Lunar Pool
By Raging_DemonTEN
Copyright 1985,1987 Pony Inc.
FAQ Copyright 2000

   This FAQ is for individual use only. If you wish to use it for any 
other reason, please e-mail me at eagle25_100@yahoo.com.

Table Of Contents
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1.Version History
2.Introduction
3.Overview And Controls
4.Point Values
5.Play Mechanics 
6.Tips 
7.Game Genie Codes

1.Version History
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Version 1.1 - Added Game Genie Codes

Version 1 - Completed FAQ 

2.Introduction
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  Lunar Pool first came out on computers in 1985. It was a big hit, for 
it showed a very accurate pool simulation for that time. When the NES 
came out, Pony and Nintendo got together and ported it to the system. 
Lunar Pool was never a big hit, but it should have been. It is a great 
game, with a lot of replayibility from the friction levels. I found this 
game to be a great pool simulator, and decided to write a FAQ about it.

3.Overview And Controls
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  The object of the game is to solve the stage by getting in all the 
balls in a pocket within the number of shots that you have. There are 60 
stages, with a varying amount of balls and different layouts for the 
pool table. In the beginning, you can specify what stage you wish to 
start and the friction level. The friction level determines the ball 
physics and movement. Also, you can play against your friend or the 
computer in a one on one game. The controls are as follows:

Menu Screen
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Up-Down On D-Pad - Determines stage you wish to start at
Left-Right On D-Pad - Determines friction level
SELECT - Chooses one player,two player, or vs. computer game
START - Starts game

Game Screen
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Up-Down On D-Pad - Moves cursor farther away or closer on the line of 
shot
Left-Right On D-Pad - Moves cursor along the 360 path surrounding the 
cue ball
A Button - Shoots ball

4.Point Values
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  The point values for the games are as follows:
 A Ball In - The ball number multiplied by ten 
             Ex.) If you got the 3 ball in, your score would be 30
 2 Balls In, Same Shot - The second ball in's point value is doubled
             Ex.) If you got the 2 and 3 ball in, the 2 ball would be 20 
points and the 3 ball would be 60 points
 2 Bals In, Two Consecutive Shots - The second ball in's point value is 
added by ten
             Ex.) If you got the 2 ball in after you got another ball in 
, the score would be 30

5.Play Mechanics
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  When you start a game, you'll notice a few things on the top of the 
screen:Score,Round,Rate, and Ball. You know what Score and Round are, 
but I've yet to tell you about Rate and Balls. Basically, Balls is the 
number of lives that you have. When you scratch or you go through three 
shots, you lose a ball. You don't lose any shots if you get one or more 
balls in, and you get an extra ball if you complete a level. Rate is 
something im a little unsure of. I know it goes down to one if you miss 
a shot or lose a ball, but otherwise, im unsure.
  You shoot the cue ball to hit other balls. The other balls go into the 
holes, and you scor epoints and get to go again. It sounds simple but 
there are a lot of elements in play. First off, there is a Power Meter 
near the top of the screen. The farther the meter is along the line, the 
more power in your shot. Also, it is extremely easy to scratch, 
especially on the lower friction levels. Be wary of where the cue ball 
when go when you make the shot. Finally, you only have three shots to 
get all the balls in. This is a tough game, so good luck to you.

6.Tips 
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- Friction is the main factor in a game. THe lower the friction, the 
faster the balls go, making your score higher, but you scratch easier. 
The higher the friction, the less scratches, but it is harder to get the 
balls in. You have to make a tradeoff.

- When you play two player, be aware of cue ball placement. If you can't 
get a ball in from your position, hit it somewhere where your opponent 
can't get a ball in either.

- Playing the computer is extremely tough. It gets challenging quickly, 
so I don't reccomend that option to beginning players

7.Game Genie Codes
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Start with 9 balls - PESVUPLE
Start with 25 balls - POSVUPLE
Start with 50 balls - ZUSVUPLA
Start with 99 balls - LVSVUPLA

Start with 9 shots - PAVVKLLE
Start with 25 shots - PPVVKLLE
Start with 50 shots - ZLVVKLLA
Start with 99 shots - LTVVKLLA

Thanks
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Tony Hedstrom, who gave me the Game Genie codes



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