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    CRISIS FORCE
    
    Version 1.0 (07/12/2007)
    
    Version History:
    1.0: Basic Guide Complete - (07/12/2007)
    
    Written for the NES FAQ Completion Project - faqs.retronintendo.com
    
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    Legality:
    This Guide is Copyright, 2006, Matthew McIntyre
    
    This guide may not be used on a website or in any public forum
    where it is protected by copyright without the consent of the author.
    
    To contact me: entropiclobo(at)yahoo(dot)ca or chaos(dot)wolf(at)gmail(dot)com
    
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    Game by Konami
    
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    *                            Table of Contents                               *
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    *To jump to a section, hold the Control Key and press F, then type in the
    section number as it appears (ie type CF1)
    
    CF1: Intro
    CF2: Gameplay
    CF3: Power-Ups
    CF4: Walkthrough
         CF4.1: Stage 1
         CF4.2: Stage 2
         CF4.3: Stage 3
         CF4.4: Stage 4
         CF4.5: Stage 5
         CF4.6: Stage 6
         CF4.7: Stage 7
    CF5: Credits
    
    Crisis Force is rated "X" for "199X," it contains scenes of transforming ships
    and brutal bots. Player discretion is advised.
    
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    |                                CF1: Intro                                  |
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    Perhaps the most gorgeous game of its kind on this hardware, Crisis Force is a
    true gem. Besides being breathtaking, it's entertainment value shines through
    on a console that is literally permeated with shmups. But Crisis Force remains
    fresh. Large and inventive enemies, a transformable ship for finding just the
    right combo for the situation or your play in general, and it's no slouch with
    what it tosses at you.
    
    Crisis Force unfortunately did not make it outside of Japan, perhaps due to its
    release proximity to the NES-SNES transition. It's a shame, so if you get the
    opportunity to play this game you should take.
    
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    Crisis Force is an overhead shooter divided into 7 stages with an end boss
    each. Fly through each stage, defeat teh boss, and proceed to the end. Pretty
    straight forward.
    
    You can change teh difficulty and control scheme in the options.
    
    You have two main functions:
    
    Fire: The button assigned to fire your weapon.
    Change: The button assigned to change your ship.
    
    Change means that you alter the shape of your ship. You collect red and blue
    power-ups and as you stay on one type (ie, stick with red) your weapon becomes
    more powerful. The weapon is used in different ways depending on what form the
    ship takes.
    
    Colelcting teh gold power-ups with a blue centre of them, five of them will
    transform you into a large ship with vast destructive power. It has a time
    limit with time also deducted when you take hits.
    
    Unlike other shmups, if you are powered up you can take a hit. This just takes
    youy down in power though the next hit may be fatal.
    
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    To launch a Bomb, you need to hold fire and press change.
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    Bombs of course are a larger area attack. They can even destroy some shots that
    your normal weapon can't. You have only a limited stock, of course.
    
    
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    |                               CF3: Power-Ups                               |
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    Yellow/Gold with a Blue Centre:
    -Collect five of these to transform your ship into the large ship. If you have
     two players, both become one. At any rate, this ship will eventually revert
     back to normal with hits and time. The shots it fires cover a huge area so
     reap the destruction while you can.
    
     One thing you might consider is getting only 3 or 4 of these power-ups so that
     you can transform based on situation. Such as a hard section of a level, or a
     boss enemy.
    
     Collecting more of them will increase the time limit of the transformation.
    
    Red Power-Up Path:
    
    -Red has special functions:
     -Feature 1: A wave beam fired straight forward. Two shots arc in and out so it
                 may miss enemies but it's quite strong.
     -Feature 2: A weak shot forward but a shield around your ship.
     -Feature 3: Shots fired to the side of the ship, which seek the enemy. They
                 fly out, line up with an enemy and fly straight ahead.
    
    Red is more powerful than blue, in my experience, but not always as reliable.
    The seeker for instance may line up with a boss' shots rather than a boss
    itself.
    
    Blue Power-Up Path:
    
    -Blue is a little more mundane but still functional.
     -Feature 1: Straight-forward shot.
     -Feature 2: Front and Tail Guns. Covers a wide area behind you.
     -Feature 3: Front and Side (both) guns.
    
