Jaws Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Turn On Your NES James Browne 12.15.03 _____________________________ Version 1.0 I do not forsee any revisions Copyright 2003 James Browne Used with permission firstname.lastname@example.org _____________________________ Table of Contents: I. Introduction II. Story III. Controls A) Title Screen B) Map C) Underwater 1) Diver 2) Boat 3) Mini-Sub D) Bonus Screen E) Final Battle IV. Statistics A) Score B) Shells C) Power D) Jaws' Power E) Lives V. Items A) Drop Items 1) Star 2) Crab 3) Conch Shell B) Purchase Items 1) Receiver 2) Bonus Strobe C) Pickup Items 1) Mini-sub VI. Gameplay A) Map B) Underwater C) Bonus Stage D) Final Battle VII. Enemies A) Jellyfish B) Stingray C) Baby Shark D) Jaws VIII. Walkthrough IX. Notes ............................................................................... I. Introduction Just 12 short years after the movie Jaws kept people out of the ocean for the rest of their lives, we got to enjoy a taste of that same terrifying feeling on the NES, battling jellyfish and sting rays to earn conch shells which are bartered at seaports for great white shark radar beacons. You play a boat captain and professional diver in a world about as big as the treasure chest at the bottom of my goldfish tank. Taking your boat back and forth between two ports, every 10 feet you'll see the message "You've Hit Something!" At this point, you leap out of your boat and fight sea creatures for points and the invaluable conch shells, which is ironic, because when I tried to buy the game with sand-dollars and crab skeletons, they acted like my money wasn't as good as other people's. But don't think the fun stops there - in bonus levels, you get to fly around in a private jet and drop cannonballs on dancing jellyfish to earn points that transform into more priceless shell money. And once you reach level 5, you should be ready to take on the big man himself. He'll only take 5000 shots with your unlimited supply of mini harpoons and then you can stab him with the front of your boat and send him back to the deep abyss from where he came, which seems to be the lake in someone's backyard. ............................................................................... II. Story Straight from the manual: ******** This can't be! There has never been a Great White in these warm tropical waters before. NEVER! This is more than a coincidence... this shark appears to be possessed... as if it's hunting you down... like it's personal. You'd better prepare yourself and strike back before it's too late. Will you use the mini-sub, sea plane, sail boat, or just scuba gear? Perhaps it won't even matter. Remember, this is some kind of unbelievably powerful eating machine you're dealing with. Quick, grab your weapons, pack your explosives and check your maps. It's out there... you know it... and it's coming for you. This is serious! This is the ultimate Jaws challenge, because this time it's not over until only one of you is left alive. ******** In other words, kill the shark - with your boat. ............................................................................... III. Controls A) Title Screen Start - Begin game B) Map D-Pad - Guide boat around map C) Underwater 1) Diver D-Pad - Move diver B - Fire Harpoon 2) Boat D-Pad Left/Right - Move boat A - Drop bomb right (When attacking Jaws only) B - Drop bomb left (When attacking Jaws only) 3) Mini-Sub D-Pad - Move Mini-Sub A - Drop bomb B - Fire torpedo D) Bonus Screen D-Pad Left/Right - Speed plane up/slow plane down (following or opposing traveling direction) A/B - Drop bomb E) Final Battle D-Pad Left/Right - Move boat A - Fire strobe B - Attack with boat ............................................................................... IV. Statistics A) Score Except for the final battle, your score is constantly visible in the bottom left corner of the screen. Just about everything you collect or shoot through the game will increase your score, but a high score is worth no more than bragging rights. B) Shells Next to your score, you will find your collected shell statistic. The most important item in the game, shells allow you to purchase equipment and upgrades throughout the game. C) Power As your power level increases, the number of hits Jaws (and Jaws only) can withstand decreases dramatically. Don't try to finish the game until your power level is at least 3. You begin at the power level of 1, but you may trade conch shells at the sea ports to increase your levels. You may increase your power level to a maximum of 9. Of course, each new power level requires more conch shells to excel. Below are the shell requirements for each level: Level 1: Default Level 2: 3 shells Level 3: 5 shells Level 4: 7 shells Level 5: 10 shells Level 6: 15 shells Level 7: 20 shells Level 8: 25 shells Level 9: 30 shells You may not advance your power level until you have purchased the receiver, which you lose when you die, so when this happens, you must collect the receiver again before gaining any more levels. After the maximum power level 9, you may collect bonus strobes, used in the final battle with Jaws, for 10 shells a piece. D) Jaws' Power The 20 bars of power at the bottom of the screen indicate Jaws' power level. When these bars of power are completely diminished, you will fight Jaws in the final battle. These power bars remain depleted after an encounter with the shark, but every time you resurface (whether or not you were battling Jaws), he heals himself 4 bars. E) Lives You begin the game with 3 lives, and they are all you'll have through the game, so be careful not to die. ............................................................................... V. Items A) Drop Items Sometimes, when enemies are defeated, they will drop an item for you to collect. 