The game has been designed to 'talk' when used with the Radio Shack Speech-Sound Cartridge. If you have a cassette version of the game, simply turn off the computer, unplug everything from the Rom Pak expansion port and insert the Speech Sound Cartridge in that same slot, then simple load and play the game.
TO START THE GAME PRESS THE FIRE BUTTON ON THE RIGHT JOYSTICK. This may be done anytime a game is not in progress.
During play, the lower part of the screen displays a view of the Alien Ships and your Bases as it would be if you were looking out of the front of your ship. The upper left section of the screen shows a radar of the Alien Ship and your Bases in the area. Your ship is always at the centre of the radar. The upper right section of the screen shows your score at the top and the status of the systems in your ship below it.
The right joystick controls the movement of your ship. Moving the joystick right or left turns your ship in that direction. Moving the joystick forward starts the ship moving in the direction it is facing. The speed of your turning and movement forward is determined by how far you move the joystick and the status of the SPEED and TURN systems on your ship.
Your ship is equipped with three weapon systems:
The Alien ships attack you and your bases. A base is destroyed when the Alien Ship shoots it four times. The lasers from the Alien Ships damage your ship. Ramming an Alien Ship destroys the Alien but causes double the damage from an Alien Laser to be inflicted upon your ship. There are many different types of Alien Ships including ones that are cloaked from your radar and ones that transport to another place when you turn toward them.
Every few waves of aliens you will find yourself in an Asteroid Field. Only your Phasers will fire in this field. The playing field is also reduced to one-fourth its normal size. You must shoot the Asteroids with your Phasers. The Asteroids will divide twice before they are small enough to be destroyed by your Phasers. Ramming an Asteroid with your ship will cause considerable damage.
Every few waves of aliens you will find yourself in a Mine Field. As before, only your Phasers will fire. A small Alien Ship will be laying Mines on the playing field. Your object is to destroy this Ship. The Mines will damage your ship if they explode near you. When you enter a Mine Field after the first time, the Mines will not remain stationary.
Dragon 32/64, Tandy Colour Computer 32K
Type "CLOADM". The game will start automatically.
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