FAQ by eyenot

Version: 0.1 | Updated: 08/02/99 | Printable Version

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  Bionic Commando Guide is copyright (c) 1999 Gabriel "Eyenot" Petrie
  "Bionic Commando", "Commando", "Super Joe", "Generalissimo Killt",
  "Master-D", "LADD", And the names of all other game characters and
  objects are the trademark copyrighted property of CAPCOM CO. LTD.
  and CAPCOM USA, INC. and licensed by NINTENDO OF AMERICA INC. and
  all images, names, and objects are used without permission.
  "Bionic Commando", "Super Joe", The characters and objects, and
  the Bionic Commando graphics are all copyright 1988 CAPCOM CO. LTD.
  and copyright 1988 CAPCOM USA, INC. and licensed by NOA INC. and
  are used without permission.
  Song lyrics are the express property of the quoted authors and the
  licensed owners and are copied here without permission.

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       bionic commando guide   \/(-'| .   /_ . |_| v 2.0 
                                BY EYENOT

8-02-198X ( actually my calendar is set to 1989 so that i avoid y2k )

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           Unpublished work titled "Bionic Commando Guide" 
           Copyright 1999-2000 (c) Gabriel Petrie "Eyenot"

    This guide is for private and personal use only.  It can only be 
 reproduced electronically, and if placed on a web page or site, may 
 be altered as long as this disclaimer and the above copyright notice 
 appears in full.  This guide is not to be used for profitable / 
 promotional purposes; this includes being used by publishers of 
 magazines, guides, books, etc. or being incorporated into magazines, 
 etc. in ANY way.

    This guide was created and is owned by me, Gabriel Petrie 
 <eyenot@cyberspace.org> <eyenot@lunarsurf.com> All copyrights and 
 trademarks are acknowledged that are not specifically mentioned in 
 this guide.  Please give credit where it is due.

The above disclaimer was copied from Kao Megura FAQ Disclaimer style

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== T A B L E  O F  C O N T E N T S ==================================

 0.1 Disclaimer of rights to CAPCOM and NINTENDO OF AMERICA
 0.2 Lyrics from KMFDM "Today"
 1.0 Bionic Commando Title Screen
 1.1 Bionic Commando Guide title page
 1.2 Disclaimer of rights to FAQ
 2.1 Game Introduction
 2.2 A Note on the origins of the Game Idea
 3.0 Disclaimer of the rights to the Official Manual
     Statements of License
     Game Introduction
     Names of controller parts and operating instructions
     Use map in subscreen
     Weapon selection
     Earned weapons
     Bonus Characters
     Enemy Characters
     Instruction Manualk by Paul Biederman
     Game counsellors available 8am to 5pm PST at 408-745-7081
 4.1 If you choose to proceed
 5.2 The Map
 5.3 Island Geography
 5.4 A Rumor
 5.5 Island Strategy
 6.1 An Illustration and Description of Control Pad
 6.3 Navigation
 6.4 Commands
 6.6 Controls
 6.8 The Art of Grappling ("A" Button)
 6.9 Main Action Controls ("B", "Select", "Start" Buttons)
 7.1 Choosing your objects
 7.2 Controls
 8.2 Point system relative to losing points due to continue
 9.2 A Rumor
10.1 AREA 1
10.2 AREA 2
10.3 AREA 3
10.4 AREA 4
10.5 AREA 5
10.6 AREA 6
10.7 AREA 7
10.8 AREA 8
10.9 AREA 9
10.A AREA 10
10.B AREA 11
10.C AREA 12
11.0 Neutral Area Obtainment
12.0 WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT - A Re-Cap of the Game
     Aerial Transport, Ground Battles, Continue Credit System
     My 45-Minute Pride
12.1 A Quick Run-Through of Area 1
12.2 Toughest Hazards of the rest of the Areas
12.3 The Commpacks and notes on Various Communications Results
12.4 Some Good Things To Know and notes on saving time
14.1 Lyrics from Metallica's "One"
15.0 Final copyright notice (c) 1999 Gabriel Arthur Petrie  


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                  .:|-==|                                           |
I'LL TALK ABOUT   .:|-==|                                           |
THE PERSON I MET  .:|-==|                                           |
WHEN I WAS        .:|-==|                                           |
YOUNG...          .:|-==|                                           |
                  .:|-==|                                           |
IN 198X WE'VE     .:|-==|        _________         _________        |
FOUND THE BADDS'  .:|-==|           ------\  _..  /------           |
TOP-SECRET        .:|-==|              ====\`-  '/====              |
MATERIAL CALLED   .:|-==|                 :.'   `.:                 |
                  .:|-==|                 .`_____'.                 |
ALBATROSS WHICH   .:|-==|                                           |
WAS NEVER PUT     .:|-==|                                           |
INTO PRACTICE.    .:|-==|                                           |
                  .:|-==|                                           |
IMPERIAL FORCE'S  .:|-==|                                           |
GENERALISSIMO     .:|-==|                                           |
KILLT HAS SEEN    .:|-==|                                           |
THE PLAN, AND     .:|-==|                                           |
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DECIDED TO        .:|-==|                                           |
EXECUTE THE PLAN  .:|-==|                                           |
HIMSELF.          .:|-==|                                           |
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                            THE FEDERATION 
                            TRIED TO STOP 
                            HIS ATTEMPT BY 
                           SENDING OUR HERO       
                            SUPER JOE, BUT         
                             LOST CONTACT           
                              WITH HIM.              
                            ONE BRAVE MAN          
                           WAS SENT WITH A  
                           SPECIAL MISSION. 
                           TO RESCUE SUPER                
                              THE STORY                   

