CYCLOTRON II is a similar game but now supports four players, each of which
can be human- or computer- controlled. For three or four human players, you'll
need a parallel port adaptor as supplied with commercial games such as
Gauntlet II and DynaBlaster.
When you load the game, the first thing you'll see is the selection screen.
This shows portraits of the selected players and a text display of the
settings. Game settings are changed using the function keys as follows:
F1-F8. The odd keys (eg F1 for player 1) toggle each of the four players
between human and computer. If a player is set to COMPUTER, the appropriate
even key (F2 for player 1) selects the computer player. If the player is set
to HUMAN, the even key will bring up a text cursor for you to edit the name.
Backspace over the existing name, type the new one and press RETURN when
The computer players are taken from the original CYCLOTRON, and all have the
same stats as in the original game, although I have made some small changes to
the effects of those stats.
Note that the game won't let you set two computer players to the same
character. It WILL let you start a game with all four players under computer
control. This is a good way to see how they react.
Press F9 to select the number of wins required. A round is won by the last
surviving player, and the game will continue round after round until one
player reaches the target number. It is possible for a round to be drawn, if
the last two players crash at the same time. In this case, no wins are
awarded. After each round, a status screen shows how many wins each player
Press F10 to start the game.