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                               Turtles (Adventure Vision)
                                       Guide: FAQ
                             Creation date: March 14, 2010
                                    Version: Complete
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                                Table of Contents
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    1- Introduction                                                          [A100]
    2- Gameplay                                                              [A200]
         2.1- Object of the game                                             [A201]
         2.2- Controls                                                       [A202]
    
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    1- Introduction                                                          [A100]
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    Turtles is one of four games released on the Adventure Vision, a tabletop 
    console that was released in 1982. Turtles is notable for being the only game
    that isn't a shooter. More experienced gamers might recognize the title as
    Turtles isn't a completely new game. It is a port of Konami's arcade game with
    the same name. As an early arcade game, Turtles isn't very complicated, it
    relies more on skill instead of offering a multitude of options. This guide
    will introduce the object of the game, the enemies, the controls and some basic 
    strategy so anyone can finish the game. It isn't a detailed walkthrough, but a
    FAQ to introduce the mechanics to make sure everyone can play it like it is
    meant to be. 
    
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    2- Gameplay                                                              [A200]
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         2.1- Object of the game                                             [A201]
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    Turtles is a Pac-Man like game in which you need to save baby turtles from
    'mystery' squares and take them to a safe house. Each time you get a turtle 
    from a square, a safe house appears in one of the corners of the level. You 
    just have to reach the safe house and you'll receive 150 Points. It won't be
    easy however. For one thing, two of the squares contain an extra beetle who
    will chase you 'till all turtles are saved. Coping with the beetles is very
    important because you'll encounters lots of them and you can't kill them. You
    only have a bug bomb which can immobilize them temporarily. The number of bombs
    you can use is also limited. You can only use one bomb at a time which means
    it is impossible to take out more than one beetle at the same time. Despite 
    that it is important to own as many bombs as possible, which is not hard. Every
    level contains a bonus square which gives you one bomb when you pass it. You
    can pass it as much as you want so you can own dozens of bombs. That is helpful
    because the moment a beetle hits your first bomb, it disappears and you can use
    the next one. This will be your goal in the eight levels of the game, each
    having eight mystery squares and six turtles that you have to carry to safety.
    
    By rescuing a turtle from a square, you'll earn 100 Points. If you bring that
    turtle to a safe house, you'll earn another 150 Points. If you manage to hit
    a beetle with your bomb, you'll get 50 Points. So each level you can earn at
    least 1500 Points if you save everyone. After scoring 5000 Points, you'll
    receive an extra life. That will take the completion of at least three floors,
    even if you hit ten beetles with a bug bomb. To get in two floors, you'd need
    to hit twenty beetles with a bomb. It is not impossible, but it proves you need
    to be careful. A life lost isn't easily gotten back.
    
    Below youíll find a ASCII drawing representing the different levels. The S 
    represents the potential locations of the safe houses; the ? represents the
    mystery squares, the T represents the turtle and the B represents the bonus
    square. Beetles arenít show as their placement differs from floor to floor and
    they move around.
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    /                                                                             \
    | SSSSS                                                                 SSSSS |
    | SSSSS                                                                 SSSSS |
    | SSSSS                                                                 SSSSS |
    | SSSSS                                                                 SSSSS |
    |                            /\                 /\                            |
    |                            ||                 ||                            |
    |     ???????    ???????     ||                 ||     ???????    ???????     |
    |     ???????    ???????     ||                 ||     ???????    ???????     |
    |     ???????    ???????     ||                 ||     ???????    ???????     |
    |     ???????    ???????     ||                 ||     ???????    ???????     |
    |     ???????    ???????     ||                 ||     ???????    ???????     |
    |     ???????    ???????     ||     BBBBBBB     ||     ???????    ???????     |
    |                            ||     BBBBBBB     ||                            |
    |                            ||     BBBBBBB     ||                            |
    |                            ||     BBBBBBB     ||                            |
    |                            ||     BBBBBBB     ||                            |
    |     ???????    ???????     ||     BBBBBBB     ||     ???????    ???????     |
    |     ???????    ???????     ||                 ||     ???????    ???????     |
    |     ???????    ???????     ||                 ||     ???????    ???????     |
    |     ???????    ???????     ||                 ||     ???????    ???????     |
    |     ???????    ???????     ||                 ||     ???????    ???????     |
    |     ???????    ???????     ||     TTTTTTT     ||     ???????    ???????     |
    |                            ||     TTTTTTT     ||                            |
    |                            \/     TTTTTTT     \/                            |
    | SSSSS                             TTTTTTT                             SSSSS |
    | SSSSS                             TTTTTTT                             SSSSS |
    | SSSSS                                                                 SSSSS |
    | SSSSS                                                                 SSSSS |
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         2.2- Controls                                                       [A202]
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    The Entex Adventure Vision has six different input buttons, but not all buttons
    are needed to play the game so don't be surprised when you push a button and
    nothing happens (Button 4) or the Sound is turned off (Sound Button). Only the
    following buttons have a significant function within the game.
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    Joystick | The joystick is used to control the movements of your turtle. Up
             | means up, down means down, right means right and left means left. So
             | no surprises here.
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    Button 3 | Button 3 is the only button that is used during actual gameplay. It
             | is used to drop a bug bomb, your only weapon in the struggle against
             | the beetles.
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