STAR WARS/RETURN OF THE JEDI: DEATH STAR BATTLE
BY PARKER BROTHERS
Your ultimate goal is to destroy the sinister DEATH STAR before the
EMPIRE completes its construction! But, reaching this powerful space
station won't be easy. First, shoot down a restless swarm of TIE
INTERCEPTORS as they pursue your ship, the MILLENIUM FALCON, across
the galaxy. Then, with split-second timing, slip through one of the
random openings in the DEATH STAR's energy shield! Blast as much of
the space station away with your lasers as possible-while avoiding
the destructive, heat-seeking DEATH RAY. Then, one quick shot to the
DEATH STAR's energy core and POW! The DEATH STAR turns into an
incredible burning mass, bursting into hundreds of blazing fireballs.
And the heat's not off until you escape their fury! But if you do,
then you're ready for another round with the infamous DEATH STAR!
SETTING THE CONSOLE CONTROLS
1. Place the cartridge firmly into the cartridge slot.
2. Turn the ON/OFF switch to ON.
3. You'll see the playing field displayed and the number "1"
appearing at the bottom of the screen.
4. Press the "#" button on the keypad to select a game number and
difficulty level (See Game Selection Box).
5. Press the START button to start the action
THE HAND-HELD CONTROLLERSUse the joystick on the hand-held controller to guide your ship left,
right, up, down, and diagonally.
THE "FIRE" BUTTONTo fire your lasers, simply press down either one of the bottom
"FIRE" buttons on the joystick. Each time you press a button, your
ship will fire one laser shot. To achieve rapid fire succession,
hold down a "FIRE" button.
THE PAUSE BUTTONAt any time during the game, you may "freeze" the action. To do so,
simply press the Pause button on the joystick controller. To continue
the action, press the Pause button again.
Before pressing the START button to begin the game, you'll notice
that the TIE INTERCEPTORS are flying away from your ship. They're
heading back to the DEATH STAR in order to regroup for thr
forthcoming battle. When you press the START button, your first of 5
MILLENIUM FALCONS will appear in the lower, center portion of the
screen. The remaining FALCONS are shown at the bottom of the screen.
Try to shoot down as many TIE INTERCEPTORS as possible before they
blast you with their lasers, or speed off and circle back for another
attack. And keep a lookout for the ever-searching DEATH RAY!
Eliminate TIE INTERCEPTORS and you'll notice random openings
appearing in the DEATH STAR's energy shield. When the shield's
outermost white energy band is deactivated and there is an opening in
the shield, guide your ship through it. Upon penetrating this
opening, you'll enter into hyper-space and arrive at the DEATH STAR.
Fire your lasers at the DEATH STAR in order to knock out pieces of
its outer wall. But beware of the DEATH RAY! It will track your every
move, trying to destroy your ship. Eliminate as much of the DEATH
STAR as possible (to maximize your bonus points), before you finally
aim and fire on the energy core. When you hit it, be ready to outrun
the explosion of fireballs before they reach your ship!
THE DEATH STARAs the game begins, you'll see that the DEATH STAR is rebuilding
itself piece by piece. If it is completed, all will be lost. The
DEATH RAY will become fully operational and will destroy all of your
remaining MILLENIUM FALCONS.
TIE INTERCEPTORSOut-flying and out-shooting these IMPERIAL warriors is no small task.
They approach your ship in droves, firing their lasers one after the
other. If your ship is hit by their fire, you lose it. But if you
blast them with yours, you gain 50 points for each one you shoot
down. When the game is over, the TIE INTERCEPTORS head back to the
DEATH STAR to regroup.
THE ENERGY SHIELDThis is what stands between you and the DEATH STAR! But penetrating
it is not impossible-just tricky. You'll notice that at the edge of
this shield there is a thin white band of energy. This band will
intermittently appear and disappear. When it does disappear, and
there is a black hole in the energy shield, guide your ship to the
opening and slip through it. Beware! If you hit the white band while
it is activated, you'll lose your ship.
THE IMPERIAL SHUTTLEAboard this shuttle rides a well known figure- THE DARK LORD!
Eliminating this transporter won't be easy. But with the right moves
and good aim, you can beat it at its own game! Randomly throughout
the battle, you'll hear a "warning" sound. This means that the
IMPERIAL SHUTTLE is approaching. If it collides with your MILLENIUM
FALCON, your ship is destroyed. But one well placed laser shot to its
upper body and you'll vaporize this SHUTTLE in its tracks! YOU GAIN
1000 BONUS POINTS!
THE DEATH RAYAlways be on the lookout for the DEATH RAY! It's that small green
shape that's continually moving about the DEATH STAR. While you're
busy fighting off TIE INTERCEPTORS outside the energy shield, or
knocking out pieces of the DEATH STAR itself, the DEATH RAY
ruthlessly tracks you. If this evil ray strikes your ship, you're a
HYPERSPACEHold on tight! Once you make it through an opening in the energy
shield, your ship streaks across the galaxy to the DEATH STAR-now
many times larger than it looked before!
DESTROYING THE DEATH STARFinally, your chance to rid the galaxy of this evil fortress! But
keep your wits about you. There are still TIE INTERCEPTORS pursuing
your ship. And there's the IMPERIAL SHUTTLE, too. Fire your lasers at
the DEATH STAR's walls, knocking out as many pieces as you can. For
each piece you hit, you gain 20 points. The more you knock out before
you hit the energy core, the more points you gain when the fireballs
start flying. Knock out all of the pieces, except the core, and you
gain an extra MILLENIUM FALCON. Hit the core and the DEATH STAR
becomes a glowing red mass with fireballs spewing out in all
FIREBALLSThese fireballs are more than hot-they're DEADLY! It only takes one
to blow your ship apart. But the trick is to avoid them for as long
as possible. The longer you do, the higher your bonus points.
As you progress from round to round, the following will occur after
each 10,000 points are scored:
A. TIE INTERCEPTORS will fire more often.
B. The DEATH RAY will seek more rapidly.
C. The rate of construction on the DEATH STAR will increase.
D. The number of openings in the energy shield will decrease.
END OF GAME
The game ends when you have lost all of your MILLENIUM FALCONS. To
begin the same game again, press down the START button. To play
another game, press the "#" button to choose a game number, then
the START button to begin the action.
Games 2 and 4 are two-player games.The left player goes first; players alternate turns. Your turn ends
when you lose all of your MILLENIUM FALCONS.
GAME SELECTION BOX
Game Number # of Players Difficulty Level
1 1 Easiest.
2 2 Same as Game 1.
3 3 More difficult.
4 4 Same as Game 3.
TIE INTERCEPTORS..............50 points each
IMPERIAL SHUTTLE............1000 points
DEATH STAR....................20 points per hit
BONUS POINTSThe longer you avoid being hit by blazing fireballs, the more bonus
points you'll accumulate for destroying the DEATH STAR!
NOTE: In this game, the difficulty level is automatically increased
every 10,000 points scored and you are awarded a bonus FALCON at that
Typed by Robert "Ferg" Ferguson
for Atari Gaming Headquarters