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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 Amstrad CPC Title screen
Sky Shark Sharp X68000 Main menu
Sky Shark DOS title screen - EGA
Sky Shark ZX Spectrum Landing at airport in end of stages.

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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

Commodore Disk User Commodore 64 Mar, 1988 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jan, 1989 895 out of 1000 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 893 out of 1000 89
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jan, 1989 75 out of 100 75
Commodore User Amiga Mar, 1989 73 out of 100 73
All Game Guide NES 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 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
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 5.4 out of 12 45

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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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