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    Version: 1.0 | Updated: 11/03/03 | Printable Version | Search This Guide

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                  GAME:  PHOENIX
              PLATFORM:  ARCADE
                 GENRE:  ARCADE SHOOTER
               CREATOR:  AMSTAR Licensed to CENTURI Copyright 1980
    AUTHOR OF THIS FAQ:  Kevin Butler AKA War Doc
                E-MAIL:  kevinb(at)technologist(dot)com
           FAQ VERSION:  1.0
    
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                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS
    
        UNIT   I:  INTRODUCTION
    
    1.  Legal Stuff
    2.  Version Information
    3.  Acknowledgements
    4.  Welcome
    5.  Overview
    
        UNIT  II:  GAME INFORMATION
    
    6.  The Game
    
        6.1  The Controls
        6.2  The Playing Fields
        6.3  Scoring
        6.4  The Waves
    
        UNIT III:  STRATEGIES
    
    7.  Playing the Game
    
        7.1  Waves 1 and 2
        7.2  Waves 3 and 4
        7.3  Wave 5
    
        UNIT  IV:  CONCLUSION
    
    8.  Conclusion
    
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    ********************************* U N I T  I **********************************
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    | 1.  LEGAL STUFF |============================================================
    +=================+
    
    This guide may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal
    private use.  It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed
    publicly without advanced permission from the author.  Use of this guide on
    any other web sit or as part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and
    a violation of copyright.  All content in this guide is Copyright 2003 by
    Kevin Butler.  Only the sites listed below have permission to publish this
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    If you wish to put this guide on your site, e-mail me and ask.  Save yourself
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    If you see this guide on any other site then the one listed above, please
    e-mail me.  If you wish to ask questions or give input to this guide, please
    e-mail me.  Just have Phoenix as the subject so I know it isn't another kooky
    vendor trying to sell me hair gel or another XXX site telling me I have new
    friends.
    
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    | 2.  VERSION INFORMATION |====================================================
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    Version 1.0  11/03/03:  A guide is born.
    
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    | 3.  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS |=======================================================
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    The following are a list of people or organizations that have made this FAQ
    possible:
    
    My wonderful family (who has had to put up with the tapping on the keyboard)
    Amstar for making a great arcade game
    GameFAQ's for putting up this FAQ
    
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    | 4.  WELCOME |================================================================
    +=============+
    
    Welcome to my FAQ for Phoenix.  Since the game has you continuously playing
    through waves until all your men are killed, there is no walkthrough per se.
    Instead it will be broken up into the game itself and strategies for survival.
    Input is appreciated along with constructive criticism.  If you wish to e-mail
    me thoughts on this FAQ, better ways of doing things, other strategies, etc.,
    feel free.  Make sure you put Phoenix as the subject.  If you don't, I'm
    liable to discard the e-mail as spam.
    
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    | 5.  OVERVIEW |===============================================================
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    Phoenix was a partnership game between Amstar and Centuri.  Centuri tended to
    partner up with other companies such as SNK for Vanguard or Tehken for
    Pleiades.  Amstar was a little known company who mostly produced arcade
    gambling games.  Unfortunately, the video game crash of the early 80's claimed
    both of these companies as victims; Centuri in 1983 and Amstar in 1982.  This
    was another game that one played on multiple playing fields.  The scoring
    system was more unique in the fact it depended on things you did before you
    killed an enemy.  Good luck defending against the invaders.
    
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    | 6.  THE GAME |===============================================================
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    Phoenix is a two-dimensional, space shooter style game.  While you are out
    patrolling in your sector, you run into an alien race.  The race you are
    tangling with are the Phoenix race.  Through a series of battles, you will
    eventually have to tangle with the Spacefortress.  Of course, once you have
    successfully beaten back these attacks, there are more enemies in the wings
    waiting to eliminate you.  It comes down to who has the stronger will to
    survive.
    
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    / 6.1  The Controls /__________________________________________________________
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    The controls on this game are very easy.  It may, though, take just a little
    bit of time to get used to them.
    
