Lost In Translation/Stargate
|Main CPU||M6809 (@ 1.000 MHz)|
M6808 (@ 894.750 kHz)
292 x 240 pixels
16 Palette colours
|ROM Info||15 ROMs|
52,224 bytes (51.00 KiB)
About The Game
Stargate is an horizontally scrolling arcade video game shoot-em-up.
According to the literature, Stargate will transport you to a whole new dimension in video games! Not only will the skills you learned with Defender be challenged and refined, but new strategies must come into play if you are to be victorious in rescuing the humanoids from the clutches of the aliens and in entering the Stargate! Your ability to react quickly and with on-target precision will be tested against the evil Yllabian Space Guppies, Dynamos, Space Hums, Firebombers and their Fireballs, Phreds, Big Reds and Munchies! If you succeed in manoeuvring your ship into the Stargate, you'll be instantly trans-located to that part of the planet where the humanoids are being abducted! To open up spectacular scoring possibilities, rescue 4 humanoids, re-enter Stargate and you'll Warp 3 Waves ahead in space and time, setting off dazzling special effects and racking up high points!
If you must destroy everything in your path or risk self-destruction, activate the Inviso anti-matter cloaking device and become invisible and invulnerable! Inviso time plus a new ship and a Smart Bomb are earned with every 10,000 points you score!
If all 10 humanoids in a Wave are abducted, the universe will explode into smithereens, leaving deadly mutants on the attack! Survive till Wave 5 and the universe will be restored, the humanoids safe ... but you'll be the target of an Yllabian Dog Fight! There'll be no landers to abduct the humanoids, but all the other aliens will have stronger and larger forces concentrated against you! It will be an out space battle reaching the outer limits of aggression and will call up your last ounce of determination and courage!
Additional Technical Information
Players : 1
Control : 2-way joystick (vertical)
Buttons : 6
=> Thrust, Fire, Reverse, Smart bomb, Inviso, Hyperspace
Released in November 1981.
Stargate was the first game designed by Vid Kidz, the design firm founded by Jarvis and DeMar when they decided to go independent. Williams became desperate for a game after the designers left, so they took Vid Kidz under contract. Stargate took four months to complete. All Vid Kidz games were designed on a dual 8" floppy, 1 MHz 6809 Motorola Exorcisor system that cost $30,000 in those days. The name was changed to 'Defender II' right after the game had stopped being manufactured, because Williams wanted to make sure they could own the trademark on the title.
The name of the enemy Yllabian is created by reversing the spelling of Bally, one of Williams' competitors. Bally reversed becomes Yllab.
Shooting a Pod will release between 4 and 7 Swarmers.
Approximately 26,000 uprights and about 1,000 cocktail tables were made.
Stargate plays very similarly to "Defender", although several enhancements have been made to the already superb and demanding game play. Changes from "Defender" :
- The addition of 8 more enemies.
- The addition of the Stargate. Going through the Stargate allows the player to either :
- Go to the opposite side of the planet if no Humanoids are being threatened.
- Arrive at the exact spot where a Lander is abducting a Humanoid.
- In addition, before Wave 10, if you fly forwards (not backwards) through the Stargate while carrying four or more Humanoids, you will warp forward three waves. You will get a bonus of Humanoids left X 2,000 points for this achievement (Up to 20,000 points).
- The Inviso button allows you to cloak your ship in an anti-matter field. While cloaked, your ship is indestructible and you can destroy enemies by flying through them. You can still pick up falling Humanoids while cloaked.
- There are now bonus waves in the game. After completing these bonus waves, you start again with ten Humanoids on the planet's surface. The bonus waves are:
- On Wave 5 and every 10th wave thereafter : The Yllabian Dogfight.
- On Wave 10 and every 10th wave thereafter : The Firebomber Showdown.
- When the last Humanoid left on the planet's surface is abducted, the planet surface starts flashing, and the message under the scanner reads : 'PLANET SURFACE UNSTABLE!'. This is the warning that planetary explosion will occur soon unless at least one Humanoid is saved.
- There is now a 'Pod Intersection' timer which appears in the scanner at the beginning of any wave which has at least 3 Pods. It counts down to the moment when all the Pods come together.
|Yllabian Space Guppy||200|
|Getting hit by an enemy bullet||25|
Destroying a Pod with a Smart Bomb will award either 1,450 or 1,600 points.
Rescuing abducted Humanoids gives increasing bonuses if they are rescued consecutively without being immediately returned to the ground.
