Tommy's Airshark (DOS)

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Tommy's Airshark is a single player, shareware, vertical scrolling, helicopter game made using character graphics.

The object is to fly over enemy territory and to destroy as many SAM missile firing tanks as possible. The SAM missiles home in on the player's 'copter but can be avoided by making continuous changes to course, speed and height. The 'copter can withstand three direct hits, after that the player has a 50/50 chance of surviving subsequent hits. The player's score is based on the number of tanks destroyed.

The game is entirely keyboard controlled and as with most of Tommy's games it makes extensive use of the function keys. F9 for example fires the missiles while F3/F4 adjust the difficulty level. Other function keys change the size of the game area, adjust the sighting arrows, and so-on.
It has basic sound effects and command line switches to start the game with sound turned off and to force either a colour or monochrome display


Tommy's Airshark DOS A game in progress.
The two yellow things at the bottom centre are recently launched missiles. 
The blue rectangle is a tank
Tommy's Airshark DOS The first screen of the game's instructions.
These can be viewed from the title screen or in-game via a function key
Tommy's Airshark DOS The game's title screen.
There's a short, optional, introduction sequence showing enemy tanks in the game's view screen
Tommy's Airshark DOS The game area can be re-sized
The grey boxes at the bottom of the screen correspond to function keys F1-F10

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piltdown_man (151727) added Tommy's Airshark (DOS) on Jan 19, 2015