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Vid Grid Manual
Vid Grid

Welcome to Geffen Records' and Jasmine Multimedia Publishing's VID GRID: The 
Rock Video Moving Picture Puzzle Game. In this game, you'll attempt to 
unscramble the pieces of several rock videos before they end. There are five 
challenging levels, each with new puzzle configurations, as well as a practice 
mode where you can hone your skills.


1. Insert your Vid Grid CD in the JAGUAR CD player and close the lid.
2. Press the POWER button.
3. Press any FIRE BUTTON to skip the TITLE screen and start the game.


Take time to learn the functions of the JOYPAD and buttons before you play.


Moves the cursor around the screen.

A Button

Flips the piece currently under the cursor.

B Button 

Selects the piece currently under the cursor.

Option Button

Allows you to change button configurations and volume adjustment at the MAIN 
screen. Pressing the Option button while playing a video allows you to choose 
one of the following options:


Allows you to solve the puzzle without receiving credit or replay a solved 
video from the beginning.


Rescrambles the video and starts again from the beginning.


Returns you to the MAIN SELECTION SCREEN.

You will not be able to continue the video after selecting any of the buttons 
from the menu.

Keypad Buttons
0 - Music on/off
1 - Cursor on/off
3 - Increases music volume
6 - Decreases music volume


Vid Grid puzzles start easy, with nine right-side up pieces that can be moved 
by simply dragging them to a new position. However, as you progress through the 
game, you will encounter more difficult puzzles that are the result of changing 
three sets of puzzle attributes: Puzzle Size, Movement, and Video Orientation.

Puzzle Size
There are four puzzle sizes.

3x3/4x4/5x5/6x6. Videos can be scrambled into nine pieces (3 pieces by 3 
pieces), 16 pieces (4x4), 25 pieces (5x5) or 36 pieces (6x6).

3-4/3-4-5/3-4-5-6. There are also Progressive 3-4 puzzles (starts with 9 pieces 
and rescrambles into 16 after initial solution), Progressive 3-4-5 (9 to 16 to 
25) and Progressive 3-4-5-6 (9 to 16 to 25 to 36).

Puzzle Movement

There are four different ways to manipulate and move puzzle pieces. The puzzle 
type is predetermined by the level of gameplay, and the number of solved 
puzzles on the current level.

Drag and Drop

Move the cursor over the piece you want to move and hold down the B Button. Now 
move the piece to the position you want, and release the button to drop it. The 
piece you drop will snap to fit properly in the grid, and the piece it replaces 
will move into the empty spot left by the first piece.


Pieces can be moved only to a vertically or horizontally adjacent, empty space 
on the grid. Simply press the B Button on the piece you want to move, and it 
will slide into the empty spot. The piece that is missing to begin with is 
always the lower right corner.


In this mode, puzzle pieces are moved the same way as Drag and Drop pieces, but 
an alarm will sound if a piece is set down in an incorrect position, and the 
entire puzzle will be rescrambled. Only the piece being dragged needs to end up 
in its correct position. The piece it replaces will move to the empty spot.


This is similar to Slider, except that the blank piece can start from any 

Video Orientation


The video plays in the normal fashion (right side up).


The video plays upside down (and all the pieces are upside down). You cannot 
flip the pieces.


The video plays right side up, but some of the pieces start out flipped 
horizontally. To flip pieces in this mode, place the cursor over the piece you 
want to flip and press the A Button. Flip can be active in conjunction with any 
of the above options.


Standard Game

This is the main portion of VID GRID. In order to win the game, you must solve 
each of the videos on five different levels. After solving all nine videos in 
level three you will be rewarded with a special bonus. The puzzle options will 
get more complex as you progress through the videos and levels. The harder the 
puzzle configuration, the more points you earn for solving it. In addition, 
bonus points are awarded for each puzzle at the end of each level, depending on
how quickly the puzzles were solved. You can retry any puzzle as often as you 
wish to try to improve your time.

Practice Game

In this mode, you can select any video, and puzzle options can be turned on or 
off. No score is awarded, and no video is considered "solved" in this mode. The 
timer runs normally, however, allowing you to try to beat your best time.


The player's name and current score are displayed at the bottom center. The top 
of the screen shows what level the player is currently on and the current 
puzzle configuration. The middle of the screen shows the videos that are 
available. Solved videos have a green border around them. The name of the 
performer and the music video that is currently underneath the cursor will be 
displayed below the videos. The picture of the video indicates the type of 
puzzle grid that will be used.

Clicking on any video with the A Button will cause a display screen to appear 
with information about the video, including the artist, song and video credits.

There are six buttons on the lower left and right sides of the screen.


Takes you to the PRACTICE GAME screen.


Takes you to the HELP screen.


Takes you to the OPTIONS screen.


Takes you to the BEST TIMES/SCORES screens.


