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Description

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.

Screenshots

Sky Shark Commodore 64 To no avail (European version)
Sky Shark Amstrad CPC Great, more battleships!
Sky Shark Sharp X68000 Out in the sea
Sky Shark Amiga Mode Selection

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 Feb, 1988 893 out of 1000 89
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1988 850 out of 1000 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Mar, 1988 735 out of 1000 74
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Apr, 1988 73 out of 100 73
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Sep, 1989 3.5 out of 5 70
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Zzap! Amiga Apr, 1989 68 out of 100 68
Retrogaming History Atari ST Dec 01, 2010 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

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.

Aircraft

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.

Awards

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

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