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Jetpack: Christmas Special manual

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                   C H R I S T M A S   S P E C I A L

                      (C) 1993,1994 Adam Pedersen
                     Published by Impulse Software

You are a daring adventurer in search of precious emerald gems! 
With your trusty jetpack strapped to your back, enter and explore
a hundred levels full of treasures and peril.  Your quest is to
take all of the gems in each level without getting killed.  When
you collect all the gems from a level, the portal to the next level
will open.  Collect treasure on the way to earn extra lives.

By the way, there's a secret cheat key in Jetpack that will help
you through those tricky levels.  In any level, hold down the
[BACKSPACE] key, and ['] (apostrophe).  This will skip to the next
level.  Use it wisely, because this magic combination can only be
used twice in a game for each player!

Please read these useful files included with Jetpack:

     MANUAL.TXT   - this file!

     TROUBLE!.TXT - read this if you have trouble!

     LICENSE.TXT  - your license agreement for use of this product

     ORDERFRM.TXT - the printable order form

     CATALOG.TXT  - a catalog of our other great products!

Vendors and Sysops please read the information in VENDINFO.DIZ!

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                            * THE JETPACK *

The jetpack model L1069-E is specially designed for human flight
with great power, but unfortunately it consumes a large quantity of
fuel.  You must find fuel for your jetpack before you can fly
around the dungeons.  Press down while flying to maintain constant
altitude.  Some levels contain no fuel, so you must rely on ladders
and be careful not to encounter any monsters on the ground.

There is also a Phase Shifter built in to your jetpack which
tunnels through bricks.  Some bricks are denser than others and
require more time to break through.  Grey stone is solid and cannot
be phased.  There are also other items that can be affected by the
Phase Shifter.  You'll have to experiment to discover what they

                             * FEATURES *

There are teleporters that transport you around the level, and
barriers that block your progress.  These barriers are deactivated
by pressing buttons of the same color.  Activate buttons and
teleporters by pressing down while touching them.  Monsters can
turn the barriers on and off by moving over colored floor switches. 
There are moving platforms and ladders that can help or hinder you. 
Icy bricks make it hard to walk, and some bricks are covered with
sludge, slowing your progress.  Monster Stunners, Shields, and fuel
appear randomly for a quick player to retrieve.  The Stunners make
the monsters harmless and paralyze them momentarily.  Shields
protect you from monsters, spikes, and all other hazards.

                             * SCORING *

          Tank of Fuel                  10 Points
          Double Tank of Fuel           20 Points
          Stunner                       25 Points
          Shield                        25 Points

          Emerald Gem                   5 Points
          Gold Coin                     10 Points
          Pile o' Gold                  25 Points
          Golden Vase                   50 Points
          Extra Life                    100 Points

     Extra lives are also awarded every 1,000 points.

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                           * GAME OPTIONS *

At any point in the game, you may press [J] to adjust the
joysticks, or press [PAUSE] to pause the game.
To save the game, press [ALT]-[S] when prompted before each level

     [S]  Start the action!
     [E]  Enter the Level Editor
     [Q]  Quit the game

     [I]  Graphical Information on the game
     [D]  Watch a demo of the game
     [H]  View the top 15 High Scores for both standard and
          homemade levels
     [B]  Info on the Software Creations BBS

     [R]  Registration Information (see PAGE 6)

     [F1] Graphical Information on the game
     [F2] Adjust the number of players from 1 to 8
     [F3] Change the starting level or select random levels.
     [F4] Select which levels to play: the standard levels, your
          own homemade levels, or continue a saved game.
     [F5] Enable or disable joysticks.  Normally 'AUTO' should
          work, but on some computers joysticks are detected
          incorrectly.  If movement is erratic select 'FORCE ON' to
          use only port 1, or 'DISABLED' to just use keyboard

     Speed can be adjusted from 0 (SLOW) to 9 (FAST)
          [+] Faster
          [-] Slower
     [SPACE] Toggle status bar
     [F1]  Quick help on controls
     [F10] Pause/Boss key
     [ESC] Kill this life
     [Q]   Quit the game

     * CONTROLS *
          Jetpack:       [button A]
          Phase Shifter: [button B]

          Movement-      [ARROWS]
          Jetpack-       [ALT] or [keypad 0] or [INSERT]
          Phase Shifter- [CTRL] or [ENTER] or [DELETE]

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Jetpack contains a full-featured level editor so you can create and
share thousands of customized levels.  You can also play these
levels in a full game from the main menu, just press F4 and select
'customized'.  You can find lots of homemade levels to add to your
collection on national Bulletin Board Systems, and the Software
Creations BBS.  You can test levels in the editor with F2. 

