#CX5240 Released for the Atari 5200 SuperSystem (C)1983
An Exciting Medieval Battle from the arcade classic...Joust
Insert your 5200 game cartridge so the label faces you and reads
right-side-up. Be sure the cartridge is firmly seated in the center
slot of the console, but do not force it in. Then press the POWER
switch. See your owner's manual for further details.
KNIGHTS ON BIRDBACK!
How on Earth did you fall into this alien world? Look around you--
the sky is full of knights astride enormous armored buzzards. These
characters look mean, and the buzzards they ride don't look very
To defend yourself, and to score points, you must unseat each of your
opponents in a joust. The winner of a joust is the rider whose mount
is highest at point of contact. If the mounts are of equal height,
the joust is a draw.
The Buzzard Riders:
Your opponents are the Buzzard Riders. There are three types,
each more dangerous than the last: the Bounders (wearing red), the
Hunters (wearing grey), and the Shadow Lords (wearing blue).
When you unseat a Buzzard Rider, in a joust, his mount turns into
an egg. If you or your mount grabs the egg, you'll score points and
the egg will disappear. (For even more points, try to catch the egg
before it hits the ground). It will eventually hatch into an even
more dangerous opponent.
You and the Buzzard Riders materialize on grey regeneration pads at
the tops of the ledges. Until a bird and rider completely
materialize, they're protected from attack. Once moved, however,
they become fair game for a joust.
The Lava Troll and the Pterodactyl
In the fire pits of the lowest ledge lives the Lava Troll. After
the second wave of game play, the fire pits are uncovered and any
jouster who flies close to the pits may be captured by the Troll,
but as the game progresses the Troll's grip become stronger.
At certain times during the game, a deadly pterodactyl appears.
Pterodactyls will try to eat you, but if you have the skill to hit
one directly on the beak, you'll destroy it and earn bonus points.
When all of the Buzzard Riders have been unseated, a new wave of
game play begins. The longer you play, the harder the game
becomes; you'll have more opponents to fight, and you'll need more
skill to successfully joust them. Certain waves allow you to earn
special bonus points. The waves are:
Survival Wave (one player) or Team Wave (two player)--In the
one-player version, you are awarded 3000 points if your player
stays alive through the entire wave. In the two-player mode
version, both players are awarded 3000 points if neither player
unseats the other.
Gladiator Wave (two player)--the first player to unseat the other
is awarded 3000 points.
Egg Wave--All the buzzard Riders begin this wave as eggs. Collect
the eggs quickly before they hatch.
Pterodactyl Wave--This wave starts with the pterodactyl on the
Each player's current score and number of lives are shown at the
bottom of the screen. You start the game with five lives and earn
an additional life every 20,000 points.
Unseating a Buzzard Rider
Shadow Lord 1500
1st Egg 250
2nd Egg 500
3rd Egg 750
4th Egg, and every 1000
Catching an egg in midair Bonus 500
Losing a life 50
Unseating another player 1000
Surviving a Survival Wave 3000
Cooperating in a Team Wave 3000
Unseating another player 3000
in the Gladiator level
Destroying a pterodactyl 1000
USING THE CONTROLLERS
Plug one 5200 controller firmly into jack 1 for one-player games;
plug a second controller into jack 2 for two-player games. The
player using jack 1 controls game selection and starts the game.
Use your joystick to move your bird left or right. Use the lower
fire buttons to make your bird flap its wings. To make your bird
fly, press any lower fire button repeatedly, or hold in the button.
Press START to begin the game.
Press PAUSE to freeze the action;
press PAUSE again to resume game play.
Press PAUSE then RESET to return to
the game option screen.
Press the * key to choose a skill level.
Press the # key to select a one- or two-
There are four options in JOUST: NOVICE, SKILLED, ADVANCED, and
EXPERT levels. In the novice level, the pterodactyl and the lava
troll do not appear, and the eggs do not hatch into Buzzard Riders.
In the SKILLED, ADVANCED, and EXPERT levels, game play becomes
increasingly difficult: The number of opponents increases, the Lava
Troll's grip becomes stronger, and the pterodactyl appears more
-- Play the NOVICE version first to learn how to control the bird.
Try keeping your flight even and steady, rather than bouncing
off of ledges.
-- Stay away from the sides of the jousting arena, since a Buzzard
Rider or Pterodactyl could appear unexpectedly.
-- Collect eggs quickly after they reach the ground. If you wait too
long, they'll hatch into new Buzzard Riders.
-- Clear your screen of opponents as quickly as possible. The
pterodactyl will appear if you wait too long.
-- Stay as high as possible on the screen, then drop down on your
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(c) Atari 1983 Model CX5240 All Rights Reserved
Typed by Dan Reinholtz
for Atari Gaming Headquarters