock and fire mechanic using a combination of right analog and trigger." [2]

In his review for Forbes, Mitch Wallace describes the gameplay: "The general on-rail, twin-stick shooting setup is deceptively simple: Pilot a nondescript spaceship through various alien and possibly post-apocalyptic stages, gunning down enemies and tracing ribbons of light as you go." [3]


Aaero features a fully licensed electronic dance music soundtrack. The tracklist is as follows:

  1. Bass Cannon by Flux Pavilion
  2. Pure Sunlight by Mr FijiWiji featuring Laura Brehm
  3. Sequenz by Neosignal
  4. Split the Atom by Noisia
  5. Habby9000 by Habstrakt
  6. I Can't Stop by Flux Pavilion
  7. Some Kind of Monster by Astronaut & Barely Alive
  8. Katy on a Mission - Katy B
  9. Ill Still by SUBhuman
  10. Revenge by Habstrakt & Megalodon
  11. Edge of Tomorrow by The Prototypes
  12. Alpha Centauri by Noisia
  13. Kein Signal by Neosignal
  14. Get Crazy (AgNO3 remix) by Muzzy
  15. Stigma by Noisia


According to the video game review aggregator Metacritic, Aaero received "Generally favourable" reviews and a metascore of 77 on PlayStation 4 and 80 on Xbox One [4][5]

Kotaku's Mike Fahey said "Aaero came to my attention yesterday evening, after our managing editor, Riley MacLeod, sent me the following message: “Yo I’m playing this new rhythm game Aaero and you should check it out!” So I checked it out, fell in love, and figured I would pass the word along. " [6]

Forbes contributor MitchWallace gave Aaero a score of 9.5/10 and commented "For the most part, the wait between quality, innovative, and original music games is rather unbearable. But once in a blue moon, let’s say on a somewhat unassuming April day, the gaming clouds split open and down floats something like Aaero.[7]


  1. ^ Fahey, Mike. "Check Out This Cool New Music Game You Guys". Kotaku. Retrieved 2018-04-13. 
  2. ^ Fahey, Mike. "Check Out This Cool New Music Game You Guys". Kotaku. Retrieved 2018-04-13. 
  3. ^ Wallace, Mitch. "'Aaero' Review: The New Dubstep". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-04-13. 
  4. ^ "Aaero". Metacritic. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  5. ^ "Aaero". Metacritic. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  6. ^ Fahey, Mike. "Check Out This Cool New Music Game You Guys". Kotaku. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  7. ^ Wallace, Mitch. "'Aaero' Review: The New Dubstep". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 

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