Hold J + I + M after the game loads.
If you follow these steps carefully then clearing the first world shouldn't be
too much of a problem. Begin at level one, in the left-hand corner of the war
Tackle one meteor at a time and don't shoot at all the big boulders at once as
the screen will become filled with hundreds of smaller ones, which are a lot
harder to shoot or avoid.
In level one, try to pick up a gun power-up - represented by a (G), then go to
the bottom centre level and collect another. Your three-way shooter will now
be at full power. Destroy the small ship that enters from the left and get the
bouncer. Clear the other levels, finishing with the level in the bottom-left
of the plan, with the bouncer powered up.
The first end-of-level guardian is best tackled by flying your ship from left
to right, so you can shoot the boss as well as the shots that fly towards you.
Try to stay at the same vertical position as the guardian. As it closes its
doors, rotate 90 degrees and fly away, so that you enter on the other side of
the screen. Repeat the same manoeuvre until you have defeated the guardian. If
something goes wrong, hide behind the open doors of the ship because the shots
can't penetrate them.
If you get killed while trying to kill the end-of-level guardians, when you
reappear you will have full shields so you can fly straight into the guardian
with your shield up. This should kill the guardian very quickly and easily.
You'll now enter the first warp tunnel. The mines are indestructible and a lot
smaller than the rocks. Because of this, the rocks will sometimes block your
vision. It's best to move around instead of staying in one place. Focus your
eyes on the centre of the tunnel and this will give you more time to react.
You'll encounter a wave of Stellar Blades. When they appear, they will home in
on you and attack. Your best defence here is to keep moving around, so they
don't get a chance to locate you.
In the top-centre level, a couple of bombers await you. Beware of the
exploding mines they leave behind, they can be destroyed with a couple of well
placed shots. In the bottom right level you must tackle four huge Space Balls.
Destroy one to break their formation and this will make it easier to take out
In the bottom-left level you will find a squadron of Trilons. You'll need
shields to deal with these. Put your shields up and fly straight towards them
as soon as they appear.
When you face the end-of-level guardian, shoot its appendages while evading
the tailed eye. When all the appendages are destroyed your shots can penetrate
the main body. To defeat the eye, fly backwards and forwards at the edge of
the screen and this way it won't be able to home in on you.
The special mission, should you accept it, is a tough one. Firstly, your ship
is constantly being pulled to the ground. Secondly you must keep an eye on
your fuel gauge. Remember, when you fly through tight spots use your brake by
pressing fire. For the warp tunnel, use the same tactics as you did in the
The bombers you face in the top-centre levels leave spinning morph heads
behind instead of mines. The heads rotate and breathe fire. When they start to
morph from the ball shape, do a runner or you'll wind up dead.
In the bottom-right level you'll have to deal with the Thorn Balls. They spin
around, bouncing from the edges of the screen. Stay in the centre of the
screen and fire where you want by rotating your ship.
In the bottom-left level an Orbit Plate awaits you and you'll definately need
you shields to face it. The Space Worm is best taken out with missiles. Fly
your ship around it and try to hit its body parts. If all else fails, put your
shields up and make a kamikaze attack.
The guardian is quite easy to defeat. Fly behind it (not too close) and shoot.
When it stops, keep your distance and hit it with everything you've got.
The third tunnel sequence features a lot of Thorn Balls on a collision course
with your ship. They bounce off the tunnel walls, are much bigger than the
mines and are indestructible, so avoid them like the plague.
This level introduces two new threats: the Speeders and the Beetles.
The Speeders try to home in on you just like the Stellar Blades, but they take
more hits to destroy and are affected by inertia. Make sure you keep moving
around the screen while you shoot them. The Beetles attack in groups and the
best time to shoot at them is when they begin to rotate.
The end-of-level guardian has three phases. To deal with it, you must wait
until it spins around, then you must accelerate, fly away and turn around to
shoot at it. When it stops it either morphs into a plate or a ball. If it
takes the form of a plate you can expect a burst of shots. If it turns itself
into a ball, look out for the homing missiles. The best weapon you can use
against this guardian is the flamer. Enter the fourth tunnel and make sure you
get every energy power-up that you can see because you're goind to need your
strength for the final world.
This world is what your shoot-em-up nightmares are made of. This is where you
will face everything the professor throws at you, before he finallyhas a go.
In the top-center level you will encounter waves of Orbit Plates flying from
the bottom of the screen to the top. Shooting them won't help, so concentrate
on avoiding them and use your shields when you get yourself into a tight spot.
The guardian of this level is the professor himself. He will attack you with
and egg-shaped machine which is armed to the teeth. The egg will try to crush
you, so keep moving and shooting.
When the egg stop, a hatch will open revealing a flame-thrower or, maybe, a
cannon. The flame-thrower has a limited range and it only comes out of the top
of the egg.
The other weapons include a missile launcher and a rapid fire plasma rifle.
When the egg is destroyed, Professor Schaumund himself will appear, shooting
at the sides of the screen at an incredible rate. He is immune to your weapons
so concentrate on avoiding his shots and attacks by moving up and down in the
top and bottom edges of the screen. Defeat him and the 'I'm really quite good
at the really rather hard shoot-em-up Stardust' award will be yours.