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    Superman FAQ/WAlkthrough by red soul
    Made originally for the NTSC US Atari 2600 version
    You can contact me via e-mail at: numandina@gmail.com
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    Introduction
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    Superman. A very common and well known Atari 2600 game
    and quite possibly the very first adventure game ever
    made. After a day of world saving Superman returns to
    the ground and changes to Clark Kent to head for the
    Daily Planet. But on his way Lex Luther appears and
    destroys the bridge leading to Clark's destination,
    thus prompting Clark to go back to the phonebooth and
    change back into Superman once again. Will Superman
    succeed in putting Lex Luther and his evil minions
    behind bars, fix the bridge that they had destroyed
    AND reach his job in time? Of course, he's Superman!
    
    
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    Controls
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    Stick: Move/Fly
    Fire + Direction: Use X-Ray vision.
    
    
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    World Map
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    You can find a map of Metropolis I made over here:
    
    <http://db.gamefaqs.com/console/a2600/file/superman_2600.png>
    
    It will help you in getting around the non-grid complex screens
    of the game. 
    
    
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    Objects and Characters
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    There are a lot of different things in the game that you can
    interact with. This is indeed a very complex game for its time.
    
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    Phone Booth
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    This is where you start the game. After the bridge is destroyed
    go here to change into Superman. And after the bridge is repaired
    and all of the bad guys have taken care of, go back here to change
    back into Clark Kent to head for the Daily Planet. You cannot use
    the phone booth except in these two situations.
    
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    Daily Planet
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    This is your objective. You need to go to the Daily Planet as Clark
    Kent. When you do that you'll have completed the game. But in order
    to be able to change back into Kent you'll need to have fixed the
    bridge and got rid of the bad guys first. If you go to the Daily 
    Planet as Superman you will reach a screen that goes into other
    subway screens in all four directions.
    
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    Subway Entrance
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    There are four of these and they look like some kind of door. When
    enter one of them you'll be transported to a subway screen that leads
    to another part of the city when exited. Use it as a shortcut when
    you need to go somewhere in a hurry.
    
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    Bridge Piece
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    There are three of them and can be found in any screen (not random,
    but a certain jet will change its position every now and then). You'll
    need to collect three piece to fix the bridge. Gather them one by one
    and drop them off at the bridge's location to have it magically rebuild.
    
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    Thug
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    They're the dudes wearing helmets and carrying around a machine gun.
    They won't hurt you and you should pick them up one by one and drop
    them off in jail. The number of thugs left in the city will be apparent
    at the top of the screen. Each small rectangle represents a thug and the
    big square represents Lex Luthor.
    
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    Lex Luthor
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    He's riding a jet-pack and flys similarly to superman (albeit slower)
    and can carry around objects and drop them off as well. Your job is
    to pick him up and dropping him off in jail. He is represented by a
    square at the top of the screen (next to your score). Since he can
    pick up bridge parts and toss other items around it would be better
    if you take care of him as fast as you can.
    
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    Jet Plane
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    It's a plane that will carry around anything it sees and fly around
    with it. You can't do anything to it except lift it and drop it off
    someplace else or take whatever it's holding. To tell you the truth
    though you're better off just leaving it alone and only interevening
    when it carries around something important like a bridge piece or 
    Louis Lane.
    
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    Kryptonite
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    It's a glowing thing that moves around and makes an annoying sound.
    If you touch it Superman will lose the ability to fly unless he is
    saved by Louis Lane. In the easy difficulty Louis Lane will always
    be around when you touch Kryptonite but in the hard version you'll
    have to look for her everwhere while on foot. Use the X-Ray power
    to see whether or not Kryptonite is present in the screen you want
    to go next so you could evade it accordingly.
    
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    Louis Lane
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    She's normally found wherever there's Kryptonite (easy difficulty)
    or being carried around by the Jet-plane or by Lex Luthor. You can
    tell it's her by the green dress she's wearing. When Superman touches
    Kryptonite and loses the ability of flight, go to Louis Lane to have
    her kiss you and give you back the ability to fly.
    
    
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    FAQ
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    Q. Can I die in the game?
    A. No. The game ends only when you reach the Daily Planet as Clark Kent.
       There's a timer that will tell you how good and fast you were as well.
    
    Q. Any cheats?
    A. Yes. As soon as you start hold fire and look at all four screens
       around you. Now when you come down you can go left or right without
       changing into Clark Kent first. Meaning you won't have to see the
       bridge explode and you will continue the game normally but without
       witnessing this certain scene, and without needing to collect the 
       bridge parts, thus saving a lot of time in the game.
    
    Q. What's your record?
    A. 56 seconds, without cheating.
    
    Q. I want to share my record with you.
    A. Fine, e-mail me and I'll put your score in the FAQ.
    
    Q. I want to put your FAQ and/or your map on my site.
    A. Just ask me first, okay?
    
    
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    Finale
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    Superman and the Atari 2600 are copyright Atari, 
    this document is copyright red soul.
    
    Thanks to God, Atari, CJayC and me for making this FAQ happen
    and thank you for reading it.
    
    Later.
    
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