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    Version: 1.0 | Updated: 10/06/03 | Printable Version | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

                            | C A N Y O N   B O M B E R |
                  GAME:  CANYON BOMBER
              PLATFORM:  ARCADE
                 GENRE:  ARCADE SHOOTER
               CREATOR:  ATARI 1977
    AUTHOR OF THIS FAQ:  Kevin Butler AKA War Doc
                E-MAIL:  kevinb(at)technologist(dot)com
           FAQ VERSION:  1.0
                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS
    1.  Legal Stuff
    2.  Version Information
    3.  Acknowledgements
    4.  Welcome
    5.  Overview
    6.  The Game
        6.1  The Controls
        6.2  The Playing Field
        6.3  Scoring
    7.  Playing the Game
    8.  Conclusion
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    ********************************* U N I T  I **********************************
    | 1.  LEGAL STUFF |============================================================
    This guide may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal
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    publicly without advanced permission from the author.  Use of this guide on
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    a violation of copyright.  All content in this guide is Copyright 2003 by
    Kevin Butler.  Only the sites listed below have permission to publish this
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    If you see this guide on any other site then the one listed above, please
    e-mail me.  If you wish to ask questions or give input to this guide, please
    e-mail me.  Just have Canyon Bomber as the subject so I know it isn't another
    kooky vendor trying to sell me hair gel or another XXX site telling me I have
    new friends.
    | 2.  VERSION INFORMATION |====================================================
    Version 1.0  10/ 5/03:  A guide is born.
    | 3.  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS |=======================================================
    The following are a list of people or organizations that have made this FAQ
    My wonderful family (who has had to put up with the tapping on the keyboard)
    Atari for making a great arcade game
    GameFAQ's for putting up this FAQ
    | 4.  WELCOME |================================================================
    Welcome to my FAQ for Canyon Bomber.  Since the game is just a shooter that goes
    until all your men are killed, there is no walkthrough per se.  Instead it will
    be broken up into the game itself, strategies for survival, and some in-
    teresting quirks in the game.  Input is appreciated along with constructive
    criticism.  If you wish to e-mail me thoughts on this FAQ, better ways of doing
    things, other strategies, etc., feel free.  Make sure you put Canyon Bomber as
    the subject.  If you don't, I'm liable to discard the e-mail as spam.
    | 5.  OVERVIEW |===============================================================
    Atari was at the top of the arcade battle in 1977.  Releasing no fewer then
    nine arcade games, Atari was the dominating force and standard that videogames
    were based on.  Many of Atari's games were simple games of skill and hand-eye
    coordination.  Later, when Atari released their 2600 home console system, many
    of the arcade games found their way onto the cartridges for said system.  This
    further enhanced Atari's reputation as the leader in not only the arcades, but
    also the home entertainment arena.  Of course, with the big videogame collapse
    during the early 80's coupled with poor management, Atari started a downward
    spiral it would never recover from.  Canyon Bomber was a simple game in which
    you and sometimes another player would bomb numbered rocks in a canyon.  Who-
    ever had the highest score won.  Pretty straightforward and simple.
    ******************************** U N I T  II **********************************
    | 6.  THE GAME |===============================================================
    Canyon Bomber is a two-dimensional shooter.  You control either the blimp or
    the plane while dropping bombs on the rocks below.  Your goal is to get the
    highest amount of points (either against the computer or another player).  You
    are allowed so many misses before your game ends.  Misses are counted as the
    times you do not hit any rocks.  The scores for the rocks are directly pro-
    portional to the difficulty in hitting those rocks.  This game boils down to
    precision bombing and thinking ahead as to where the next bomb will fall.  The
    author of the game referred to it as "upside-down breakout".  Good luck in
    taking out all of the rocks in the canyon.
    / 6.1  The Controls /__________________________________________________________
    In order to become a master of this game, you must be familiar with the
    controls.  The controls are pretty easy to work.  You just have to play the
    game some to get used to them.
    -  A bomb button
    / 6.2  The Playing Field /_____________________________________________________
    The playing field consists of a canyon filled with numbered rocks.  I have
    included an example of what the playing field looks like
    (a little larger then normal):
        |     BLACK          MISSES                 WHITE          MISSES   |
        |     SCORE           LEFT                  SCORE           LEFT    |
        |       #              #                      #              #      |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |      ____                                                         |
        |    \/    \<-PLAYER 1                                              |
        |    /\____/                                                        |
        |      \_/                                                          |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |\                                                                 /|
        | \                                                               / |
        |  \_                                                            /  |
        |    \                                                           |  |
        |     \                                                         /   |
        |      \                                                       |    |
        |      |                                                       |    |
        |      |                                                       |    |
        |       \_                                                     |    |
        |         \                                                  _/     |
        |         |                                                 /       |
        |         |                  ___                            |       |
        |         |                 /   \                          /        |
        |         |                /     \        __               |        |
        |          \O O O O O O O /       \ O O  /  \O O O O O O O_|        |
        |            \O O O O O O/_________\O O_/_____\O O O O O_/          |
        |                                                                   |
    You control your blimp or plane through this landscape.
