Battlezone Atari 2600 FAQ/Strategy Guide Version: 1.0 Author: Larcen Tyler Last Revision Date: 10/31/06 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= This document is electronically published work Copyrighted ©2005-2006 by Rob 'Larcen Tyler' Adair. Permission is granted to make a copy _ONLY_ as a personal reference copy, in which case the document _MUST_ remain in its original, unedited form. Any other reproduction is strictly prohibited. This document may not be used as a promotional item or for profitable means of any kind (even if no profit is intended to be gained.) This document is only allowed to appear on the GameFAQs website and no other website whatsoever, nor may any part of this document appear on any website for any reason whatsoever. Battlezone, Atari 2600, and any accessories mentioned within are registered trademarks and copyrighted materials owned by Atari Games. GameFAQs is a registered trademark and Copyrighted 1995-2006 by Jeff 'CJayC' Veasey. Any other names mentioned within not mentioned within this section are registered trademarks and/or copyrighted materials of their respective owners. Larcen Tyler is in no way affiliated with any of the companies listed above, or their affiliates in any way. No affiliation should be assumed for any reason whatsoever. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. REVISION HISTORY 2. HOW TO PLAY THE GAME 3. SCORING INFORMATION 4. TIPS 5. CONTACT INFORMATION 6. CREDITS =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 1. REVISION HISTORY Version 1.0 12/04/05: How can a classic game like this not have some kind of a guide? Well, I intend to remedy that issue with this guide! 10/31/06: Slight update to contact information. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 2. HOW TO PLAY THE GAME It's the year 1999, but we aren't exactly partying. You see, leaders of the world are proposing a worldwide peace plan to reduce the fighting and conflict in the world. Of course, you know something like that won't come off without a hitch. A group of corrupt military commanders have put together their own army that is armed with the latest in military technology. They have tanks, supertanks, saucers, and aerial fighters which the evil army intends to use to slowly take over the world, destroying any oppressors in their way. All hope is not lost yet, though. You have recently discovered an armada of old military tanks which you can use to take on the evil army's forces. You've modified them with an electronic periscope to give you a front view of your tank, and also added radar that can help you detect incoming enemy forces. You're gonna need them, as the enemy is ruthless and doesn't believe in the word surrender! SETTING UP: Set up your Atari 2600 or Atari 7800 and plug a joystick into the left controller jack. Battlezone is a one player game only. TV Type and Difficulty Switches aren't used in this game. The Game Select switch will let you choose the difficulty of game you wish to play, with the game type indicated by tank icons at the bottom of the screen. One tank is beginner gameplay, two is intermediate gameplay, and three is advanced gameplay. When you are happy with the game selection, either press the reset switch or the action button on the joystick. PLAYING THE GAME: When the game starts, you will hear the 1812 Overture play, signalling that the battle has begun. After that, two quick beeps will sound, indicating that the first enemy has appeared on the battlefield. Your radar at the top of the screen will tell you the position of the enemy. You will also notice two diagonal spots on the radar at the top of the screen. This section indicates the front of your tank. When an enemy (indicated by a dot) is between the two dots, it is in front of you. The closer it is to the base of the rotating line, the closer to your tank it is. Your joystick allows you to accelerate or go backwards by pushing upward and downward respectively, while pushing the joystick to the left or right turns your tank in that direction. The action button fires a shot from your cannon. You can only have one shot on screen at a time, and must wait for it to either disappear off the screen or hit an enemy before you can fire another shot. Your crosshair is a black line in the center of the screen, and it will light up when you have an enemy directly in your line of fire. ENEMY FORCES: The evil army has several means of attacking you and your armada of tanks. These are: ENEMY TANKS: Enemy tanks are blue and are the most common enemy encountered in the game. They are somewhat slower than your tank, but will not hesitate to fire upon you if they are given the chance to do so. SUPERTANKS: Supertanks are like enemy tanks, except their turrets are yellow. They also move faster than your tank, giving them an advantage over you. They are also merciless and will not hesitate to shoot once you are in their sight. AERIAL FORCES: Aerial forces are yellow and look a little like mosquitoes. They are very fast and move at you in a zig-zag motion, pulling out of the way at the last second to move to the side and shoot your tank. Destroy them as soon as they appear. When an aerial force attacks, it will make a buzzing sound, learn to recognize it. FLYING SAUCERS: Flying saucers look like blobs, and make a humming sound when they are in the area. They don't shoot at you, but they will attempt to distract you by moving around while giving other enemies a chance to shoot at you. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 3. SCORING INFORMATION Shooting the enemy forces will award you points as follows: TANK: 1,000 Points AERIAL FIGHTER: 2,000 Points SUPERTANK: 3,000 Points FLYING SAUCER: 5,000 Points You start each game with an armada of five tanks, shown on the bottom of the screen during gameplay. A bonus tank is awarded at 50,000 points, and another one at 100,000 points. Each time an enemy shot hits you, your screen will scramble up like a television with signal problems, and one tank will be lost. The game is over when all of your tanks are destroyed. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 4. TIPS -Aerial fighters will always appear in front of you, and when they do, be ready to shoot them before they get too close. It's difficult to dodge their shots since they fire from a close proximity. -If an enemy tank fires at you, turn your tank away from the shot and move forward slightly. However, don't do both at once or you may end up turning your tank into the shot itself. -Flying saucers are more of an annoyance than anything, and should only be dealt with once primary threats are taken care of. While 5,000 points is a worthy score in this game, risking a tank for it isn't worth it. -When dealing with multiple enemies, try to prioritize the closest enemies first, since you're an easier target for them. -And, of course, HAVE FUN! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 5. CONTACT INFORMATION READ THIS BEFORE YOU SEND ME ANY E-MAIL! The following types of E-Mail I will _NOT_ accept under any circumstances: -Mail that contains flaming (insults) or offensive content within. If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything! -Spam/Advertisements of any kind. This is against the law, and will not be taken lightly. -Asking if you can use this on your website/in your FAQ/Magazine/anything like that will not be tolerated. In case you missed it, I specifically stated that I won't allow it in the disclaimer section at the beginning. -Asking where to find this game in a ROM format, or any other illegal software requests will be ignored. -Asking me where to find this cartridge. (Honestly, I wish I knew where to find Atari games, but I have as much of a hard time finding them as you probably do! Your best bet is to check online.) The following types of E-Mail I will accept: -Suggestions and/or constructive criticism. -Strategies of your own. -Any information I may have left out in this version. -Generally, anything that will help me improve this guide in future revisions! (Make sure you put "Battlezone Guide" as your subject line.) You can reach me at: LarcenTyler7650 (AT) Yahoo (DOT) com =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 6. CREDITS There are the credits that you'd feed to an arcade machine, like this one when it was in the arcades, and then there are the credits for those who helped with a project like this, so here goes: -My mother, for buying the Atari 2600 and passing her love for it onto me. -The unknown programmer at Atari who did such a great port of this game. -Jeff 'CJayC' Veasey, for providing us writers with a place to share our work. -Atari, for putting out the Atari 2600 as well as this game in both the arcade and on the Atari 2600. -AtariAge (www.AtariAge.com,) for the information I needed to make this guide so everything would be accurate. -And of course, I can't do it without this final person, whom I always save for last since they're the best, it's YOU, for reading my guide! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ©2005-2006 Rob 'Larcen Tyler' Adair All rights reserved.