    Blue is a more rapid fire oriented power-up path. There's decent coverage if
    this is the kind you like.
    
    Bomb:
    
    The bomb gives you more bomb uses. The bomb's function depends on formation.
     -Feature 1: A circular blast array that spreads out. Useful.
     -Feature 2: A more centralized blast. Useful.
     -Feature 3: Teleports your ship, doing damage with your afterimage. Avoid.
    
    Flashing:
    
    A flashing S, get it to restore some lost power when you die.
    
    S:
    
    Speed up if blue, speed down if red.
    
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    |                              CF4: Walkthrough                              |
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    Crisis Force is divided into 7 discrete stages, each with an end boss and
    perhaps some minibosses interspersed throughout the stage.
    
    While your raw ability is much more important with a shmup, it does help to
    know how to handle or something, or what you have to handle in the first place.
    This guide is written with the normal difficulty in mind.
    
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                                    CF4.1: Stage 1
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    You're going to enter the level over some grass. This is an opportunity to pick
    your power-up and switch ship mode into the one you desire. Once you pick a
    power-up type, you should mostly stick with it unless you feel a boss or
    situation demands change.
    
    Once you enter the city area, fire at the enemies cascading in from the top in
    sinewave formation. There will be plenty of power-ups and the yellow ships
    mainly just enter fromt he top - you should be able to take these out as they
    appear. The small red circles moving across the ground take a couple of shots,
    so mind them. Their shots are pretty slow, however.
    
    By the time you reach open water and a road, you should have powered up into
    the large ship. If you have, reap the rewards while you can. I won't mention
    this transformation again in my guide, since you may miss power-ups, or collect
    those that I miss, getting it at different times than I would. You may want to
    hold off on them until you are right before the boss of a level, however.
    
    The streets are clogged with red orb enemies, stay towards the back and take
    care of them. When three ships burst out of the water, yellow winged ships will
    arrive. These are dangerous, once they reach the bottom, they will fire lasers
    then fly back up. So even if you do not manage to shoot them down as they pass,
    keep your guard up.
    
    Stay toward the bottom of the screen during the section where lasers ravage the
    city. Larger yellow ships will appear that shoot three lasers straight forward.
    They can loop the screen by going off the left or right side, so it's best to
    stay away and scrap them. These will be mixed in with those red orbs for a good
    stretch now as the screen sways back and forth.
    
    When the ground opens up, you'll be fighting the small yellow ships again, so
    it's a short reprieve. When the ground brightens up to reveal the chasm, some
    large red ships will arrive. Now these fire either slow moving balls or
    missiles before they move and take a few hits to down. Just stay to the bottom
    of the screen shooting them down and you'll be fine.
    
    After a number fo small yellows (destroy them and you'll likely get enough
    power-ups to transform) some yellow wings will come in from the bottom. If you
    are in the centre of the left-right axis you won't get creamed. Some yellow
    ships will then fly out fromt he chasm, they're easily destroyed but don't get
    too close because these ones WILL shoot you.
    
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                                   STAGE 1 BOSS
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    If you transformed in the last section before the boss, you'll have a great
    advantage at first. But either way, this guy isn't that hard.
    
    His hands will alternate between sections of lasers and red balls. When he
    fires three red balls, you can stay pretty well lined up with him. Your shots
    will destroy these balls and also injure him and his hands.
    
    When the hands fire lasers, pull to the bottom of the screen and stay away from
    their line of fire. The lasers are quicker than the balls and cannot be blocked
    or stopped by your firepower.
    
    You can destroy his hands, but you should focus mostly on the main body. A wide
    shot or something that will hit him form a different direction (like the seeker
    laser of the red path) helps a lot here. Do not try to fly up beside him unless
    he is to the far left or right, he swings his arms around independent from his
    body so you could get smoked for your efforts.
    
    If both arms are destroyed, the main body starts firing fairly rapidly. I'd
    switch to a more forward, strong attack. It will be able to penetrate the red
    balls and damage him rapidly enough not to drag the increased threat on.
    
    When his main body is destroyed, you can blast off to stage two.
    