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[Note : I once saw a color print of a photograph of a screen shot of
podium-screen with the word "BADD". This photograph was supposedly 
a picture of the early finish of the game in a Japanese lab. Except 
that the word BADD (in American version) was replaced with NAZZ in 
the Japanese photograph. Evidently the American companies thought 
NAZZ would be a bit too on-the-mark for this sort of propoganda, but 
any purpose they hoped to fulfill by changing little texts here and 
there are defeated when you reach one of the final scenes of the 
game. And if memory serves me correct, the symbols on the banners
were swastikas, not albatross. If I am still yet correct in my
remembering, this photo was a rather tiny one on a page in a nintendo
power from "way back when".]

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   Before I attempt to hand you the vast amount (it's pretty vast for 
me) information that makes up all the details of Bionic Commando, I 
am going to re-print the official manual which is copyrighted 
property of CAPCOM and NINTENDO OF AMERICA (c) 1988 and is reprinted 
here without permission . . . 

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,=::OFFICIAL MANUAL::=----------------------------------------------.
|                                                                   |

A Special Message From Captain Commando!

Thank you for selecting fun-filled Bionic Commando(tm)...one of the 
exclusive Nintendo Entertainment System video games from the Captain 
Commando "Challenge Series".

Bionic Commando(tm), created by CAPCOM(c)...premier world-wide arcade 
game designer... features colorful state-of-the-art high resolution 
graphics. This high quality game pack is Licensed by Nintendo(r) for 
Play on the Nintendo Entertainment System (r)


I'll talk about a person which I've met when I was young.

In 198X we've found Nazz's top secret material called Abatros, a plan 
which never was put to practice.

Imperial forces Generalissimo Killt had never seen this plan, and 
decided to materialize this plan.

The federation decided to stop his attempt by sending our hero Super 
Joe, but lost contact with him.

Our brave man (you the player) was sent to the empire with a special 
mission to rescue Super Joe, this story begins from here...


Names of controller parts and operating instructions                 

Controller #1 - Moves Player 1.                                       
Button A: Shoots Guns.                                               
Button B: To extend Bionic Arm.                                      
1. Normal Gun, Wide Gun, Rocket Fun, 3-Way Fun, Machine Gun, Hyper 
   Bazooka are used by Button B.
2. Flare Bomb, Medicine are used by Start Button.                     
3. Items like 1 Up, POW, Medicine which come down on parachutes can
   be used by catching them.


Use map in subscreen to proceed with your game.

Player starts from area 0 and transfer along the route.
Each numbered squares are the areas and as soon as your player 
reaches, screen will change to battle scene.

Helicopter will transfer your player to the destination area.
When your player helicopter starts to transfer, enemy vehicles will 
start to move also.

When you reach destination without being confronted by enemy vehicle, 
you have a choice of either to play that area (descend) or still 
transfer to other area.


Weapon selection

Item selection can be done using your controller cursor.
Move flashing squares to item you want, then press "A" twice to 
start, you can cancel it.

When player decides to "descend", weapons selections scene will 
You may take weapon, protector, special weapon, and communicatiors 
and you may select one each.
You can obtain more items while you play and stock them as you go and 
you'll have more to choose from.

Earned weapons

Normal Gun - You have it to start with
Wide Gun - You can shoot at wide range but reach is shoot
Rocket Gun - It penetrates and destroys enemies, you can shoot 
3-Way Gun - You can shoot in 3 ways It can break the shield
Joe's Machinegun - Range - 22.5 degrees
Hyper Bazooka - Federal Army's new weapon. It can go through the 
cockpit of choppers
Flare Bomb - Use in the cave, use with start button
Player - Shoot in 8 directions, wave wires

Bonus Characters

Medicine - Recovers player's energy up to max. Use with start button
Iron Boots - Kick and kill enemies
Permit - Needed to enter certain neutral areas
Magazine System - You can combine with Normal Gun and make a Machine 

Helmet - Will protect you from enemies' bullets 3 times
Charm - Repulse one bullet
Bulletproof Vest - Repulse one out of two bullets
1 Up - Add one player
POW - Energy ball will appear and go around the player to protect him 
for 7s. Communicator - There are a, b, c, d communicators, You can 
communicate with compatible ones
Bullet - Appears when you defeat enemies

Enemy Characters

Knife Wielding Soldier
Soldiers - Run towards the Player and shoot
Suicide Bomber - Throw bombs at Player from a certain distance
Jeep - Move sideways and shoots downwards
Bearded Soldier
Giant Soldier (Boss)
Barrier Soldier
Double Deck Cannon
Laser Cannon
Wired Gunner (Boss)
Construction Soldier
Wired Soldier
Crane Caterpillar
Normal Soldier
Remote Control Soldier
Heavy Object Throwing Soldier
Cannon Mobile
*Instruction Manual by Paul Biederman
*Game counsellors available 8am to 5pm PST at (408) 745-7081

|                                                                   |

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  /\      |  |   /--\   |-->   |\ |   -||-   |\ |   |---  |      /\
/_!!_\    |/\|   |--|   |--\   | \|   -||-   | \|   |-->  .    /_!!_\

Now you probably don't need ME to tell you that reading any further 
into this player's guide will give away anywhere from some to ALL of 
the secrets of the game. It will also give away all the surprises of 
the plot, and once you have debriefed from this player's guide you 
will have a knowledge equal to one who has listened on the phone
to a friend play through the entire game one whole time from 
beginning to glorious end. The game will lose some of its 
characteristic charm and flare. It will not be such a "big surprise" 
when certain things happen. In essence, if you read this entire 
player's guide you will be opening your holiday present a day early!

