Aero the Acro-Bat is a side scrolling platform game published by Sunsoft. Aero the Acrobat was created to compete with Sega's successful mascot Sonic. The game did well and Aero became the official mascot of Sunsoft for the 16-Bit era.
The game features Aero, a bat acrobat who works in a circus that is under attack by the clown Edgar Ektor, who used to work at the circus and wants it shut down forever. The game also introduces Edgar’s sidekick, Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel.
Aero can attack enemies by throwing the stars he picks up, or by using a downward diagonal drill attack. He can also use an upwards drill to reach higher platforms.
The game has four worlds, with five acts each. Each act is a free roaming level in which Aero must complete a specific objective before he is allowed to exit the level. Objectives include destroying star platforms, finding keys to save captives, jumping through hoops, performing stunts, etc.
The game also features 3 bonus levels and bosses, which include the Stilt Brothers, Mr. Bubbles and the evil clown, Edgar Ektor.
A password function allows the player to continue their game from the latest world.