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                                    CF4.2: Stage 2
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    You'll enter over a field. There's plenty of power-ups here, but ships will
    begin to arrive almost immediately. Shoot them for the transformation power-ups
    but stay near the bottom of the screen if possible, in preparation for the next
    section.
    
    The spiders here shoot webs that will explode into spiked balls. The spiders
    are large and take multiple hits themselves. Try to stay around the centre of
    the screen if possible, and use a weapon that can hit to your sides, as much
    for defense as for offense.
    
    Leaving the spiders, the paired ships will fire, then retreat offscreen,
    destroy them as you see them, if possible, but don't get close unless you just
    plan to sweep past firing at at them.
    
    The spiders will arrive again, but be much more sparse, mainly paired along the
    right and left of the screen, if you can't take them out as they arrive, a shot
    that goes to the sides is recommended.
    
    After the small yellow ships, three spiders then some more ships that pull back
    greet you. A side shot should be kept on, some of the statues to your left and
    right are actually enemies and will become much more frequent as you enter the
    temple area.
    
    The temple area has these statues and the pull-back ships in greater number.
    Eventually you'll find enemies that look like a pharoah's death mask. They
    transform to shoot, and leave, so try and take them out beforehand. Some
    ships will appear at the bottom of the screen, so head more towards the centre
    to contend with them.
    
    You'll come to an area full of slabs that can be destroyed. Those that are a
    more solid colour with a circle hold powerups. The walking enemies here take a
    few hits and should be avoided if they get too close. There's plenty of statues
    here too. If you can't geta  clear shot at all of them, pick one side and keep
    to it.
    
    When you reach open water again, more death mask robots will arrive. There are
    about four total, coming in pairs. However, there are statues here too so the
    bottom of the screen is not completely safe, the centre will do.
    
    When you re-enter the temple area, the boss is nigh.
    
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                                   STAGE 2 BOSS
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    The large head is beneath a broken floor. Stay to one side of it as it moves
    around. It fires a three-way spread shot that should be pretty obvious. Switch
    to a powerful forward shot, like the wave shot of the red mode and blast the
    tiles away as quickly as possible.
    
    When they're blasted, he won't be able to hide nearly as well, blast him in the
    chops with whatever weapon is most comfortable for you. Stay to the bottom of
    the screen.
    
    Eventually, his face will change. At this point he sprays a radial array of
    diamond shaped shots. You will want to be at the bottom of the screen and the
    opposite side as him. This way, a space wide enough to fly through should have
    open before the shots hit you. There is a brief pause between these attacks,
    but not long enough to get close to him.
    
    The face will change again. It opens its mouth a fires a large number of shots
    forward. These can be destroyed and hebreaks it off just as he reaches the
    other side of his strafe. So, you should stay somewhat lined up with him,
    firing, and moving just a bit ahead of him so as not to get hit by the shots
    you don't manage to destroy.
    
    Once its death mask blows up, it's not over. The true head here fires a
    fireball, which split into four smaller balls, stay away and weave over them
    while paying mind to the three-way shot the head assails you with. So, let the
    fireballs pass under you and don't get too close to the head or you can't dodge
    the three-way (and I'll refrain from a salacious joke here). Keep firing. A
    wider shot, or the seeker laser is helpful if you don't fancy lining up with
    the head.
    
    That's the last phase.
    
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                                    CF4.3: Stage 3
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    While there are power-ups here, don't get too excited. There are plenty of
    walls in your path that can either take you by surprise or completely waste a
    transformed ship. It's maybe too big for acute weaving so you'll possibly hit
    more walls and drain it before you get any real use out of it.
    
    Stay towards the back of the screen and dodge into the openings as you see
    them. Stayingt back here is recommended unless you're confident enough in your
    reaction time to venture further.
    
    Once you come to a more open straightaway, enemies will come up from the
    trenches. Hit them as they arrive, they don't really move but they do fire. You
    should be able to kill them before they fire, however. What's more, you can see
    the red dots below so you about where they will arrive. They'll move after they
    fire so clean up quickly!
    
    Head more towards the centre of the screen if possible because some waves will
    come from the bottom. These small grey ships leave transformation power-ups if
    you destroy their wave (I believe the wave is only paired ships though).
    
