The solar system
is under attack! Enemy Super-Dreadnoughts have
been placed in orbit around each of the planets. They are
draining mineral resources from the planetary cores for use in
their power units. Each Super-Dreadnought seeks out a different
metal for its metal convertor.
Your Manta class
Space Fighter will be transported to each planet
in turn and it is your task to destroy each Dreadnought. First
you must attack the defensive screen of enemy fighters, then you
must neutralise the majority of surface defences before you land
on the Super-Dreadnought's master runway. It is then possible to
activate the Dreadnought's self-destruct mechanism.
Your Manta fighter
is deployed on a low-level strafing run as you
start your assault on the aliens' defences. You must avoid the
meteor screens and communications aerials which tower above the
The fighter defences
deploy in waves. A bonus is awarded after
landing if all ships in a wave are destroyed. Attack surface
features to score bonus points but beware of the homing mines
which materialise over flashing generator ports!
When the LAND NOW
message appears, move as soon as possible to
the right hand end of the Super-Dreadnought and fly flat over the
end of the master runway from left to right.
Once inside the
Super-Dreadnaught you will be given the chance to fly down the
super structure to the core reactor. Avoid the energy field defences and you come
up against the reactor, protected by tridium sheilds. Blast thru each of these to destroy
reactore and the Dreadnaught.
Your Manta Class Fighter
sets the position above the Super-Dreadnought, joystick
left/right controls acceleration and deceleration. If your velocity falls too
low your fighter performs a half-loop followed by a half-roll so as to face in
the opposite direction. The manoeuvre also temporarily increases your height
above the surface and may be used to avoid incoming missiles and mines.
Your Manta performs a 90 degree roll if you press and hold fire whilst moving
the joystick up or down. This will enable you to manoeuvre through restricted