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Shark! Shark! is a Video Game by Don Daglow, with additional programming by Ji-Wen Tsao.note 

The game has you play as a little yellow fish. The object of the game is to eat other fish and grow bigger, allowing you to eat bigger fish who would've eaten you otherwise.

Of course, sometimes a shark will appear on-screen and start swimming about, devouring all in its path. The game IS called "Shark! Shark!", after all. You can either avoid the shark until it leaves... or you can decide to take on the shark.

The game was released on December 6th, 1982.

Shark! Shark! contains examples of:

  • Attack Its Weak Point:
    • The shark's one vulnerable spot is its tail. You have to hit it several times to make the shark go belly up.
    • Lobsters and crabs can only be taken out from below, when they're jumping up.
  • "Double, Double" Title: Shark! Shark!.
  • Endless Game: As with most games of its era, there is no definite ending, and the player's goal is to score as many points as possible before running out of lives.
  • Invincible Minor Minion: Jellyfish appear after a certain point threshold, and as they're size 6 (one above your own fish's maximum size), you cannot ever kill them. Only the shark is big enough to take them out.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: The yellow fish you play as can be taken out in one hit by bigger fish. It cuts both ways, though, as everything else but the shark will go down with one hit, too.
  • Sizeshifter: The yellow fish grows bigger with every 1000 points it gets. It can grow five times.
  • Threatening Shark: A big black shark will sometimes appear on the screen and start swimming about. You can either avoid it until it leaves, or you could try Attacking Its Weak Point.
  • Video-Game Lives: You get these each time you grow in size.