1) Star A star dropped by an enemy will merely give you 500, 1000, or 2000 points. The decision is random. 2) Crab A crab is worth 30 points and slightly increases your diver's speed. The new speed level remains until you die. 3) Conch Shell Conch shells are the currency for the game and are used in trade at the two ports in this world to add power levels and receive equipment. They are also worth 30 points. B) Purchase Items 1) Receiver Price - 5 conch shells Basically a useless item, the receiver is purchased for 5 conch shells at a port and allows you to track Jaws' movements by sound. It's not very handy, as every time Jaws attacks, he sticks his larger-than-your-boat fin out of the water so that no sound is really necessary. If you have no receiver, one must be purchased before anything else and you lose the receiver every time you die. 2) Bonus Strobe Price - 10 conch shells Strobes are required to defeat Jaws on the final battle stage, but you begin the game with 3 and you only need one, so bonus strobes aren't too helpful, but they may be purchased after you reach a power level of 9. When you die, you lose all collected bonus strobes and return to the default of three. You probably won't waste your time getting past level 9 before you beat the game to collect bonus strobes. C) Pickup Items 1) Mini-Sub When traveling the map stage, you may discover an icon for the mini-sub (which appears at random). Used automatically upon receiving, your diver underwater will be in the mini-sub until he gets hit by an enemy. Firing torpedoes, dropping bombs, and moving twice as fast as the diver does with no equipment, the mini-sub is an invaluable alternative to the lone diver, also adding one hit of protection. If a player get's hit by an enemy in the mini-sub, he returns to the diver state and must locate another mini-sub on the map to have the ability again. ............................................................................... VI. Gameplay A) Map Upon entering this tropical world, you will travel around in your boat searching for ways to better yourself for the fight with your nemesis, Jaws. There are two ports on opposite sides of this area, to which you must travel, back and forth to gain items and power by bartering conch shells. Once you have received an item from one port, you must go to the other to receive the next. When traveling, you may see a large fin sticking out of the water - that's Jaws, of course. Avoid him at the beginning and search for him later. Randomly, and quite frequently, you will see the message "You've hit something!" Then you will decend into the water and fight the sea creatures below for points and shells. If you hit Jaws (or he hits you) while in the map stage, you will decend into the water below with Jaws present. B) Underwater There are two underwater scenes. One is for shallow water and one for deep. The decision is based on where your boat was on the map screen when you hit something to bring you below. If you were off on the coast of the mainland, you will be in shallow water (which is much more difficult to manuever), and everywhere else, you'll be in deep water. If you just hit something random, your boat will disappear and you will dive down into the water to attack enemies for a limited amount of time (or until you die). If you hit Jaws, however, you will stay in the boat, dropping bombs on the shark, until he comes on the boat with his first pass and knocks you in the water. Either way, there is a limited amount of time you will be underwater and your job is merely to survive until you resurface automatically. If you are fighting Jaws (and your power level is high enough) and you take him down to zero life bars, you will jump directly to the final battle. Otherwise, you just need to survive like any other underwater scene and you will return to the map screen. Every two or three underwater scenes you survive will take you to the bonus stage before putting you back in the map screen. Note: Even if you didn't hit Jaws directly, he may still join you underwater after a short time if he was close enough to your boat in the map area. C) Bonus Stage In the bonus stage, you will fly back and forth in a private plane and attempt to drop bombs on unsuspecting, dancing jellyfish in the water. The jellyfish in bonus stages are a bit random, but they all follow the same two rules. First, they will always come in groups of five, and second, they will follow the same pattern four times, then follow a