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                  GAME:  GORF
              PLATFORM:  ARCADE
                 GENRE:  ARCADE SHOOTER
               CREATOR:  BALLY MIDWAY Copyright 1981
    AUTHOR OF THIS FAQ:  Kevin Butler AKA War Doc
                E-MAIL:  kevinb(at)technologist(dot)com
           FAQ VERSION:  1.04
    
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                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS
    
        UNIT   I:  INTRODUCTION
    
    1.  Legal Stuff
    2.  Version Information
    3.  Acknowledgements
    4.  Welcome
    5.  Overview
    
        UNIT  II:  GAME INFORMATION
    
    6.  The Game
    
        6.1  The Controls
        6.2  The Playing Fields
        6.3  Scoring
        6.4  The Ranks
    
        UNIT III:  STRATEGIES
    
    7.  Playing the Game
    
        7.1  Astro Battles
        7.2  Laser Attack
        7.3  Galaxians
        7.4  Space Warp
        7.5  Flag Ship
    
        UNIT  IV:  CONCLUSION
    
    8.  Conclusion
    
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    ********************************* U N I T  I **********************************
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    | 1.  LEGAL STUFF |============================================================
    +=================+
    
    This guide may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal
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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 Gorf 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.
    
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    | 2.  VERSION INFORMATION |====================================================
    +=========================+
    
    Version 1.0   8/ 5/03:  A guide is born.
    
    Version 1.02  8/10/03:  Fixed a couple of mistakes.
    
    Version 1.03  8/17/03:  Fixed another couple of errors.
    
    Version 1.04  8/28/03:  Fixed another couple of errors.
    
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    | 3.  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS |=======================================================
    +======================+
    
    The following are a list of people or organizations that have made this FAQ
    possible:
    
    My wonderful family (who has had to put up with the tapping on the keyboard)
    Bally Midway for making a great arcade game
    GameFAQ's for putting up this FAQ
    
    +=============+
    | 4.  WELCOME |================================================================
    +=============+
    
    Welcome to my FAQ for Gorf.  Since the game has you continuously cycling
    through space battles, 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 Gorf as the subject.  If you don't, I'm liable to
    discard the e-mail as spam.
    
    +==============+
    | 5.  OVERVIEW |===============================================================
    +==============+
    
    Gorf was another in a long line of Midway space attack type games.  This game,
    though, combined the best of the past Midway games and added some new games to
    create five missions for the player to get through.  It also featured one of
    the first speech synthesized games.  A computer voice could be heard stating
    phrases such as, "Long live Gorf", "Gorfian robots attack", and a synthesized
    laugh whenever the player lost one of their ships.  This game proved to be
    immensely popular and was eventually ported over to the home console side of
    the house.  Another innovative thing it did was give the player a promotion in
    rank every time they cleared out the five missions.  One started as a Space
    Cadet but could become a Space Avenger if they successfully navigated through
    25 missions.  Good luck in stopping the Gorfian attack.
    
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    ******************************** U N I T  II **********************************
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    +==============+ 
    | 6.  THE GAME |===============================================================
    +==============+ 
    
    Gorf is a two-dimensional arcade shooter style game.  You are responsible for
    stopping the Gorfian robot invasion.  You will go through five missions with
    attackers such as Space Invaders, Galaxians, and the final showdown with the
    Flag Ship.  Of course, once you repulse this invasion attempt, there are other
    forces behind these to continue to put the pressure on you.  It will take a
    steady hand and a quick finger on the trigger to send the Gorfian robots back
    home again.  The life of a star hero.
    
     ____________________
    / 6.1  The Controls /__________________________________________________________
    --------------------
    
    The controls on this game are very easy.  It may, though, take just a little
    bit of time to get used to them.
    
    -  An eight-way joystick with a trigger.  There is a unique firing mechanism
       within the trigger.  If a player shoots and realizes the shot will miss,
       they can press the trigger to cancel that shot and press it again to fire
       another shot.
    
     __________________________
    / 6.2  The Playing Fields /____________________________________________________
    --------------------------
    
    Gorf actually consists of five playing fields.  The five playing fields are
    linear so you will always see the playing fields happen in the same pro-
    gression.  Each field has it's own nuances along with any enemies and other
    special features.  I have included an example of what these fields look like
    (and given them the names that the game calls them):
    
                                   +---------------+
                                   | ASTRO BATTLES |
                                   +---------------+
    
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
        |                             MISSION: 1                            |
        |                                                                   |
        |                              ___                                  |
        |                             -----                                 |
        |                                                                   |
        |          /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\                                  |
        |                                                                   |
        |          () () () () () () () ()                                  |
        |                                                                   |
        |          [] [] [] [] [] [] [] []                                  |
        |                                          +--- SHIELD              |
        |                                          |                        |
        |                                          |                        |
        |    ______________________________________V____________________    |
        |   /                                                           \   |
        |  /                                                             \  |
        | /                                                               \ |
        |/                                                                 \|
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                           /\                                      |
        |                         | || |                                    |
        |                         |/||\|                                    |
        |                         | || |                                    |
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    
                                    +--------------+
                                    | LASER ATTACK |
                                    +--------------+
    
