In Deadly Skies you fly an attack helicopter against an array of military
installations and anti-aircraft missile sites. Joystick controls allow you to
move your chopper to track the targets below or to avoid the rapidly
increasing volleys of fire from all around you.
The obstacles you must overcome are asteroids, smart bombs, anti-aircraft
missiles and even UFOs that are working hard to destroy you because you have
been assigned to take out their missile bases.
As you improve and destroy the targets on the ground, the game moves you up to
a higher level of intensity. On some of the levels, you encounter mostly smart
bombs. More than a dozen can be in the air at a time. You will be forced to
spend most of your time in evasion, unable to aim your bombs. Rockets are
fired at you by in heavy numbers, several volleys at a time. With the skies
packed with missiles, you will find it hard to thread a safe path, even though
they aren’t homing in on you.
The reward of reaching the higher levels are the banks of asteroids slicing
through the air in deadly clusters. Even though you collect a point for each
hit on them, they very effectively block your attack against the targets down
At the 17th (out of 32) level of the game, the speed of the game increases
twofold, making it twice as dangerous flying, and throwing off the timing you
gained in the first 16 levels. By that time, you will most likely have earned
reinforcement helicopters to carry on the battle (one for every 10,000