Pull on your goggles and check out your controls. You're about to embark on a daredevil
flight through the wild blue yonder. But before you take off, take a minute to read over
these instructions. You'll be glad you did.
1.Hook up your video game system. Follow manufacturer's instructions.
2.With power OFF, plug in game cartrige.
3.Turn power ON. If no picture appears, check connection of your game system to TV,
then repeat steps 1-3.
4.Plug in left Joystick Controller. (It's the only one you'll need.) When playing, hold
the controller wiht red button at upper left.
5.Set both difficulty swithces to B to begin.
6.Select game with game select switch:
Game1: Hedge hopper (fly through 10 barns, fixed course) Game2: Crop Duster (Fly
through 15 barns, fixed course) Game3: Stunt Pilot (Fly through 15 barns, fixed cures,
different than game2) Game4: Flying Ace (Fly through 25 barns, a new course each time you
7.THE OBJECT OF THE GAME is to fly through a set number of barns in the shortest
possible time (elapsed time indicated at top of screen).
8.SCORING. Each time you make it through a barn, your barn count number (upper left
corner of screen) will decrease by one If you miss a barn, your barn count will remain the
same and you will have to fly further to reach an additional barn When your barn count
reaches zero, the game is ended.
9.TO TAKE OFF, simply press the red button on your Joystick, and push the Joystick up
10.USING THE JOYSTICK. Once airborne, the red botton acts as your throttle: press it
for greater speed, release it to slow down. To increase your altitude, push the Joystick
up, and, to descend, pull the joystick down.
11.DIFFICULTY SWITCHES. The LEFT difficulty switch in teh A position
will lower the clearance hiehgts of the barns, the B position is
normal. The RIGHT difficulty switch in the A position will add more
geese, the B position is normal.
Note to owners of Sears Tele-Game (TM) Video Arcade (R): Difficulty is called skill
left (or right); A is expert and B is novice.
GETTING THE FEEL OF BARNSTORMING (TM) BY ACTIVISION (TM)
Just as in flying a real biplane,you'll need to get the "feel" of the
controls. The better you get at adjusting your throttle and handling your joystick, the
better your chances to become a "Flying Ace."
You needn't worry about stalling out in midair. Your throttle is set to maintain a
minimum speed even when you release the red button. THe game is mastered by looking ahead
and adjusting th controls to make the best speed, fly through every barn and over every
windmill, and avoid those pesky geese. Whenever you push the throttle, watch out for
The best time is achieved by covering the course with the fewest possible corrections
to your altitiude, so precious seconds can be shaved by flying just above the windmills
and just below the openings of the barns.
If you should misjudge and fly OVER a barn, your barn count will
remain unchanged, and the course will be extended until you can make
up the missed barns and fly through the required number.
Avoiding crashes with barn roofs, barn interiors, weather vanes, windmills and geese
will realy save time. Better to slow down a little and avoid a crash, than to lose time
picking up speed from a dead stop.
JOIN THE ACTIVISION (TM) FLYING ACES
If you beat a time of 33.3 seconds on game 1, 51.0 seconds on game 2, or 54.0 seconds
on game 3, you can join our Activision Flying Aces. Just send us a picture of oyur
television screen, along with your name and address, and we will enroll you in this
HOW TO BECOME AN "ACE" AT BARNSTORMING (TM) BY ACTIVISION (TM)
Tips from Steve Cartwright, designer of Barnstorming.
Steve is the newwest member of the Activision design team. He was dicovered by David
"There are two stages involved in mastering this game.
"After playing this game a few times, you'll begin to learn the course. By knowing
what is coming up ahead, you can keep your biplane at full speed.
"But, being able to fly through the barns and over the windmills is only the
beginning. The real secret is in carefully navigating through the flocks of geese. With
practice, it *is* possible to fly the course at full speed with no collisions.
"It has really been a great challenge designing my first game for Activision, and
I'd particularly like to thank David Crane for his help in 'getting me off the
P.S. Drop me a line. I'd love to hear about your daredevil exploits!
Look for more Activision video games wherever you buy video game
cartriges. Drop us a note, and we'll gladly add your name to our
mailing list and keep you posted on new Activision game cartriges as
they become available.
Activison, Inc., 3255-2 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95051
ATARI (R) and Video Computer System (TM) are trademarks of ATARI, INC. Tele-Game (TM)
and Video Arcade (R) are trademarks of Sears Roebuck and Co.
(C) 1982 Activision AX-013-03 Printed in U.S.A.
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