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                                  FAQ/Walkthrough for
                                          720
    
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    GUIDE INFORMATION
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    Author:   Tom Hayes
    E-mail:   thayesguides(at)gmail(dot)com
    System:   Nintendo Entertainment System
    Updated:  18th June, 2008
    Version:  1.1
    
    
    CONTENTS
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    1. Introduction
    2. Tips
    3. Walkthrough
         3.1. Main Park
         3.2. Downhill
         3.3. Jump
         3.4. Ramp
         3.5. Slalom
    4. Copyright Information
    
    
    VERSION HISTORY
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    1.1:  4th January, 2008  (Format update)
    1.0:  18th June, 2004    (First version)
    
    
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    1.                                Introduction
    
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    720 is a simple skateboarding game on the NES which features a young skater's
    journey to gain medals in sixteen events. Unfortunately however, he is for some
    reason stopped on this journey by maniac car drivers, mad motorcyclists, thugs
    who curiously just keep kicking and frisbee throwers who have decided to use
    the skater as a target. As if that's not enough, if the poor skater doesn't get
    to an event in time he will be chased by a swarm of bees who obviously hold
    some sort of grudge against this skater, as they soon transform into a hammer
    and even a skull as they give chase in an attempt to knock him off his board.
    
    It's a shame really that with all the action happening in the main area (named
    Main Park), that the actual events will hold little of anything interesting at
    all. There are sixteen events in the game divided over four classes, but each
    event is repeated every class with only slight differences, so really there are
    only four completely different events: Downhill, jump, slalom and ramp. Despite
    my negative feelings for this game, I've enjoyed writing this guide for it and
    I hope it helps any readers who decide to play this game in the future.
    
    
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    2.                                   Tips
    
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    1: If you fail to enter an event before the time bar at the top-left corner of
       the screen runs out, the words SKATE OR DIE will appear and a swarm of bees
       will appear which slowly follows the skater. After a few seconds these will
       change to a hammer, which soon after changes to a skull. If you see the
       skull, make sure to rush to the nearest event quickly to avoid it.
    
    2: Spins are important in the game for scoring extra points, and can be vital
       especially in the main park for when a few extra points are needed to gain
       access to an event when the skull is chasing the skater. In class 1, a full
       spin (360) is worth 100 points, two spins (720) are worth 200 points, three
       spins (1080) are worth 300 points and four spins (1440) are worth 400
       points. 100 points are added to successful spins for each new class, so for
       example in class 4, four spins would be worth 800 points.
    
    3: The d-pad will move the skater in any of the eight directions that it is
       held. Pressing A will make the skater jump, and holding either left or right
       on the D-pad while in the air will make the skater spin in that direction.
    
    4: A small panel is shown at the top-left corner of the screen that displays
       the points that have been currently achieved and the points required to buy
       a ticket to compete in the next event. The amount of cash that has been
       rewarded so far (by completing events) is shown below the points, and the
       number of tickets that the skater has is shown below the cash.
    
    5: There is actually no way of completing the game. Once you reach the end of
       class 4, the game will automatically return to the start of class 4. A
       simple congratulation message would have been nice, but unfortunately there
       is no such thing. Getting gold in all events and getting all of the skating
       items from the shops in the game also results in nothing.
    
    
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    3.                                Walkthrough
    
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    3.1.                               Main Park
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    Welcome to the main park, the starting area for each class in the game. Shown
    at the bottom of this section is the map for the main park, which can also be
    found by bumping into the map icons in the park. The skatepark in the middle of
    the main park is a great way to practice jumping or spinning on the various
    ramps. Bonus points are given for jumping over the grass and the water.
    
    Events shown at the corners of the map (downhill, jump, slalom and ramp) are
    the places to go when you see the swarm of bees. If you don't have the required
    number of points to buy a ticket, then either avoid the bees for as long as you
    can until you do, or just let the bees run into you. You will get a certain
    number of lives in the game, and even if you die you can just select continue
    from the main screen to return to the class that you were previously on.
    
    The shops shown at the points of the map (boards, helmets, pads and shoes) are
    used to buy new items for the skater providing that you have enough money.
    Remember that money is earned by completing events or by collecting the various
    dollar icons that are strewn around the map, so try not to ride toward any shop
    when the timer bar is getting low. It is also important to buy items from shops
    at each class, as when an item is bought for the first time a quarter of a pie
    is shown, which means that the statistics have increased for that item. One
    item can be bought per class, but when the item has been bought four times, a
    full pie is shown and the skater will have maxiumum statistics for that item.
    
    There are four items that can be purchased from the shops in all. The helmet
    item will make the skater stand up quicker from falls. The pad item will reduce
    the chance of the skater falling over. The shoe item will let the skater ride
    much faster in the main park and the skateboard item will allow the skater to
    jump much higher so that more spins can be performed while in the air.
    
