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Sky Shark is a top-down shooter similar to Raiden. You start off with four lives and three bombs. With that (you can get more lives at certain point intervals, and more bombs can be found), you, the "Sky Shark" of your squadron, blast through five levels of enemy-infested battlefields with as many as six gun upgrades (Aside from the bombs and the gun upgrade, there are no other weapons to be found at all). Includes three difficulty levels and two-player support.


Sky Shark ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Sky Shark ZX Spectrum Collect the "S" to power up your plane
Sky Shark ZX Spectrum Taking off to begin your mission
Sky Shark ZX Spectrum Ouch, I've been hit!

Promo Images

Sky Shark Magazine Advertisement Page 5
Sky Shark Magazine Advertisement Page 5

Alternate Titles

  • "Hishou Zame" -- Japanese title
  • "Flying Shark" -- European title
  • "Flyingshark" -- Alternate European title spelling

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Critic Reviews

Sinclair User Jan, 1988 10 out of 10 100
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Feb, 1988 893 out of 1000 89
Crash! Feb, 1988 85 out of 100 85
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Oct, 1988 850 out of 1000 85
The Games Machine (UK) Feb, 1988 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Feb, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Popular Computing Weekly Dec 17, 1987 15 out of 20 75


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Commodore 64 versions

The Commodore 64 received two different ports of this game.
In Europe, Firebird in the UK released a version of the game titled "Flying Shark", converted by Catalyst Coders.
Taito themselves released a version in the United States, titled "Sky Shark", converted by Software Creations.

DOS graphic modes

Surprisingly enough, this game supports VGA mode, although the EGA/VGA screenshot bears a far greater resemblance to EGA graphics than VGA.


Although the cover art shows a P-40 Warhawk and the description even says you are supposed to be flying a P-40, the aircraft you fly in-game is a biplane.


  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)

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Martin Smith (66855) added Sky Shark (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 02, 2004
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