  /\      |  |   /--\   |-->   |\ |   -||-   |\ |   |---  |      /\
/_!!_\    |/\|   |--|   |--\   | \|   -||-   | \|   |-->  .    /_!!_\

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   Of course, if you are stuck at some point in the game and you need 
some help getting through a tough problem, or if you just want to 
know everything there is possible to know about the game, then read 
on. I suggest, however, that you play this breathtaking wonder of the 
8-bit world at least once through before filling yourself in 
second-hand on all the various nuances of the game. I know it's 
possible that your skills may not permit it, that the mission may 
prove too 'tough' for even your NES-enhanced Hand-Eye-Coordination 
(which all of us NES players have, as advertised in Nintendo Power.) 
Even my old and wisened digits have developed their layer of 
subdermal scar-tissue that causes nervous pain everytime I play an 
action-packed game, and slows down reaction time drastically. I still 
play, though. And I still beat the game with a quickness. So please 
give it a whirl before you put the smack down with my science. After 
you've wasted the BADDS (Nazis) once yourself, go ahead and read 
through here about all the intricate things that make this perhaps my 
most favorite game in creation.

`=::END OF WARNING::=-----------------------------------------------'

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,=::EYENOT'S @#$(%!@&* INSTRUCTIONS::=------------------------------.
|Introduction                                                       |
|  The Map / Island Geography / A Rumor / Island Strategy           |
|The Control Pad                                                    |
|  Illustration and Description of Control Pad                      |
|  Overhead Map Controls / Navigation / Commands                    |
|  Ground Battles / Controls                                        |
|  Actions Screen Controls / The Art of Grappling / Main Controls   |
|Area Entry                                                         |
|  Choosing your objects / Controls                                 |
|The Hit-Point System                                               |
|  Bullet-Point System and Point-Earning Table                      |
|  Point system relative to losing points due to continue           |
|Communicators                                                      |
|  The finer points of grapple-technique in acquiring Delta Pack    |
|  A Rumor                                                          |

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,=::ANOTHER INTRODUCTION::=-----------------------------------------.

In BIONIC COMMANDO, you are LADD and your mission is to rescue 
Super-Joe and defeat the Albatross plans of the BADD nazis. The 
leader of the BADDs is Generalissimo KILLT.

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The map you see is a grid of 26 east-to-west positions and 18 
north-to-south positions. Each square of the 26 x 18 square grid is 
colored in with a special coded color. Blue is water, Green is low 
land, Orange is high areas and Red is mountains and cliffs.

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As you can make out, you are launching from a mountainside southeast 
of a valley tucked away in the island. The island itself is a huge 
sheer-faced hunk of rock rising high up out of the water, 
unapproachable and strategically a powerful launch site for any 
attack on the mainland. 

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Rumor has it that 20 years later, in the year 200X, another battle 
involving two factions of renegade robots led by a couple of mad 
scientists will battle for the fate of the world using this island as 
the theatre of war.

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Already you can see how Albatross Island is a very strong strategic 
point that the BADDS have siezed. Not only will you be fighting 
against the BADDS' armed forces, you will also be fighting against 
the island itself.

`=::END OF ANOTHER INTRODUCTION::=----------------------------------'

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,=::THE CONTROL PAD-------------------------------------------------.

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  / /-/(-'                 |  .-| .-| |[_ o _]::___________::       |
        `                      `'  `' |  |_|  ::<SEL> <STA>::(B)(A) |
                                      |       ::___________::       |

The cross-like thing on the left is the directional pad. Pressing on 
the directional pad corresponds to pushing LEFT, UP, RIGHT, or DOWN. 
There are also diagonals; UP-LEFT, UP-RIGHT, DOWN-LEFT, DOWN-RIGHT.
In the middle of the controller are two small rubber buttons which 
are <SELECT> and <START>.
The two red buttons on the right side of the pad are (B)-button and 

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  [=::OVERHEAD MAP CONTROLS::=======================================]

   When you are navigating around the map, you will be facing along a
     navigational line towards a square with a number in it, and both
     the navigational line and the square will be flashing. This line
     is just there for reference, but the square is the location of
     an AREA. The number in the square corresponds with the number of
     the AREA located there. 

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   When you push a direction on the control pad, you will switch 
     through the AREAS that are connected to your current area by one
     of the navigational lines, and that line and the AREA block that
     it leads to will begin to flash. This means you are pointed to
     fly over to that area.
     If you push (A) now your aerial transport will fly along that 
       line until it reaches the AREA square, while your pilots say
       "OK, WE'LL MOVE." If you run into an ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER 
       (APC) on your way to the AREA, then you will engage in an over
       head view of the ground where a battle will take place between
       you and your opponents, which is described in GROUND BATTLES,
     If you push (B) you will return to the state where your pilots 
       are waiting for a decision from you, which is described in 
       COMMANDS, below.

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   When you are over a new AREA square waiting for a decision, the 
     pilots will ask you for a command. When they are saying "PLEASE
     INSTRUCT US" then Press (A) button and the two choices you have 
     will appear. 
     If you choose to TRANSFER, then you will enter the NAVIGATION 
       mode, which is described above. 
     If you choose to DESCEND, then you will enter the AREA-ENTRY 
       screen which is described below.

