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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 Arcade Armed bunkers
Sky Shark Arcade Level 2 over sea
Sky Shark DOS beginning level 1 - CGA
Sky Shark FM Towns Title screen B

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
Commodore User Arcade May, 1987 9 out of 10 90
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
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Mar, 1988 735 out of 1000 74
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Apr, 1988 73 out of 100 73
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Apr, 1989 72 out of 100 72
All Game Guide NES 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Nov, 1989 22 out of 40 55
Power Play Amstrad CPC Mar, 1988 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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