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
        |                             MISSION: 2                            |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                 \--/                        \/-\/                 |
        |                  ||                         |o o|                 |
        |                                             |___|                 |
        |         ___                                  | |                  |
        |        \| |/                                                      |
        |        ||_||                                                      |
        |          |           \--/                                         |
        |          |            ||                                          |
        |          |                                                        |
        |          |                                                        |
        |          |                                                        |
        |          |                                                        |
        |          |                                                        |
        |          |                                                        |
        |          |                                                        |
        |          |                /\                                      |
        |          |              | || |                                    |
        |          |              |/||\|                                    |
        |          |              | || |                                    |
        |          |                                                        |
        |          |                                                        |
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    
                                     +-----------+
                                     | GALAXIANS |
                                     +-----------+
    
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
        |                             MISSION: 3                            |
        |                        \|/                  \|/                   |
        |                         |                    |                    |
        |                                                                   |
        |                --|--  --|--  --|--  --|--  --|--  --|--           |
        |                 /|\    /|\    /|\    /|\    /|\    /|\            |
        |                                                                   |
        |         --|--  --|--  --|--  --|--  --|--  --|--  --|--  --|--    |
        |          /|\    /|\    /|\    /|\    /|\    /|\    /|\    /|\     |
        |                                                                   |
        |         --|--  --|--  --|--  --|--  --|--  --|--  --|--  --|--    |
        |          /|\    /|\    /|\    /|\    /|\    /|\    /|\    /|\     |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                           /\                                      |
        |                         | || |                                    |
        |                         |/||\|                                    |
        |                         | || |                                    |
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    
                                     +------------+
                                     | SPACE WARP | 
                                     +------------+
    
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
        |                             MISSION: 4                            |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                   \   ENEMIES      /                              |
        |                    \  REMAINING   /                               |
        |                     \     |      /                                |
        |                      \    |     /                                 |
        |                       \   |    /                                  |
        |                        \  V   /      |-()-|                       |
        |                         \ .. /                                    |
        |          ________________.  . ________________                    |
        |                           ..                                      |
        |                         /    \                                    |
        |                        /      \                                   |
        |                       /        \                                  |
        |                      /          \                                 |
        |                     /            \                                |
        |                    /              \                               |
        |                   /                \                              |
        |                  /        /\        \                             |
        |                         | || |                                    |
        |                         |/||\|                                    |
        |                         | || |                                    |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    
                                     +-----------+
                                     | FLAG SHIP |
                                     +-----------+
    
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
        |                             MISSION: 5                            |
        |                                                                   |
        |                    _____________                                  |
        |                ___/            |                                  |
        |                ---+        ### <- REACTOR                         |
        |                    \___________|                                  |
        |                         \ \                                       |
        |\                         \ +-------|                             /|
        | \                         +--------|           SHIELD           / |
        |  \                                               |             /  |
        |   \                                              |            /   |
        |    \_____________________________________________V___________/    |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                           /\                                      |
        |                         | || |                                    |
        |                         |/||\|                                    |
        |                         | || |                                    |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    
    You control your ship through these four screens.
    
     _______________
    / 6.3  Scoring /_______________________________________________________________
    ---------------
    
    Scoring in this game is relatively simple:
    
    Space Invaders (all):                                   50 points
    Destroying Gorfian robot distributing Space Invaders:  300 points
    Mystery Saucer:                                        100 points
    Back and Forth Saucer:                                 300 points
    
    NOTE:  If you hit a Space Invader when it is being launched from the Gorfian
           robot, you get 100 points.
    
    Laser Ships:              300 points
    Escorts for Laser Ships:  100 points
    
    All Galaxians not attacking:   50 points
    Yellow Galaxian attacking:     60 points
    Blue Galaxian attacking:       80 points
    Red Galaxian attacking:       100 points
    Galaxian Flagship:            300 points
    
    Enemy fighters in Space Warp:  100 points
    
    Flagship:
    
    Each hit:                         20 points
    Escorts:                         100 points
    Destroying a piece of debris:    150 points
    Destroying Flagship:            1000 points
    
    Gorfian robots (appear randomly):  300 points
    
    
    You start with 3 lives.  You get a bonus life after completing Mission 5 as a
    Space Cadet.
    
