The object of the game is to blast enemy aircraft out of the sky... and dodge ground missiles!!! Zero in on enemy planes! Bank left, bank right, dive, climb out! Watch your elevation! Keep track of the fuel! Run out of ammo...land and refuel...take off again!
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You should download and play it though, the web player seems to break some minor things.
Fixed bug with reset causing the cartridge saving icon to appear.
b: Restore btn on reset
Enemy won't fly so low to the ground
Changed rain effect to lines
Smoothed out rotation
Fixed rain effect when rotating and takeoff
Reduced ground strike effect
Added safe zone
Markers are brightened at night
The original version.
When you start a game, and after you refuel, press the Z BUTTON. The runway lights appear to move as your plane starts to move. When you gain speed (about 4 seconds), press down on the ARROW KEYS for takeoff.
If you try to take off before gaining enough speed, you will crash! Wait too long before takeoff and you will run out of runway. You'll quickly get the hang of the timing!
EDIT: Corrected button in manual
I suppose you'd call this a minimalistic flight sim. It's really fun, though! Feels like you're flying a plane, even with very little frame of reference beyond a green horizon line and of course the enemy planes.
Sometimes it got a little weird, for instance I would be shooting at enemies who turned out to be so low to the ground that I would crash into the ground trying to fly low enough to shoot them! How low were they?? ...Other than that I saw no serious problems with the game. I love the rainy day effects that occur sort of at random, they look great.
Also... I figured out how to take off, but I haven't been able to land! What am I supposed to just restart the game by pressing X when I've run out of fuel?
To refuel, lower your altitude to 0 (carefully!!) and wait there for a moment for the runway to reappear. Caution: Refueling will take away all your remaining ammo and grant you ammo based on how many hits you landed during that flight, so make sure you've used every shot to it's fullest potential first.
When you've eventually and inevitably landed less than 10 hits in a flight and safely made it back to the ground, that's it. You're done.
Updated the Cartridge (three times infact ... a tiny bug would pop up when I fixed something)
See the Changelog in the main post.
Also you should download and play this, the web player seems to break some sound effects, making them slower? or skippy?
This is a complete port of Air Raiders from the Atari 2600! That's why is finished. Everything is exactly like before!
I'd like to see more ports, like keystone kapers! But I don't know if this would atract attention from the publishers.
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