Allows you to add/delete player names. To add a name, select ADD and press up 
or down on the JOYPAD to change letters. Press left or right on the JOYPAD to 
change the cursor position. Press the B Button to end. To delete a name, select 
the name and select DELETE. SAVE allows you to save your current game and best
times/score. When you are finished entering the player's name, use the cursor 
to select the OK Button.


In this mode you can select any video and any puzzle type. Then you simply try 
to solve the video as quickly as possible. No levels are used, and no score is 

On the lower left and right sides of the screen are six buttons. The three 
buttons on the left allow you to change the Puzzle Size, Type and Video 
Orientation. Each time you click on a button, it will cycle to each of the 
options available for that button.

The buttons on the right side of the screen allow you to view the BEST 
TIMES/SCORE, ADD/DELETE PLAYERS, and return to the MAIN screen.

Once you've adjusted all the settings, select the video you want to play, and 
the view will switch to the GAME screen.


Once you click on a video in the MAIN SELECTION SCREEN, the view switches to 
the GAME screen, and the scrambled video begins. The timer is visible in the 
lower right corner. The time to beat, if any, is displayed in the lower left 

When the video has finished playing (or when the B Button is pressed after 
solving the video), the MAIN SELECTION SCREEN reappears, allowing you to 
rechallenge the puzzle, or move on to a different one. When a puzzle has been 
completed successfully, a chime will sound and the border will turn green. The 
video will then play itself out and return to the MAIN SELECTION SCREEN. You 
can return directly to the MAIN SELECTION SCREEN by pressing the B Button. The 
video you just solved will have a green border around it, indicating that it 
has been solved on this level. Any puzzle can be replayed as often as you wish 
to try to improve your time.

Once all the videos on a particular level have been completed, you will receive 
bonus points for each puzzle, based on how quickly you solved them. You will 
then advance to the next difficulty level.


* Study the video long enough to know where a few recognizable objects belong 
 on the screen. After dragging the piece that contains that object to the 
 correct position, don't move it again. This becomes your "anchor" piece. Now 
 drag other pieces into the adjacent positions until you find a match.

* If an entire section of the screen is solved, but you are still having 
 trouble, it may be because the puzzle is offset by a column or row. Reposition 
 the solved pieces systematically to put them in their correct places.

* Once a piece is in the correct place, don't move it again. Sure, this seems 
 obvious, but you'd be surprised how easy it is to forget.

* In Perfection Mode, drag each piece into position, but don't drop it until 
 you've seen the video playing long enough to see if it matches.

* In Slider Mode, start in the opposite corner from the "missing" piece, and 
 work your way down to it.

* Solve the puzzles quickly and keep retrying them to get a higher score.

* Save longer videos for last to have more time to solve difficult puzzle 



Cryin - Written by Steven Tyler/Joe Perry/Taylor Rhodes. Published by Swang 
   Song Music,Inc./MCA Music Publishing, a division of MCA Inc./T. Rhodes Songs 
   ASCAP, (c) 1993 Geffen Records, Inc.


Sledgehammer - Written by Peter Gabriel, Published by Pentagon Lipservices Real 
   World BMI. (c) 1992 Geffen Records, Inc.


November Rain - Written by W. Axl Rose. Published by Guns N Roses Music ASCAP 
   (c) 1986 Geffen Records, Inc.


Are You Experienced? - Written by Jimi hendrix. Published by Bella Godiva 
   Music, Inc. ASCAP Adm. Worldwide by Don Williams Music (c) 1986 Are You 
   Experienced? Ltd. Jimi Hendrix appears courtesy of Are You Experienced? Ltd.


Enter Sandman - Written by Hetfield/Ulrich/Hammett. Published by Creeping Death 
   Music ASCAP. (c) 1993 Elektra Entertainment, a division of Warner 
   Communications Inc. Produced under licensee from Elektra Entertainment.


No More Tears - Written by Ozzy Osbourne/Zakk Wylde/Randy Castillo/Michael Inez
  /John Purdell. Published by EMI Virgin Music. Ozzy Osbourne Tapes and CDs are 
  manufactured and distributed by Epic, a division of Sony Music.


Give it Away - Written by A. Kiedis/Flea/J. Frusciante/C. Smith, Published by
   Moebetoblame Music BMI. (c) 1991 Warner Bros. Records Inc. Produced under 
   license from Warner Bros. Records Inc.


Spoonman - Written by Chris Cornell. Published by You Make Me Sick I Make Music 
   ASCAP. (c) 1994 A&M Records, Inc. Soundgarden appears courtesy of A&M 
   Records, Inc.


Right Now - Written by Sammy Hagger/Edward Van Halen/Michael Anthony/
   Alex Van Halen. Published by Yessup Music Co. Adm. by WB Music Corp. ASCAP. 
   (c) 1992 Warner Bros. Records Inc. Produced under license from Warner Bros. 
   Records Inc.