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Gates of Zendocon - Atari - Atari Lynx     HTML Manual   


The droids of your old nemesis, the evil spider Zendocon, captured 
you. Zendocon itself sentenced you to wander its web of deadly 
universes. Zendocon's universes are connected by a web of transporter 
gates and alien bases.

Zendocon orders its droids to transport you to an alien base on the 
first of the 51 interconnected universes and to give you a starship. 
You must survive dangerous universes inhabited by hostile aliens 
while searching for transporter gates. When you find a transporter 
gate, fly through the gate into another universe.

You will find allies in Zendocon's universes. Aliens held as slaves 
by Zendocon's minions will help you if you can free them. They 
will follow your  ship, aiding you with strange weapons unlike 
you have ever encountered!

Will you survive Zendocon's challenge? You must survive! Your reward 
for success is the chance for sweet revenge - a duel to the death 
with the evil spider itself!

Getting Started

The Gates of Zendocon is a single player game. 
Note: To press a key, press and release quickly. To hold down a key,
hold the key down for at least one second. 
Follow the steps listed below to start the game: 

1. With your system switched off, insert the game card as described 
in the Lynx Owner's Manual. 

Warning: Do not touch the game card connector pins. Do not expose 
the contacts to static or extreme heat. Do not bend, crush, or 
attempt to clean the game card. 

2. Press ON. The Gates of Zendocon title screen appears. 

3. If desired, you can select a specific universe in which to start. 
Press OPTION 1. Four letters display along the bottom of the screen. 
Move the joypad left or right to move between the four letters. 
When you've selected a specific letter, move the joypad up or 
down to show the letters of the alphabet. Once you have selected 
all four letters, select the level of difficulty. 

Note: If you do not select a specific universe, you will start in 
the first universe. 

4. Next, select the difficulty of play.  Press A for easy or B for 
hard. In easy play, the game action is slower and your spacecraft 
is better protected against attack. However, you do not accumulate 
points as quickly as you do at the hard level of play. 

5. The game begins after you select the difficulty level. The elevator 
takes you to your ship. Press right on the joypad to fly your 
ship from the first alien base. 

6. To enhance play, the following optional game controls allow you 
to modify the display, control music output, pause, and restart the game. 

To flip the screen 180 degrees and reverse the controls, press 
OPTION 2 and PAUSE at the same time. 
To pause the game, press PAUSE. Repeat to resume play. 
To toggle music on and off, press OPTION 2. 
To return to the title screen and restart the game, press OPTION 1 and PAUSE. 

Playing the Game

The object of the game is to survive Zendocon's deadly universes 
(levels) and find and destroy Zendocon. 
You begin the game on a landing platform in an alien base. Press 
right on the joypad to fly your ship out of the base and into 
space. Destroy all enemy aliens you encounter. Hits from alien 
fire cause the following damage to your ship: 

First hit - destroys your shield. 
Second hit - wipes out your ship's lasers. 
Third hit - explodes your ship, your alien followers, and you! 

After your ship explodes you return (with one less life) to the landing 
platform of the last base you visited. You receive a new, fully-equiped ship.

You begin the game with five lives. The number of lives remaining 
appears on the lower left side of each alien base. You acquire 
additional lives at some bases. The game is over when you receive 
a third hit with no lives remaining.

There is at least one transporter gate in each universe. Some universes 
have multiple gates that lead to different universes. Since you cannot go
back through the gate you entered, you must fly forward to find the next gate.

Each transporter gate leads to an alien base. Alien bases serve as the
entrances to new universes. The name of each universe appears on the
bottom of that universe's alien base. Each universe contains one alien base.

When you enter a new base your spaceship hovers over the upper landing 
platform. If you have lost your shield or laser, you can land 
on the upper platform to get a new, completely armed ship.

Be careful. If you land on the platform when the force field appears,
your ship explodes and destroys you and all alien followers. 
(See Movement and Combat for a description of friendly aliens.)

If you land successfully, you descend the platform elevator to the 
new sip waiting on the lower platform. Your alien allies will 
follow your new ship.

If you do not need a new ship, you can press the joypad to the right 
to pass through the base.

Note: If you return to the base because aliens in space have completely 
destroyed your ship, you will not have the option of landing on 
the upper platform. You automatically board the ship on the lower 

Movement and Combat

Press the joypad to move your ship in the direction you wish to fly. 

Ship's Weapons

Your spacecraft is armed with two weapons and one shield/weapon. 

Neutrino Laser shoots a long, thin, horizontal beam. Hold down 
B to fire the Neutrino Laser. 
Photon Bomb drops slowly in a downward arc. Press B to fire a Photon 
Bomb. Note: Both the Neutrino Laser and the Photon Bomb have unlimited 
ammunition. Blast away! 
Destructor Shield not only protects your ship from damage but also 
destroys some enemies coming into contact with it. The Destructor 
Shield bounces you away from those enemies it cannot destroy. 
Hold down A to activated the Destructor Shield. Note: The Destructor 
Shield can overheat. When overheated you have no shield. Turn 
off the shield to allow it to cool. 

Friendly Alien Weapons

In addition to your ship's weapons and shield, you can acquire alien 
allies and their weapons when you rescue these aliens from enslavement. 

Flying Eyeball(purple, looks like an eyeball) hovers below your craft 
and shoots fireballs horizontally. 
Death Arising(red, points upward) shoots a laser beam straight up. 

Cosmic Destroyer(Orange, looks like a *) seeks out and crashes into 
enemy aliens. 
Sonic Dart (green, looks like >-o  )(the most powerful weapon) emits 
deadly sonar waves. 
Rescue the aliens from Zendocon and they will aid you. To rescue 
these aliens. shoot whatever is enslaving them. You must also 
touch Death Arising and the Sonic Dart with your spacecraft to 
complete the rescue. 
Enemy fire can destroy your alien followers. 
Press B to activate the weapons of your enemy allies. To fire the 
Sonic Dart, hold down B.              


On the first level, the first transporter gate leads to easy levels,
the second transporter leads to more difficult levels. 
Some aliens can only be destroyed by a specific weapon. 
Pulsing alien Sucker Beasts are extremely dangerous. 
Fly through the Jaws of Death. 
Snakes squeal when injured. 
Shoot out the Static Blob's red eye, and shoot Crawling Eyes more than once. 
Bubbles can push you into trouble. 
Shoot the last alien in the eye. 


You earn 1 to 495 points when you destroy aliens, depending on the 
type of alien. 
You receive 100 points when you reach a new alien base in the easy 
levels or 10,000 points when you reach a new alien base in the hard levels. 

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