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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 Atari ST Avoiding a shot from hiding tank.
Sky Shark Commodore 64 To no avail (European version)
Sky Shark DOS Title screen (Hercules)
Sky Shark NES Title screen

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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
The Video Game Critic NES Jun 30, 2001 A- 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jan, 1989 75 out of 100 75
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Mar, 1988 735 out of 1000 74
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Apr, 1988 73 out of 100 73
Zzap! Amiga Apr, 1989 68 out of 100 68
Retrogaming History Atari ST Dec 01, 2010 5 out of 10 50
Power Play Amstrad CPC Mar, 1988 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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