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Atari 2600
   Atlantis    Atlantis     

ATLANTIS
GAME PROGRAM INSTRUCTIONS
The ancient city of Atlantis, a city beneath the sea, a
civilization greater than any the world has ever seen....
One day a low drone is heard throughout the ocean metropolis. The
stars go out. Gorgon vessels fill the sky, pounding the city
mercilessly. A cry reaches every citizen-
"Defend Atlantis - before it becomes a watery grave!"
ATLANTIS AND THE GORGON FLEET.
Atlantis, fabled city of antiquity, lies in peaceful waters. The
major districts of the city-the Aqua Plain, the Domed Palace and
the Bridged Bazaar-murmur with activity while vital generators
whirl. Three defense posts guard the skies over the metropolis.
An ominous sound penetrates the sea surrounding the city. The
Gorgon Fleet, fierce warriors intent on demolishing Atlantis,
attack in force. How long can the city withstand the assault?

GAME OBJECTIVE
Defend Atlantis! Blast Gorgon vessels before they come close
enough to demolish Atlantis with the deathray. Score big and you
can replace parts of the city the Gorgons have hit.
Game ends when all seven of Atlantis' installations have been
levelled and none is left in reserve.

CONSOLE CONTROLS
Insert cartridge in console, label up. Turn power switch to On.
Flip Game Select Lever to choose one of the four Atlantis games.
Game number appears at bottom right of screen. Hit Game Reset Lever
to begin action. Game begins whenever Game Reset Lever is tapped.
Fire button on the left joystick will reset game when previous game
ends. Difficulty Levers do not affect game play.

GAME PLAY
You control the three Atlantean defense installations with your
joystick.

A sentry post guards either side of the city. They cannot be destroyed.
To fire left sentry post, lean joystick left and press red button.
To fire right sentry post, lean joystick right and press red button.

The Acropolis Command Post defends the centre of Atlantis. The Acropolis
Command Post projects a powerful force field that protects the other six
Atlantean installations. As a result, the Gorgon deathray must demolish
it before the rest of Atlantis becomes vulnerable to attack. To fire
the Acropolis Command Post, just press red button with the joystick centred.

SCORING

You score each time you vaporize a Gorgon vessel. You must hit
the ship directly to score.

POINTS
Acropolis Command Post Shots Sentry Post Shots
Large Gorgon Vessel 100 200

Gorgon Bandit Bomber 1000 2000

At each end of a wave, you receive 500 points for each part of Atlantis
that survives the Gorgon assault. For every 10,000 points you score,
a destroyed part of Atlantis is restored at the end of the current wave of
attack.

Example:
You score 20,000 points during a wave, but lose the Acropolis Command Post
and two other city installations. At the end of that wave, the Acropolis
Command Post and one installation will reappear on the screen.

If you earn credits during a wave but do not lose any installations,
those credits will be saved for the end of a wave during which you do suffer
losses. The small Gorgon Bandit Bomber is fast and powerful. Hit it, and
the explosion knocks out all other Gorgon vessels in the sky! You score
only for the Bandit Bomber.


GAME VARIATIONS

1-Player Games

Game 1: The real challenge: wave after wave of Gorgons attack.
You survive one wave only to face faster foes in the
next. The two sentry posts and the Acropolis Command
Post respond to your joystick orders.
Game 2: Identical to game 1, but the Acropolis Command Post
has been disabled and cannot fire. Place your shots
well!
Game 4: The prefect game for learning to play Atlantis. Game
4 does not increase in speed as rapidly as the other
versions, while still remaining a challenge. Later
waves are a test for any player.

2-Player Games

Game 3: Special Team Version: The left joystick fires the left
sentry post. The right joystick fires the right sentry post. The
Acropolis Command Post does not fire.

Note: New players might want to take the right joystick, as
it fires automatically. Just hold the red button down.
To fire the left joystick, the red button must be
pressed each time.

SPECIAL AUDIO SIGNALS :

The drone of Gorgon vessels can always be heard. Your weapon fire
drowns out all other sounds. Learn to place your shots well. If
you fire constantly, you won't hear Bandit Bombers approach. The
Gorgon Bandit Bombers make a loud humming sound. Listen for it!
You can anticipate their appearance. Listen for the series of beeps
that mark the end of a wave. Five short and four long beeps sound;
game action pauses and your score is adjusted for bonus points.


TACTICAL TIPS

Gorgon vessels stay in formation, circling down from the highest
level to one closest to Atlantis. Gorgon vessels can only fire
the deathray when close to the city. Blast them before they reach
the fourth lane of approach. The Acropolis Command Post can knock
out a Gorgon vessel- even a Bandit Bomber- while it's firing the
deathray. You have to be quick and accurate.

Practice! Risk letting Bandit Bombers get close to the planetsurface.
If you hit one then, you'll demolish all Gorgon vessels in formation
behind it. In advanced waves, the deathray will not always blast one
of the whirling generators. This earns you another chance-
but not for long.

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