Intellivision Cartridge Instructions
(For 2 Players)
All-out tank combat! You and your opponent are rival tank
commanders. Each of you controls two machines, directs fire, lays
mines. The terrain you fight over will change again and again,
demanding new tactics! Simulated battle sounds! Computer selects at
random from over 240 battlefield maps!
OBJECT OF THE GAME is to knock out both enemy tanks, avoid
invisible mines and hits on your tanks. You maneuver your machines
around buildings and battlefield debris, through forests and water
hazards. If a tank hits a mine, the tank blows up! You sight the
enemy, maneuver into firing position and SHOOT! Points are won by
scoring hits on your opponent's tank. (3 hits on your opponent's tank
and it blows up! See scoring section.)
PRESS RESET BUTTON: Title will appear on screen: "ARMOR BATTLE"
Press button 1-2-or 3 to select a game speed SLOWER than normal
speed. (NORMAL SPEED IS FASTEST BATTLE ACTION OF ALL.)
1: MEDIUM FAST
REMEMBER: Faster playing speed means everything speeds up: Tanks
move faster, turn faster, etc.
If none of these buttons are pushed, game will be played at normal
(i.e., FASTEST) speed. Until you become more familiar with the game,
you'll probably want to begin at one of the slower speeds.
Shoot: Upper Side Buttons
Move Tank Forward: Lower Side Buttons
Turn Tank (Aim): Disc
Switch Tank: 
Lay Mine: 
CHECK THE BATTLEFIELD TERRAIN!
Press SWITCH TANK button . BATTLEFIELD MAP appears on your
TV screen. Game starts!
To help you identify them quickly, the two tanks on both sides come
in different shapes.
This is just ONE of the 240 possible battlefield maps. The computer
selects one at random. The one you see on your screen may well
show everything in different places. (i.e., trees on the left, a river in
the center, etc.) Still, you will always have...
Buildings to maneuver around.
Roads to roll faster on.
Water to swim through slowly.
Trees to dodge, hide behind and use for cover.
Tanks run fastest on roads, slower in grass and through trees,
slowest of all through water.
Check the map on your screen ...and...THE BATTLE IS ON!
1. Each player controls TWO tanks. (TWO BLACK TANKS vs. TWO
BLUE TANKS). You can SWITCH from tank to tank, but you must
command ONE tank at a time.
2. Pick out an enemy tank & GO FOR HIM! MANEUVER your tank with
either FORWARD button (left or right side of the controller) and the
DIRECTION Disc. REMEMBER: Tanks will NOT go backwards! You must
maneuver around obstacles.
3. When you think your TANK is lined up with an enemy tank, push
either SHOOT button (left or right top button)! Moving BLACK DOT
shows the path of your shell.
4. SOUND & SIGHT will tell you when you've scored a hit! SCORE 3
HITS on an enemy tank and it will blow up. Enemy tank is knocked
out. (LOUD BANG)!
5. INVISIBLE MINES. Once only, during one tank combat on each
battlefield map, either player can lay a mine. Press LAY MINE button
. Don't forget to move your own tank out of the way. Mine will go
off after 5 seconds! All mines are invisible, will blow up any tank
(yours included) on contact! Lay mines anywhere on the map.
6. GO after the second enemy tank. Maneuver, stalk him and press
the SHOOT button! Shoot until you've knocked both tanks out of
action. (3 hits scored, SECOND LOUD BANG!)
NATURALLY, YOUR OPPONENT WILL BE SHOOTING BACK! THE TRICK
IS TO MANEUVER YOUR TANKS, SO THAT HIS SHOTS MISS, YOUR
SHOTS SCORE HITS!
7. When one player has knocked out BOTH opposing tanks,
scoreboard will appear on your TV screen.
8. Touch ANY CONTROL and another Battlefield map will appear.
Totally new terrain, two new tanks for each player.
9. GAME IS OVER when you touch the RESET SWITCH on the console.
Before the shooting starts, you and your opponent will want to agree
on how many battles (maps) will make your war. 5 maps? 10 maps?
