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Killing Cloud (Atari ST)

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Description

Killing Cloud is set in a San Francisco ravaged by an opaque orange death smog layer known as the Killing Cloud. This hovers around the middle of the skyscrapers, creating a claustrophobic low level experience (and a different feel to the many other flight simulations set in the city, such as F/A-18 Interceptor).

In this maelstrom, the Black Angel gang is terrorising the public. The player is a member of the SFPD Police force, charged with bringing them down throughout ten missions. Some are out-and-out action while others are more strategic. You can only survive for 20 minutes in the smog, so time is crucial in these missions.

In addition to outflying the enemy on your hoverbike, the player must carefully pre-position ground forces to arrest him when he is brought down, using Pick-Up Pods. Once arrested, a suspect must be interrogated to release enough information to know what the next threat is.

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Killing Cloud Atari ST Details about your mission.
Killing Cloud Atari ST Title screen.
Killing Cloud Atari ST Rear view.
Killing Cloud Atari ST Choose your weapons at armoury.

Alternate Titles

  • "The Killing Cloud" -- European title

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The Press Says

ST Format May, 1991 93 out of 100 93
The One Feb, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Zero Apr, 1991 87 out of 100 87

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Trivia

Cut content

While the game was being developed, when you captured enemy agents, a torture screen was displayed of your team using unsavoury methods to gain information from them. This was dropped before the game's release after the Amnesty International charity (which campaigns against unfair trials and punishments (including the death penalty) worldwide) complained about it.

San Francisco

San Francisco was a popular location for early flight sims. Killing cloud attempted to be unique by adding an opaque orange death smog layer that hovered around the middle of the skyscrapers to create a claustrophobic low level experience.

Information also contributed by Martin Smith
Christian Klein (5791) added Killing Cloud (Atari ST) on Apr 19, 2004
Other platforms contributed by ClydeFrog (10071) and Martin Smith (63162)