Earth has been invaded by powerful robots from the planet Cybertron. The battle rages between the forces of good (Autobots) and evil (Decepticons). Transform from Robot to Earthly Machine as you take the role of the Heroic Autobots in their desperate struggle.
The Autobots have had an energy crisis and must work as a team to repel the attack of the evil Decepticons while collecting the four pieces of the Autobot Energon Cube and transporting them to
the Autobot Centre. The Decepticons will attempt to steal these cubes and it will be only a matter of time before they succeed.
In the long struggle against the evil forces only five Autobots remain, Optimus Prime (the leader), Jazz, Hound, Mirage and Bumblebee - whereas the Decepticons have perfected "Robo-cloning", reproducing any of their number which
you destroy. The five heroes have a daunting task ahead but gain some advantage from the Defensa-Pods under which they may seek shelter and regain their strength.
Selection of the Autobot
The menu is accessed by facing the robot forward. Now move the cursor over the selected Autobot and press fire. To return to the menu the Autobot must be under a Defensa-Pod (or die).
Menu access is by facing the robot forward. Now press the fire button to switch between vehicle
mode and robot mode. (N.B. It is not possible to transform if under a Defensa-Pod).
Control of the robots is as follows
_ /|\ _
[STAIRS] UP |\ | /| UP [STAIRS]
\ | /
\ | /
WALK/FLY <-------+-------> WALK/FLY
[FACING SIDE] /|\ [FACING SIDE]
/ | \
/ | \
DOWN |/_ | _\| DOWN
[STAIRS] \|/ [STAIRS]
Note: Gravity also causes descent.
Controls duplicate joystick operations as follows:
In this format left and right movement only is possible, the controls for these actions are the same as in the robot mode.
Note: Vehicles cannot climb stairways, but can negotiate the platform slopes.
The pieces of the Energon cube are automatically picked up when an Autobot travels across them and dropped automatically when the Autobot centre is located.
Note: These pieces (4) are placed around the whole playfield and must all be returned to the centre.
These are safety areas for the Autobots - Closing the shield automatically accesses the menu.
On-screen scoring shows the level of shields, power, weapons and time, with the current score displayed. Points are awarded for the destruction of the Decepticons and bonus points for each level completed. A time element marks the progress of
Energy Cube formation. You have the five Autobots to begin your task and a time limit for its completion.
Your strategy must involve choosing your mode either Robot or Vehicle as their movement and speed varies; each has different strengths and wekness when negotiating the planet's surface. Experimentation will improve your skill enormously.
Time is of the essence - Decepticons will attempt to steal the Energy Cubes from you to thwart the Autobots purpose - do not delay.
"TRANSFORMERS - MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE"
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