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Welcome, Captain Kirk, to your command on the Starship Enterprise. Your mission is to seek out and destroy the enemy Klingon Mothership. Travel through nine sectors of space, each more difficult, or take a shortcut through the Black Hole. Be careful ... the Klingons and Romulans are hiding in space, waiting to destroy you at every turn!
Star Trek - The Motion Picture is designed to be played with the built-in control panel only. The functions of the controls are:
Moves your ship through space from the pilot's view.
Power Link (button 2)
Locks your ship on your Space Station door (to refuel) or in the Black Hole.
Shield (button 3)
Puts up your protective shield.
Fire (button 4)
Fire lasers at the Romulans, Klingons, and their torpedos.
Star Trek - The Motion Picture can be played as a one or two player game. When 'PLAYER 1 - GAME 1' appears on the screen, press Button 1 to switch to a two player game. 'PLAYER 2 - GAME 1' 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.
Black Hole Sector Selection
You can select which of the first eight sectors contains the Black Hole, which is the shortcut to the enemy Klingon Mothership. When 'PLAYER 1 - GAME 1' appears on the screen, press Button 2 to change the sector in which you want the Black Hole to appear. For example, if you press Button 2 twice, 'PLAYER 1 - GAME 3' will appear on the screen. This will put the Black Hole in Sector 3. If you do not choose a particular sector, the Black Hole will be in Sector 1.
Starting Game Play
Once you select the number of players and the sector of the Black Hole, press button 4 to enter the first sector of space and start game play.
If you do not press button 4 once the number of players and the sector of the Black Hole are selected, the game will be in a self-play mode. Pressing any button when you are in this mode will return you to the beginning of the game.
As Captain Kirk, you view the action from behind the windshield of the Starship Enterprise. Use the Joystick to maneuver your ship through space and aim your gunsight at the appropriate target. Use button 4 to fire lasers at your enemies and the torpedoes they hurl at you. If you can't hit the torpedo, press button 3 to place a protective shield in front of your ship. Your shield will cause the torpedoes to bounce off. If you destroy all the ships in a sector, you will automatically move to the next sector. Each new sector has more enemies who move even faster. If your clear out the first eight sectors, you will enter Sector 9... and face the dreaded Klingon Mothership.
If you are hit by a torpedo, your windshield will crack. If you have additional ships left, you will be given another chance to clear out the sector you are in.
The Black Hole
Rather than fighting through all eight sectors in order to get to Sector 9, you can take a shortcut through the Black Hole. To enter the Black Hole, aim your gunsight and press button 2, the Power Link. You will automatically be transported to Sector 9. There is only one Black Hole in each game.
Sector 9 contains the deadly Klingon Mothership, which furiously shoots torpedoes of all types at you. The Mothership must be hit directly on the nose in order to be destroyed. Additionally, the Mothership can only be destroyed when its nose is lit up.
Beware... very few get out alive! If you do manage to survive (somehow) you will be automatically transported back to Sector 1 and the game will continue.
Laser Power and Shield Strength
Laser power and shield strength are limited. The gauges are at the bottom of the screen - the line on the left is your remaining laser power and the line on the right is your remaining shield strength. Each of your ships will start with full laser power and shield strength. Keep an eye on your gauges. When the lines start to look low, you will need to refuel at your Space Station. Watch carefully each time you complete all nine sectors in a galaxy. Every new galaxy uses up lasers and shield at quicker rates.
Time your refueling carefully because you only have 1 Space Station in each sector. To refuel, you must hook up with the door of your Space Station by lining up your gunsight with the door and then pressing button 2, the Power Link. If you make contact, the Space Station will freeze as your tanks fill up.
Number of Ships
At the beginning of each game, you will have 3 ships. A bonus ship is awarded each time you destroy the Mothership.
Points are earned for destroying enemy ships, torpedoes, and the Mothership, as follows:
|--- 800 The farther the enemy is from you,|
the more points you get.
|near you ship.|
Additionally, you are awarded a bonus of 1500 points for destroying all ships in a sector. No points are earned or lost for destroying your own Space Station.
As long as your machine is on, with the Star Trek - The Motion Picture 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 and with the Black Hole in the same sector, press any of the four action buttons once the game is over. If you wish to restart the game before it is completed, or change the number of players or the sector of the Black Hole, press the Reset Button on the console. If you change the number of players or the sector of the Black Hole, remember to press Button 4 to start game play. Otherwise the game will be in self-play mode.
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