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  [=::GROUND BATTLES::==============================================]
   Before you enter the actual ground battle, you will enter a screen
     that works just like the AREA-ENTRY screen which is described
     below, except that you will only choose now between which weapon
     you want to bring along. Use the direction pad to change which 
     weapon you are highlighting, then hit (A) to select that weapon
     to bring along. Hit (A) while you are highlighting "EXIT" to 
     begin the ground battle.
   While you are on the ground, you can accumulate little pairs of
     wings, each one worth one Continue should you lose all your 
     lives. The wings are held by armored opponents.
   The object of the Ground Battle is to reach the top of the battle
     zone and take over the armored personnel carrier there.
   If you get hit on ground battle you will lose a reserve hit point
     and if you lose your body hit you die, just like in the action

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   While you are ground battling, your (A) button still deploys the
     grappler, but this time it swings it in a full circle once 
     around your body. The grappler will deflect any bullets flying
     towards you and send them careening off in another direction, 
     but enemy fire will not harm enemies. The grappler cannot 
     deflect larger ballistics such as rockets, grenades, or 
     missiles. If you hit an enemy body with the grappler, and the
     enemy is not behind a barricade or armored, then they will be
     thrown back a ways.
   Your (B) button still shoots in the direction you face, only now
     you can face any of eight compass directions. 
   Pressing in a direction will move you in that direction, including 
     along the four diagonals.
   Pressing <SELECT> will bring up the info screen and is the only 
     way to pause the action.
   Pressing <START> does nothing.

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  [=::ACTION SCREEN CONTROLS::======================================]

   The Directional Pad will run you left and right and aim your 
   (A) will deploy your Grappler and
   (B) will shoot your weapon in the direction you are facing

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   The Art Of Grappling...
   If you just hit (A) you will grapple 45 degrees into the air in 
     the direction you are facing.
   If you hold RIGHT or LEFT and hit (A) then you will grapple 
     straight to the RIGHT or LEFT.
   If you hold UP and hit (A), you will grapple striaght up into 
     the air.
   If you hold DOWN and hit (A) you will duck down and then grappler
     in the direction you are facing.

   If you grapple a surface while standing...
     And you don't touch anything, you will stay there with your arm 
       out and the grappler attached to the surface you grappled.
     If you push opposite of the direction you are facing, you will 
       break your connection and turn around facing the other way.
     If you push DOWN, you will break the connection and duck.
     Hitting (A) will take up the slack on the grapple-line.

   If you grapple a surface while ducking...
     And you don't push anything, you will stay ducking with your 
       arm out and the grappler attached to the surface you grappled.
     If you push opposite the direction you are facing, you will 
       break your connection and turn around facing the other way.
     Pushing in the direction you face or DOWN will do nothing.
     Hitting (A) will take up the slack on the grapple-line. If you 
       run out of floor under your feet, you will begin a free-swing
       at the grappler's current length.
   If you grapple a surface straight above you...
     Pushing in either direction LEFT or RIGHT will just make you 
       face that direction, but you won't move from your spot.
     Pushing DOWN will break your connection.
     Pushing UP won't do anything.
     Hitting (A) will take up your slack until you hang from the 
       surface you've grappled. If it's a climbable platform, and you 
       push UP at this point, then you will flip over onto the top of 
       the platform.

   If you grappled a surface at an upward angle from where you are...
     Pushing the direction opposite of the direction you are facing
       will break your connection. 
     Pushing DOWN will break your connection. 
     Pushing in the direction you are facing will start you swinging
       back and forth on the line.
     Hitting (A) will take up your slack, and you will start swinging
       back and forth on the line. When the slack is all taken up you
       will stop swinging and you will be at minimum line.

   If you are at minimum line, the only thing you can do is break 
     your connection. That means pressing DOWN on the control pad 
     and dropping to whatever is below. You can't start swinging from 
     this point and you can't give yourself more slack, that I know 
     of. If you are at minimum line underneath a climbable platform 
     you can also push UP to flip and over onto the top of the 

   There are more or less three lengths to which the grappler will 
     adjust itself for you.

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   Hitting (B) at any time will fire your current weapon in the 
     direction you are facing. 
   Hitting <SELECT> at any time will bring up an info screen that 
     shows you what item, armor, special object, weapon, comm pack, 
     you brought along. It will also display the current map. It will 
     also display in the lower right-hand corner of the screen, your 
     current collected bullets next to the number of bullets you need 
     to have collected to reach the next extra hitpoint accumulation 
     for your character. Underneath this is the number of reserve 
   Hitting <START> from the action screen will activate whatever the
     special item is that you brought along. If your special item
     activates in some different way, this will not do anything.

`=::THAT'S ABOUT IT FOR THE      PAD::=-----------------------------'

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When you chose to descend into an AREA, first you must choose what 
implements you will bring with you. You will have four objects to 

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The first object you choose is your weapon, second is your armor,
third is your special object and finally you choose which comm pack 
you will be bringing into the level. 

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To choose which object you are bringing, use the directional pad to 
move the flashing highlight frame so that it is indicating the object 
you want to bring with you. Press (A) to choose it. The object will 
appear in its catagoric location in your objects bar at the bottom of 
the screen, and the highlight frame will indicate the "EXIT" sign. If 
you hit (A) on the exit sign, that means your selection for that 
object is decided and you will go to select the next object. If you 
hit (B) at any time, you will cancel your entry into the area and 
return to the NAVIGATION screen, where your aerial transport pilots
will say "PLEASE INSTRUCT US." For help on the controls in the 
NAVIGATION screen, see above.