    Pull back to the bottom of the screen as the yellow ships arrive. Large yellow
    ships will arrive fromt he top, fire and fly forward. Shoot them down if
    possible. Staying towards the bottom gives you plenty of room to move out of
    the way otherwise. However, if you don't clear a few the air will get wicked
    thick. After a few more small ships, a miniboss will arrive...
    
                                   STAGE 3 MINIBOSS 
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    You should know what ship formation can hit behind you and what's good for
    hitting ahead of you. The miniboss occasionally fires a few straight lasers
    forward, either go between them (plenty of room) or stay to one side of the
    boss. He constantly launches a three-way shot, so stay away from him.
    
    Stay toward the bottom of the screen while he's at the top so you don't smack
    a wall, and the centre when he goes to the bottom (room to dodge shots as well
    as room to evade the coming walls.
    
    Back to the stage, don't get too close to the crawling yellow bots that arrive.
    The fire a short-range fireball. Get your shots in, but don't go right up in
    front of them. The grey discs that will join them aren't a huge concern if you
    miss them, but they do persist on screen for a short time firing.
    
    This is a fairly extensive section, but eventually you'll come to some grey
    orbs. These fire lasers in a clockwise formation. They take a few hits so get
    rid of them before the yellow snakes arrive. These snakes persist on screen.
    Alone, they aren't too bad but when there's more than one your room to move
    is severely compromised. Hit them in the face and get ready for more grey orbs
    when they arrive - stay below the middle of the screen. Not the bottom,
    however, as snakes can arrive from the bottom.
    
    Watch out as the path narrows, take care of the stationary targets and watch
    closely as yellow ships phase in. If you're coming to a dead end, pull back and
    wait for a portal to open. Eventually you'll come to the boss. Stay near the
    wall as you see the path ending though, so as not to get snuck attack by sudden
    yellow ships.
    
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                                     STAGE 3 BOSS
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    The boss is a large face, and the weak spots are the eyeballs. The boss
    attacks by firing fireballs from its eyes and launching small ships which take
    to the bottom/top of the screen and fire small shots at you.
    
    When you see the boss' spikes glow blue it will launch two spiked lengths and
    oull itself toward you.
    
    For instance...
    
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    |   |       P     |   |       P        |   |    P
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    A) Boss and       B) Boss fires     C) Boss moves
       Player            spikes.           closer.
    
    So what are you to do? Switch to a side shot. Let him get 3/4 across the screen
    before moving to the other side. Shot the eyes when you get to either side, be
    sure to take note of the little ships. You can break the fireballs so you'll
    more than likely hit those anyways.
    
    The boss is quickly destroyed in this fashion. You can shoot it fromt he front,
    but I find the sides safer.
    
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                                    CF4.4: Stage 4
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    Starting over a scenic sea of lava, you won't get too many power-ups before the
    stage starts for real. The volcanoes ahead spew rocks at you - you can either
    switch to a multiple shot for the sake of defense or you can take a powerful
    forward shot to destroy the volcanoes. Hit the spot of lava on them and when it
    goes black the volcano will go dormant.
    
    You'll enter a section now of fireballs (they can be destroyed but dodge if
    they get too close) and spinning ships. That is, the waves of ships spin in a
    tight circle firing multiple shots. It's in your best interest to crush them
    asap.
    
    Afterwards, destroy the ship with the trailing missiles - or they will fire at
    you. Destroy the orb in the lava as quickly as possible, as well. It unleashes
    a radial flame wave. As long as you're at least half a screen away, you should
    be able to find an opening to weave through the flames unscathed.
    
    The rocks up ahead will open up and begin shooting fireballs at you. If
    possible, train your shots on them as they open so as to hit them as they open.
    They do take multiple hits, so get about 1/4 of a scrfeen away from them. No
    closer as there's a volcano coming and you don't want their shots to hit you.
    
    Passing the volcano, there are fire snakes (shoot their head) that fire
    fireballs at you, diggers (fires 3 small flames), a volcano, little grey bots
    that have a three way fireball, and other grey bots that go down the side of
    the screen firing lasers. There are also the radial flame wave orbs, potent.
    It can get rough, so retreat to the bottom of the screen. Clear/concentrate on
    one side of the screen - probably the right. This way you can dodge some
    shots and clear your path. It thins out around the next volcano.
    