500 points for saving the 1st Humanoid from a Lander, 1,000 points for saving the 2nd, 1,500 points for the 3rd, and 2,000 points for the 4th and higher.
500 points for each Humanoid put back into the planet's surface.
250 points for a Humanoid landing into the ground safely on his own.
A special undocumented bonus can be gained by dropping off a humanoid as the last event in a wave. There are 2 ways to do this. One way requires you to have killed everything off in the wave except for one lander. Wait for the lander to pick up a humanoid. Shoot the lander and catch the humanoid JUST before it hits the ground. The other way is to deposit a humanoid that your ship is carrying at the exact moment when you kill the last enemy of the wave. Either way, when this is done properly the screen will flash several times and you will be awarded 2,000 points.
|Wave 1||Humanoids Left X 100|
|Wave 2||Humanoids Left X 200|
|Wave 3||Humanoids Left X 300|
|Wave 4||Humanoids Left X 400|
|Wave 5 and all Yllabian Dogfight waves||2,500|
|Wave 6 and above||Humaniods Left X 500|
|Warp||Humanoids Left X 2,000|
Tips and tricks
The enemies that initially appear in each wave are :
- Wave 1 : 11 Landers, 2 Dynamos, 3 Firebombers
- Wave 2 : 10 Landers, 2 Dynamos, 3 Firebombers, 7 Yllabian Space Guppies
- Wave 3 : 10 Landers, 2 Dynamos, 6 Firebombers, 4 Yllabian Space Guppies, 3 Pods
- Wave 4 : 17 Landers, 3 Dynamos, 3 Firebombers, 5 Yllabian Space Guppies, 4 Pods
- Wave 5 and every Yllabian Dogfight : 6 Dynamos, 22 Yllabian Space Guppies, 8 Swarmers
- Wave 6 : 17 Landers, 3 Dynamos, 3 Firebombers, 5 Yllabian Space Guppies, 4 Pods, 2 Bombers
- Waves 7, 8, and 9 : 17 Landers, 3 Dynamos, 3 Firebombers, 5 Yllabian Space Guppies, 4 Pods, 3 Bombers
- Wave 10 and every Firebomber Showdown : 13 Firebombers, 6 Pods
- Wave 11 and every regular wave higher : 18 Landers, 4 Dynamos, 4 Firebombers, 3 Yllabian Space Guppies, 4 Pods, 2 Bombers
If the planet is destroyed, all Landers are replaced with Mutants.
- You start the game in the middle of the screen. You can look at your radar to see where the various enemies are. Get to learn the sounds of the game because they are an important clue as to what is going on out of your viewing range. First of all, learn how to use the buttons with proficiency. You don't want to be hunting around for the smart bomb or thrust button when you are in the middle of a firefight. Practice will make you proficient.
- The player's ship can shoot a maximum of 4 lasers on the screen at any one time.
- Learn to use your radar screen and after a while you will only look at the viewable area briefly to take care of business. Each enemy has a unique color on the radar so you should be able to easily identify what they are. In addition, you will also learn how each enemy moves around. This will definitely become a great benefit in the later waves.
- Listen to the sounds of the game. When you hear a high-pitched chatter, that means a Lander has picked up a Humanoid in order to create a Mutant. Use your radar and look for the green shape going straight up; that's the Lander. Try to get over there as quickly as possible. Just shoot the Lander, not the Humanoid it has taken. When you hear what sound like something being put together, that means a Lander has become a Mutant.
- Once you shoot the Lander, your job isn't over yet. If the height is too great, the Humanoid will fall and die on impact. You have to fly over the Humanoid and your fighter will pick it up. Anytime you scrape against the ground, you will set the Humanoid down. Some players continuously ride around with a Humanoid to prevent the planet from exploding.
- The planet will only explode when all ten Humanoids are dead. Then you will have to go through waves of nothing but Mutants and the other regular enemies until you make it to a bonus wave. After that, you will have 10 humans and a new planet again. Mutants are very dangerous to deal with because they tend to swarm and fire a lot of shots toward your ship. Of course, expert players just shoot all the Humanoids so they can have the challenge of going through these Mutant waves.
- Try to clear waves as quickly as possible. If you take too long on a wave, a Baiter, Phred, or a Big Red will appear. These enemies are much faster than your fighter and can outrun it. The Baiter also has the tendency to fire pretty accurate shots. One of the tactics to throw them off is to reverse quickly a couple of times. This disorients them briefly and may give you a chance to shoot them. These enemies make their appearance to ensure you finish waves quickly.
