Review by TKDBoy1889
"Incredibly fun airplane shoot 'em up Game"
Fire Shark is a relatively unknown little gem in the Sega Genesis Library. It was possibly buried and forgotten because games like this, airplane shoot 'em ups, were over-saturated during the days of the SNES and Genesis and practically a dime a dozen, so only a few ever stood apart and got a lot of attention. A shame, because this is an incredibly fun and challenging little game. I wouldn't call it the best ever but it's definitely really fun, challenging, and satisfying to play.
Nothing that special, but good enough. Nothing is bland or dull. Enemy units have fairly detailed designs and look pretty nice. The scenery of the levels changes from stage to stage.
The music of Fire Shark is fairly unique, with a heavy synthetic type of feel to it. It's the kind of music you will either love or you will hate, as a fair warning. As for me, I loved it. It was unique, cool, and blood-pumping. The music keeps you in the mood and gets the adrenaline pumping as you endlessly weave and evade your way through hundreds of enemies and bullets, shooting down as many of them as you can.
What keeps this from getting a nine or even a ten is an issue that some of the sound effects have a tendency to skip sometimes. It's nothing overly frustrating or aggravating to the ears but it can be a bit of a nuisance at times. Luckily the music itself never skips so it can keep this flaw to a minimum.
Fire Shark is your typical top-scrolling shoot-em-up game. It's you, one man, against what seems like the military of an entire world against you. You dodge, you avoid, and you shoot back, taking down as many bad guys as you can while avoiding getting shot down. It's pretty standard and basic of this genre of game, but it's done very well. The controls are fluid and responsive so there are never any moments of frustration from the game not responding to controls.
There are 3 different weapons that vary in power, rate of fire, and area of attack. You can switch between them by collecting colored squares that appear on the screen at times. Each one has it's strengths and weaknesses. You can also make your weapon more powerful by collecting power-ups, giving a bigger range of attack. You can also pick up power-ups to increase your moving speed, which will come in handy since being quick is of the essence, and you have bombs to use in desperate situations.
It's pretty linear and repetitive but incredibly satisfying if you are a fan of the genre. Pick up the game, start dodging, and start shooting.
This game is also very challenging. From stage one it's a bunch of enemies coming at you and each levels only brings more of them. But it's that good kind of challenge in that time, patience, and practice will make you better and in time let you win.
As said previously, this game is very challenging but games of this type are meant to be challenging. And it's the good kind of challenge. It's not cheap with bad controls or terrible AI. This is the kind of game that requires quick reflexes and consistent focus and practice.
Replay Value: 7/10
This is a very linear and straightforward game, so there's not a whole lot you will experience differently on a separate run of the game. But it's a ton of fun and the kind of game that's very easy to pick up and get right into, and the challenge keeps in interesting and intense, so it's definitely a game that is worthy being played multiple times.
This is a great game. It's short, sweet, packs a wallop, and is incredibly satisfying. A bit on the short side and a bit repetitive, but most games like this are. If you want a fun, intense shoot-em-up that provides plenty of challenge along with fun, I definitely suggest looking this one up.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 06/11/12
Game Release: Fire Shark (US, 12/31/90)
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