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Zarlor Mercenary - Tips, Cheats, and Easter Eggs


The Game of Life
     ZARLOR MERCENARY / The Game of Life

     ACCESSING LIFE:    The game of LIFE is accessed through the character
selection screen of Zarlor Mercenary.  Turn on your Lynx with the Zarlor
Mercenary game card inserted.  Press the fire button twice to get to the
character selection screen.  At this point you must hold down OPTION 1
while moving the joypad as follows: Up, Down, Left, Right, Up.

     At this point your screen should say LIFE and there will be a LIFEform
known as a 'glider' moving across the screen diagonally.  It will go off
the edge of the screen and return on the bottom, eventually running into
the cells forming the word LIFE and causing the chain reaction that
destroys the title screen.

     Before the title screen is destroyed you may try the following
controls:

1.  Moving the joypad or pressing either OPTION button or PAUSE will stop
   the current evolution of LIFE.

2.  Pressing OPTION 1 to continue the evolution puts LIFE into a mode
   where cells that reach the edge of the screen wrap around to the other
   side.

3.  Pressing OPTION 2 to continue the evolution puts LIFE into a mode
   where cells that reach the edge of the screen behave as though they
   have reached a solid wall.  This may be useful if 'gliders' that are
   launched are disrupting your LIFEforms.

4.  Pressing either BUTTON A or BUTTON B puts LIFE into DRAWING MODE.

     DRAWING MODE:  Access DRAWING MODE by pressing BUTTON A or BUTTON B
while LIFE is evolving or after the current LIFEform has reached a stable
state.  You can tell you are in DRAWING MODE because the joypad will be in
control of your cursor, a set of green crosshairs.  While in DRAWING MODE,
your controls behave as follows:

1.  Moving the joypad with BUTTON A depressed will allow you to draw.

2.  Moving the joypad with BUTTON B depressed will allow you to erase.

3.  Pressing OPTION 1 or OPTION 2 will allow your LIFEform to evolve, as
   described in 2 and 3 in the above ACCESSING LIFE section.

4.  Note that the screen cannot be flipped, but attempting to RESTART the
   game will cause the screen to be cleared, and you will remain in the
   DRAWING MODE.

5.  Pressing PAUSE and BUTTON A will put you in COPY MODE.

6.  Pressing PAUSE and BUTTON B will put you in PASTE/ERASE MODE.

7.  Pressing OPTION 2 and PAUSE will copy your current screen to a
   temporary buffer (see below).

     COPY MODE:  Access COPY MODE by holding down PAUSE and pressing BUTTON
A while in DRAWING MODE.  You can tell you are in COPY MODE because the
green crosshairs will be onscreen with the word COPY in green below and
slightly to the right of the crosshairs.  While in COPY MODE, your controls
behave as follows:

1.  Pressing either OPTION 1 or 2 will return you to drawing mode.

2.  Holding down PAUSE and pressing either OPTION 1 or OPTION 2 will
   evolve your LIFEform frame-by-frame.  Note that the OPTION button used
   determines whether screen wrap is on or off.

3.  Pressing BUTTON A sets one corner coordinate of a box that you can
   draw.  Pressing BUTTON A again sets the other corner coordinate of the
   box.  Anything within the box is now in your COPY BUFFER.  You are now
   in PASTE/ERASE MODE.

4.  Holding down PAUSE and pressing BUTTON A takes you to the LIFEform
   library, a screen full of goodies for you to put into your COPY BUFFER.
   After selecting a LIFEform or group of LIFEforms, you will be in
   PASTE/ERASE MODE.

5.  In the LIFEform library, pressing PAUSE and BUTTON A again takes you
   to your temporary buffer (see above). You can cut items from this
   buffer to the main screen.

6.  Holding down PAUSE and pressing BUTTON B takes you directly to
   PASTE/ERASE MODE, using whatever was last put in your COPY BUFFER. If
   you haven't yet selected anything, you may get garbage.

     PASTE/ERASE MODE:  Access PASTE/ERASE MODE either by holding PAUSE and
pressing BUTTON B while in DRAWING MODE, or by going to COPY MODE and
selecting LIFEforms from your screen or the library screen.  You can tell
you are in PASTE/ERASE MODE because your joypad now controls whatever you
have in your COPY BUFFER.  While in PASTE/ERASE MODE, your controls behave
as follows:

1.  Pressing either OPTION 1 or OPTION 2 will return you to DRAWING MODE.

2.  Pressing BUTTON A will allow you to paste your COPY BUFFER.

3.  Pressing BUTTON B will allow you to erase using your COPY BUFFER.

4.  Holding PAUSE and pressing BUTTON B will flip your COPY BUFFER any one
   of eight possible ways.

5.  Note that the screen cannot be flipped, but attempting to RESTART the
   game will cause the screen to be cleared, and you will remain in the
   PASTE/ERASE MODE.

6.  Pressing PAUSE and BUTTON A will put you in COPY MODE.


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