    -  A left motion button
    
    -  A right motion button
    
    -  A fire button
    
    -  A shield button
    
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    / 6.2  The Playing Fields /____________________________________________________
    --------------------------
    
    Phoenix actually consists of three playing fields.  The first two fields are
    repeated so you actually will be playing on five fields.  Each playing field
    happens in the same exact order as the waves progress.  After you make it
    through wave 5, you go right back to wave 1 again.  I have included an example
    of what these fields look like:
    
                                  +---------------+
                                  | WAVES 1 AND 2 |
                                  +---------------+
    
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |         /\||/\                                                    |
        |           \/                                                      |
        |                                                                   |
        |                     /\||/\<-PHOENIX FIGHTER                       |
        |                       \/                                          |
        |                                                                   |
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        |                                                                   |
        |                              |                                    |
        |                           |/| |\|                                 |
        |                             | |  <-YOUR FIGHTER                   |
        |                           |/|_|\|                                 |
        |                                                                   |
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    
                                  +---------------+
                                  | WAVES 3 AND 4 |
                                  +---------------+
    
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |               _    _                                              |
        |              / \/\/ \                                             |
        |             //\    /\\<-PHOENIX BIRD                              |
        |                \__/                                               |
        |                                                                   |
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        |                              |                                    |
        |                           |/| |\|                                 |
        |                             | |                                   |
        |                           |/|_|\|                                 |
        |                                                                   |
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    
                                     +--------+
                                     | WAVE 5 |
                                     +--------+
    
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |         /\||/\<-PHOENIX FIGHTER                                   |
        |           \/                                                      |
        |                                 _|_                               |
        |                           _______|__________                      |
        |                          /                  \                     |
        |                         /      +---+         \                    |
        |                   _____/_______|_P_|<-ALIEN __\____               |
        |                   |________________________________|<-SHIELD      |
        |                   \                               /               |
        |                    \                             /                |
        |                     \                           /                 |
        |                      \                         /<-HULL            |
        |                       +-----------------------+                   |
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        |                                                                   |
        |                              |                                    |
        |                           |/| |\|                                 |
        |                             | |                                   |
        |                           |/|_|\|                                 |
        |                                                                   |
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    
    You control your fighter through these five screens.
    
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    / 6.3  Scoring /_______________________________________________________________
    ---------------
    
    Scoring is a little complicated in this game due to the fact it depends on hits
    made and how close the Phoenix's are to your fighter.
    
    Phoenix fighters:  20, 40, or 80 points
    Phoenix birds   :  50 or 100 points/egg
                      100 - 800 points/bird (depends on how many wings shot off and
                                             distance from fighter)
    
    Spacefortress   :  1,000 - 9,000 points (depends on how close the Spacefortress
                                             is to your fighter when you kill the
                                             alien)
    
    You start the game with 3, 4, 5, or 6 lives.  You are awarded bonus lives at
    3,000 and 30,000 points, 4,000 and 40,000 points, 5,000 and 50,000 points, or
    6,000 and 60,000 points.
    
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    / 6.4  The Waves /_____________________________________________________________
    -----------------
    
    The waves in Phoenix are arranged in a specific order.  After you complete
    wave 5, it cycles again back to wave 1.  The only difference is in some of the
    scores and the enemies get faster.  Below are what is in each wave:
    
    +---------------+
    | WAVES 1 AND 2 |
    +---------------+
    
    These are the Phoenix fighter waves.  You will have to tangle with 16 Phoenixes
    per wave.
    
    +---------------+
    | WAVES 3 AND 4 |
    +---------------+
    
    These are the Phoenix bird waves.  You will have to tangle with 8 birds per
    wave.
    
    +--------+
    | WAVE 5 |
    +--------+
    
    You get to deal with the Phoenix Spacefortress.  In addition to the Space-
    fortress, you will also have to tangle with its 12 escorts.
    
