Game Party FAQ v1.0
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Game Party FAQ

by Da Hui   Updated to v1.0 on
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This FAQ was made for the NES FAQ Completion Project. You could contribute to  
this yourself! Just check out Devin Morgan's web site about it:                
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Table of Contents
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1. - Introduction
2. - Air Hockey
3. - Hockey
4. - Pinball
5. - Basketball
6. - Mind-Q
7. - Disclaimer
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1. - Introduction
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Game Party is an old compilation NES game that allows you to play 5 different 
games on one cartridge. Like most compilation games, this one features a list 
of cheesy and simple games, and also, like most other compilation games, these 
can't really hold your attention. The games are pretty dull to play against the 
computer, but it can be fun for two player games. Which is obviously suggested 
by the game's title: "Game Party." The games involved are Air Hockey, Hockey 
(More commonly known as Bubble Hockey or Foosball), Pinball, Basketball, and 
Mind-Q. So grab a friend and start playing some good multiplayer games from 
decades ago!
                                                                               
I am going to list the menu options here since it's the same for most of the 
games. These are for the options for Air Hockey, Hockey, and Basketball. The 
Pinball game allows you to choose up to four players and then you will start. I 
will explain the menus of the Mind-Q game in that game section of this guide. 
When you start a game, you can choose between 1 player or 2 players. If you 
select one player, you can choose boy or girl and then the difficulty level. 
Each difficulty level will make it more difficult and change the appearance of 
the computer. After you select those, you can select the times and the sounds. 
If you select two player, you both select your characters, then you can select 
the times and sounds. After you select the time and sound for either game mode, 
you will start the game.
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2. - Air Hockey
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Controls
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D-Pad  - Move Paddle
A      - No Use
B      - No Use
Start  - No Use
Select - No Use
                                                                               
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There are power ups in this game but they don't really do much. In fact, there 
are only really two power ups even though it looks as if there are several moer 
than that. Every twenty or so seconds, you will see a pill pop out of the 
center. It will alternate sides and once it hits the net, it's gone. The pink 
pill makes your paddle smaller so avoid this one as best as you can. The other 
ones will just make you normal size, so if you get a pink pill, just pick up th 
next one to get back to the normal size. 
                                                                               
I'm sure you all know the goal of air hockey. You have to hit the puck on the 
table toward the opposing goal. You need to beat the opposing player and get 
the puck into their net. A good way to beat the opposing player is to make it 
bank off the side walls as you move the puck toward their net. Hopefully you 
can get a quick hit to make the puck move faster and even if they do try to 
defend against it, often times, it will take a funny bounce off the back of 
their paddle and into their own net. 
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3. - Hockey
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D-Pad  - 
   Left  - Move players to left or move goalie up
   Right - Move players to right or move goalie down
   Up    - No Use
   Down  - No Use
A      - Spin Counter-Clockwise
B      - Spin Clockwise
Start  - No Use
Select - No Use
                                                                               
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When you start this game, you are given the option to play hockey or soccer. 
The layout of the game is exactly the same. The rails will move the players in 
the same directions and the players will be in the same spot. The only 
difference is the models and how the game looks. So if you like hockey more, I 
encourage you to play the hockey version, and if you like soccer more, I 
encourage you to play the soccer version. 
                                                                               
This game is more frequently known as Bubble Hockey or Foosball. With that 
said, you should immediately know how to play this game. Move the players on 
their rails while you gain posession of the ball/puck and try to bang it home 
into the opposing net. This game is really difficult to score in so be careful.
                                                                               
When the opposing player is in posession of the puck/ball and have a pretty 
clear shot to the net, I usually forget about the other players and simply 
control the goalie. Also when they have the ball/puck in the corner behind your 
net, make sure that your players are far away from your net. Often times the 
computer will bank a shot off of your player and into your net. 
                                                                               
When you have posession of the puck/ball in the offensive zone, move slowly. 
Moving too quickly will often make you lose posession. Take your time and aim 
your shot to try to bang it behind the goalie. If you have it behind the 
opposing net, try to just throw it in front of the net. Often times, you will 
get a lucky bounce and it will bounce right into the opposing net. If you have 
the ball/puck in your own zone, I usually just try to hit it aimlessly towards 
the other net. Hopefully you can get a lucky bounce to get it in the net or 
maybe a good pass to an open teammate.
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4. - Pinball
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D-Pad  - 
   Left  - Left Flipper
   Right - No Use
   Up    - No Use
   Down  - No Use
A      - Right Flipper
B      - Bump
Start  - No Use
Select - No Use
                                                                               
