(For 1 Player)
YOUR MISSION: Destroy the alien station BEFORE Earth passes directly
over the launch trench! Shoot down the alien defenders stalking you.
Bomb 5 Hot Targets, or Earth will be destroyed! Good luck...and good
OBJECT OF THE GAME
Get a high score by quickly bombing five red targets, and by hitting
as many alien spacecraft as you can. You must hit all red targets
before "Planet Earth" moves directly over the green trench. The first
red target that you fail to hit when Earth is in alignment will become
a missile that blows up Earth. If this happens, the game is over.
Avoid hits by alien spaceships to keep controls and lasers working.
EXAMINE YOUR CONTROLS
KEYPAD 1 - 5: Skill Level / Flying Speed
UPPER SIDE KEYS: Fire Air-To-Air Laser
LOWER SIDE KEYS: Drop Bomb
DISC: Flying Control
Start by setting the skill level:
Press * (Keypad 3) to play at Level 1 (best for learning the game).
Press ** (Keypad 2) to play at Level 2.
Press *** (Keypad 1) to play at Level 3.
Press DISC to play at Level 4.
Press ***** (Keypad 4) to play at Level 5.
Press ****** (Keypad 5) to play at Level 6 (miss once -- game's over).
NOTE: The higher the skill level, the more difficult it will be to fight
the alien defenders...and the less time you'll have to bomb all 5 red
Press the edge of the Disc in the direction you want to go. DON'T LET
YOUR SPACESHIP CRASH...IT'S THE ONLY ONE YOU HAVE! If you crash
into any part of the green space station, you lose! Watch your
spaceship's shadow. It helps you gauge your altitude and shows the
spot directly beneath your spaceship.
TO CHANGE YOUR FLYING SPEED: Press one of the "WARP" Keys.
WARP 1 (Keypad 1) is "Standard" (and is your flying speed at game
start), WARP 2 (Keypad 2) is "Fast" and WARP 3 (Keypad 3) is "Super
Fast." We recommend WARP 1 while you're learning the game.
WATCH OUT! YOU'RE BEING FOLLOWED!
Pairs of defending alien ships will appear behind your spaceship.
They pause briefly before attacking, then overtake your ship. When
they get within range, they start to fire. If any of their white lasers
hit you, there's a brief flash of flame. Your ship is out of control while
it's on fire!
Press the top of the Disc to gain altitude. Take evasive action to avoid
further hits. Then, FIGHT BACK!
Either TOP action button on your Hand Controller is your air-to-air
laser trigger. When an alien passes your spaceship, its color changes
to light blue. When an alien is in front of your spaceship, you can hit
All air-to-air lasers go toward this "vanishing point," roughly at the
center of the trench. Bear this perspective in mind when firing at
IF YOU ARE HIT...
Damage to your spaceship gets more severe every time you're hit.
These serious problems will occur (in random order): You won't be
able to climb as fast....you'll have slower movement left or right....you
won't be able to descend quickly....you won't be able to change flying
speed....your air-to-air laser will misfire (making a noise like
static)....you lose your targeting radar signal....your ship is out of
control longer after being hit.
EVEN IF ALL THESE MISFORTUNES OCCUR, DON'T GIVE UP...YOU CAN
SAVE THE DAY-- IF YOU'RE FAST ENOUGH!
YOU HAVE 5 TARGETS...
You get score points for shooting down alien spaceships, but it will all
be in vain, unless you successfully bomb 5 red targets before the
Planet Earth moves over the center of the trench. If any unbombed
(red) targets get past you at that point, the game is over. At the two
highest skill levels, you have to hit all the red targets the first time
To release a bomb, press either lower action button. A beeping radar
warning alarm will give you a signal just before each target comes
over the horizon. If your bomb hits a red target, the picture shakes
from the concussion, and that target turns black. The concussion
effect increases every time you hit a red target. When you bomb the
5th target, you'll destroy the enemy star completely and "save the
Earth" -- and your score. At Level 6, the number of targets is
At the start of the game, you have 8,000 points. This score decreases
rapidly with every second that passes, until you have bombed the
5th (and final) target. Every time you hit an alien spaceship, 250
points are added to your score total. The highest level game (******)
starts at zero and scores 50 points for each alien and 100 for targets.
At Level 6, you must hit every target!
* When engaged in air-to-air combat, remember that whoever is
behind another spaceship has the shooting position. When the aliens
pass you, they turn light blue. Then you're in position to shoot them
* Part of the aliens' strategy is to draw your ship away from the
trench where it is harder to hit them and, of course, where you are
way out of bombing position. Try to stay near the center target area
as much as you can.
* Keep track of the number of targets you have bombed. The targets
always appear in the same sequence. If you remember that the next
one is black (already hit), you won't have to fly in the vulnerable
bombing position, and can concentrate on shooting down aliens for
more score points.
* The best bombing position is low altitude, in the center of the
trench. Your bombs fall too slowly for high-altitude precision. Also,
you cannot fire your laser while a bomb is falling.
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