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Sky Shark is a top-down shooter similar to Raiden. You start off with four lives and three bombs. With that (you can get more lives at certain point intervals, and more bombs can be found), you, the "Sky Shark" of your squadron, blast through five levels of enemy-infested battlefields with as many as six gun upgrades (Aside from the bombs and the gun upgrade, there are no other weapons to be found at all). Includes three difficulty levels and two-player support.


Sky Shark FM Towns Stage ends at a runway where the amount of bombs you had multiply 3,000 points to the score
Sky Shark ZX Spectrum A large tank
Sky Shark DOS title screen - EGA
Sky Shark DOS 4 color version is difficult to play - CGA

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Alternate Titles

  • "Hishou Zame" -- Japanese title
  • "Flying Shark" -- European title
  • "Flyingshark" -- Alternate European title spelling

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic NES Jun 30, 2001 A- 91
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1988 850 out of 1000 85
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Apr, 1988 784 out of 1000 78
The One Atari ST Dec, 1988 76 out of 100 76
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jan, 1989 75 out of 100 75
Datormagazin Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 3.7 out of 5 74
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Apr, 1989 72 out of 100 72
Power Play Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 6 out of 10 60
Retrogaming History Atari ST Dec 01, 2010 5 out of 10 50


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Commodore 64 versions

The Commodore 64 received two different ports of this game.
In Europe, Firebird in the UK released a version of the game titled "Flying Shark", converted by Catalyst Coders.
Taito themselves released a version in the United States, titled "Sky Shark", converted by Software Creations.

DOS graphic modes

Surprisingly enough, this game supports VGA mode, although the EGA/VGA screenshot bears a far greater resemblance to EGA graphics than VGA.


Although the cover art shows a P-40 Warhawk and the description even says you are supposed to be flying a P-40, the aircraft you fly in-game is a biplane.


  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)

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