Sky Shark

a game by Taito

Platform: NESNES

Genre: Shooting Games

Sky Shark
  • Theme: Shooter
  • Difficulty: Average-Hard
  • Number of Players: 1
  • Available: September, 1989

Blasting its way from the arcades to the Nintendo is Taito's new high-action aerial shooter, Sky Shark - one of the hottest looking and most challenging Nintendo games to appear in some time!

You take to the skies on a mission behind enemy lines. You must repel an impending invasion of opposing fighters, tanks, gunboats, carriers, transports and more! The enemy is armed to the teeth with more firepower than you can imagine, and it's all pointed at you!

Unlike some shoot-em-ups, Sky Sharks is loaded with plenty of challenge and a variety of options. While blasting away at the enemy armada, set your sights for flying formations that occassionally fill the screen with warplanes. Knock these convoys out of the sky for special weapon power-ups that enhance your plane's performance as well as your score! Blow 'em out of the sky with guns or bombs - the method of destruction is up to you!

But wait - the Sky Shark excitement doesn't stop here! Look for issue number four for more info on this great new game. We'll have the game mapped out and guide you through difficult parts of play. We'll also print some wicked tips that will have you well on your way to crushing the enemy for good!

USE YOUR CLUSTER BOMBS!

Whenever things really start to heat up you can resort to your ultimate weapon: the Cluster Bomb! These superpowered explosives can terminate the bad guys with a touch of a button! Although they're limited, you can retrieve new bombs by destroying certain enemy attackers (like freight trains).

BATTLE ON SKY SHARK!

Make it through the enemy gauntlet of planes, bombers, ships, and tanks and you'll find yourself coasting in for a perfect three-point landing! Rack up big bonus point for remaining cluster bombs and the take to the air for even greater challenges!

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Sky Shark Downloads

NES Sky Shark download
  • Manufacturer: Taito

Only you and your P-40 Tiger Shark stand between your buddies and oblivion. Trapped behind enemy lines, the enemy is trying to nail you with everything they've got - fighters, tanks, battleships, anti-aircraft guns...

But you can handle it. You're the best stick man in the sky. So check your six o'clock and man your guns. The Sky Shark's got the moves if you've got the guts.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Taito
  • Machine: Nintendo Entertainment System

  • Sound/Music 6

  • Graphics 7
  • Playability 8
  • Overall 8

Sky Shark is a scrolling shoot-'em-up that combines furious action with good graphics to provide an exciting, if not especially original, gaming experience. In it, you are in control of a single-engine fighter equipped with two types of weapons. First of all, you have multi-firing machine guns mounted on both wings, activated by the "A" button. These have unlimited ammunition but are only totally effective against other small aircraft and tanks. You can power-up the guns by blasting an entire wave of red enemy planes, which leaves behind a gun token you can fly over to double your fire power.

The other weapons are your bombs, activated with the "B" button. A bomb is a much more effective weapon than the machine gun, clearing a fairly large area of most obstacles on both the ground and in the air. Your plane starts out with three bombs, but it can acquire more by blasting certain targets and flying over the bomb token that appears. Bombs should definitely be saved because there are some large targets that can only be taken out with them.

The scrolling landscape is gorgeous, with buildings, beaches, jungles and mountains visible below your plane. The enemy vehicles include tanks, planes, ships and some sort of gun platform that sails along on the water. Virtually all of these shoot at you, and most can be destroyed with a single hit from your guns. Some, however, need multiple hits, and others can only he destroyed by several bomb hits. A huge tank as well as a large airplane shows up from time to time. You had better have some bombs left when they appear, or be prepared to do some fancy flying to avoid the volleys of shots that pour out of these awesome craft. Bombs can also be useful when a large number of enemies appear all at one time, and you need to clear a flight lane. One handy trait of the bomb is that it defuses all shots that are in the air, so launching a bomb can be a last desperate measure if you are about to be hit. A single hit destroys your plane, costing you one of your four lives and any power-ups you may have (including any extra bombs).

As you can imagine, Sky Shark gets progressively herder, and it isn't just that there are more enemies that shoot faster. Huge battleships and aircraft carriers show up, and each gun emplacement on a ship requires multiple hits to destroy. It is more than a little helpful to have access to powered-up machine guns or have a good store of bombs at this point. Also, the enemy begins to take advantage of cover - tanks emerge from under rocks and hide in the dense foliage of the jungle. Clever, they are.

Sky Shark is split into levels, and your plane lands at an airfield between each one. You get a complete restock of bombs when you land, which is very helpful. There is, unfortunately, no game-save or password feature, although you may continue from where you lost your last life. In what I consider to be a terrible design decision, you must press the start button to continue after losing your last life - pressing the "A" button (which you do to continue after losing a plane) ends the game! I don't know how many times I have meant to continue and accidentally ended the game instead. Wanna know how far you can throw an NES cartridge? I can tell you.