IMPROVE YOUR SHOOTING
a. ALLOW FOR RECOIL! Your own tank will change position every
time you SHOOT! Hits on the enemy's tank will also cause his tank to
b. Watch for OUT OF RANGE. When your tank is too far away from the
target, you will see your shots fall short. Move closer.
c. OBSTACLES. Even if you get lucky and a shot carries through the
trees, chances are your aim will be deflected. You can't shoot through
d. PRACTICE YOUR AIM. Use the gun barrel on your tank for sighting.
Before you SHOOT, be sure the tip of your barrel is lined up with
your opponent's tank. Remember, he's a moving target, you must
keep adjusting your aim.
e. PRACTICE TURNING your tank. Use the edge of the DIRECTION Disc
for better precision. Hold the Disc DOWN long enough to complete the
Think of the Disc as something like a compass. Pick out a slice of the
circle and press DOWN at that point. Again, use the EDGE of the Disc
for pin-point control. PLEASE NOTE: If you are used to the Hand-held
Controller with the NFL Football Cartridge, you'll notice a difference.
Tank will not turn like a swivel-hip halfback. When you point the
DIRECTION Disc, tank will turn more deliberately in stages. (In other
words, a tank will move like a tank!)
f. LEARN TO COORDINATE the DIRECTION Disc and FORWARD buttons.
Practice MOVING turns, this is a game of MANEUVER. To win, you
must MANEUVER TO AIM, MANEUVER to avoid enemy fire!
SHARPEN YOUR STRATEGY
a. GET THE JUMP! As in any fight, get in that first punch. Get into
firing position first, start scoring hits and points. Surprise is a great
b. USE COVER. Trees, building, a knocked out tank. They give you
protection, avoid enemy hits. Obstacles are also good places to hide
behind, especially for your second tank when the first one is in
action! When you have a "wounded" tank on your hands (say after 2
hits) use trees or buildings for cover. Avoid a knockout!
c. USE THE ROADS! The YELLOW strips on the battlefield maps are
roads. Your tanks will move a lot FASTER on them.
d. LAY MINES. Invisible mines are your secret weapon! Put one in
the path of your opponent's tank, where his tank will run over it!
(Remember: Mines will explode after 5 seconds! Get your own tank
out of the way!)
e. PULL A SWITCH! A great way to get the drop on your opponent.
You're fighting one tank, for example. Before your enemy can think
straight you've switched tanks and come at him from a different
direction! Just press the SWITCH button in the center of your
f. REMEMBER, HE CAN'T BACK UP. He can't go through a building
either! Try pinning the enemy tank up against a building or some
trees. He may well be vulnerable as he tries to turn around to avoid
g. CATCH HIM IN A WATER TRAP! His tanks will be much more
clumsy and slow trying to swim rivers. Now's your chance to out-
maneuver him, get in some scoring hits.
h. FIGHT BOTH HIS TANKS AT ONCE. Remember, he can switch, too.
can only command one tank at a time. Hit his first tank. Then
maneuver away and hit his second tank. If you're quicker on the
draw, you'll get your hits in before he can hit back.
Each player begins with a total of 50 TANKS. Player with the MOST
TANKS LEFT at the end of the game WINS! (Game automatically ends
when either player has LOST ALL 50 TANKS.)
THREE HITS on an opposing tank and that tank is KNOCKED OUT!
(You'll hear the SOUND of each hit, accompanied by a FLASH. On a
knockout, there will be a LOUD BANG & tank will "explode"! Only
battlefield debris will be left.)
Tanks can also be knocked out by hitting an invisible MINE!
You can stop the game after any round of battle (two tanks vs. two
tanks on one map.) FINAL SCORE is the running total of tanks each
player has LEFT, last numbers up on your screen.
Running scores will appear every time the battle map changes and
next round begins.
HOW TO WIN!
Review these four refresher pointers and you have a decided
When you FIRST HEAR the ENGINE SOUND and your own tanks
haven't started moving yet -- BE ALERT! Your enemy is attacking!
REMEMBER, none of the tanks can back up!
ALLOW FOR RECOIL. Your tank will move after every shot. His tank
will move after every hit. Adjust your aim!
DON'T WASTE your shots. Misses cost opportunities to score.
(c)1979, 1998 Intellivision Productions Inc.
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