    Some more volcanoes and you'll be assaulted by flaming masks. They take
    multiple hits and release a lot of small shots. Now, stay clear of, or destroy,
    the volcano and then concentrate on the masks one at a time. Try to stay at
    leasta  quarter of a screen a way - hitting them multiple times but leaving
    room to dodge.
    
    After the spinning ships, you'll see large lines of flame coursing down from
    the top of the screen. Dodge these to the left or right and then immediately go
    over the space where they were. The reason being, they launch fireballs in
    their wake and these will not hit you if you are in between them (launched to
    either side of the line). Towards the end this gets difficult as a few will be
    on the screen at once. Lure them to one side, then dart to the other side of
    the screen.
    
    Stay at the bottom of the screen for the next segment. Wait for the ground to
    burst and the flames to start then move between them, destroying the fire
    snake along the way. Stay between the flames as you keep going up, and move to
    safety if ever the ground turns red beneath you.
    
    Some concealed cannons make themselves known after this. Luckily, they are
    noisy and reveal themselves as soon as they shoot. Take them out. Things will
    get noisy shortly after, a section of volcanoes, drillers, and ships will
    approach. Again, stick to one side of the screen and destroy/dodge as much as
    possible. There's a few power-ups if you get hit once or twice.
    
    When it eases up, there'll mostly be volcanoes and lines of fire. Now, these
    lines don't seem to give off flames, but be prepared incase it was just me.
    Those that do, don't seem to fire many. Perhaps its because of the volcanoes?
    Stay at the centre, picking a side. Move down and away as the fire lines
    draw near.
    
    After the second group of three volcanoes you'll have to deal with fire masks
    again. Switch to a forward shot and destroy at least two of them before the
    masks even appear so that you actually have some breathing room.
    
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                                     STAGE 4 BOSS
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    There's three volcanoes approaching and then the screen stops on them. This is
    the first phase of the boss. Pick either the left or right volcano and just
    work your way across them. You can't hurt them until the stage stops moving so
    get in position. They do nothing different, they just fire rocks. They do
    flash red so you can even see them more easily.
    
    Once they are destroyed, the boss reveals itself. The boss is a large circular
    ship with a face in the middle, and it fires rings of flame that are the same
    size as its body.
    
    These are not difficult to dodge as long as you are about half a screen away.
    The timing is very deliberate, you can dodge, pause and shoot, dodge, pause and
    shoot. The seeker lasers of the red path make this even easier.
    
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                                    CF4.5: Stage 5
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    Starting out over the water, a few waves of enemies will come in from the top.
    These grey ones give the power-ups that cause teh transformation into the
    karge ship - there's enough here certainly to transform if you want to try.
    
    When facing the Egyptian ships, hit the cannons when they open. Stay near the
    Egyptian ships so that the enemy's attack boats don't just collide with you.
    Of course, teh second ship has a back-mounted laser and launches small aircraft
    so don't go _over_ the big boats, just beside. You can scroll the screen left
    and right just a little.
    
    Move more towards the centre as you come to the black circles on the water.
    These circles will jump out to reveal either missiles or laser canons so don't
    go right in front of them. The reason you want to be in the centre is that
    ships will move across the bottom firing lasers.
    
    This will continue for some time, but eventually you will come to open water,
    then islands. Stay near the centre and look for the black shadows. These large
    craft will loop back from the top and fire lasers at you. Fire at them, then
    move out of the way of the lasers. Don't ignore the black circles in the water.
    The boats are less threat than the aircraft, but the missiles and laser canons
    can cause a problem.
    
    Something like the red path's shield or the blue's side shot is useful here as
    missiles erupt from all around you.
    
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                                     STAGE 5 BOSS
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    A side-capable shot is definitely needed for this first phase. There are four
    missile launchers, they have minimal tracking ability but if you go into one
    of the bottom corners you can shoot them more easily. However, enemies from the
    top still can get you, so take care. Basically, side up beside some launchers
    and move from one side to the other, until all are gone. Maybe duck in and out
    of the corner, have the missiles fire up, then defend as they go down. Due to
    the positioning of the boss, you may consider a bomb if you aren't packing a
    full power-up path.
    
