Steel talons from Tengen
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You may have flown before captain,but you've never flown
anything like the AT1196 Steel talons combat helicopter.
Listen to me and listen carefully while i tell you how to
fly this baby.Remember everything i say. You mess up and we
lose this battle.That could mean the whole war.
The AT1196 is a state of the art machine designed for only one thing:
finding and destroying the enemy.I'm going to explain the controls
one time and one time only. GEt it right or you'll never make it
There are two different views available. You can follow the computer
and look at your helicopter from behind and slighty above. This view
provides a clear picture of your ship and your targets.
You can also use the cockpit view. This view lets
you look straight out the cockpit window. Press B and Option 1 together
to change the view.
In either view,you have some gauges to help you. Top centre is your compass. On the
right side is your altimeter,with the total score below below it.
Along the left side is your speed indicator (For forward or backward speeds),and
below that is the elapsed time for your current mission.
The aT1196 has a sophisticated on board-computer. Press the Option 1
buttton on your control panel to call up the computer screen.
If your target sights are locked on to a target, a detailed picture of the target will
show up on the screen.
If you have not locked on to a target, the Map/target computer will display a map of your
entire target area.
The map screen shows every target in the area.Your AT1196 appears as a small V. The point of the V shows
the direction you are headed.
The Map/Target computer shows more than the map or target.
It also provides information that is crucial for your success.
Look at these data areas,Captain you'd better memorise what they mean.
Shows the location of nearby targets relative to your craft.The point
of your V represents your helicopter.
Anything within the V is within sight and range.
* Lives remaining:
The AT1196 is a strong craft. Ic can be shot.If the Steel talons craft
is destroyed,so are you,so be careful.
The computer shows how many targets are left before the target is
To complete the mission you must destroy all enemy
Clearing the target area is good ,but it is not enough.
If you take too long ,there will not be enough time to complete
all the mission you must fly. The amount of time vries from one
mission to the next.
Your machine is equipped with eight guided missiles. Use them only when
things are critical.
You have 38 rockets at you disposal
Learn to use them. They will keep you alive.
You machine gun is loaded with 1200 rounds.This is not your ordinary
machine gun.A couple well aimed shots at close-
to medium range can take out a highly armoured vehicle.
Now that you understand the on-board computer system
it's time to get down to the real business of war.A cross hair
target sight will guide you to your target.
If you are too far right or left of a target,an on screen display
will tell you which way to go.
Press A fire your machine guns.
The rounds will go in the direction of your target sight.
Pound the target and BOOM!
No more target.
Press B and Option 1 together to fire a rocket burst.
Rockets are not guided,but if they hit the target,the target
will be gone without a trace.
Press option 2 when the sights lock on a target to fire a guided missile
The missiles are great for long range targets,but you only have eight so use them wisely
If they are multiple targets,the target indicator will lock onto the closest one.
When the indicator turns white,you can only use your missiles or rockets.
When it turns red,the target is in machine-gun range.
I'll make this quick.You must learn to keep the AT1196 Steel Talon in
the air.The ground is just as deadly as teh enemy tanks.Land only if you
have no choice.And whatever you do,don't crash into a mountain!
We lose you,we lose everything.
First you have to get off the ground.Pressup on the joypad while holding down the B
button to increase your altitude.
Watch the altitude gauge on the right of the screen.
To descend,hold down the B button while pressing down on the joypad.Again watch the altitude jauge.
If you hit the ground you will crash.
Press up on the joypad to increase your forward speed.Remember,speed
is important.You must clear the target area as quickly as possible if we are to
succeed.Press down to decrease speed.This is especially important when approaching
a mountain or an enemy.
To steer,press right of left.You will go in the direction you press.
Som eof the missions you must fly require quick turns,so be sure you know
how to steer well.
You can also rotate your helicopter by holding down B while pressing
right or left on the joypad.This is an important move when you are flying
over multiple targets.
If necessary ,you can land.Pick your spot,slow to zero,then descend
slowly until you touch down. You can do this (carefully) on any flat piece
of land,but the best bet is to look for the helipad.
Well that's all i can tell you.The rest is up to you.Go out there and win
us a war!
Use the machine guns whenever possible. Only use missiles on very
dangerous,long range targets. You only have eight,and you will need them
. Rockets are more plentiful than missiles,but you will run out more
quickly than you think.
The target sight may lock on to a target that is behind a hill.
If you fire at hidden targets,you may put a dent in a mountain,but you
will not do any damage to the enemy. That's a real good way to waste a
Use the map as often as possible.You cannot afford to waste time searching
for targets.When you look at the map,notice the mountains,rivers,and
roads. Use them to navigate toward your target. If you fly over the edge
of the map,you will wrap to the other side.
Watch out for the enemy radar message at the bottom of the screen.
When this message appears,they'll start throwing everything they've got at
don't waste time flying slowly. You have to move if you want to win this
Listen carefully to the instruction i will give you at the start of each
mission. I will tell you what you must do to succeed.
OriginsBased on Atari Games 1991 coin-op.
Conversion - Atari Lynx
Falcon games newsGames news from ST Magazine issue 79 Jan 1993