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How many types of alien vessels will you be able to destroy? Seven different types are after you. You must first destroy them and then attempt to rescue the survivors before that float into the sun. Don't get your ship too close to the sun... its high temperatures can destroy you.
Solar Quest is designed to be played with the built-in control panel only. The functions of the controls are:
Rotates your alien destroying ship. Pushing to the right rotates clockwise. Pushing to the left rotates counter-clockwise.
Hyperspace (button 1)
Mysteriously moves your ship to a new location.
Nuke (button 2)
Fires Nukes at alien vessels.
Thrust (button 3)
Moves your ship forward.
Fire (button 4)
Shoots rockets at alien vessels.
Solar Quest can be played as a one or two player game. When 'PLAYER 1' appears on the screen, press Button 1 once to switch to a two player game. 'PLAYER 2' will then show on the screen. When played as a two player game, only the built-in control panel is used and the players take turns using this control panel. You can return to a one player game by pressing Button 1 again before starting game play.
Starting Game Play
Once you select the number of players, press Button 4 to enter the first phase and start game play.
The first group of aliens will fly on to the screen. Use the joystick to rotate your ship and button 3 to move forward. You must try to destroy the ships before they collide with you. To destroy alien vessels one at a time, press button 4 to fire rockets. You can destroy many alien vessels at the same time by using button 2, the Nuke. Press this button once to fire the Nuke and a second time to release its force. The number of remaining Nukes are shown at the bottom of the screen.
Button 1 allows you to move mysteriously on the screen to avoid begin hit. Use it cautiously... it might put you in an even more difficult predicament.
Once an alien vessel is destroyed, its survivor will remain and float toward the sun in the center of the screen. You can earn extra points by either destroying the survivors or picking them up in your craft before the sun destroys them.
As the game progresses, new types of aliens, who are even faster and more deadly, will enter the field.
If an alien collides with you or you get to close to the sun, you will lose one ship. If you have additional ships left, you will return to the field with the same type of alien that destroyed you.
Number of Ships
In each game you start with 3 ships. An extra ship is awarded for each 25 survivors rescued.
Points are awarded for destroying the alien ships, as follows:
After careful piloting, a ghost ship will appear. You will earn 3500 points for destroying it. If a survivor is destroyed, 250 points are earned. If a survivor is picked up, 1000 points are earned. An extra Nuke is awarded for each 10,000 points earned.
As long as your machine is on, with the Solar Quest cartridge in place, the high score is retained. Once the machine is turned off and the cartridge is removed, the high score is lost. To view the high score, press the Reset Button on the console.
To restart a completed game with the same number of players, press any of the 4 buttons once the game is over. If you wish to restart the game before it is completed, or change the number of players, press the Reset Button on the console.
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