[[caption-width-right:260:Guess why it's called [[PlayingWithFire FIRE]] Shark?]]

''Fire Shark'', known in Japan as ''Same! Same! Same!'', is a 1989 ShootEmUp arcade game developed and published by Creator/{{Toaplan}}. The player controls a biplane and builds up a score by shooting a variety of military targets.

In the year 19X9, on an alternate Earth, a global super-power known as the S Corps, which specializes in a heavy industrial army, begins invading various countries. All seems lost when a phantom pilot flying a super-powered biplane called the Tiger Shark flies in to save the world from domination.

''Fire Shark'' shares quite a few similarities to ''VideoGame/{{Raiden}}'', though it came out one year earlier. It's been suggested that this inspired Raiden.

!! Tropes used for this game:

* AwesomeButImpractical: The Flamethrower weapon. At max level, it basically shoots two straight streams of damaging flames out in front, while another two on each side sweeps the entire area (except directly behind the player), allowing you to sweep away most regular Mooks. It also does a massive amount of damage per second. As for the reason why it's impractical? The Red powerup drops ''rarely'' compared to the other two, and with the number of power-up ships you kill, there'll be a load of blue/green powerups on screen.
* BattleshipRaid: Present in this game. You get to fight regular battleships as well as boss fights like these.
* BoringButPractical: The Blue Spread weapon. It may not be as awesome as the flamethrower and can't attack backwards, but it can perform very well against popcorn mooks and certain larger ones. What makes it practical is that it's the most commonly-dropped weapon out of the three.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Besides the DynamicDifficulty, the game will also make the PowerUp-dropping enemies attempt to give you the blue or green weapons. The powerups also stay on the screen and bounce around, which means you have to dodge enemy fire AND powerups which you don't want to replace your [[GameBreaker flamethrower]] with.
* ContinuingIsPainful: Everytime you die in the Genesis version, you're sent back to a checkpoint area powered down by 1 level, have your speed lowered, your bombs reset to three and you weapon changed to the rather weak SpreadShot.
* DualBoss: The fist boss pits you against two tanks, another boss pits you against three land vehicle things, and yet another boss pits you against three durable planes.
* DynamicDifficulty: And how- if you survive for long enough, the game makes all the enemies bullets a lot faster. And the tanks become sniper tanks like that of ''VideoGame/{{Raiden}}''...
* {{Engrish}}: When beating the game on hard mode: "CONGRATULATIONS! YOU'RE GREATEST PLAYER !"
* [[ThreateningShark Everything Is Even Worse With Sharks]]: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]], you're the "Fire Shark" and you kill stuff with your godly flamethrowers! Played straight from the enemy's point of view.
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* FireBreathingWeapon: The Flamethrower weapon, enough said.
* FlunkyBoss: Almost all the bosses are accompanied with basic run-of-the-mill {{Mooks}}. Unfortunately, that also includes [[DemonicSpiders Tanks and Gunboats]]...
* GiantMook: The large tanks and planes that you have to fight. Funnily enough, many of the large aircraft can take much more damage than many of the large land vehicles.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Tanks, when the DynamicDifficulty gets turned up. The fact that their shots get faster too doesn't help one bit.
* MutuallyExclusivePowerups: The three weapon powerups. Really annoying when the enemies start dropping blue powerups everywhere, when all you really want is to keep your flamethrower...
* NintendoHard: It already is given its nature as an arcade scrolling shooter, but the difficulty gets even worse when the DynamicDifficulty is turned up.
* OneHitPointWonder: Your plane is downed in one hit.
* PlayingWithFire: The flamethrower (red) weapon. 6 streams of deadly fire that sweep the area, which would make the game a cake-walk if not for the DynamicDifficulty.
* PowerUpLetdown: The blue and green powerups, when you have the flamethrower. You do not want to replace the rarely-found flamethrower with a weaker weapon.
* RecycledInSpace: The ''Truxton'' series, also by Toaplan.
* RuleOfThree: You're given three lives to start, you get 3 bombs per life, there are three different weapons, and you need to collect three power up icons to get an upgrade in your weapon.
* SmartBomb: Present in the game, and looks very similar to the bomb weapon in ''VideoGame/{{Raiden}}''.
* SpreadShot: The blue weapon. VERY similar to the red weapon in ''VideoGame/{{Raiden}}'', it shoots a huge amount of shots in a spread when fully powered up. However, each shot is quite weak.
* SuspiciousVideogameGenerosity: At the end of stage 10, you see three power-up carrying blimps. [[FinalBoss I wonder why]]...?
* TankGoodness: Many of the regular Mooks, as well as some bosses.
* VideoGameFlamethrowersSuck: The flamethrower started out as a small stream of flame that did good damage, and them proceeded into [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Firesharklv4_3301.jpg this]] at maximum level. 6 streams of fire, four of which sweep the sides and back of the player character. And it downs both the regular Mooks and {{Giant Mook}}s in seconds. In fact, the fully upgraded flamethrower is so broken, using it for too long will cause the game to flood the screen with other weapon powerups in an effort to force you to use something else!
* WolfpackBoss: The city boss, with three large planes, and the snowfield boss, with three land vehicle things. If you don't kill the previous one in time, you'll be assaulted by 2-3 of them!