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Invasion of the Mutant Space Bats of Doom manual

컴컴컴컴컴?      Welcome       쳐컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴?

Welcome to Invasion of the Mutant Space Bats of Doom, Shareware Version,
distributed by Pop Software. You should have these files:

BATS.EXE         INFO.EXE         BATS.DOC         READ.ME

If any files are missing, contact us to receive the complete BATS.ZIP.

Please share BATS.ZIP by giving it to your friends and uploading it 
to your favorite BBS. For information about other types of distribution,
please see VENDOR.DOC.

The files BATS.KEY, BATS.JOY, BATS.TOP, and BATS.SET are created when
you play or configure the game. You should not distribute these files,
and if they've been passed along to you, delete them before playing
for the first time.

컴컴컴컴컴?     Shareware      쳐컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴?

Many people play Shareware and never register. That's why we need
** you ** to be the exception to the rule. Make a difference. Thanks.

컴컴컴컴컴? Game Requirements  쳐컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴?

The game runs under DOS on a PC compatible. It should be a fast PC,
preferably a 386 or better.

Memory: 550K of free memory is required to run the game with digital sound. 
530K is required to run it without digital sound.

Graphics: The game runs under EGA or VGA, but VGA users will be treated
to better graphics.

Sound: The game supports music and digital sound-effects on Sound Blaster 
compatibles. No setup is necessary. If you run into problems, try disabling 
DIGITAL SOUND under the SOUND menu, and if there are still problems, 
select PC SPEAKER instead of SOUND CARD (also in the SOUND menu).

컴컴컴컴컴? Starting the Game  쳐컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴?

Start the game by typing BATS at the DOS prompt (running under Windows 
is not recommended). You will see the Quick Start directions- press any key 
to proceed. Then you may watch the slide-show- it will advance 
automatically in time with the music. To speed it up, press SPACE, or it
cancel it, press ESC.

If you want to disable the slide-show from running each time you start
BATS (for example if you've already seen it), toggle the INTRO setting 
under the OTHER menu (in the game).

컴컴컴컴컴?  Using The Menus   쳐컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴?

Move the cursor with UP-ARROW and DOWN-ARROW, and press ENTER to make
a selection. When you are in a sub-menu you can return to the main menu
by choosing MAIN MENU or by pressing Esc. Pressing Esc from the main menu
is the same as choosing QUIT. If a mouse is attached you can use the 
mouse to move the cursor, and you can click to make a selection.

컴컴컴컴컴?     Controls       쳐컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴?

The default keyboard controls are:

Arrow Keys:  Move ship (up, down, left, right)
Space Bar:   Fire guns (press repeatedly, or hold for auto-fire)
P:           Pause game
ESC:         Abort game, return to main menu

In the CONTROLS menu, you can change these keys by choosing CONFIGURE.
Or, to play using a mouse choose MOUSE, or JOYSTICK for joystick. If
either choice is grey, then the mouse driver or joystick wasn't found.

The first time you choose JOYSTICK you will go to CALIBRATE automatically.
If you change the trim settings on your joystick, or change to another
joystick, or find that the joystick is being weird, you should CALIBRATE 

컴컴컴컴컴?   Your Choices     쳐컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴?

These are your choices from the main menu:

Play:         Starts a new game.
Players:      Toggles between 1 or 2 players.
Controls:     Allows you to choose between keyboard, mouse, and joystick.
Music:        Allows you to select sound elements and sound device.
Hints:        Gives playing hints- including some not described here!
Other:        Allows you to toggle the intro on and off, and see or reset 
              the high scores. 

컴컴컴컴컴?      Playing       쳐컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴?

You have three major goals:

1. Stay Alive! Use evasive maneuvers to avoid Space Bats and their weapons. 

2. Eliminate Space Bats! Fire your guns with careful timing to better 
   protect yourself.

3. Power Up! Many Space Bats carry power-crystals with them. When you 
   hit such a Space Bat its power crystal will pop out. Grab it before it 
   weaves by. 

If you are skilled enough, you can survive the entire onslaught of the
Mutant Space Bats of Doom and become Earth's greatest hero. There is
a reward for doing this!

컴컴컴컴컴?  Power Crystals    쳐컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴?

The key to doing well in Space Bats is to catch power crystals. Each 
different crystal improves your ship in a different way:

Green:  Makes your shots faster.
Red:    Alternately makes your shot-spread wider or enables another gun.
Blue:   Makes everything except your ship go slower.
White:  Turns all your enabled guns into MEGA guns.
Purple: Collect six of these to gain a free ship.

When you catch a crystal, your ship will sparkle, and the window on the    
left will display the effect of the crystal.

컴컴컴컴컴? The Bonus Rounds   쳐컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴?

Pilots like you often wish to test their shooting skills in non-combat 

The bonus board contains four large bars, each highlighted with a 
different color. Shoot each target orb when it is over the bar of the     
matching color. For example, shoot the red orb when it is flying over 
the red bar. Higher bars are worth more points. If you do well you may
receive a reward. Each bonus round is different- good luck!

컴컴컴컴컴?    Free Ships      쳐컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴?

You get a free ship every time you reach the score shown in purple below 
your current score. You also get a free ship each time you collect six
purple crystals. In a two-player game, both players get a free ship when
six purple cyrstals are collected.

컴컴컴컴컴?       Level        쳐컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴?

Once you make it up to Level 2 you have the option of starting new games 
from that level. Press TAB when the cursor is next to PLAY to change it 
to "PLAY (LEV 2)". This means you'll start at Level 2. The same applies to 
Level 3... but remember you must reach a level at least once before you 
can start the there.   

컴컴컴컴컴?      Credits       쳐컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴?

Invasion of the Mutant Space Bats of Doom was created by Mike Pooler 
(programming) and Dave Cockerill (artwork). Assisting us was the
Legion of Invisible Elves, and a Gnome or two.

This software and related documentation are:
Copyright (c) 1994 by Pop Software. All rights reserved.

Space Bats, Mutant Space Bats, and Invasion of the Mutant Space Bats
of Doom are trademarks of Pop Software.

Call or write us with any comments, questions, or problems.
Your feedback is welcome.

Pop Software
PO Box 60995
Sunnyvale, CA 94088

Voice Mail: (408) 450-3022

CompuServe: 71460,2432

컴컴컴컴컴?      Notice        쳐컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴?

Freelance computer animator-artists are available.
Call Dave Cockerill at (415) 949-0818 for info.  

Pop Software is interested in considering various game related contracts.
Conversion between platforms, game design, artwork, animation, etc.
Contact us at (408) 450-3022 or at the above address.

컴컴컴컴컴?      The End       쳐컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴?