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Sky Shark Reviews (Atari ST)

Sky Shark Atari ST Credits screen.


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From there on things just get tougher - multiple hit gun emplacements, massive ships and aircraft carriers, and even more complex lines of defence. Smart bombs come in handy, but survival depends on hanging onto the extra weapons. Lose one life and it's something of a lost cause. A smashing shoot-em-up that verges on being a bit too difficult.
Flying Shark's unoriginality may not find favour with everyone, but if you're looking for the closest conversion yet of a simple but totally addictive coin-up, this is it.
The One (Dec, 1988)
Flying Shark on the ST features detailed and colourful backdrops and sprites accompanied by functional effects and music. What we have here is a fairly accurate interpretation of a derivative but playable coin-op which drops on US Gold's conversion of 1943 from a few thousand feet.
So - to buy or not to buy? If you were crazy about the coin-op then definitely yes. This is a more than competent conversion. If, however, you are just looking for a good scrolling shoot 'em up for your ST then I would consider Xenon by Melbourne House instead. It has the edge in playability and graphics.
Retrogaming History (Dec 01, 2010)
Desiderare una valida conversione di Flying Shark su Atari ST non equivaleva a voler la luna nel pozzo. Titoli realizzati negli anni di avanzata maturità del sistema dimostrarono in pieno che un coin-op con tali caratteristiche poteva essere dignitosamente riprodotto anche su un hardware non customizzato come quello del 16 bit Atari. Purtroppo il porting dell’arcade hit Taito / Toaplan fu affidato ad un team di non particolare rilievo in un periodo in cui l’ST non era ancora pienamente valorizzato in ordine a questo genere di titoli. In questa conversione un grave errore di valutazione degli sviluppatori unito ad un coding poco efficiente hanno contribuito a snaturare e compromettere la giocabilità dell’coin-op facendo, così, precipitare questo Flying Shark in versione ST come un Curtiss P-40 abbattuto dalla contraerea nemica