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Fasten your seatbelt... you're the pilot defending the sovereignty of your planet. Don't blink - you might miss one of the alien vessels.

Setting up

Star Hawk Controls

As a one player game, Star Hawk 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:

Moves your ship's gunsight as you travel over the planet.

Fire (button 4)
Fires missiles at enemy ships.

How to Play

Player Selection
Star Hawk 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 have a choice of two game play options. They are:

Game 1: Your gunsight will move proportionally to the Joystick movement. In other words, if you were to move the Joystick slightly to the right, and then let it recenter itself, your gunsight would have moved slightly to the right and would remain there.

Game 2: Your gunsight will move in a direct ratio to the Joystick movement. In other words, if you want your gunsight to move to the right, you would push the Joystick to the right and would have to hold the Joystick there in order to keep the gunsight there.

When 'PLAYER 1 - GAME 1' appears on the screen, press Button 2 once to select Game 2. 'PLAYER 1 - GAME 2' will then appear on the screen. To return to Game 1, press Button 2 again. 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.

Object Found in Space
Command Ship



Game Play
Fly over your planet, protecting your comrades from alien ships trying to infiltrate your culture. Use the Joystick to aim your gunsight and press button 4 to release your missiles toward the aliens. You only have 60 seconds to prevent as many enemy craft as possible from getting through.

In a two player game, you are both protecting the planet. The action builds as you compete to destroy the aliens!

Command Ships
Every few seconds, an enemy Command Ship will signal his presence and appear. If you destroy him, the planet's rotation speeds up, your gunsight will get larger for 5 seconds, and you will receive double points for any other alien ships destroyed.


Points are awarded for destroying each alien, as follows:

Command Ship   


A bonus of 20 seconds is awarded for each 10,000 points scored. An additional ship (up to four) will come into view. However, your aim will have to improve after each bonus because the ships will become more difficult to hit.

High Score Memory

As long as your machine is on, with the Star Hawk 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.

Restarting the Game

To restart a completed game with the same number of players and game play option, press Button 3 or 4 once the game is over. If you wish to restart the game before it is completed, or change the number of players or game play option, press the Reset Button on the console.

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