U.N. Squadron

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ZX Spectrum
Commodore 64
Atari ST
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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 Level 2
U.N. Squadron SNES End of level boss of their air-force - drop some bombs on his head
U.N. Squadron Amstrad CPC Story
U.N. Squadron Amstrad CPC Mission 4 Objective

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 (17701)
Bring down planes and earn money at the same time? What an idea! Amiga *Katakis* (37938)

Critic Reviews

Entertainment Weekly SNES Sep 27, 1991 A 100
Mean Machines SNES Sep, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SNES May 08, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life SNES May 14, 2010 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
1UP! SNES Dec 06, 2003 89 out of 100 89
Jeuxvideo.com SNES Jun 10, 2010 16 out of 20 80
Raze Amiga Jan, 1991 77 out of 100 77
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Feb, 1991 69 out of 100 69
Sinclair User Arcade Dec, 1989 5 out of 10 50
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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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