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    Version: 1.01 | Updated: 08/28/03 | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

                               | F I R E   T R U C K |
                  GAME:  FIRE TRUCK
              PLATFORM:  ARCADE
                 GENRE:  DRIVING/RACING
               CREATOR:  ATARI Copyright 1978
    AUTHOR OF THIS FAQ:  Kevin Butler AKA War Doc
                E-MAIL:  kevinb(at)technologist(dot)com
           FAQ VERSION:  1.01
                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS
    1.  Legal Stuff
    2.  Version Information
    3.  Acknowledgements
    4.  Welcome
    5.  Overview
    6.  The Game
        6.1  The Controls
        6.2  The Playing Field
        6.3  Scoring
    7.  Playing the Game
    8.  Conclusion
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    ********************************* U N I T  I **********************************
    | 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
    work or to display it:
    If you wish to put this guide on your site, e-mail me and ask.  Save yourself
    the headache of putting up with lawsuits and whatnot because you failed to ask
    a simple "Can I post your guide on <insert site>?".  If you wish to use info
    in this guide, please acknowledge that you have done so.
    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 Fire Truck 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.
    | 2.  VERSION INFORMATION |====================================================
    Version 1.0   8/16/03:  A guide is born.
    Version 1.01  8/28/03:  Fixed a couple of errors.
    | 3.  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS |=======================================================
    The following are a list of people or organizations that have made this FAQ
    My wonderful family (who has had to put up with the tapping on the keyboard)
    Atari for making a great arcade game
    GameFAQ's for putting up this FAQ
    | 4.  WELCOME |================================================================
    Welcome to my FAQ for Fire Truck.  Since the game is just a driving game that
    requires you to get a certain amount of points to continue driving, 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 Fire Truck as the
    subject.  If you don't, I'm liable to discard the e-mail as spam.
    | 5.  OVERVIEW |===============================================================
    Fire Truck was one of the first games to feature a cooperative feature.  One
    player could either drive the fire engine or the hook and ladder while the
    computer drove the opposite part.  Two players could play where one drove the
    fire engine while sitting up front while the other player stood in back and
    controlled the hook and ladder.  This game also featured the front player
    having a horn while the back player had a bell.  Neither of these buttons,
    though, effected game play.  This game never really gained a large popular
    following mostly due to the fact that Space Invaders was released the same
    year.  Nonetheless, it still proved to be somewhat popular just due to the fact
    it was different.  Your goal is to make it to a fire that you will never reach.
    To achieve this, you must drive through twisting city streets while avoiding
    the curbs and hazards in the road such as cars and oil slicks.  If you score
    enough points, you may be lucky to get bonus fuel (which is used as a timer in
    this game).  The screen goes into reverse video when you are playing off your
    bonus fuel.  Have fun and good luck navigating the city streets.
    ******************************** U N I T  II **********************************
    | 6.  THE GAME |===============================================================
    Fire Truck is a simple two-dimensional driving game.  Your perspective is from
    overhead as you navigate through the city streets.  The object is to score
    points by getting as much distance as possible in the least amount of time.
    Those who are good enough can get bonus time for a specific amount of points.
    Beware, though, it will not be as easy as it seems.
    / 6.1  The Controls /__________________________________________________________
    The controls on this game are pretty easy.