Sky Shark has so many similarities to other scrolling shoot-'em-ups, especially Capcom's 1943, that if you own one you will not find much new or different. But if you don't, this cartridge is challenging and fun - and just a bit frustrating.

reggie posted a review
  • Machine: Nintendo

The Original Arcade Hit Is Here Now!

Get ready for the flight of your life with the awesome WW II air battle, Sky Shark, Pilot your P-40 fighter plane over a scrolling landscape of dangerous enemy territory. Use your machine guns, bombs and pilot skills to knock out attacking tanks, anti-aircraft guns and an armada of deadly battleships and aircraft carriers. The final fight brings you face to face with a massive flying fortress.

Now this white knuckle arcade thriller from Taito is ready to fly on your Nintendo Entertainment System. You won't believe the five incredible levels of action.

We bring even more arcade excitement into your home with other action packed hits like Bubble Bobble, the addictive dinosaur romp, Operation Wolf, the awesome prisoner rescue mission, and Renegade, the knock-out street-style karate brawl.

Take off for the guts and glory of taming the skies with the high flying action of Sky Shark. Don't be left on the ground.

reggie posted a review
  • Machine: Nintendo
  • Manufacturer: Seal of Quality

The Original Arcade Hit Is Here Now!

Get ready for the flight of your life with the awesome WW II air battle, Sky Shark. Pilot your P-40 fighter plane over a scrolling landscape of dangerous enemy territory. Use your machine guns, bombs and pilot skills to knock out attacking tanks, anti-aircraft guns and an armada of deadly battleships and aircraft carriers. The final fight brings you face to face with a massive flying fortress.

Now this white knuckle arcade thriller from Taito is ready to fly on your Nintendo Entertainment System. You won't believe the five incredible levels of action.

We bring even more arcade excitement into your home with other action packed hits like Bubble Bobble the addictive dinosaur romp, Operation Wolf, the awesome prisoner rescue mission, and Renegade, the knockout street-style karate brawl.

Take off for the guts and glory of taming the skies with the high flying action of Sky Shark. Don't be left on the ground.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Taito;
  • Machine: Nintendo

The Original Arcade Hit Is Here Now!

Get ready for the flight of your life with the awesome WW 2 air battle, Sky Shark. Pilot your P-40 fighter plane over a scrolling landscape of dangerous enemy territory. Use your machine guns, bombs and pilot skills to knock out attacking tanks, anti-aircraft guns and an armada of deadly battleships and aircraft carriers. The final fight brings you face to face with a massive flying fortress.

Now this white knuckle arcade thriller from Taito is ready to fly on your Nintendo Entertainment System. You won't believe the five incredible levels of action.

We bring even more arcade excitement into your home with other action packed hits like Bubble Bobble, the addictive dinosaur romp, Operation Wolf, the awesome prisoner rescue mission, and Renegade, the knockout street-style karate brawl.

Take off for the guts and glory of taming the skies with the high flying action of Sky Shark. Don't be left on the ground.

reggie posted a review
  • Type: Shooter
  • Release: 09/30/1989
  • Difficulty: Avg.

After a short period of time with no new product, Taito introduces Sky Shark, a vertically-scrolling shooting game that combines fast-action with power-ups, Boss attackers, and other bonus items.

You must fly your vintage warplane over enemy targets on the ground, and around other hostile forces in the air. Certain opponents release power-up capsules that can increase the available number of bombs (which have a large blast radius) and effectiveness of your gunfire! Detailed backgrounds support the action.

People say:

6

Sky Shark has some great scrolling backgrounds and impressive enemies. There's not a lot that's new here (you get your common assortment of weapon power-ups, bombs, and Bosses), but it is a solid shooter with nice visuals. A bit repetitive in higher rounds, but as a shooter fan, I loved it!

6

Sky Shark has great background detail with little screen flicker. Even with these positive features it's just another 1943-type flying and shooting game. Nothing extraordinary, but a solid, well-playing game nonetheless.

5

Sky Shark has very good game play that is too short and has several flaws. Some of the rounds are especially difficult due to the fact that the color combinations that are used make enemy shots difficult to see. The collision is also rough - more like you're flying a Winnebago than a sleek fighter.

5

Sky Shark is a good arcade translation that holds true to the coin-op in most respects. The game play is a bit easier than the coin-op and there is no ending - you just keep flying through the same five levels over and over again without much change. As a shooter it's O.K., but it could be better.

reggie posted a review

Take to the skies to blow the enemy away on land and in the air!

reggie posted a review

Only you and your P-40 Tiger Shark stand between your buddies and oblivion. Trapped behind enemy lines, the enemy is trying to nail you with everything they've got -- fighters, tanks, battleships, anti-aircraft guns...

But you can handle it. You're the best stick man in the sky. So check your six o'clock and man your guns. The Sky Shark's got the moves if you've got the guts.

reggie posted a review

The arcade hit Sky Shark is coming to NES. You're a World War II ace in your P40 Tiger Shark. You've got to fly through blazing artillery attacks deep behind enemy lines to save your P.O.W. buddies. Sky Shark features arcade quality graphics, spellbinding sound effects and multiple levels of action.

reggie posted a review
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