FAQ/Walkthrough by red soul

Version: Final | Updated: 08/12/06 | Printable Version

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Airlock FAQ/WAlkthrough by red soul
Made originally for the American Atari 2600 version
You can contact me via e-mail at: numandina@gmail.com


Airlock is a simple platformer game where you control
a captain trying to escape his sinking submarine. There
are ten decks to go up before you get out and each deck
has an out of control torpedo doing laps between the two
ends that you'll need to avoid. Not only that, but there
are little platforms on each deck that you need to jump over
to pass, and the decks are all locked and you need two keys
to open the next. Once you go up these ten decks, the game
will be completed, and you do the same with the second


Left/Right: Move the captain left/right.
Fire: Jump.


You'll need to jump in order to first gain control of the character.
After you do that, go right and take the yellow key, then left
to take the purple key to unlock the elevator of the first deck.
You'll need to take two key from each deck to unlock the elevator
that leads to the next. 

There are some platforms on the ground of each deck that you should
jump over to pass. In the first five decks there are two platforms
per deck, one on each side, each consisting of one square. Jumping
over these will be a bit tricky at first because you need to make
the jump a little bit before the platform itself.

In the last five decks, there are four square platforms, two on each
side paired pretty close to one another. Passing these will be
harder than the previous platforms but the way to do it is jump over
the first platform as usual, then walk back a little, and jump over
the second. After some practice it becomes easier.

On each deck there is a torpedo flying from one side to the other.
You'll need to jump over these to continue and make sure they don't
hit you. Decks 1-3 and 6-8 have slow moving torpedos and should be
easy to avoid. Decks 4 and 9 have a slow moving torpedo when it's
moving from the right to the left, but become super fast when they 
move from the left to right. Decks 5 and 10 are the same as 4 and 9
except that they move slowly when they are going from left to right
and when they move fast it's much slower than in decks 4 and 9.

Since you're in a sinking submarine, you'll need to make haste and
go as fast as possible. There is a timer at the top but this is
trivial and shouldn't be of any true indication to the water level.
At the first 5 decks you'll need to be very fast in order to
escape the rising water level. If you get hit by a torpedo then
you'll be stunned for a second or two and this in the first five
decks will guarantee death. In the latter five decks water rises
very slowly and you have a lot of time to move in. Just make sure
you quickly jump over the platforms and don't get hit by torpedos
much. One you go up the final deck's elevator, you will have finished
the game.


Move like a ballerina!

Jumping is faster than running, so pushing a direction and firing will
move your character much faster than simply running in that direction.
You'll need a bit of experience and some timing and planning ahead to
full use this, but it will surely save you a lot of time.

Leap for the keys!

Instead of taking the keys by standing still, jumping to it, and going
your way, it's easier to "leap" (jump while moving in a direction) to
get the key. It should be attempted for every yellow key but it's very
hard to do it for the purple keys. It is possible though with much
practice and will definitely save tons time.

Don't let torpedos trick you!

The torpedos in decks 4,5,9,10 will only go faster from one side to the
other, that being left to right for decks 4 and 9, and right to left for
decks 5 and 10. As soon as the torpedos reach the end of a deck it will
come back at a slower speed, so don't expect it to come back fast and let
it fool you!

Glitch your way through platforms!

Jumping over the platforms is a pain since you have to time it perfectly
and from a certain distance before the platform. If you fail at jumping
over a certain platform then you will get "stuck", keep pressing fire
and moving right and left and sometimes you will "warp" through the 
platform and reach the other side. With practice you can intentionally
use this to move past platforms much faster, without even jumping!

Keep practicing!

You know with practice and training, you can master this game fully
and exploit all of its mechanics to survive the game, complete it in
record times, and most importantly have fun.


If you want this on your site, ask me first. Airlock is copyright
Data Age, the Atari 2600 is copyright Atari, and this document is 
copyright red soul.

Thanks to God for everything.
Thanks to Data Age for making the game.
Thanks to Atari for making the Atari 2600.
Thanks to CJayC for making GameFAQs.
Thanks to me for writing this.
Thanks to you for reading it.