`=::THE AREA-ENTRY SCREEN::========================================='

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,=::THE HIT-POINT SYSTEM::=-----------------------------------------.

When you begin the game, you will die if you are hit by even one 
 bullet or opponent. At this time you have only the one "Hit Point"
 which is reserved on your body. As you kill enemies they will leave
 behind bullets. When you pick up a bullet, it will count towards you
 earning an extra Hit Point which allows you to absorb another bullet
 or collision before counting it against the one on your body. When
 you lose that hit point on your body, you die.

- 8.1 - 

Below is listen the table of bullets that you need total (The total
 amount you have collection in the entire game) to earn each Point:

 1st - at 5 bullets     2nd - at 15 bullets     3rd - at 30 bullets
 4th - at 60 bullets    5th - at 100 bullets    6th - at 150 bullets
              7th - at 220 bullets   8th - at 300 bullets

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When you continue your game, the number of bullets you have will drop 
 back down to the last number you had when you earned a Hit Point. If
 you continued when you had 2 Hit Points, then you will go back to 
 having 15 bullets even if you had 29 before you continued.
Here is a list of the amount of bullets you must pick up from point
 to point as you earn each point, consecutively: 5 bullets, then 10, 
 then 15, then 30, then 40, then 50, then 70, then 80.

`=::END OF HIT-POINT SYSTEM ESCRIPTIONS::=--------------------------'

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You begin the game with Communicator Alpha or "a", which is Red.
You can find Communicator Beta or "B", which is Green,
 in area 16. In the first door of the area, there is a room with
 a spike hazard and some ledges. On the ledge in the upper-left
 corner of the room is the Green Commpack. Use the grappler to get
 up there and get it. 
You can find Communicator Gamma or "C", which is Blue,
 in area 14. In the first door of the area, there is a room with
 a spike hazard and some ledges. On the ledge in the upper-left
 corner of the room is the Blue Commpack. Use the grappler to get
 up there and get it.

- 9.1 -

You can find Communicator Delta or "D", which is Orange,
 in Area 15. In this area you have to shoot in order to cause a 
 barrier to move so that you can progress through the level. This 
 means you will now be under constant attack by the Peacekeepers 
 until you leave the area. Proceed right and head into the only
 door, and the Orange commpack will be on the high ledge to the
 right. To reach this platform, stand on the rightmost block of the
 ledge that makes contact with the swinging orange platform. When 
 the orange platform is headed towards you and is about half a block
 away from making contact with the ledge, walk to the right and onto
 the platform. Now stand on the rightmost block of the swinging 
 orange platform and when your gun makes contact with the lower of 
 the two ledges on the right side of the room, press (A) to deploy
 your grappler and you will grapple the ledge and free-swing from
 it at minimum length. Press (A) once more to stop the swinging,
 and then from the minimum-length stationary grapple position,
 press UP to climb onto the ledge above you. Then hold UP and press
 (A) to deploy the grappler again, and then while still holding UP
 press (A) again to automatically take up the length of the grappler
 and climb the ledge above. You will pick up the orange commpack. 
 Now stand on the leftmost block of the top ledge, and wait for the
 swinging orange platform to make contact with the ledge in the
 middle of the room. As soon as it does, step to the left off the 
 ledge and free-fall onto the swinging Orange platform. You will land
 safely on the platform, unless you were 'on your toes' before you
 dropped from the ledge above and then dropped just at the second the
 platform hit the ledge in the middle of the room, in which case try
 to avoid 'getting on your toes' so to speak unless you know what 
 you're doing or unless I instruct you to. If you managed to hit the
 spikes below anyways, you didn't follow my instructions correctly.
 There are altogether three ways of getting to the pack from the door
 and then to get back to the door you have the choice of either using
 the platform or not, and the way I told you is using the platform
 to get there and then using the platform to get back again. If you
 want to, you could also from the door grapple onto the ledge above
 you and then get to the ledge in the upper-left corner of the room.
 The easiest way to reach the upper-left corner ledge is by getting
 'on your toes' at the leftmost point of the ledge in the middle of
 the room so that you are occupying the least amount of space on the
 ledge as possible and are as close as you can really get to actually
 falling off the left side of the ledge. Then tap the controller to 
 the right and now you're 'on your toes', specifically you are 
 hanging from the ledge only by the grace of your left foot's toes.
 Now hold UP and press (A) to deploy the grappler to the ledge above
 and then while still holding up press (A) again to climb atop of it.
 You should be now standing so that you are occupying the rightmost
 block of the ledge in the upper-left corner of the room. From where
 you are, press (A) without holding the directional pad, which should
 deploy the grappler diagonally to the right. If it deploys to the 
 left, then disengage the grappler by holding DOWN on the control pad
 and then walk to the left a little so that you are occupying the 
 rightmost brick of the ledge and not 'on your toes', then face to
 the right and press (A) to deploy your grappler. You should now be
 standing on the rightmost block of the ledge in the upper-left 
 corner of the room, with your grappler deployed at an angle towards
 your upper-right. Now, get ready to press DOWN and then (A) again.
 Don't do it yet, just get ready. First you will press RIGHT to get
 yourself free-swinging to the right, but if you let yourself free-
 swing all the way you will run into the large brick on the ceiling
 and get knocked down to one of the surfaces below. So you have to be
 ready to press DOWN to disengage the grappler from the ceiling and 
 then press (A) to deploy it diagonally so that it will attach to the 
 bottom of the large brick on the ceiling and swing you from it at
 minimum length. So, when you are ready, press RIGHT to begin a free-
 swing, and when you are half-swing, which is when your grappler-line
 is striaght up and down, press DOWN to disengage it from its contact
 with the ceiling which will begin to drop you. As soon as you have 
 pressed DOWN you will start to drop, but don't let yourself drop.  
 Press (A) again to deploy the grappler diagonally to your 
 upper-right, which will contact with the bottom of the brick and 
 put your into free-swing from it. I predict that you will have a bit
 of length at this point but not much, and likely minimum length.
 You might even find yourself with parts of your body smashed into 
 the brick. Hooray for your glitchy self. Now when you are at your
 right-most swing, press DOWN to disengage the swing and your
 momentum will take you towards the ledges to the right. Immediately
 press (A) which should grapple the upper ledge, and begin swinging
 your towards the right wall. As soon as your swing begins, press 
 DOWN again and you will disengage your swing and your momentum will
 bring you to a gentle rest on the second platform from the top of
 the right side of the room. This is only the most crude way of 
 describing what is really three repetitions of a maneuver that is
 good to learn. To get back over, use this maneuver of grapple-swing-
 detach to drop yourself over onto the middle ledge again. There is
 the one other way of getting to the commpack without using the
 swinging platform, but I will leave it up to you to know how to get 
 there. Practice in this room until you are in control of it like
 a spider in a box of cards. When you can just swing there for hours
 with as little movement as possible and attaching to all the 
 surfaces around you from mid-air, then you are really getting the
 hang of using the grappler.

