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SPACE WARS


Who says there are no rules in intergalactic warfare. Pick your own - bounce, expanded universe, black hole - as you embark on a deadly dogfight.


Setting up


Space Wars Controls

As a one player game, Space Wars is designed to be played with the built-in control panel. For two player game play, a second control panel is needed (sold separately). The functions of the controls are the same on both panels, as follows:

Joystick
Rotates your destroyer. Pushing to the right rotates clockwise. Pushing to the left rotates counterclockwise.

Hyperspace (button 2)
Mysteriously moves your destroyer to a new location.

Thrust (button 3)
Moves your destroyer forward.

Fire (button 4)
Shoots crippling lasers at your opponent.


How to Play

Player Selection
Space Wars can be played as a one or two player game. When 'PLAYER 1 - GAME 1' appears on the screen, press Button 1 on the built-in control panel once to switch to a two player game. 'PLAYER 2 - GAME 1' will then show on the screen. When played as a two player game, a second control panel is necessary. You can return to a one player game by pressing Button 1 again before starting game play.

Game Selection
You can select any of 7 different game play options. Each game play option determines the ship and bomb speed, as well as the type and amount of the sun's gravity. The game play options and their skill levels are as follows:

Game
 Number 
Skill
Level
Ship and
Laser Speed
  
Sun's
Gravity
1
Beginner Slow None
2
Intermediate   Moderate None
3
Intermediate Fast None
4
Expert Moderate Moderate
5
Expert Moderate Negative
6
Expert Moderate Strong
7
Expert Fast Strong

When 'PLAYER 1 - GAME 1' appears on the screen, press Button 2 to change to the game you wish to play. For example, if you press Button 2 twice, 'PLAYER 1 - GAME 3' will appear on the screen. This will give you game play option 3. If you do not choose a particular game, Game 1 will be chosen for you.

Starting Game Play
Once you select the number of players, and the game play option, press Button 4 to start game play.

Game Play
Space Wars is a battle between 2 opposing space ships in a hostile space field. Each round begins with your ship appearing on the right side of the screen and your opponent on the left. In a two player game, the right control panel manipulates the right ship and the left control panel manipulates the left ship. Steer your ship with the joystick and thrust forward by pressing button 3. As you move around space, beware of the meteorite. It can destroy you. Button 4 fires lasers at your opponent. The laser may destroy a portion of the ship, but don't let a crippled ship fool you. The fight is to the death, so a crippled ship may fight back to win.

Button 2 allows you to move mysteriously on the screen to avoid being hit. Use it cautiously... it might put you in an even more difficult predicament.

The sun is found at the center and can be deadly if you collide with it. Be especially aware of its gravity forces!

Fuel and Laser Strength
Each new ship has a fixed amount of fuel and laser strength. As you travel through space and fire lasers, you are using up their limited quantities. The quantity remaining for each ship is shown at the top of the screen with the left number representing the fuel and the right representing laser strength.

Getting Hit
Once a ship is destroyed, the score is shown and a fanfare is played. If no one has yet won the game, the next round is started.


Scoring

1 point is awarded each time your opponent is destroyed. The game ends when one ship has 10 points.


Restarting the Game

To restart after a completed game with the same number of players and game play option, press any of the 4 buttons once the game is over. To restart a game before it is completed, or change the number of players or game option, press the Reset Button.

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