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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 Amiga And on to the runway
Sky Shark DOS title screen - CGA
Sky Shark Amstrad CPC Under attack from air and sea
Sky Shark Atari ST Collect the power up.

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Apr, 1989 895 out of 1000 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 893 out of 1000 89
Crash! ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jan, 1989 84 out of 100 84
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
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 74 out of 100 74
All Game Guide NES 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Zzap! Amiga Apr, 1989 68 out of 100 68
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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