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Commando - Atari 2600 - Activision     HTML Manual   

Commando
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                            C O M M A N D O (tm)                    ACTIVISION
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        COMMANDO for the Atari 2600 and 7800 was reprogrammed by
        Mike Reidel through Imagineering, Inc.
        Produced by Sam Nelson and Keith Orr.
        Product management by Mike Suarez.
        Product testing by Kelly Zmak.

        Codebook by Paula Polley.
        Graphic production by Micki Cunningham.
        Production coordination by Nancy Waisanen.
        Editorial management by Steven Young.

        For a recorded message about our newest software, call 415 940-6099.
        For technical help, call Product Support between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30
        p.m. Pacific time Monday through Friday: 415 940-6099.
        For information about out products, write to:

                                Product Support
                                Activision, Inc.
                                 P.O. Box 7287
                            Mountain View, CA 94039
        For the best service, be sure to note the subject of your inquiry on the
        outside of the envelope.

                               Copying Prohibited
        This software product is copyrighted and all rights are reserved by
        Activision, Inc.  The distribution and sale of this product are
        intended for the use of the original purchaser only and for use only on
        the computer system specified.  Copying, duplicating, selling or
        otherwise distributing this product without the express written
        permission of Activision are violations of U.S. Copyright Law and are
        hereby expressly forbidden.

        COMMANDO (c)1985 Data East USA, Inc.  All right reserved.
        Manufactured under licence from Capcom USA.

        Atari and Atari 2600 and 7800 are registered trademarks of Atari 
        Corp.

        (c) 1988 Activision, Inc.  All rights reserved.

PREPARE FOR BATTLE
        Your assignment?  Simple.  Annihilate the enemy.  Diminish their 
        manpower.  Destroy their vehicles.  And  detonate their mega-fortress. 
        Sounds tough?  Well, just wait.  It gets worse.  Because you have to
        carry out the entire mission SINGLE-HANDED!

GEARING UP
        1. Make sure the power switch on your game system is OFF.
        2. Insert the COMMANDO cartridge as described in your gamesystem
           manual.
        3. Turn the power switch ON.

        For 1 player: Press the RESET lever to begin play.
        For 2 players: Press the GAME SELECT lever, then the 
        RESET lever to begin play.

WHAT'S WHAT ON THE BIG SCREEN
        Your score is shown at the top of the screen.  At the bottom, from left
        to right, the screen shows you how many grenades you have left, how 
        many lives you have left, and the level you're currently playing.

YOUR ARTILLERY
        You have two weapons: a rapid-fire machine gun and grenades.

        MACHINE GUN
        You'll have unlimited firing capacity with this baby.  And you can
        shoot in eight different directions.

        Aim the joystick in the direction you want to shoot and press the
        joystick button.

        GRENADES
        You start out with three.  But you can easily pick up more.  Every time
        you PASS OVER the two grenade boxes, you'll acquire four more grenades. 
        So don't pass those things up without passing over them.

        To toss a grenade, HOLD DOWN the joystick button.  The grenade will
        always move directly up-screen from wherever you toss it.

MOVING THROUGH ENEMY TERRITORY
        You can move in eight different directions:

                                Forward
            Upper Left Diagonal    |    Upper Right Diagonal
                               \   |   /
                                -------
                                |     |
                       Left <-- | O |> Right
                                |     |
                                -------
                               /   |   \
            Lower Left Diagonal    |    Lower Right Diagonal
                                Backward

        WHAT'S OUT THERE...
        There are many things to look for out there in enemy territory.  Some
        more dangerous than others.  And most worth valuable points.

        Here are some of the obstacles you'll find - and some tips on what to
        do about them:

                THE ENEMY       Off them
                PALM TREES      Blast them or use them as cover
                BRIDGES         Go under them
                BARRICADES      Go around them
                GRENADE BOXES   Go "over" them
                FOX HOLES       Avoid them

        THE MEGA-FORTRESS
        At the end of each level (there are eight levels in all), you'll see a
        giant fortress of a building.  After you've killed a given number of
        fortress guards, you'll be allowed to enter the building.

        Go through the fortress door as quickly as you can.  Once you do,
        you'll automatically destroy the fortress and go on to the next level.

        Once you've completed all eight levels, you'll start back at level 1. 
        But don't be fooled.  It may "look" the same.  But it certainly won't 
        "play" the same.  Because every round gets tougher, faster, and much
        more intense.

LIVES AND MORE LIVES
        You start out with three lives.  And for every 10,000 points you earn,
        you'll receive another life.

        KEEPING SCORE
        Here's how you'll earn your points:
          Enemy (shot with machine gun)         200 points
          Enemy (knocked out with grenade)      500
          Blowing up a tree                     500
          Crossing over grenade boxes         1,000

ACIVISION LIMITED 90-DAY WARRANTY
        [Warranty information omitted]

                (c)1988 Acivision, Inc.                 AK-043-03
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-------------------Atari 2600 Instructions Archive-------------------

This document obtained from the History of Home Video Games Homepage, 1997-1998 by Greg Chance

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