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Killing Cloud

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Atari ST
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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.


Killing Cloud Atari ST San Francisco's golden gate bridge.
Killing Cloud Atari ST Briefing room.
Killing Cloud Atari ST Tracking view.
Killing Cloud DOS Additional camera angles allow you to observe your maneuvres.

Alternate Titles

  • "The Killing Cloud" -- European title

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The Press Says

ST Format Atari ST May, 1991 93 out of 100 93
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga May, 1991 915 out of 1000 92
Zero Atari ST Apr, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Zzap! Amiga May, 1991 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Action Amiga May, 1991 86 out of 100 86
Info Amiga Jan, 1992 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1991 68 out of 100 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Dec, 1991 8 out of 12 67
Power Play Amiga Jun, 1991 65 out of 100 65
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 65 out of 100 65


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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
Contributed to by ClydeFrog (10067), Christian Klein (5790) and Martin Smith (63134)