different pattern twice, each time coming from the opposite side of the screen as the last. Scoring for each group is 50 points each for the first two, 100 for the third, 200 for the fourth, and 500 for the last. At the end of the bonus stage, you will receive a bonus shell for every three you hit, so out of a possible 30 kills, you will receive a maximum of 10 shells. D) Final Battle The final battle with Jaws is simple, and you are automatically transported there when you defeat Jaws in the underwater scenes. You control your boat and some kind of strobe pulse, which pains Jaws enough to jump out of the water. Move your boat back and forth to follow his movements, and when he is close enough, shoot him out of the water with the strobe and stab him with the front of your boat. ............................................................................... VII. Enemies Enemies are found only in the underwater scenes and are all simple enough to defeat. Unfortunately, the enemies do not become easier as your power level increases - that's only for Jaws. But most of their movements are predictable and in time, you should have this game pinned. A) Jellyfish Jellyfish attack from the bottom of the screen, working their way up by pumping the lower part of their bodies. They may swim straight up or they may swim diagonally, but they are always fairly predictable. Unfortunately, the jellyfish are probably the least reliable out of all the enemies for drop items. Attacking a jellyfish once will kill him, resulting in 50 points. B) Stingray The easiest thing about the stingray is the absolute predictability of their movements. They swim from one side of the screen to the other, extremely slow (most of the time) and can only receive two hits of damage. They are more reliable for items than the jellyfish and are much easier to manuever around. Hitting a stingray with a harpoon (or a torpedo in the mini-sub) gives a player 10 points, and killing him gives 100 points. C) Baby Shark The baby shark comes from the sides of the screen, like the stingray, but he tracks and follows the divers movements and takes 10-15 hits to kill. This makes him the toughest enemy in the game, but they are welcomed, as they ALWAYS drop a valuable conch shell. This makes them the most reliable enemy in the game for items. Baby sharks give 10 points for each connected weapon and 500 points for the kill. D) Jaws Jaws fights the same way as the baby shark, but with a lot more size. As your power level increases, he will take less and less hits to defeat. At level 1, it takes about 30 hits with your harpoon to take him down just one power bar, but at level 5, it takes about 5 hits. He is easy to outsmart (he's just a shark), and you should find it easy to avoid him through the game until you're ready to take him on. Jaws rewards 20 points for each hit with your weapons. ............................................................................... VIII. Walkthrough JAWS IS THE EASIEST GAME ON THE PLANET! I will now walk you through the game, step by step, and show you how easy some NES games used to be. Overall, it shouldn't take more than 20 minutes to defeat Jaws. You begin with 3 lives, which is more than enough, and your only goal through the game is to collect conch shells. After the opening screen, you find yourself on the map screen in the first seaport, represented by the anchor symbol. Your first mission is to collect 5 conch shells and head east to the second port to collect the useless item, the receiver. Head south until you come to a clearing, then go east until you see the port, also represented by the anchor icon. You need 5 shells to collect the receiver, but don't worry - along the way, you'll see the obnoxious "You've Hit Something!" message at the bottom of the screen, accompanied by the gloomy music. Now, you will drop down in the water and fight sea creatures in an attempt to collect conch shells. Crabs are useful for increasing speed and manuverability, but don't kill yourself to collect them. Your goal when under water is to survive until you are automatically transported back to the map screen. After surviving a couple of underwater scenes, you will be given the bonus stage, where you can blast jellyfish for bonus conch shells. In these stages, you will receive 1 shell for every 3 you kill, so do your best when you get there. After you have collected 5 shells, sail into the port and collect the receiver. This item is a little ridiculous, as when Jaws surfaces, you can see his fin sticking 12 feet out of the water. But you need to get the receiver before you can gain any bonus levels, so it is necessary in that respect. It will beep faster when Jaws is close, so if you are playing with your eyes closed, you'll know when he's near. If you do run into Jaws this early in the game, or if he was close to your boat on the map when "you hit something," he will be present with you underwater and you'll need to avoid him as much as possible. You don't currently have the strength to considerably take him down and he is a waste of time to fight. Just stay alive long enough to return to the map screen. When you have