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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 ZX Spectrum Mission 1 clear
U.N. Squadron ZX Spectrum More enemies!
U.N. Squadron Arcade Two planes to destroy.
U.N. Squadron Amstrad CPC Mission 5

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 (18029)
Bring down planes and earn money at the same time? What an idea! Amiga *Katakis* (38165)

Critic Reviews

Entertainment Weekly SNES Sep 27, 1991 A 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SNES Oct, 1991 94 out of 100 94
1UP! SNES Dec 06, 2003 89 out of 100 89
Jeuxvideo.com SNES Jun 10, 2010 16 out of 20 80
HonestGamers SNES Jan 13, 2004 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic SNES Dec 07, 2005 B 75
Player One SNES Sep, 1992 72 out of 100 72
Total! (Germany) SNES Feb, 1995 2.75 out of 6 65
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Dec, 1990 5.4 out of 12 45
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.
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