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    | 7.  PLAYING THE GAME |=======================================================
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    When you start the game, your fighter will be in the middle at the bottom of
    the screen.  You will see a formation of enemy fighters at the top of the
    screen.  This is the beginning of wave 1.  A quick note about the shield.  It
    lasts a couple of seconds and takes about five seconds to regenerate again.
    
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    / 7.1  Waves 1 and 2 /_________________________________________________________
    ---------------------
    
    -  You will usually be attacked by multiple fighters at any one time.  The
       movements of these fighters is pretty random.
    
    -  In addition to dropping bombs on your fighter, Phoenix fighters also tend to
       try to ram your fighter.
    
    -  After you clear out a few fighters, they will reassemble at the top of the
       screen.  They will then move in synch with each other as they creep to the
       bottom of the screen.
    
    -  Sometimes a Phoenix fighter will hover right above your ship.  If you're
       quick, you can get off a quick shot and move away before a bomb can be
       dropped on you.
    
    -  If multiple Phoenix fighters are at your level, use the shield to clear a
       path through them.
    
     ____________________
    / 7.2  Wave 3 and 4 /__________________________________________________________
    --------------------
    
    -  The Phoenixes in wave 3 enter the screen in a zig-zag pattern while the
       Phoenixes in wave 4 arrive in a cross-over pattern of four Phoenixes per
       side.
    
    -  Once they get large, they start to do erratic zig-zag patterns across the
       screen.  At the same time, they are dropping bombs toward your fighter.
       Your goal is to shoot off their wings.  If you do this, it forces them to
       go straight down until the wing regenerates.  They will still be
       dropping bombs, but at least they will be going straight down.
    
    -  If at all possible, try to hit the Phoenixes when they are close to your
       ship.  Doing this gets you more points.
    
    -  In addition, try to shoot off both wings before destroying a Phoenix for
       more points.
    
     ______________
    / 7.3  Wave 5 /________________________________________________________________
    --------------
    
    -  Your goal on this wave is to cut through the hull and shield and take out
       the alien inside.
    
    -  Start firing as rapidly as you can to quickly cut through the hull.  It will
       take quite a few shots to get to the shield.
    
    -  The shield rotates so you will have to hit it a lot of times in order to get
       a wide enough hole in it to hit the alien.
    
    -  As all of this is going on, the Spacefortress is continually descending upon
       your ship.  In addition, the escorts are constantly harassing you.
    
    -  A good strategy is that once you have cut a path through the hull and
       shield, wait for the Spacefortress to be almost on top of your ship.  When
       you take out the alien, you will get a lot more points.
    
    -  Destroying the escorts does not end this wave.
    
    Once you complete wave 5, the cycle begins anew.
    
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    ********************************  U N I T  IV *********************************
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    +================+
    | 8.  CONCLUSION |=============================================================
    +================+
    
    Looking at this game, it just seemed like another space shooter.  Even the
    demonstration play didn't negate that observation.  The only thing, before
    playing it, that made it look different was the fact that there were more
    enemies mentioned then what the demo showed.  After we started to play the
    game, we realized there was much more to it then met the eye.  The five waves
    concept was a pretty good idea and it definitely made the game a lot more
    enjoyable.  The variable scoring was also interesting since it provided a
    challenge to the player to get the most amount of points from objects in the
    game.  The Spacefortress proved to be a challenge just due to the fact that you
    had to go through several layers of it to get to the alien itself.  A lot of
    quarters were put into this machine, but it was worth it.  Unfortunately,  it
    is very rare to find this machine anywhere.  However, through the miracle of
    emulation, a whole new generation is realizing what we "old" folks enjoyed
    those many years ago.  In addition, www.shockwave.com is bringing many of these
    classic games back.  Check out their site to see what ones are there.  I hope
    this guide helps you in being able to get the most amount of gameplay for this
    game.  If you do have other ideas or thoughts, please e-mail me and share them.
    Who knows, maybe I'll start a Q&A Chapter in this guide if enough people ask
    the same questions.  Anyway, thank you again for reading this guide.
    
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