Shoot ‘em up’s usually come in two guises, horizontal or vertical and generally one theme.
Spaceships shooting alien hordes.
So, it’s refreshing to see one that decided to take a different route with modern planes and an earth based setting against a foe is very human in nature.
Enter U.N Squadron
UN Squadron which was released in 1991 is such a game and still stands out as an example of one of the best shooters ever released on the SNES and probably ranks high on the list of all -time favourites that have graced any console over the years.
It’s based on the earlier arcade version and for once it’s better than its arcade parent which Capcom released back in 1989.
What’s the story?
The story line of UN Squadron is loosely based on the Japanese Manga, Area 88.
A very popular anime series from the ‘80’s.
The setting is a fictional middle east country and you are a mercenary fighter pilot who is there to defend and attack Project K.
Project K are hell bent on taking over the previously mentioned middle east based country.
Thus begins your adventure to defeat the foe and win the war.
Whilst U.N Squadron is not the most difficult game in the world (on easy or normal anyway).
It’s a lot of fun getting through the levels and taking down the bosses.
Mode 7 baby!
U.N. Squadron starts off with a nice Mode 7 intro watching an F8 Crusader fighter take off from a run way and after checking the basic game options (difficulty level is the main choice here) the game starts.
In U.N. Squadron can choose one of three pilots these are: