U.N. Squadron

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Atari ST
ZX Spectrum
Amstrad CPC
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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......


U.N. Squadron Atari ST Care to top up before you go?
U.N. Squadron SNES Intro: Take off (you can see the Japanese title for the game on the runway)
U.N. Squadron SNES Attacking their air-force
U.N. Squadron Amstrad CPC The forest fortress

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 (17555)
Bring down planes and earn money at the same time? What an idea! Amiga *Katakis* (37879)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) SNES Dec, 1991 5 out of 5 100
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
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Nov, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Nov, 1991 7.8 out of 10 78
Power Play SNES Nov, 1991 77 out of 100 77
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1991 39 out of 100 39


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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.
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