Captain Skyhawk

a game by Milton Bradley

Platform: NESNES

Genre: Shooting Games

Imagine the ultimate parasites, creatures that suck the very life out of Earth and leave her a useless hulk spinning in space. This is the problem you, as Captain Skyhawk, must face. It seems alien invaders have secretly landed on the Earth's surface and are using a strange technology to drain the Earth of all of her power and transfer it to their own space stations.

Wash Those Aliens Right Out of Your Hair

It's up to you to halt this alien infestation before the Earth is sucked dry of all of her energy and vaporized with a quick and deadly laser blast. The only way to stop the aliens is to destroy their four base stations on Earth and their space station in the sky. Along the way you'll also have to drop supplies to scientists working underground to build a secret Neutron Cannon and rescue two stranded scientists who have the parts of the Cannon you'll need to blow up the alien space station.

You're Leaving On A Jet Plane

You'll navigate your way through these missions in your F-14VTS special fighter jet, equipped with mach speed, super spy satellite viewer, and four different kinds of deadly weapons including Phoenix Air Intercept Missiles, Maverick Air-to-Ground Missiles, and Hawk Bombs.

ProTip Phoenix Air Intercept Missiles are used in air-to-air combat. Maverick Air-to-Ground Missiles are used in all other kinds of combat. Your supply of both missiles is limited. Don't use them randomly!

Power-up your fighter at the end of each mission by returning to your own space station to buy additional weapons.

To dock with your space station position yourself exactly in the middle of the entry and shoot into the station just as the opening is horizontal.

Fight the Power

Battle the aliens in nine different missions, air-to-land and air-to-air combat sequences. Your view of the landscape in the vertically scrolling screens is a 3-D overhead perspective. The ground below is littered with obstacles, including erupting volcanoes, missile bases, and other deadly hazards.

To avoid exploding volcanoes fly close to the side walls of the canyons. The volcano blasts won't hit you.

In addition to firepower from the ground you'll also face enemy forces in the air.

  • Enemy forces only shoot forward. Stay to the side of them and their fire will miss you.
  • To destroy the four alien space stations on the ground use a zigzag pattern of attack. Swing back and forth from left to right, hitting one side of the station while the other side is firing. Gradually you'll knock out each of the tour corners.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Make it through the ground combat area and you'll face a head-to-head flight simulator style dogfight with the aliens. You'll earn points for each enemy fighter you shoot down. Use these credits to buy more weapons.

Captain Skyhawk features a good combination of different game action, including straight shoot-em-up, flight-simulator style sequences, and areas that require special strategies (e.g. docking with your space station, or dropping supplies to the scientists underground). Although the shoot-em-up action may not be challenging enough to keep an expert gamer busy for long, it's more than tough enough for the average player. It looks like Milton Bradley will be flying high with Captain Skyhawk.

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