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Flying Shark Flying Shark - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

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A vertical scrolling shooter where you fly a biplane, like a Sopwith Camel, equipped with two cannons and smart bombs. You must fly from each runway to the next over jungle, sea and desert destroying tanks, planes and ships.

Flying Shark was produced by Taito in 1987.

Taito released 486 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1967. Taito was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Taito during the time period Flying Shark was produced include: Daikaiju No Gyakushu - Giant Monster Counterattack, Violent Shooting, Land Sea Air Squad, Great Gurianos, Inspiration Baseball, Arkanoid - Revenge Of Doh, Double Dragon, Dr. Toppel Tankentai, Hishou Same, and Kyuukyoku Tiger

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Name Flying Shark
Developer Taito (Japan)
Year 1987
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7833
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Shooter
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Flying Shark Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - FireBomb
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

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Game Play

Fairly standard vertical shoot-em-up, very playable with nice colorful graphics and natty music. Pickup power-ups that add cannons to your weaponry. Semi-Bosses near the end of levels.

Flying Shark KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 2.52 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 3.00

Overall Like 3.00
Fun (Social) -1.00
Fun (Solo) 3.00
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 2.00

Gameplay 3.00
Graphics 3.00
Originality 1.00
Sound/Music -1.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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COPY OF IHishou SameIBRLICENSOR ToaplanPThis game was released outside of Japan and the US. It is known as ISky SharkI in the US.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Flying Shark Census

There are 14,838 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,922 machines (6,919 unique titles).

Common - There are 48 known instances of this machine owned by Flying Shark collectors who are active members. Of these, It is an original dedicated machine (not another machine converted with a kit). 46 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Flying Shark machine for sale. There are 4 active VAPS members with a Flying Shark circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Flying Shark circuit board set.

This game ranks a 18 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



This is a direct ROM swap for ISky SharkI, except for the program ROMs which look for some special hardware. The graphics for the two games are identical except for the wording on the name banner. The board is a pain to desolder ICs from since it is a multiplane PCB. One of the custom ICs, C01, gets very warm while operating, but this is normal.PCPU 68000, Z80 and 320C10BRSOUND YM3812


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