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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 Arcade Destroyed it.
U.N. Squadron ZX Spectrum Blasting action.
U.N. Squadron Commodore 64 Pilot selection
U.N. Squadron SNES Tomcat

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Alternate Titles

  • "戰區88" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Area 88" -- Japanese title
  • "エリア88" -- Japanese spelling
  • "유엔 스쿠아드론" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

Perhaps the world's most perfect action game! SNES Multimedia Mike (20410)
Bring down planes and earn money at the same time? What an idea! Amiga Katakis | カタキス (41291)

Critic Reviews

Mean Machines SNES Sep, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Nov, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Nov, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Consoles Plus SNES Sep, 1991 77 out of 100 77
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Dec, 1990 77 out of 100 77
Player One SNES Sep, 1992 72 out of 100 72
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Feb, 1991 69 out of 100 69
Sinclair User Arcade Dec, 1989 5 out of 10 50
ST Format Atari ST Dec, 1990 46 out of 100 46
Crash! Arcade Nov, 1989 Unscored Unscored


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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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