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                           | A S T R O   F I G H T E R |
                  GAME:  ASTRO FIGHTER
              PLATFORM:  ARCADE
                 GENRE:  ARCADE SHOOTER
               CREATOR:  DATA EAST Copyright 1980
    AUTHOR OF THIS FAQ:  Kevin Butler AKA War Doc
                E-MAIL:  kevinb(at)technologist(dot)com
           FAQ VERSION:  1.0
                                  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 |============================================================
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    addition, do not modify this guide in any way whatsoever to suit your purposes.
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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 Astro Fighter 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   2/29/04:  A guide is born.
    | 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)
    Data East for making a great arcade game
    GameFAQ's for putting up this FAQ
    | 4.  WELCOME |================================================================
    Welcome to my FAQ for Astro Fighter.  Since the game has you continuously going
    through the rounds and waves until all your men are killed, there is no walk-
    through 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 Astro Fighter as
    the subject.  If you don't, I'm liable to discard the e-mail as spam.
    | 5.  OVERVIEW |===============================================================
    Astro Fighter was created by a company that only existed for a short period of
    time.  Data East produced both pinball machines and arcade games.  Some of its
    better known arcade games were Tournament Pro Gold and The Real Ghostbusters,
    while in the pinball arena Data East contributed such titles as Back to the
    Future, Simpsons, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Astro Fighter came as a
    result of a merging of ideas between Sega/Gremlin and Data East.  The basic
    premise of the game was to fight a number of alien waves, then dock with a
    refueling ship.  The process then started over again until you lost all of your
    ships or fuel.  Unfortunately, this game wasn't well received and didn't sell
    many units.  Sega/Gremlin would improve on the overall design and release Astro
    Blaster, which was a superior game in every way to this one.  Astro Fighter,
    though, was still a challenging game and a definite departure from the standard
    "shoot em up" type of space games, it just never caught on.  Good luck
    protecting your assigned area from the aliens.
    ******************************** U N I T  II **********************************
    | 6.  THE GAME |===============================================================
    Astro Fighter is a two-dimensional, space shooter style game.  Your job is to
    protect the various sectors from the hoards of invading aliens.  You will have
    to defeat four waves of alien spaceships in order to dock with the "GS" ship
    and refuel.  In addition to battling the alien spaceships, you will also have
    to dodge bombs that seem to come out of nowhere.  Armed only with your fighter
    and a lot of spirit, you must ensure that you clear the screen of invaders
    before they pass you by.  All in all, another walk in the park.
    / 6.1  The Controls /__________________________________________________________
    The controls on this game are very easy.  It may, though, take just a little
    bit of time to get used to them.
    -  Two buttons for moving left and right
    -  A fire button
    / 6.2  The Playing Field /_____________________________________________________
    Astro Fighter consists of one field.  It is on this playing field that you take
    care of the alien invaders.  At the end of each sector, you will be given the
    chance to dock with the "GS" ship to refuel your star ship.  I have included
    an example of the playing field:
        |  PLAYER - 1                HI - SCORE                 PLAYER - 2  |
        |   #####                      #####                     #####      |
        | +----+  +-----------------------------------------------+         |
        | +----+  |   GS   |    YA   |    GA   |    PA   |   BA   |         |
        |  EMPTY  +------|------------FUEL STATUS-----------------+   FULL  |
        |---------+   PRESENT WAVE PLAYER IS ON                   +---------|
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |               _                                                   |
        |             |( )|                       _                         |
        |                       _               |( )|                       |
        |                     |( )|                                         |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |      |                                                            |
        |     ( )>-BOMB                                                     |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                         |                                         |
        |                        / \<-YOUR FIGHTER                          |
        |                        | |                                        |
        |                       |/ \|                                       |
        |                       |   |                                       |
    You control your fighter through these screens.
    / 6.3  Scoring /_______________________________________________________________
    Scoring in this game is pretty easy.  Since there are no real names for the
    various things (except the "GS" ship, I will list them according to their
    Blue Alien  :   20 points
    Purple Alien:   30 points
    Green Alien :   40 points
    Yellow Alien:   50 points
    "GS" Alien  :  300 - 1000 points
    Bomb:  The scoring for the bomb depends on what version machine you play.
    For Versions 1 and 2:   60 points
    For Version 3       :  300 points per seven bombs destroyed
    You start the game with 3 to 6 fighters.  You are awarded a bonus fighter at
    3,000, 5,000, or 7,000 points.  Also, it may be set up where you don't
    receive a bonus fighter at all.
    ******************************** U N I T  III *********************************
    | 7.  PLAYING THE GAME |=======================================================
    When you start the game, your fighter will be in the middle at the bottom of
    the screen.
    -  The alien spaceships have two ways they shoot at your fighter.  They either
       shoot straight down or they shoot diagonally.
    -  You must take out all the alien spaceships on a screen.  If you fail to do
       so, you will have to deal with their full complement again and your fighter
       will be set at the next higher level.  If you happen to get killed during a
       wave, you only have to deal with the remaining alien spaceships.
    -  Fuel is a precious commodity in this game.  You may be able to let one or
       two waves of aliens escape but you will really be pressed to finish the
       entire round with enough fuel.  If your fuel runs out, your game is over
       regardless of how many fighters you have left.
    -  You can only have one shot on the screen at a time.  This means you will
       need to plan your shots and don't fire unless you need to.
    -  The first four waves of alien spaceships, with 15 alien spaceships per wave.
       They come down in distinct formations.  Understanding how these formations
       are set up is the key to taking them out quickly.
       -  The Blue Aliens come down in a "pyramid-type" formation.  Starting from
          the bottom, the numbers are five at the bottom, four at the next level,
          three at the next level, two at the next level, and one at the top.
       -  The Purple Aliens come down in two straight lines.  With seven in the
          bottom line and eight in the top line.
       -  The Green Aliens come down in a haphazard-type formation.  They move back
          and forth across the screen and they are the hardest spaceships to deal
       -  The Yellow Aliens come down in three rows with five spaceships per row.
    -  As you shoot the alien formations, you will notice that the remaining alien
       spaceships will speed up.  The key is to shoot them high up on the screen so
       that you are not desperately trying to take out the last ones at the bottom.
       This also means taking out the bottom attackers first to give yourself some
       "breathing" room.
    -  In addition to the alien spaceships, you must be wary of the bombs that drop
       down.  When you are lining up your shots at the alien spaceships, always be
       aware of where the bombs may be heading and act accordingly.
    -  On the fifth wave, you will have to deal with the "GS" ship.  Its shots are
       pretty easy to avoid and it must be hit dead center to stop it, collect the
       points, and refuel your fighter for the next round.
    ********************************  U N I T  IV *********************************
    | 8.  CONCLUSION |=============================================================
    Astro Fighter was one of those games that I happened upon in the back of a
    small store.  Never hearing about it, I decided to try my hand at it.  The
    premise was quite unique:  Shoot the aliens before they reached the bottom of
    the screen and watch your fuel supply.  I spent many a frustrating hour trying
    to get through the Green Aliens since their formations weren't organized.  The
    game provided a challenge and was a pre-cursor of things to come.  Of course,
    after Astro Blaster made the scene, I just couldn't go back to Astro Fighter
    again.  Overall, though, it was still a fun challenge at the time.  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.  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
    To see other FAQ's I have written please go to:
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