I had played The Last Starfighter & S.R.II but could never quite figure out how to play S.R. until now! (yes I had a copy and no instructions!)
Thanks to Deteacher for getting me interested (see below). I've just completed Novice, making 'Ensign Class 1' after a few plays; I'm looking forward to progressing through the dificulty levels over the next weeks and months...
Star Raiders: Commander Level!
Can you post a real quick guide to playing S.R. as it might help a few people get into it (like me) and then it might get a vote this time
Here is a link to the manual: http://www.atarimani...iders_4992.html
But here's the gist:
Hit 'S' for shields, 'C' for attack computer and 'T' for tracking computer.
Press 'G' for the galactic map. Move your cursor to the sector you want to travel to.
Once you've selected the sector, press 'F' to return to the forward view and press 'H' to hyperwarp. Keep the cursor in the center of the crosshairs during hyperwarp (or as close as possible.)
If you get a 'red alert' warning, there are zylons in that sector. Use the long range scanner (by pressing 'L') and the computer display to zero in on your target and blast them with your photon torpedoes. If you take serious damage, go back to the map and select a sector with a starbase (looks like a big asterisk) and hyperwarp. Dock with the starbase for repairs and energy replenishment. Then get back to the fight. Zylons are not only trying to kill you, but they're trying to surround and destroy your starbases.
There's so much more to this, but that's the main idea. Kill or be killed. This is, in my opinion, the best outer space flight/fight simulator for this machine, hands down.