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U.N. Squadron

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
...
4.0
Commodore 64
...
3.3
SNES
84
3.9
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Description

Side-scrolling shoot-em-up, in a similar style to such games as Gradius, R-Type and Scramble. The aim is to wipe out the enemy, which has gathered around the allied airspace of 'Area 88', in a series of military aircraft-based scenarios. You choose one of three unique pilots; Shin Kazama, Micky Schymon or Greg Gates, each with varying abilities at damage repair, weapon handling and flying skill, and engage the enemy over a series of challenging missions. The player starts out with the weakest plane, the F8E Crusader, which can only be armed with a very basic range weapons. But, through completing various missions, enough cash can be raised to purchase higher-quality aircraft. These superior planes are more agile, have improved resilience to damage and have a greater range of fire. Furthermore, the more advanced fighters can be armed with superior special weapons, such as napalm. The missions include attacks on sand bases, the nuclear submarine 'Seavet' and enemy supply camps, as well as seeing off groups of airborne 'bandits' who swarm-in on Area 88. The enemy is plentiful, and the pace is frantic. Shoot at everything on the screen that moves, and the allied forces might just come out on top......

Screenshots

U.N. Squadron Amstrad CPC Mission 5 Objective
U.N. Squadron Commodore 64 Starting the second mission.
U.N. Squadron Atari ST Introduction
U.N. Squadron Atari ST Insert quarter to continue?

Alternate Titles

  • "戰區88" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Area 88" -- Japanese title
  • "エリア88" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Perhaps the world's most perfect action game! SNES Multimedia Mike (17464)
Bring down planes and earn money at the same time? What an idea! Amiga *Katakis* (37809)

The Press Says

GamePro (US) SNES Dec, 1991 5 out of 5 100
Entertainment Weekly SNES Sep 27, 1991 A 100
Mean Machines SNES Sep, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SNES Oct, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Nintendo Life SNES May 14, 2010 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SNES May 08, 2007 9 out of 10 90
1UP! SNES Dec 06, 2003 89 out of 100 89
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Nov, 1991 7.8 out of 10 78
ST Format Atari ST Dec, 1990 46 out of 100 46
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1990 42 out of 100 42

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Trivia

Area 88

The game is based on the manga Area 88 (エリア88), serialized between 1979 and 1986 in Weekly Shōnen Big Comic. Several other products based on it were released across the years, such as an OVA series in the 1980s and a TV anime series in 2004.
Contributed to by Simon Wingate (27), FatherJack (38895), Mick West (157), Martin Smith (63162), Terok Nor (18430) and *Katakis* (37809)