"Sinistar" FAQ version 1.0 (02/01/2004)
          Copyright Martin Dale-Hench 2004 (hockeyfox@ameritech.net)

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Table of Contents
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1.0 About the Game

2.0 FAQ

    2.1 Controls

    2.2 Playing Field

    2.3 Scoring

    2.4 Game Basics

    2.5 Tips

    2.6 255 Lives Trick

3.0 Disclaimer/Thanks

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1.0 ABOUT THE GAME
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First of all, I played this game via the collection/compliation disc for
Dreamcast, entitled "Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits", which I wrote a FAQ for,
so I don't own the real arcade thing nor have played it in the real thing.
Therefore, if you have ANYTHING that you want me to add, PLEASE do feel free
to contact me. Thanks!

Sinistar was regarded as one of the toughest games ever made when it was
being released by Williams back in 1982. And the toughness still stands today,
even with the introduction of a new dimension, 3-D. It was the first arcade
game to utilize a 49-way (!) joystick. This way, you could ACCURATELY point
your ship to your desired location. Therefore, this made this game easy and
smooth to play. However, the steep curve of learning level offsetted (a word?)
the effect. Beacause of the strict difficulty, it gathered some die-hards
as followers. Over time, it slowly faded into the world of unknowns. Even
with the innovative layout, the meancing laugh of Sinistar couldn't be
saved. However, you can still enjoy it! :)

If you want some more information, look into those sites:

http://www.sinistar.com/
http://www.klov.com/S/Sinistar.html
http://epg3.tripod.com/sinistar.html


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2.0 FAQ
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2.1 Controls
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Control Stick : Move Ship
Fire Button   : Fire
Bomb Button   : Bomb

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2.2 Playing Field
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    +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    |# OF BOMBS             \\\|             |///                       |
    |            SCORE      \\\|             |///                       |
    |BONUS AT XXXX          \\\|     MAP     |///                       |
    |     LIVES             \\\|             |///                       |
    |                        \\|             |//                        |
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------|
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    |                            GAME SCREEN                            |
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    |                                /\                                 |
    |                               /\/\                                |
    |                            YOUR  SHIP                             |
    |                                                                   |
    |                                                                   |
    |                                                                   |
    |                                                                   |
    |                                                                   |
    |                                                                   |
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2.3 Scoring
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Planetoids      : 5 Points
Workers         : 150 Points
Crystals        : 200 Points
Warriors        : 500 Points
Sinistar Pieces : 500 Points
Sinistar        : 15000 Points

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2.4 Game Basics
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Objective of the Game - Your heroic mission is to destroy the Sinistar before
                        it can do too much. You have to collect rare Materials
                        stored within the Planetoids to create bombs that will
                        blow the michevious Sinistar away. However, there are
                        Workers and Warriors that will try to avert this
                        fate.

Controlling Your Ship - Really simple. You just use the D-Pad to move (WOW!)
                        and use A to fire. Pick up enough Materials and you
                        can use bombs (B button). The world in Sinistar is
                        spherical so there is no borders... if you go one way,
                        you will eventually return to the same position,
                        though you probably won't notice it.

Materials - Like I said, the Materials are hidden within the Planetoids
            (floating boulders). Shoot them with your standard fire and one or
            two will pop way, shimmering. Fly into it to collect it. You
            should stock up about 15~20 bombs before facing Sinistar. A 
            Material yields a bomb, which I adamantly believe.

Enemies - WORKERS, the red 'miners', will scully around, amongst themselves,
          and attempt to bump into you. Will they kill your ship? Nah. 
          Instead, they will STEAL your bombs! As long you keep moving and
          firing, you shouldn't have any trouble with them.

          WARRIORS, the flying tanks, are drones that fire a single missile
          at a time. They are the only ones that may destroy your ship other
          than Sinistar. Handle them at once.

Sinistar - Sinistar are constantly on the 'revive' mode, if you know what I
           mean. His Workers are always repairing him into the behemoth as
           you see him. At the start of the level, he has zero pieces on him.
           His workers, as you search among the Planetoids for the bombs, are
           building him up from zero to 20. There are 13 'sections', so you
           have to use 13 bombs to destroy him. To those who are wondering,
           7 pieces makes a face, which is one section. When his construction
           is complete, he will head directly for you. He can be seen as the
           large yellow dot on the map if he's nearby.

Waves - There are 4 waves in all and they repeat. They are:
        WORKER ZONE: Higher population of the workers swarm here.
        WARRIOR ZONE: Higher population of the warriors swarm here.
        PLANETOID ZONE: More Planetoids!
        VOID ZONE: Planetoid are rare here, easily making this the hardest
                   level.


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2.5 Tips
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-Concentrate on collecting the Materials instead of the heavily-populated
 Workers. Except if there's a Warrior nearby, then you should take care of it
 first.

-Do not fire continously against the plantetoids... Destroying them only gives
 you 5 points and it won't break loose any Materials. Instead, tap the fire
 button to release scarce fire so the planetoid won't break open. That way,
 you will get more Materials out from a Planetoid.

-Don't let any of the Workers stick to you. Bumping them out will work, you
 won't lose any bombs that way.

-Listen to this when you're playing as a clue: "BEWARE, I LIVE!". This
 signals as the completion of Sinistar's production. Therefore, he will
 begin heading for you. Collect the final Materials and get ready!

-You should have at least 13 bombs in all, because that's how many bombs
 a Sinistar needs to be 'felled'.

-The bombs will home itself to Sinistar so there is no need for 'aiming'.
 However, if a bomb hits something else (Worker/Warrior/Planetoid), it
 will fail its objective. A message saying "Sinibomb Intercepted" will be
 on the top left corner, just below your lives and score. To prevent this
 from happening, release bombs when the Sinistar is in the playing screen.

-DO NOT try to out-run Sinistar! It is absolutely useless, because he is
 way more faster than you are. Instead, use your agility to out-manuever him.
 Go around him in large ovals and drop off bombs as you pass him.

-If you successfully completed a Zone, you will appear in the next Zone with
 Sinistar resting in just 2 screen widths north of you. You could use this as
 an advantage and destory him before his Workers revives him completely.

-If you run out of bombs, Sinistar will retreat and re-build as you collect
 more bombs.

-Keep moving! Good luck, my friend!

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2.6 255 Lives Trick
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When you're down to your last life, allow yourself to be sucked into Sinistar
with a Warrior (or two or whatever) nearby. Try to draw/time the Warrior so
that it would shoot at you when you're getting sucked by Sinistar. Getting
sucked by Sinistar equals 1 life, bu so does getting hit by a bullet!
Therefore, you would lose TWO lives! Your life bar would become "-1".
If this happens, the number resets to the MAXIMUM, which is 255! Whoo!

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3.0 DISCLAIMER/THANKS
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Disclaimer
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I don't mind having my FAQs posted on other sites, but I don't fancy having
them posted without my knowledge. Just ask me and I will gladly allow you to
do so. my e-mail is hockeyfox@ameritech.net. The following FAQs has my
permission:

www.gamefaqs.com
faqs.ign.com
www.neoseeker.com

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Thanks
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-Williams for staying true to their games.

-Midway for providing me the collection of Williams games.

-The mandatory CJayC thanks. OMG I LUV U CEEJ! ;D

-War Doc for the inspiration of the format and the FAQ.

-You!

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Copyright Martin Dale-Hench 2004