    You'll now zoom down to the other end of the ship to do battle with even more
    of its machinations. Pick either the right or left flank and destroy the canons
    here, and then on the other flank. These fire small shots, but since there are
    four of them, this can cause some complications. Look out for the lasers from
    the central plate. If you stay to the bottom of the screen, they're easy to
    destroy. Fire on the central plate after taking out the side canons.
    
    Now you move into the centre of the ship, with its core glaring at you. But
    there are five turret holes here as well. These shoot teh same missiles as
    phase 1. Pound on them as quickly as possible. The core will launch some
    swirling shots, but fly up and around the top of the ship and back down to
    the bottom to evade them. Stay in a bottom corner when the lasers are fired,
    and move when one comes towards you. You'll see the spot facing you glow first
    so it's not hard to see coming. Be careful of the five-way spread gun of the
    orb, but it's always the same so you should quickly see a way to dodge.
    
    Once the five turrets are destroyed, focus on the sphere, moving away when it
    glows or the lasers start. Destroy it, and it's over baby.
    
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                                    CF4.6: Stage 6
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    Take your eyes off the background and take note of the purple enemies. These
    guys dart back and forth across the screen in wide arcs and so you'll need to
    stop them as close tot he top as possible. They drop the transforming power-up
    if you destroy all of the wave. Keep your eye on teh pyramids, those with tops
    may conceal turrets so don't stray too close.
    
    Stay toward the bottom of the screen as large slabs appear on screen, dodging
    them as they fly toward you. Try to destroy as many laser pyramids as possible
    because it's doubtful you'll beat the slabs.
    
    The next slabs are more easily destroyed but they break into a burst of smaller
    tablets. Euther dodge them or focus your shots on them. Don't forget the
    pyramids, they're still firing lasers. To destroy the pyramids you probably
    won't have any choice but to destroy a few slabs.
    
    There are obelisk missiles shortly after this. Stone obelisks fly into the
    centre of the screen and explode, launching four smaller shots. These don't
    come in any small number. You must destroy as many as possible, pick a side if
    need be, but destroy as many as needed so as to save yourself the hits.
    
    The next set of slabs are indestrucible. But the purple diamonds aren't. They
    will bounce lasers off of the slabs so stay towards the middle and focus your
    firepower on the diamonds.
    
    After a few purple ships you'll come to a section with indestructible slabs all
    along the side of the screen. This part is hard. They fly towards you and clamp
    together before boucong back off the screen. Stay to the bottom until you have
    no choice but to go up past some. Dart to the top to about a one slab space
    where there are none and stay in this space until you can do the same for the
    next section. Repeat until over.
    
    There'll now be a load of walker bots and missiles which fire segments of
    themselves at you. Just stay to the bottom and keep firing. After a few
    indestructibles it's boss time.
    
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                                     STAGE 6 BOSS
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    A large slab that fires bounceable lasers at the smaller slabs is the first
    phase here. Purple diamonds do the same. Pick one method - either straight
    forward or side shot and stick with it. Dodge lasers and slab and shoot the
    big guy when it opens.
    
    The purple diamonds do regenerate so focus on the big guy. Stay at least half
    a screen away at all times for good measure.
    
    When the big slab is destroyed, the floor falls away. Head to the bottom of the
    screen because the boss will take up the top.
    
    The boss has multiple attacks. You can shoot its sparks, but not all as that's
    not practical. Stay just under his chin at all times firing straight up and you
    will destroy the two closest to you and the others will miss you entirely. Stay
    away from the tentacles because they can extend down, and fire a laser to the
    side when they do. So if a tentacle tip is right next to you, change position.
    
    Keep this up and it should fall pretty quickly.
    
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                                    CF4.7: Stage 7
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    Stage 7 begins with some fairly easy enemy waves that drop the transforming
    power-up. Some green blades will shoot onto screen but they are mostly harmless
    if you stay towards the bottom.
    