- 9.2 -

Rumor has it that far in the future, a top-secret high-espionage 
group will use the same communications technology located on 
Albatross Island to communicate between deep-space command posts
known as "Dragons".

`=::END OF COMMUNICATORS::=-----------------------------------------^

Man, what the #@!! was that ?!?!?!

- 10.0 -

,=::AREA CLEARANCE::=-----------------------------------------------.

- 10.1 -

   The Alpha Communicator is expected in this area.
   You have to talk to the COMMUNI-CATE section of the commlink near
   the beginning of AREA 1 if you want in the door that leads to the
   underground half of AREA 1. You can skip the other commlink tho.
   Don't forget to hang out near the BOSS ROOM door killing those
   easy parachuter guys to build up your extra hitpoints.

- 10.2 -

   The Beta Communicator is expected in this area. 
   Watch out for bottomless pits, and the slimes. Slimes can't be
   walked out of, you have to have some vertical lift to get up and
   out of them. Otherwise they will drag you into a bottomless pit
   or into a trap. Be very quick. You don't have to go to the 
   commlink in this area, the BOSS DOOR will already be open for you.

- 10.3 -

   The Beta Communicator is expected in this area.
   This area houses one of the toughest traps in the game. You will
   not only have to deal with two quick-falling elevators, you will 
   also have to make it over a long carpet of spikes with only two
   of the thinnest possible anchors for you to mount your grappler
   on hanging from the ceiling. I once used three continues learning
   how to get over this, I think it's better for you to get it on 
   your own. No master can ALWAYS make it over this pit : I don't
   know anybody besides myself who considers themself 'successful'
   at this trap, and that means to me that if I die one time against
   it, i -will- get it the next time. By the way, you don't really
   have to go into the communicator room in this level, the BOSS DOOR
   is already open for you.

- 10.4 -

   The Alpha Communicator is expected in this area.
   If you don't bring the Flares to Area 4 and activate them with the
   <START> button, then you will have to make it through here in the
   dark. There are no bottomless pits, your biggest worry will be
   spike hazards. I first played this game without a manual, so I 
   didn't know how to activate the flares and I had to play through
   this level without any lights on. It's not all that hard.

- 10.5 -

   The Alpha Communicator is expected in this area.
   I don't suggest bringing the Wide Cannon to this area, or any area
   for that matter. In fact I don't suggest ever using any guns 
   besides your Machine Gun, the Rocket Launcher, and in area seven
   the 3-Way because you have to bring it. In this area you will have
   to climb up a large tower past two communications rooms before you
   reach the Albatros door at the top. You don't have to do anything
   in each comm room, just go in the door and go back out again. Try
   to do away with steel balls by swinging and kicking them.

- 10.6 -

   The Beta Communicator is expected in this area.
   You have to bring the Rocket Launcher to blast down the door at 
   the beginning of this level. If you brought something else then 
   you will have to press (A)+(B)+<START> to leave the mission. 
   Rather than fight lots of little remote droids, just destroy the
   soldiers who toss the helicopters out and all the helicopters on
   the screen will blow up. This area has some of the hardest 
   swinging in the entire game. You will have to navigate the lamps
   to reach your objectives, and they are sort of 'slippery'. Also 
   climbing the tower is nearly impossible if you don't have lots of
   hit points and the Medicine with you, due to loads of springs and
   spiked steel balls thrown at you by the large soldiers. Ner the 
   top of the tower, you will see a lamp on the right side just above
   the top floor level. If you can swing out from the bottom of that
   floor level and then swing from the lamp to the left, you can get 
   on top of the top floor without facing the very difficult passage
   below it. To get over the boxes, swing left off of the lamp.

