Firebird 1988: Programmed by - Henry S. Clark and Karl D. Jeffrey. Graphics - Jason C. Linou. Title Robert A Hemphill. Sound J. C. Brooke
Probably everything 1943 should have been, Flying Shark is a very well presented vertical scrolling shoot'em up. The graphics are well done and move smoothly, as does the scrolling, and there are a lot of nice details in there too. These include tanks that drive under the foliage on the first level, and you can only see them through the gaps, a small but nice touch. It's a bit on the hard side, with only three lives to get you through, an amount I manage to loose by about halfway through the first level, but I'd be the first to admit I'm not very good at these sort of games. Also the music is a bit lack lustre, but is not that unpleasant to restart the first level for the 83rd time to. Ok to sum up then, the idea isn't very original and I still prefer Sidewinder and Xenon II, but this is a pretty good shooter.
Zogging Hell Rating: 8/10
When you get a high score type in 'HSC' or 'KDJ' (hold down '5' on the keypad while typing the last letter) for infinite lives or invincibility.
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