     _________________
    / 6.4  The Ranks /_____________________________________________________________
    -----------------
    
    You will advance through five ranks while you are playing.  I have them listed
    below with the number of stars, the rank, and total number of missions needed
    for that rank:
    
                           +-------+---------------+----+
                           | STARS | RANK          | TM |
                           +-------+---------------+----+
                           +-------+---------------+----+
                           |   1   | SPACE CADET   | -- |
                           +-------+---------------+----+
                           |   2   | SPACE CAPTAIN |  5 |
                           +-------+---------------+----+
                           |   3   | SPACE COLONEL | 10 |
                           +-------+---------------+----+
                           |   4   | SPACE GENERAL | 15 |
                           +-------+---------------+----+
                           |   5   | SPACE WARRIOR | 20 |
                           +-------+---------------+----+
                           |   6   | SPACE AVENGER | 25 |
                           +-------+---------------+----+
    
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    ******************************** U N I T  III *********************************
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    +======================+
    | 7.  PLAYING THE GAME |=======================================================
    +======================+
    
    The action starts immediately as soon as you start your game.  The first sight
    that will greet you are the Space Invaders.  From that point on, the action
    will be non-stop with the only things changing are your rank and the difficulty
    of the enemies.  Also, there is an interesting quirk in the game.  If your ship
    hits a displayed score (after destroying some enemy), your ship will be de-
    stroyed.  So avoid flying into scores.  Also, you can only have one shot up at
    a time.  This, though, can be countered by the fact that you can prematurely
    end a shot and fire another thus saving yourself a lot of time and perhaps your
    ship.
    
     _____________________
    / 7.1  Astro Battles /_________________________________________________________
    ---------------------
    
    -  Fire immediately when the mission starts.  You may get lucky and hit the
       Gorfian robot distributing the Space Invaders.  Also fire at the invaders as
       they are being distributed for more points.
    
    -  Instead of the normal 11 x 5 grid of invaders, you only have to deal with an
       8 x 3 grid.
    
    -  Instead of buildings to protect your ship, you now have a shield dome over
       you.  It briefly disappears when you fire but the invaders have to cut
       through it with their lasers.
    
    -  Remember, you have a lot of maneuverability in your ship (i.e. you can go up
       and down) so it should be easy to avoid the invaders bombs.
    
     ____________________
    / 7.2  Laser Attack /__________________________________________________________
    --------------------
    
    -  Your first priority should be the laser ships.  Wait until they have fired
       and send a shot right up their laser cannon.
    
    -  The escorts tend to make random movements so be wary of them coming at you
       from all directions.
    
    -  As the game progresses, everything speeds up accordingly.
    
     ________________
    / 7.3  Galaxian /______________________________________________________________
    ----------------
    
    -  Try to shoot the Galaxians when they are setting up to get the score for
       attacking Galaxian.
    
    -  At first, only a couple will come down.  After a while, though, the
       Galaxians attempt to swarm all over your ship.  Since they each fire 3 shots
       apiece, this can present a particularly deadly situation.
    
    -  Keep moving.  There is no safe place (not even the corners).
    
    -  At later ranks, it isn't uncommon for a whole bunch of Galaxians to attack
       your ship at once.
    
    -  If you can, try to hit the Gorfian robot that sometimes bounds over the top
       of the Galaxians.
    
     __________________
    / 7.4  Space Warp /____________________________________________________________
    ------------------
    
    -  This is the mission that tends to kill off most players.  You will see a
       black hole with dots in it.  These dots represent the number of fighters you
       have to deal with coming out of the black hole.  As a Space Cadet, you only
       deal with 12 fighters.  After that, it will be 16 fighters.
    
    -  Fighters leave fast or slow and rotate around the hole.  In addition, they
       will also fire at you.  It will take some fancy maneuvering to avoid both
       the fighter and the shot it fired.
    
    -  Some fighters go around so fast, you just have to try to keep out of its
       way.
    
    -  Sometimes fighters will launch a slow shot from the side of the screen.
       Watch out for these shots.
    
    -  In the later ranks, it will take all of your skill to survive since every-
       thing moves very quickly on this mission.
    
     _________________
    / 7.5  Flag Ship /_____________________________________________________________
    -----------------
    
    -  The Flag Ship will fly back and forth slowly.  It will descend then ascend
       as it completes a back and forth movement.
    
    -  There is a shield around the Flag Ship you must cut through to hit it.  The
       Flag Ship can fire through the shield at you.
    
    -  On the later ranks, the Flag Ship is escorted by two Gorfian robots.
    
    -  Plan your shots so you can expose the reactor.  This will mean cutting
       through a little bit of the ship to accomplish this.  Watch out for the
       debris you create since it is as deadly as the Flag Ship's laser shots.  If
       you feel really daring, hit the debris for extra points.
    
    -  After you have stripped the ship away from the reactor, a well-placed shot
       should obliterate the Flag Ship.
    
    -  Again, in the later ranks everything moves much faster.
    
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    ********************************  U N I T  IV *********************************
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    +================+
    | 8.  CONCLUSION |=============================================================
    +================+
    
    When Gorf first came out, nobody really knew what to make of it.  By this time,
    we had played both Space Invaders and Galaxian so this game seemed interesting
    from that standpoint.  Playing it, one realized that it actually was quite
    addicting.  This was especially true since one wanted to get all the way to
    Space Avenger.  Although the missions repeated themselves, it was still a
    challenge even if you knew what was coming up next.  This game definitely was
    popular and it wasn't that unusual to hear three or four machines "talking" at
    the same time with their taunts and promptings.  I know I thoroughly enjoyed
    playing this game and I still haven't grown tired from it yet.  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.  In addition, www.shockwave.com is bringing many of these
    classic games back.  Check out their site to see what ones are there.  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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