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There are plenty of paddle in this game, unfortunately it doesn't make up for 
how buggy it is. The ball almost always takes abnormals bounces. The paddles 
usually give minimal power to any shot so it's usually hard to get anywhere if 
you're near the bottom. And to top it off, the ball gets stuck on the paddles 
by itself all the time. I personally suggest avoiding this game in the 
cartridge at all costs since it's by far the worst pinball game I have ever 
played, but if you choose to ignore my warning and want to learn about the 
game, read below.
                                                                               
I'm not going to bother describing how to play pinball since I'm sure if you
know how to use a computer, you know how to play pinball. There are two sets of
paddles on the top portion. There are bouncers to the left and tubes to the 
right. You get points for hitting the bouncers or going through the tubes. I 
guess the point is to hit the torches which will open up the path to a small 
hole. Hit the hole and the ball will get stuck there while a man appears in 
front of the dinosaur in the middle. You can throw the torch at the dinosaur 
with the A button. It makes a loop and if you time it right, you can move to 
the torch on its way back and press A again to catch it. It doesn't seem to 
give extra points if you catch it and throw it again and the dinosaur never 
seems to die, which makes this part of the game pointless.
                                                                               
After the paddles on the top portion, you will notice a series of tubes. You 
can simply watch the ball as it makes its way to the bottom of the game. You 
can always hit the ball into the tubes and they will make it all the way to the 
top portion of the game again. The bottom section is bigger but there still 
isn't much to the game. You will notice dinosaur skulls on the sides along the 
middle of the portionthat also acts as paddles. If you see smoke coming out of 
the volcano on the bottom, the ball will pop back out when it falls in there. 
The small rocks also have tiny paddles on them but the chances of hitting them 
are basically slim to none. The top right has a couple bouncers and there's a 
bird flying around the top that doesn't do anything but get in the way. That's 
really all there is to this game. 
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5. - Basketball
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D-Pad  - Move Across Numbers
A      - Select Number
B      - No Use
Start  - No Use
Select - No Use
                                                                               
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This game is actually very intersting. The way it works is the ball will bounce 
around and eventually land in one of the holes. Each hole is disgnated with a 
number and you have to select that number along the top portion of the screen 
to hit the ball toward the other net. Keep an eye on the scoreboard in the 
middle of the court along the top of the screen to see what number you're 
supposed to be hitting. Player one will always hit the white squared, black 
numbered numbers while player two will always hit the black squared, white 
numbered numbers. Below is the layout of each stage, so you can see where each 
number is. The number closer to the left is the player shooting to the right 
and the number close to the right is for the player shooting to the left. A 
star in the chart below designates that that player can't possibly hit the ball 
from that hole.
                                                                               
                    1/1     12/*      9|9      */12     1/1
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                        */4      7/7   |   8/8      4/*
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                NET 2/*     13/6     10|10     6/13     */2 NET
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                        */5      8/8   |   7/7      5/*
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                    3/3     14/*     11|11     */14     3/3
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6. - Mind-Q
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D-Pad  - Cycle through Fruits
A      - Select Fruit
B      - Finish Turn
Start  - No Use
Select - Hint (Hint is in Japanese)
                                                                               
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The hint option is in Japanese so it doesn't really help you. After playing 
around with the game, I figured out what they meant. The point of the game is 
to mix and match the fruit to try to figure out the hidden pattern on the top 
of the screen. You are given nine chances to try to guess the combination 
right. You should start by choosing all different types of fruit, After you 
complete your first turn, you might see two different colored dots to the left 
of your turn.
                                                                               
There are two different types of dots that you will see in this game. The white 
dots are for fruits that match in the correct location. The red dots are for 
correct fruits that are in the wrong location. The problem with this is that 
they don't designate which fruits are correct and which ones are in the correct 
location so you have to mess around with it for a while. 
                                                                               
This game requires a lot of thinking and strategizing. I generally start by 
cycling through all the fruits in the first two turns. I know there are only 
seven fruits, so I suggest just trying to get lucky by repeating one of the 
fruit from the first turn to see if that would be one of the correct ones. You 
should only do this if your first turn doesn't show four dots. You just have to 
take a look at what is correct on one turn and on the other turn as well. There 
are a total of 2,401 different combinations, so it will last you a long time if 
you are interested in the game, but it's not one that can be easily described 
or beaten. Just work away trying to knock off the bad fruit and putting them in 
the proper order before the end of the game.
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7. - Disclaimer
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