FAQ by War Doc

Version: 1.01 | Updated: 08/28/03 | Printable Version

                           | F I R E   T R U C K |

              GAME:  FIRE TRUCK
           CREATOR:  ATARI Copyright 1978
AUTHOR OF THIS FAQ:  Kevin Butler AKA War Doc
            E-MAIL:  kevinb(at)technologist(dot)com
       FAQ VERSION:  1.01


                              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 |============================================================

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| 2.  VERSION INFORMATION |====================================================

Version 1.0   8/16/03:  A guide is born.

Version 1.01  8/28/03:  Fixed a couple of errors.

| 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 Fire Truck.  Since the game is just a driving game that
requires you to get a certain amount of points to continue driving, there is no
walkthrough per se. Instead it will be broken up into the game itself and
strategies for survival.  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 Fire Truck as the
subject.  If you don't, I'm liable to discard the e-mail as spam.

| 5.  OVERVIEW |===============================================================

Fire Truck was one of the first games to feature a cooperative feature.  One
player could either drive the fire engine or the hook and ladder while the
computer drove the opposite part.  Two players could play where one drove the
fire engine while sitting up front while the other player stood in back and
controlled the hook and ladder.  This game also featured the front player
having a horn while the back player had a bell.  Neither of these buttons,
though, effected game play.  This game never really gained a large popular
following mostly due to the fact that Space Invaders was released the same
year.  Nonetheless, it still proved to be somewhat popular just due to the fact
it was different.  Your goal is to make it to a fire that you will never reach.
To achieve this, you must drive through twisting city streets while avoiding
the curbs and hazards in the road such as cars and oil slicks.  If you score
enough points, you may be lucky to get bonus fuel (which is used as a timer in
this game).  The screen goes into reverse video when you are playing off your
bonus fuel.  Have fun and good luck navigating the city streets.

******************************** U N I T  II **********************************

| 6.  THE GAME |===============================================================

Fire Truck is a simple two-dimensional driving game.  Your perspective is from
overhead as you navigate through the city streets.  The object is to score
points by getting as much distance as possible in the least amount of time.
Those who are good enough can get bonus time for a specific amount of points.
Beware, though, it will not be as easy as it seems.

/ 6.1  The Controls /__________________________________________________________

The controls on this game are pretty easy.

-  A steering wheel (for both players front and rear)

-  A gas pedal at the bottom of the cabinet

-  A horn button for the front player

-  A bell button for the rear player

/ 6.2  The Playing Field /_____________________________________________________

The playing field is really simple.  It shows a detailed map of the town you
are driving through.  This usually consists of the road you are driving on,
houses, cars, trees, and fire hydrants.  Here is an example of the playing
field.  Keep in mind that you will get reverse video (white and black instead
of black and white) when you are burning off your bonus fuel (screen is drawn
larger then it is):

    |           S C O R E (CURRENT SCORE)                               |
    |                      /                    +                       |
    |                      \                    |                       |
    |                       \                   |                       |
    |             -          +                  |                       |
    |            ---         |                  |  ____________         |
    |           (__)         |        ----      |  |          |         |
    |             _          |      |+----+|    |  |          |         |
    |                        |      ||    ||    |  |          |         |
    |                        |       | ++ |     |  +-----+    |         |
    |          +------+      |      || ++ ||    |        |    |         |
    |          |      |      |      |+----+|    |        |    |         |
    |          |      |      |       +----+     |        |    |         |
    |          |      |      |       ||--||     |        +----+         |
    |     +----+    +-+      |       ||--||     |                       |
    |     |         |        |       ||--||     |                       |
    |     |         |        |      |||  |||    |    +----+             |
    |     +---------+        |      |+----+|    |    |    |             |
    |                        |        ----      |    |    |             |
    |                        |                  |    +----+             |
    |                        |                  |                       |
    |                       F U E L (CURRENT FUEL LEVEL)                |

You control your fire truck to stay on the road and avoid all of the hazards
while trying to get a high enough score for extra time.

/ 6.3  Scoring /_______________________________________________________________

Scoring in this game is really simple.  Your score is tied to distance traveled
so obviously you want to cover the most amount of distance in the shortest
period of time.  Your score goes up in 10 point increments.  Depending on what
the fuel setting on the machine is set to determines what your score needs to
be for extended time.  Below are these settings:

                     | FUEL SETTING || REQUIRED SCORE |
                     |      60      ||      120       |
                     |      90      ||      160       |
                     |     120      ||      220       |
                     |     150      ||      270       |

An extended time of 39 fuel is awarded when you are equal to or greater then
the required score.

After you get done playing the game, you will get a rating based on your final
score.  Below are the ratings:

                          | SCORE RANGE || RATING |
                          |   0 -  50   || SORRY  |
                          |  60 - 100   || SO-SO  |
                          | 110 - 140   ||  GOOD  |
                          | 150 & OVER  ||  ACE   |

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| 7.  PLAYING THE GAME |=======================================================

When you start the game, your fire truck will be in the middle of the road.  It
will be your job to navigate the truck through the city streets and avoid all
the hazards.

-  Try to stay in the middle of the road as much as possible.  Especially
   around curves since it is very easy to run into hazards on the road.

-  Learn how to use the steering effectively.  The steering is relatively
   sensitive so don't spin the wheel or you will quickly find out that your
   fire truck either isn't going anywhere, or it is hitting hazards which
   drastically effects distance traveled.  Small movements on the steering
   wheel (front or back) should be enough to keep the fire truck from going out
   of control.

-  In addition to steering, learn how to use the gas pedal effectively to slow
   down around corners.  This is easier then speeding through them and running
   into hazards which consumes a lot more fuel then just going slowly.  If you
   are driving the hook and ladder, just make sure you keep the hook and ladder
   in line with the fire truck.

-  Don't panic if you do hit a hazard.  Just patiently turn the fire truck or
   hook and ladder so you clear the hazard and can continue on your way.

-  Make sure you follow the directional arrows on the road or you may end up
   going backwards down the road and head for unpleasant surprises.

-  Your goal is to get the points necessary to get bonus time.  After playing
   this game for a while, you will notice that the roads tend to repeat them-
   selves making it easier to anticipate when the next curve or hazard is
   coming up.

********************************  U N I T  IV *********************************

| 9.  CONCLUSION |=============================================================

I recall this game sitting in the corner of the local bowling alley away from
the other video games (of course multiple Space Invaders machines took up a lot
of room).  At first when I played this game, it seemed very hard due to the
sensitivity of the steering plus the load crashing noise whenever you hit some
sort of hazard.  With time and practice, one definitely could get better at
this game.  Plus, me and a friend had fun doing the two player thing where we
would each do the fire truck or hook and ladder.  This was probably the most
challenging part of the game.  At that time, most games were time based and
one's skill determined whether they got to continue on or just accept the score
they got.  Although simple in design, it was still a fun game to play.  Un-
fortunately, 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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