                                  STAGE 7 MINIBOSS 1
                                 ********************
    
    A large yellow robot will walk up to the top from the bottom of the screen. It
    will walk up and down the screen - launching missiles at the top and drones at
    the bottom. The missiles are tightly packed and easy to destroy. The drones are
    launched to the top of the screen, and spread out. Try to take out at least two
    while dodging their fireballs and dodge them when they group and fly after you.
    A strong, forward shot is the best here.
    
    After this, take one path or the other, it doesn't truly matter. The big threat
    here are side mounted cannons. Destroy them rather than trying to pass them.
    They are tight to one another (relatively speaking) so you don't want too many
    on teh screen at once. The others in the other corridor aren't any concern
    except at openings.
    
                                  STAGE 7 MINIBOSS 2
                                 ********************
    
    An eyeball will eventually enter the corridor, or rather a ship with an eye I
    guess. There will be two at once, alternating between a five-way spread and a
    red bouncing ball. Stay towards the bottom of the screen and focus on these
    one at a time. Remember, the other can hit you once an opening appears. For the
    second you may consider a side shot to hit it in the openings or better still -
    the seeker laser of the red path.
    
    The corridors up ahead are lines with grey wall turrets, stay near the bottom
    and take them out with the seeker laser or a side shot.
    
                                  STAGE 7 MINIBOSS 3
                                 ********************
    
    The break is very short lived as an idol statue attacks you. Switch to your
    forward shot mode for this fight. It fires four lasers on diagonals which
    bounce off the wall. Get between two contact points to dodge them. Basically
    get in front of the miniboss, fire like crazy, then dodge the laser. Rinse and
    repeat.
    
    There's a few grey wall turrets up ahead. deal with them first with a forward
    shot and then with a side shot.
    
                                  STAGE 7 MINIBOSS 4
                                 ********************
    
    He rockets up from below, and cuts his thruster. His main attack is to fire
    four shots on diagonals. If you are to the side of him, these will miss you.
    What you do is stay on the right, pound him with a side shot and dodge the
    laser, move to the left and repeat, move to the right and repeat, etc. He also
    fires missiles from the top, take the time to destroy them and continue the
    pattern.
    
    There's going to be a few wall turrets again, deal with them as before.
    
                                  STAGE 7 MINIBOSS 5
                                 ********************
    
    Appears to eb a robotic... Anubis (?) sitting in a throne. Small ships will
    come onscreen and he will turn them into damaging rubble, steer clear. He also
    fires lasers that home in on you once, stop, then do it again. So stay in one
    place blasting, move, and blast again.
    
    As usual, there's a few more wall turrets then a miniboss...
    
                                  STAGE 7 MINIBOSS 6
                                 ********************
    
    This larger ship reminds me of Gradius. It will periodically release large wave
    lasers forward. Stay slightly off centre with the ship so you can easily dodge
    the blasts. Fire at it from the bottom of the screen. When it takes damage, it
    will start to break apart. Shoot the rubble. If you're worried, don't fire at
    the boss when it shoots but it's rubble won't mess you up that much.
    
    There will be a few more turrets, and then it's go time.
    
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                                     STAGE 7 BOSS
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    Phase one is a pheonix. It fires two straight lasers forward and launches some
    feathers at you. Stay at the bottom of the screen, move away from the lasers
    and dodge between teh feathers. You may have to move forward if the feathers
    become too thick in order to find an opening. You can go between the lasers if
    you want, but don't risk it if you don't have to, full power-up is helpful for
    the next phase.
    
    This pharoah sits astride four serpent heads. Dodge the small ships it launches
    and do not stay in front of teh serpent heads, they launch lighting bolts. The
    boss moves from left to right, so stay on either side of it, firing with a side
    shot on the closest head.
    
    When the heads are destroyed, head to the bottom of the screen. the boss is now
    attacking you directly. He will fire three large blasts forward, stand to one
    side, and then fire a few lasers that will track you, stay on the opposite side
    of the screen fromt he boss and move up.
    
    It takes a long time, but repeat the pattern and he'll eventually drop.
    
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    Thanks to Konami for the amazing game. This isn't the only game I love from
    your truly astounding run on the NES, but it definitely stands out as a gem.
    
    Thanks of course go out to my hosts, as without them you would not be reading
    this guide.
    
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