          Draw:         [button A]
          Select Tiles: [button B]

          Movement:     [ARROWS]
          Draw:         [ALT] or [SPACE]
          Select Tiles: [CTRL] or [ENTER]

          [F1] Help Information
          [F2] Play test this level
          [TAB] FILE OPTIONS
               [ENTER] View level
               [L] Load level
               [S] Save level
               [D] Delete level
          [Q]  Quit the editor

          [DELETE] Erase tile
          [INSERT] Pick up tile
          [R]  Scatter random tiles

          [C]  Clear level
          [B]  Block on/off
               [P] Paste
               [F] Fill

          [S]  Set starting position
          [D]  Set door
          [1] to [8] PLACE ENEMIES
               [1]  Bad Guy
               [2]  Steel Ball
               [3]  Spring
               [4]  Missile
               [5]  Spikes
               [6]  Flitzer
               [7]  Bat
               [8]  Homer

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The level editor is one of the most exciting features in Jetpack. 
With it you can create thousands of your own levels to play and
share with friends.  Press [ENTER] for a layout of all 120 tiles
available for level construction.  Use the arrow keys to choose a
tile and then place it in the desired location with [SPACE].  The
joystick can also be used.  A quick way to pick a tile is to move
the cursor on to one that is already on the level screen and press
[INSERT] to pick it up.  A shortcut key for putting down background
tiles (erasing) is [DELETE].  This key is also used to erase
monsters and other objects.

If you're having trouble getting started on a level, press [R] to
randomly scatter your selected tile.  This will give you a
foundation around which to create a level.  The Block function also
helps in level construction.  Block works like the Block option in
most word processors.  Press [B] to mark the starting point of the
block, then move and press [B] again to mark the endpoint.  The
rectangular area you have just selected is now saved in memory.
You can press [P] to paste it down with the top-left at your
current cursor location.  Press [F] to fill the entire blocked area
with your selected tile.  Press [C] to clear the entire level.

There are eight types of monsters that you can use to make your
levels more challenging.  You can place up to 20 monsters in each
level, by pressing [1] to [8] for the monster type.  The monsters
are listed at the bottom of this page.

Before testing your level, you must set the starting location with
[S] and the location of the door with [D].  Test your level by
pressing [F2].

For the File Options menu, press [TAB].  From here you can choose
to [S]ave your level, [L]oad a level, [D]elete a level from disk,
or view a level with [ENTER].  Press [ESCAPE] to return to the

** NOTE **
In this shareware version of Jetpack, you have complete access to
all of the editor functions, but you can only save one level.  For
information on how to create and collect thousands of homemade
levels, see 'Registration Information.'

If you need help recalling these commands, press [F1] for help.

                           * THE MONSTERS *

     Trackbot       This guy will track you down
     Steel Ball     Rolls around crushing everything in its path
     Spring         Bounces up and down
     Missile        The fastest enemy, flies in a set pattern
     Spikes         Bounces in a diagonal path of destruction
     Flitzer        Flitzes around randomly
     Batbot         Uses radar to hunt you down
     Homer          Travels through bricks straight toward you

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                     * REGISTRATION INFORMATION *

See the easy-to-use order form "ORDERFRM.TXT" for ordering

Order the original Jetpack today for 100 challenging levels!
In the registered version you can start at more advanced levels,
or select random play for both standard and customized levels.
You can save your game and come back later to continue on your
current level.

You also receive the complete full-featured level editor.  With
it you can create and collect thousands of homemade levels to
play and share with your friends!  Levels created by other avid
Jetpack fans are available on many national Bulletin Board Systems
and the Software Creations BBS.

If you are a hard core Jetpack fan, or just need some help with
any (or all!) of the 100 Jetpack levels, ask us about the fully
illustrated 127 page Jetpack Hint Book!  It comes bound with an
index of levels, pictures of all 100 levels, and a humorous
solution for each level.  It will also reveal the SECRET CHEAT
CODES for Unlimited Lives, and 2000 Shield Invincibility!  These
keys were used by the programmer for debugging and they remain
hidden in the program!