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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 DOS Briefing room
Killing Cloud DOS Hey, you saw what the visibility conditions were like!
Killing Cloud Atari ST Choose your weapons at armoury.
Killing Cloud Atari ST Tracking view.

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Alternate Titles

  • "The Killing Cloud" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

Play Time Atari ST May, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Play Time Amiga May, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Zero Atari ST Apr, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Amiga Action Amiga May, 1991 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Amiga Format Amiga May, 1991 80 out of 100 80
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
Amiga Power Amiga Jun, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50

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Trivia

Amiga Power

The 65% awarded to the game by Amiga Power magazine was a lower score than awarded by most competitor magazines. Image Works were not impressed, and their PR Manager Cathy Campos wrote to the magazine in a letter published in the following issue, calling the review "extremely negative and imbalanced" and "unfairly biased and churlish and griping", and complaining that reviewer Tim Smith had worried too much about the game's realism and consistency of details rather than how much fun it was. Ironically, Amiga Power ultimately became famous for concentrating primarily on the 'fun factor' of a game above realism and other details.

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 (10041), Christian Klein (6023) and Martin Smith (62923)