GOIN' DOWN WITH THE CAPTAIN
Written by Terry King in GFA Basic 3.5
with the Sprite Works Development Kit
This game is Freeware
While on a short trip across the channel the ships pipes have started to leak.
It is your job as simple cabin boy to fetch all of the life buoys which are
scattered throughout the ship and put them on the hooks on the top deck, but you
can only carry two at a time. Only trouble is many of the pipes have started
leaking and the water level is rising fast. When you find a leak you can patch
it up simply by passing over it, but you can't patch it up before it starts
To make matters worse a number of crabs have got in to the lower decks and can
give you rather a nasty nip, so try to avoid them. If you're lucky you may find
a crab repellent spray which gives you temporary invincibility.
If you go below the water level then you'll have to hold your breath in which
case the oxygen level at the top right will start to decrease. You can however
catch bubbles for a gasp of badly needed air.
To reduce the water level you'll need to pump the water out by standing next to
a lever and waggling the joystick up and down (this can really knacker your
joystick as well as your wrist).
As a little bonus for doing your job you can collect lots of valuables left
behind by the fleeing passengers.
This game was primarly intended for kids, but it turned out a little harder to
play as my eight year old nephew confirmed. I think ages 10 upwards should be
able to play this game (just as long as you haven't got a limb wrist !!).
Hold fire button for bigger jumps. Try and get to the lower decks first. Drain
off all the water before completing the level for a big bonus. Don't open the
first door you come to, you may find yourself stuck ! And don't panic !
left/right joystick - move left/right
up/down joystick - move up/down ladders or activate pump
fire - jump
SPACE - Restart level if you get stuck
Freeware means that you are free to copy this program like PD, but unlike PD the
copyright belongs to the author and pinching code or graphics would be very
Terry King / Ninth Wave Software 1995
This game was written purely in GFA Basic v3.5 with the Sprite Works
development kit. The kit comprises of over 111 machine code commands for use in
your own programs, covering every aspect of programming. The kit also contains
an art package geared towards sprite design, two map designers and a sample
editor. But Sprite Works isn't just for GFA users, assembly users will also find
it invaluable as all the routines are included in full documented sources.
There are far too many commands to list here, but they are extremely powerful
and will push GFA to greater than anything that STOS plus all of its available
extension kits could achieve.
Sprite Works costs just œ7.00 and is available from all good PD libraries or
direct from the author.
To find out more please write to :
Ninth Wave Software,
172 Spencers Croft,