collected 3 more shells after you acquired the receiver, head back to the first port and gain a power level, putting you up to 2. Then double back to the second port when you have 5 shells and put yourself up to level 3. A power level of three is enough to take Jaws out, but if you like, continue back and forth in this manner gaining levels until you are comfortable. A power level of three isn't enough to take Jaws out in one session underwater, but with two encounters, he can be defeated. A couple of things to remember when powering up are stay out of shallow water and avoid Jaws. When "you hit something," you will either be taken to shallow or deep water, depending on where your boat was on the map. If you are directly off the coast of land when "you hit something," you will be taken to shallow water, which seriously limits your movements. The only time you should go near the coast is when you're entering the ports. Avoiding Jaws can be tricky. Even though he is easy to outrun, if "you hit something" when he's near to your boat on the map, he will join you in time underwater and you will need to avoid him until the survival time is up. There's not much you can do about this, but the important thing is when you're underwater with him, you don't bother to try to damage him until you reach a power level of at least 3. Just concentrate on not dying. If you die, the following things happen: Lose 1 life Lose 1 power level Lose receiver Lose half your shells, rounded up (i.e., if you have 17, you will lose 9) Lose all bonus strobes Jaws regains all power So don't die. The biggest pain in the butt is acquiring the receiver again and getting back your power levels, so it's important not to get yourself killed while underwater (the only place you can die). You can withstand only one hit from an enemy, but all the creatures' movements are so predictable, you should be fine. Along the way, pick up the mini-sub if it materializes in the map screen if it is convenient, but don't go out of your way. It is a lot faster, shoots faster weapons, and protects you from one hit from the enemies, but it is not a necessary tool for defeating the game. Anyway, when you are at level 3, find any spot in deep water and wait for Jaws to come and hit your boat. You will be transported to the underwater scene with Jaws attacking your boat. Throw as many bombs as you can by pressing A to throw them to the left or B to throw them to the right, depending which side he is attacking from. When he makes his first pass, you will be knocked into the water and you will be invulnerable for a moment. He will pass back and forth, going offscreen each time, and you just need to wail on him with harpoons (or torpedoes if you have the mini-sub) until your time underwater runs out. When you return to the map screen, he will have healed 4 life bars. STAY PUT! If you start wandering around and "you hit something," when you return back to the map, he will have healed another 4 life bars, even though you didn't encounter him. If you stay where you are, he will find you again and bring you underwater for another battle. You should be able to get him down about 12-14 life bars each time before returning to the surface where he will heal himself 4 bars. It takes two underwater sessions with him to get his power all the way down, and when you take him down all the way, you will be transported to the final battle scene. THE FINAL BATTLE You will see your ship at the bottom of the screen and Jaws' fin sticking out of the water in the distance. DON'T PANIC! You have at least 3 strobes (assuming you didn't waste any time getting any bonuses) and you have unlimited time. Furthermore, Jaws can't hurt you in this scene, so you have a hell of an advantage. If he goes offscreen, an arrow will direct you to him. Take your time. The objective here is to make him jump out of the water by firing the strobe, and while he is out of the water, you have one attack by stabbing him with the front of your boat. He will approach your ship and you must follow his movements so his fin is directly ahead of your boat. If he is a bit too far to the left or right, this will not work. Now, see those horizontal lines in the water that are supposed to represent waves of some sort? The first line in front of your boat is about where he needs to be - any further away or closer and you won't get him. So basically, when he is directly in front of your boat at the first horizontal, black line, fire the strobe by pressing A, and when he is fully out of the water, press B to stab him with your boat. And that's it! Jaws sinks to the bottom of the ocean, your airplane (wherever your airplane came from - the bonus stage, I guess) flies off into the distance, and then THE END. Thus ends the easiest game in the universe! ............................................................................... IX. Notes Jaws is the fourth of my walkthroughs. The first is a small Zelda first quest walkthrough, still unpublished, and I have complete walkthroughs for The Karate Kid and Rygar published on http://www.gamefaqs.com. I am currently working on a walkthrough for Trojan and Section Z.