    / 6.3  Scoring /_______________________________________________________________
    Scoring in this game is pretty simple:
    You get the points that are displayed on the rocks as you destroy them.  Points
    for each rock range from one to four.  The three and four point rocks are
    usually located on ledges or in narrow valleys.
    Depending on the machine set up, you will get 3, 4, 5, or 6 misses per game.
    ******************************** U N I T  III *********************************
    | 7.  PLAYING THE GAME |=======================================================
    When you start the game, you will be on the left side of your screen in a
    blimp.  If two players are playing, then player 1 controls the black blimp
    while player 2 controls the white blimp.  If you are playing one player, then
    you control the black blimp.  The goal is to get as many points as you can
    while avoiding misses.
    -  There are two types of aircraft in this game:  Blimps and airplanes.  You
       need to know the differences between them since your bombing accuracy is
       directly related to their movements.
       -  Blimps tend to stay at higher altitudes and move slowly.  This gives you
          more time to plan your bomb run.
       -  Planes tend to stay at the middle and lower altitudes and move fast.
          This gives you very little time to plan your bomb run.
    -  In order to effectively drop bombs, there are a couple of things you should
       take into account:
       -  Your forward speed will have a direct impact as to where the bomb lands.
          For example, you need to drop your bomb earlier to hit a specific target
          instead of dropping it when you are directly over the target.  The reason
          is because the bomb will drift in the direction you are flying when it is
       -  Your altitude has a lot to do with where your bombs will fall.  The
          higher you are, the harder it will be to hit ground targets since the
          bomb will only drift so much from point one.  Higher altitudes also tend
          to make the perspective harder when trying for rocks in valleys and on
    -  You can only take out the rocks you are headed toward.  This may seem like
       common sense but sometimes people attempt to "lob" a bomb over a hill on the
       valley floor hoping to hit the rocks just on the other side of the hill.
       Unfortunately, it doesn't work.
    -  Bombs don't "wrap" around the screen.  Your aircraft will go back and forth
       at random altitudes.  Right when your aircraft turns for another pass, start
       planning on where you want to drop your next bomb.  
    -  When the game first starts, you can take out four to five numbered rocks.
       As the game progresses, though, these numbers go down sharply.
    -  If you are fortunate enough to eliminate all the rocks in the canyon, the
       canyon will fill back up again.  This will happen a maximum of three times
       (counting the first wave).  After that, the game is over.
    -  The game is based on misses.  If your opponent uses up all their misses, you
       can still continue until you use up all of your misses.  The same is true if
       you use up all of your misses.
    -  Whenever you hit rocks under other rocks, those top rocks will settle to the
       next rock.  In other words, you can blast the middle out of the rockpiles
       but they will still settle to the bottom of the canyon.
    -  Try to clear lanes to the three and four pointers for a higher score.
    -  When you clear out half the rocks in the canyon, you will change over from
       the blimp to the airplane.
    ********************************  U N I T  IV *********************************
    | 8.  CONCLUSION |=============================================================
    Canyon Bomber was one of those games that required skill and a good eye.
    Whether one played against another player or the computer, it still was a
    matter of how well you saw the "big picture".  I remember the times I played
    the game, it was a challenge at first.  As I played the game more, I learned
    all the nuances and also learned how to aim my bomb before reaching my desired
    target.  Scores weren't large nor did they need to be.  It was enough
    satisfaction when you could defeat your opponent.  I remember a few years later
    when a program, similar to the game, was released for the Apple II computer.
    They gave you the code and all you had to do was program said code.  You could
    even modify it to your own liking.  Although the canyon remained the same, the
    randomness of the aircrafts speed and altitude is what added a degree of
    challenge to the game.  the more unusual games that I had first encountered.
    Unfortunately, it is very rare to find this machine anywhere.  However, through
    the miracle of emulation, a whole new generation is realizing what we "old"
    folks enjoyed those many years ago.  I hope this guide helps you in being able
    to get the most amount of gameplay for this game.  If you do have other ideas
    or thoughts, please e-mail me and share them.  Who knows, maybe I'll start a
    Q&A Chapter in this guide if enough people ask the same questions.  Anyway, 
    thank you again for reading this guide.
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