    -  A steering wheel (for both players front and rear)
    -  A gas pedal at the bottom of the cabinet
    -  A horn button for the front player
    -  A bell button for the rear player
    / 6.2  The Playing Field /_____________________________________________________
    The playing field is really simple.  It shows a detailed map of the town you
    are driving through.  This usually consists of the road you are driving on,
    houses, cars, trees, and fire hydrants.  Here is an example of the playing
    field.  Keep in mind that you will get reverse video (white and black instead
    of black and white) when you are burning off your bonus fuel (screen is drawn
    larger then it is):
        |           S C O R E (CURRENT SCORE)                               |
        |                      /                    +                       |
        |                      \                    |                       |
        |                       \                   |                       |
        |             -          +                  |                       |
        |            ---         |                  |  ____________         |
        |           (__)         |        ----      |  |          |         |
        |             _          |      |+----+|    |  |          |         |
        |                        |      ||    ||    |  |          |         |
        |                        |       | ++ |     |  +-----+    |         |
        |          +------+      |      || ++ ||    |        |    |         |
        |          |      |      |      |+----+|    |        |    |         |
        |          |      |      |       +----+     |        |    |         |
        |          |      |      |       ||--||     |        +----+         |
        |     +----+    +-+      |       ||--||     |                       |
        |     |         |        |       ||--||     |                       |
        |     |         |        |      |||  |||    |    +----+             |
        |     +---------+        |      |+----+|    |    |    |             |
        |                        |        ----      |    |    |             |
        |                        |                  |    +----+             |
        |                        |                  |                       |
        |                       F U E L (CURRENT FUEL LEVEL)                |
    You control your fire truck to stay on the road and avoid all of the hazards
    while trying to get a high enough score for extra time.
    / 6.3  Scoring /_______________________________________________________________
    Scoring in this game is really simple.  Your score is tied to distance traveled
    so obviously you want to cover the most amount of distance in the shortest
    period of time.  Your score goes up in 10 point increments.  Depending on what
    the fuel setting on the machine is set to determines what your score needs to
    be for extended time.  Below are these settings:
                         | FUEL SETTING || REQUIRED SCORE |
                         |      60      ||      120       |
                         |      90      ||      160       |
                         |     120      ||      220       |
                         |     150      ||      270       |
    An extended time of 39 fuel is awarded when you are equal to or greater then
    the required score.
    After you get done playing the game, you will get a rating based on your final
    score.  Below are the ratings:
                              | SCORE RANGE || RATING |
                              |   0 -  50   || SORRY  |
                              |  60 - 100   || SO-SO  |
                              | 110 - 140   ||  GOOD  |
                              | 150 & OVER  ||  ACE   |
    ******************************** U N I T  III *********************************
    | 7.  PLAYING THE GAME |=======================================================
    When you start the game, your fire truck will be in the middle of the road.  It
    will be your job to navigate the truck through the city streets and avoid all
    the hazards.
    -  Try to stay in the middle of the road as much as possible.  Especially
       around curves since it is very easy to run into hazards on the road.
    -  Learn how to use the steering effectively.  The steering is relatively
       sensitive so don't spin the wheel or you will quickly find out that your
       fire truck either isn't going anywhere, or it is hitting hazards which
       drastically effects distance traveled.  Small movements on the steering
       wheel (front or back) should be enough to keep the fire truck from going out
       of control.
    -  In addition to steering, learn how to use the gas pedal effectively to slow
       down around corners.  This is easier then speeding through them and running
       into hazards which consumes a lot more fuel then just going slowly.  If you
       are driving the hook and ladder, just make sure you keep the hook and ladder
       in line with the fire truck.
    -  Don't panic if you do hit a hazard.  Just patiently turn the fire truck or
       hook and ladder so you clear the hazard and can continue on your way.
    -  Make sure you follow the directional arrows on the road or you may end up
       going backwards down the road and head for unpleasant surprises.
    -  Your goal is to get the points necessary to get bonus time.  After playing
       this game for a while, you will notice that the roads tend to repeat them-
       selves making it easier to anticipate when the next curve or hazard is
       coming up.
    ********************************  U N I T  IV *********************************
    | 9.  CONCLUSION |=============================================================
    I recall this game sitting in the corner of the local bowling alley away from
    the other video games (of course multiple Space Invaders machines took up a lot
    of room).  At first when I played this game, it seemed very hard due to the
    sensitivity of the steering plus the load crashing noise whenever you hit some
    sort of hazard.  With time and practice, one definitely could get better at
    this game.  Plus, me and a friend had fun doing the two player thing where we
    would each do the fire truck or hook and ladder.  This was probably the most
    challenging part of the game.  At that time, most games were time based and
    one's skill determined whether they got to continue on or just accept the score
    they got.  Although simple in design, it was still a fun game to play.  Un-
    fortunately, 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.  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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