Activision Classics Atlantis FAQ v1.10
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Activision Classics Atlantis FAQ

by mike tru   Updated to v1.10 on
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                                 Atlantis
                                Atari 2600
                                    FAQ
                               Version 1.10
                                Mike Truitt
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Contents:

I                      About this FAQ
II                     Version History
III                    Game Modes
IV                     Strategy
V                      Scoring
VI                     Enemy List
VII                    Notes & Thanks


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I                      ABOUT THIS FAQ
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This FAQ is copywritten work of its author, Mike Truitt. Any usage not noted by
its author in this FAQ is strictly forbidden. If you would like to have  this
FAQ posted on your site, then simply send me an e-mail asking   permission to
use the FAQ, as well as a link to your website. Send all   e-mails about this
game / FAQ to mat2810@cs.com with the subject line  "Atlantis for Atari 2600"
anything else might not be read.


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II                     VERSION HISTORY
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Version 1.00       Started as well as completed the whole FAQ, odds are there 
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯       will be no more updates added on to this FAQ unless my
                   e-mail changes alltogether.

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Version 1.10       Added the "Armageddon" ship to the Enemy List section of the
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯       FAQ, apparantly I had forgotten it when I was typing it up.

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Last Updated:      Sunday, February 3, 2002 (Super Bowl Sunday!!!)     
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III                    GAME MODES
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1 Player Easy      This, quite simply is the easiest difficulty setting of the
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯      game. The ships are the slowest out of any of the other
                   levels of the game. The planes themselves are also much less
                   agressive than any of the other levels of the game. Simply
                   put, this mode is for beginners only.

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1 Player Normal    As opposed to the Easy mode, the enemies are a bit faster
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯    and they come out swinging. You will have to learn how to
                   use more than one of your guns at a time to be any good at
                   this level of play.

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1 Player Hard      As the name implies, this is the hardest mode of the game.
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯      The ships come out with their engines juiced and they are
                   starting to taste blood, and they want much, much more of
                   it. The only question is, can you handle it?


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IV                      STRATEGY
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In order for you to get high scores, you have to have some strategy involved,
otherwise, you will not even know what hit you before you get your head blown
up.

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Your Pods          The first thing that you will see are three pods on the
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯          screen, one on the right, one in the middle, and one in the
                   center of the screen. Each one of your pods has a gun
                   attached to it. To shoot the gun, you will need to hit the
                   Action button. This will only shoot the middle pods gun. To
                   shoot the gun of the pod on the right, hold Right as you
                   shoot, and the left for the left. Both the right and the
                   left pod shoot towards the opposite corner of the screen.
                   Should you loose one of your pods when the killer emeny
                   comes, a new pod should be given to you after you score 5000
                   points.

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The Enemy          Not soon after you start off, there will be planes that fly
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯          across the screen in either direction. These planes are your
                   enemy that you must shoot down. There is only one kind of
                   plane that will shoot down at you, and those rarely come
                   across the screen. However, when they do, they will be fast
                   and you will have to shoot it down using one of the side
                   pods. Preferably the one nearest to the side of the screen
                   that it came out of. If you do this, then you will not loose
                   any of your pods. However, if you do not, then the center
                   pod will be blown up and you will have to stick to using the
                   side pods in order to kill. Should another killer enemy come
                   around before you recieve a new pod, then you must shoot it
                   down or else the game is over.

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Shooting Plan      As there are with any shooting game, there is usually a
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯      pattern that is followed, or a basic strategy that should
                   work most of the time...    It may seem simple, but the
                   first thing that you will want to do is just come out
                   shooting with your center pod. Since the guns are not
                   automatic then you will miss a few of the enemy planes. When
                   this happens, use the side pod (the one that is on the side
                   of the screen that the plane came out from) to shoot it 
                   down. This should take care of almost nine out of ten
                   planes. You will have to watch out for low flying planes,
                   because these planes are the killer planes. As soon as one
                   of these planes pops up, you must shoot it down using the
                   pod closest to the one that is closest to the side it came
                   out from. Following this basic pattern should keep you alive
                   for a very long time.


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V                      SCORING
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Other than the sheer bragging rights, there is not too much point to scoring
high. If you do loose one of your planes than you will need to score 5000
points to recieve a new one. My personal high score was 376 900 points, and I
challenge anybody to beat it! (Superiority complexes ROCK!!!) Each one of the
planes has a designated point value, these point values will be listed in the
ENEMY LIST section of this FAQ.

If you are trying to score a huge score, then you should try using your side
pods as much as possible, because those pods double the score that you would
recieve normally.


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VI                     ENEMY LIST
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| # |    Plane Name    |   Point Value   |   Speed   |   Visual Description   |
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| 1 |    Star Trek     |   100 Points    |   3/10    | This plane has a long  |
|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| almost shaft-like body |
|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| and a large elliptical |
|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| front.                 |
 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
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| 2 |    Long Plane    |   100 Points    |   5/10    | This plane has a long  |
|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| strait body, much like |
|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| an arrow               |
 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
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| 3 |    Stealth       |  1000 Points    |   10/10   | This plane is small and|
|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| very fast. You will    |
|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| to have good reflexes  |
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| 4 |    Killer        |  1000 Points    |    4/10   | The largest plane, has |
|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| a large circular body. |
|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| THIS ONE WILL SHOOT YOU|
 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
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| 5 |    Armageddon    |   None.....     |   6/10    | This plane only appears|
|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| once you have lost the |
|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| game. It is kind of an |
|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| "In your face" type of |
|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| feature.               |
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VII                    NOTES AND THANKS
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A large thank you goes out to every person who has read this FAQ and helped
them out. Another thanks goes out to all of the webmasters that host this FAQ
on their site.

This FAQ is copywritten work of its author, Mike Truitt. Any usage not noted by
its author in this FAQ is strictly forbidden. If you would like to have  this
FAQ posted on your site, then simply send me an e-mail asking   permission to
use the FAQ, as well as a link to your website. Send all   e-mails about this
game / FAQ to mat2810@cs.com with the subject line  "Atlantis for Atari 2600"
anything else might not be read.

(c) 2002 Mike Truitt
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