    
               DOWNHILL    HELMETS       RAMP
               ___ |       ___ |       ___ |
              / _ \       / _ \       / _ \
             / / \ \     / / \ \     / / \ \
            / /   \ \___/ /   \ \___/ /   \ \
            \ \   /      /     \      \   / /
             \ \_/       \  _  /       \_/ /
              \     /\    \/ \/    /\     /
               \   /  \     _     /  \   /
                \  \   \   / \   /   /  /
                /   \  /  /   \  \  /   \
               / /\  \/  /     \  \/  /\ \
              / /  \    /       \    /  \ \
    BOARDS - / /   /   /         \   \   \ \ - SHOES
            / /   /   / SKATEPARK \   \   \ \
            \ \   \   \           /   /   / /
             \ \   \   \         /   /   / /
              \ \  /    \       /    \  / /
               \ \/  /\  \     /  /\  \/ /
                \   /  \  \   /  /  \   /
                /  /   /   \_/   \   \  \
               /   \  /           \  /   \
              / _   \/    /\_/\    \/   _ \
             / / \       /     \       / \ \
    JUMP -  / /   \  ___ \     / ___  /   \ \ - SLALOM
           / /    / /   \ \   / /   \ \    \ \
           \ \   / /     \ \_/ /     \ \   / /
            \ \_/ /       \___/       \ \_/ /
             \___/          |          \___/
                           PADS
    
    
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    3.2.                               Downhill
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    The downhill event consists of a series of slopes that the skater must ride
    diagonally down without falling off into the water at the side. This is one of
    the easiest events to get a gold medal in, but it can be quite difficult to
    make it down the slopes without falling off. The arrows on the slopes in the
    map below refer to the direction of the next slope, and the skater should
    always be facing straight down when he lands to reduce the chance of falling.
    
    
        ,',
      ,'   ',
    ,' START '.
    `, POINT ,'\
      `,   ,'   \
        `,'      \
         \        \
          \        \
           \        \
            \   <    \
             \      ,'
              \   ,' /',
               \,'  /   ',
                   /      ',
                  /        /
                 /        /
                /        /
               /        /
              /        /
             /        /  - This slope appears once in class 1, three times in class
            /        /     2 and five times in class 3 and class 4.
            \        \
             \    <   \
              \      ,'
               \   ,' /',
                \,'  /   ',
                    /      ',
                   /        /
                  /        /
               __/        /
              /          /
             /          /
            /        __/
           ',  >   ,'
             ',   /
          ,'\  ',/
        ,'   \
      ,'      \
      \        \
       \        \____________________
        \                 / /        /
         \               / / FINISH /
          \_____________/_/________/
    
    
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    3.3.                                 Jump
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    This event starts off on a platform much like the downhill event, and like the
    downhill event this also requires the skater to ride diagonally down the
    slopes. Depending on the class, there are usually one or two big jumps over
    water and various slopes to ride down. To score gold, spin from the big jumps
    but also make sure to jump and spin on the flat as well as down the slopes, as
    the points count at any part of the event, not just the jump.
    
    
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    3.4.                                 Ramp
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    This is the one event where you don't have to skate diagonally. Start by moving
    right to ride up the right side of the half pipe ramp, then hold left after
    landing to ride up the left side. Now that the skater has got moving, you can
    start to implement some tricks into the run. Spins can be used, but it is
    difficult to gain enough height to do them well. Hold B in the air to spin.
    
    There is unfortunately only one grind in this game. The skater can grind on the
    coping (the bar on the top of the ramp). To do this, approach either side of
    the ramp and hold away from the platform (left on the right side of the ramp
    and right on the left side of the ramp) and A to stall. Next tap up or down on
    the d-pad to move on the grind. To get off the grind, hold away from the
    platform on the d-pad and tap A to drop back into the ramp.
    
    The skater can handplant on the coping, which is done by holding the d-pad in
    the direction of the platform and holding the A button. Hold on for a few
    seconds, and let go before the skater falls to score big points. You can also
    handstand in the middle of the ramp by holding the d-pad in the direction that
    the skater is travelling and tapping A. To get back on the board, tap the
    opposite direction to the one you just pressed and tap A. Use the handplant and
    handstand combinations frequently to easily win this event.
    
    
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    3.5.                                Slalom
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    Similar to the downhill and jump events, this event has the skater racing
    diagonally downhill but now adds flags that the skate must pass through along
    the way. The event is extremely easy to get a gold medal in, and even missing
    two flags will still result in a gold medal. Shown below is a map with the
    locations of the flags in the event. In classes 3 and 4 a fifth flag is added
    at the right side of the long section near the end of the track.
    
    
        ,',
      ,'   ',
    ,' START '.
    `, POINT ,'\
      `,   ,'   \
        `,'      \
         \   1    \
          \ 1      \
           \        \
            \        \
             \        \
             |      2 |
             |     2  |
             |        |
             |        |
             |        |
            / 3       /
           / 3       /
           |        |
           |  4     |
           | 4      |
           |      5 | - The fifth slalom flags appear only in class three and four.
           |     5  |
           |        |
           |        |
            \        \
             \   6    \
              \ 6      \
               \      7 \
                \    7   \
                 \        \
                  \      8 \
                   \    8   \
                    \        \
                     \________\
                      \        \
                       \ FINISH \
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    4.                          Copyright Information
    
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    This file is Copyright 2004-2008 Tom Hayes. As it can be difficult to keep
    track of websites that haven't posted the latest version of this file, please
    do not distribute it without my permission. Send an e-mail to me if you would
    like to post this file on your website and you will likely receive a positive
    response. If you do post the file, please keep it in its original form with all
    of the sections intact and credit the author (Tom Hayes) as the writer of the
    file. The latest version of this file can be found at www.gamefaqs.com.

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