- 10.7 -

                             P.O.W. CAMP
   The Gamma Communicator is expected in this area.
   The swing along the lamps to the door on the far left tower is a 
   real toughie, but if you clear out the midgets in the forklifts 
   you shouldn't have too much trouble. Have patience with the 
   midgets in the helicopters, or else they will tear you up. The 
   aqueducts far to the right on the bottom of the level have no
   purpose, avoid the inside of them and climb up and over to avoid 
   getting hit. 

- 10.8 -

   The Gamma Communicator is expected in this area.
   In this area you will have to talk to the COMMUNI-CATE in both of
   the communications rooms to open the boss door, though you don't
   have to listen to everything they say. To save time you can make 
   the connection and break it as soon as you see somebody's face. 
   From the elevator room with three passages on the left and one on
   the right, go through the right passage, climb up past the 
   bombers, and then left to the communications room. Go left to the
   door which will lead you to a room with huge spikes. Use the 
   swinging platform to climb up and into the communications room. 
   The door above will lead you to an elevator shaft with the BOSS
   DOOR one floor down.

- 10.9 -

   The Gamma Communicator is expected in this area.
   First off, learn how to kill the guys who have grappling packs.
   When you are up, they are down, and the other way around. You will
   have to either fire and grapple up or fire and drop down to hit 
   them. From the second step down, grapple the brick on the ceiling
   and swing all the way to the right to get the 1-UP. You don't have
   to talk to any of the communicators on this level. Be careful of 
   the spiked railways, and just ride on top of one of the railcarts
   for the easiest negotiation. Avoid the floor, it's covered in 

- 10.A -

   The Delta Communicator is expected in this area.

- 10.B -

   The Delta Communicator is expected in this area.

- 10.C -

AREA 12 - KILL !@%#ing Adolph Hitler
   The Delta Communicator is expected in this area.

- 11.0 -

AREA 13 + Obtain Flares
AREA 14 + Obtain Gamma Communicator (Blue)
AREA 15 + Obtain Delta Communicator (Orange)
AREA 16 + Obtain Beta Communicator (Green) 
AREA 17 + Learn about Secret Passages and Joe's Location At 7
AREA 18 + Obtain Joe's Uzi
AREA 19 + I don't know what this is all about . . .

`=::END OF AREA CLEARANCE::=----------------------------------------'

- 12.0 -

,=::WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT::=------------------------------------------.

you move your aerial transport around a system map and descend upon 
areas one at a time. if your coordinates match those of an armored 
personnel carrier (APC - it looks like a green whiskey tin) then you 
will descend to meet and destroy the enemy troops. if you can kill 
the specially enabled troops (those who are riding in a vehicle, 
armed with a grappler, or carrying a bazooka) you will find eagle 
wings that count towards a game credit (continue point). I suggest 
running into these APCs ASAP and AOAP (as often as possible) and 
scoring as many of those eagle-wings as you can. This way you will be 
insured to not run out of continues. I am an expert at this game and 
I still have a one-in-three chance of needing one continue to finish 
the game.

but I can still finish with all items, full continues, and full 
hitpoints and bulletmarks in under 45 minutes.

- 12.1 -

first, descend upon area 1 and bring the only things you have with 
you - the regular gun and the alpha commpack (it's red). go right to 
the buildlng and grapple up. kill everything in the way that moves. 
communicate with MA-ONE. maybe tap a wire. swing on the tall 
floodlight to the next island. skip the soldier on the first ledge. 
continue to the right and then up. by the time you reach the door, 
which is open if you talked to MA-ONE (even if all you did was open 
the commlink and then quickly break it), you should have 8 little 
bullets. collect these bullets whenever you can; they act as 
experience points. you can see how many you need in the info. when 
you got what you need, you get another max hit point which looks like 
a green pill bubble on your action screen. when you get hit, you lose 
a hit point. when you have no more hit points that level, you die and 
the P in your info goes down by one. when you have no more P, your 
game is over. if you have a continue point now, you can keep going at 
the same place you left off on the overhead map with the same items 
and max hit points.

anyways, skip the elevator unless you want to use the comm room two 
floors down on the left. swing in, pull above the barrel, and destroy 
the shield laser. now go left and up through the room and enter the 
albatross door. if you want alot of bullet points early on, stick 
around outside of this door and kill the soldiers that drop from 
parachutes. this will get tedious after around your sixth accumulated 
max hit point, but you should be safe - after each new max hit point 
you recieve a total refill of hit points. in the albatross room, 
destroy the people and the machine core. get your reward. move on.

[note : if there is any way of getting through this game without 
picking up every single object along the way, i intend to find it 
(though i haven't really tried yet) and i will release that 
information as soon as i have it]

- 12.2 -

as far as the rest of the game is concerned, it's all very simple 
except for four points in the game that require expert grappling 
skills. you will know them when you get there. one is in what i call 
'the nature zone' which is the one with spiders and monster plants in 
it. avoid those monster plants -- they will chomp and kill you with 
one strike. you can see the spots they pop out of before they pop out 
so stay away. don't even let them get your foot. the spiders will 
knock you off your grapple and bounce you around, sometimes right 
into a chomping plant. inside of the mountain, there is a spiked 
floor with a few little grapple points. i can't tell you exactly how 
you get across this, you just gotta do it. in another zone are two 
expanses of floodlights that you have to swing from in order to get 
across two giant endless pits, as well as in that same area there is 
a large high tower full of spiked rolling balls and springing floors. 
it might take a few continues at first. also, there is a zone with 
midgets in helicopters. you will have to avoid them while you swing 
across a series of transformers strung across a high-tension wire. if 
you fall, you will have to start the attempt over again. inside of a 
refinery in another zone, there are alot of tanks against the wall 
and underneath you is a springy floor with trenches of molten core 
running through them. if you fall here, not only will you have to 
start over -- you might die. and then finally in the last zone is a 
long narrow corridor lined with spikes. you will have to glitch out 
and smash your head inside of the ceiling while you swing with just a 
little more than the smallest swings possible, over and over again, 
until you get across.