- Use your Smart Bombs only when the screen is crowded with enemies. A lot of players like to get all the Pods together and then touch off a Smart Bomb. Another way is to break open the Pods so that Swarmers are all over then hit the Smart Bomb.
- Use your Invisio sparingly. A good tactic is to find a lot of enemy units bunched up. Fly fast toward them and at the last second activate your Invisio until you are clear (should amount to less then a second of time). You can destroy quite a few enemies this way and you conserve your Invisio energy.
- Use Hyperspace only when you are in a totally desperate situation (like getting swarmed by Mutants or Swarmers). Sometimes Hyperspace will destroy your ship on re-entry.
- Watch out for the Bombers. Although they travel slowly, they leave strings of bombs. If you are not paying attention, you may crash if you attempt to fly through them.
- The Firebombers have a tendency to shoot a lot of fireballs at your fighter. Fortunately, you can destroy these fireballs. This can become complicated if there are four or five firebombers firing at the same time. The Fireballs don't track your ship. The Firebombers don't start shooting Fireballs until Wave 2.
- You can fly through and under the terrain (but you cannot exit the screen at the top and come up through the bottom or vice-versa). Use this to your advantage when manoeuvring around.
- Since you 'wrap-around' the screen, this gives you a little more manoeuvring room. However, keep looking at your radar because the enemy that disappears off the left side will show up on the right side. Also, shots do not wrap around the edge.
- In addition to using the 'wrap-around', keep in mind that you can also use the Stargate to your advantage. Some players hang around the Stargate until a Humanoid is abducted. They go through the Stargate, save the Humanoid, and go back to the Stargate again to await the next rescue. Also, the Stargate is useful if you are being pursued by a lot of enemies since it transports you to the opposite side of the planet.
- Since you get an extra ship, Smart Bomb, and Inviso time every 10,000 points, that should be your constant goal. However, as the waves get higher things move a lot faster, making even getting 10,000 points a challenge.
- The most extra ships or Smart Bombs that can be obtained is 255. If the player has 255 extra ships or Smart Bombs and then wins an extra one, the counter rolls back to zero.
- The Secret Message formula consists of three sequences of buttons, that all must be completed within a quarter of a second of each other, without the player dying on-screen. The moves are as follows: -
- Joystick Down, Reverse, 1P Start and Thrust.
- Reverse, 2P Start and Fire.
- Joystick Down, 1P Start, Thrust and Fire.
- Stargate attack waves 'roll over' at wave 100, which is displayed, when started and after being completed, as Wave 0. The game keeps track of the actual number of waves, even though they are not shown properly. For example, the next wave will be counted as Wave 101, even though it shows being completed as Wave 1. The game will 'roll over' again at Wave 200, which is displayed, when started and after being completed, as Wave 0 as well. The next 'roll over' occurs at Wave 256. Upon completion of Wave 255, the next wave is a wave very similar to the very first wave, except that the Firebombers shoot. This level is counted and displayed as Wave 0, and the player is awarded a bonus of Humanoids left X 0 points (the bonus for this wave is always 0 points). The next is Wave 1, and the game now plays just as if the player had started a new game (warps are now again possible up to wave 10), except the player gets to keep his score and all of his bonus ships and Smart Bombs.
- Larry DeMar (LED)
- Sam Dicker (SAM)
- Steve Ritchie (SSR)
- Eugene Jarvis (DRJ) (EPJ)
Cabinet and Artwork
- Atari 2600 (1984) (Both "Stargate" and "Defender II")
- Nintendo Super Famicom (1996, "Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits")
- Sega Mega Drive (1996, "Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits")
- Sega Saturn (1996, "Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits")
- Sony PlayStation (1996, "Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits")
- Sega Dreamcast (2000, "Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits Vol. 1")
- Nintendo Game Boy Advance (2001, "Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits")
- Sony PlayStation 2 (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")
- Nintendo Gamecube (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")
- Microsoft XBOX (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")
- Nintendo Famicom ("Defender II")
- Commodore VC20 (1982, "Defender II")
- PC [Booter] (1983)
- Commodore C64 (1984, "Guardian")
- PC [MS-DOS] (1995, "Williams Arcade Classics")
- PC [MS Windows] (1996, "Williams Arcade Classics")
- PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasure")
- VFD handheld game (1982) released by Entex.
- Tiger Game.Com ("Arcade Classics")
|Album Name||Catalogue No.||Released||Publisher||Comments|
|Arcade Ambiance 1983||N/A||2003-01-01||Andy Hofle||Digital download only.|