- 12.3 -

the following commpacks work in the following areas :
red 1,4,5 . orange 10,11,12 . green 2,3 . blue 8,7,9 .

[ 1.0 note : i once played this game for hours and tried each 
commpack in each area. some commpacks in some areas provide very 
interesting and strange results. i suggest that if you want the full 
gaming experience you go back through each level and try out each 
commpack in each area. a later version of this file should have every 
result of every commpack in every area for both normal and wiretap 
communications. right now i don't have the time -- version 1.0 is 
just meant to get you through with everything. ]

[ 2.0 note : maybe my head just doesn't work right. so far I have 
gone through the area with various different commpack combinations 
and so far all I get if it's the the comm pack expected by the area 
is "GA.GA.GA..." but i distinctly remember that there are one or two 
communications room where if you bring a certain transmitter you get 
a real wierd message. might be worth checking into, might not. i'm 
not going to clarify this by the end of version 2.0, maybe in another 
version in the future. ]  

- 12.4 -

unless you want to play in the semi-dark (which is the way i learned 
how to play in this area until i found out how to use special items) 
then you will need flares in area 4. they are available in the first 
neutral-zone, straight north from the start point on the system map. 
the communicators and other items are located in these zones.
if you  shoot in a neutral zone, you will be attacked by the PEACE 
you will receive a rocket launcher in area 5 that you need to enter 
area 6.
you will receive a permit in area 6 that you need to enter area 14.
you will want to attack areas 8,9, and 7 in that order.
the secret paths, revealed late in the game, are 14-17, 15-18.
fly over these areas to enter a battle scene and find the helmet.
you will need the 3-way in area 7. if you enter area 6 or 7 without 
the necessary weapons then press (A)+(B)+[START] to leave the area. 
this (A)+(B)+[START] to escape will work in any area any time.
destroy area 10 and 11 to open up area 12 for destruction.
be sure you don't equip joe's suggested messy <45^> uzi when you go 
into level 12 - bring the rocket launcher to defeat the final 
guardians quickly.

[ 2.0 note : these are the basic necessities. you don't need most of 
the other items in the game, unless i studied this right, you don't 
even need the green or orange comm packs. i haven't tried this yet, 
but there is a small chance that you also do not need to rescue super 

[ 2.0 note : if you can avoid getting the various extraneous items in 
the game, that should cut your time by alot. not rescuing super joe 
might even change the outcome of the game, but i'm not sure... if i 
remember right, you can't enter the door to area 12 without rescuring 
him. i know you can't get into area 12 without beating areas 10 and 
11, but i'm not sure if you really have to rescue super joe to beat 
the game. ]

[ 1.0 note : LIke I said, in another version I will tell you how to 
get through the fastest way possible, which means with the least 
amount of equipment and the least hitpoints, etc. There are some 
doors that won't open unless you go through the communicators so I 
feel that you will need every commpack to get through the game, at 
least. You for sure don't need joe's      uzi. And you don't need the 
helmet and some other things for that matter. ]

- 13.0 -

| You should be able to find the "bionic commando dialogues" file of| 
|  a recent version at the same place you found this file.          |  
|                                                                   |
| As of 8-05-99, the newest version of "dialogues" is 1.0           |
| BIOCD10.TXT                                                       |

- 14.0 -
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       /'_ `_' ; `_' , `_' , /`_
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                      :    __.--' |  |
                       `--'       |  |                   
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                                 |  | |`, -. |  .-' ._. '.
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                    _.--'___.--.   .-'||   |.-.  .--------' , 
                   `-_  ` -----'  |   `.`-' | `._ `--------'.'
                      `---______.'      `--'     `---------'



                         I Can't Remember Anything
                    Can't Tell If this Is True or Dream
                     Deep down Inside I Feel to Scream
                       This Terrible Silence Stops Me
                    Now That the War Is Through with Me
                        I'm Waking up I Can Not See
                     That There Is Not Much Left of Me
                        Nothing Is Real but Pain Now
                     Hold My Breath as I Wish for Death
                           Oh Please God,wake Me
                     Back in the Womb its Much Too Real
                       In Pumps Life That I must Feel
                      But Can't Look Forward to Reveal
                      Look to the Time When I'll Live
                   Fed Through the Tube That Sticks in Me
                        Just like a Wartime Novelty
                      Tied to Machines That Make Me Be
                         Cut this Life off from Me
                     Hold My Breath as I Wish for Death
                           Oh Please God,wake Me
                     Now the World Is Gone I'm Just One
             Oh God,help Me Hold My Breath as I Wish for Death
                           Oh Please God Help Me
                          Darkness Imprisoning Me
                               All That I See
                              Absolute Horror
                               I Cannot Live
                                I Cannot Die
                             Trapped in Myself
                            Body My Holding Cell
                        Landmine Has Taken My Sight
                              Taken My Speech
                              Taken My Hearing
                               Taken My Arms
                               Taken My Legs
                               Taken My Soul
                         Left Me with Life in Hell

                            - Metallica "One"