It is better to upgrade the ship one step at a time with the crystals rather
than getting a Megaship from a parachute. The Megaship lasts a short amount of
time, but crystal-based upgrades are permanent.
SAMs have a limited altitude range and will blow up if they fly too high. If a
group of SAMs are heading in, climb at full speed, wait for them to blow up
and return for another attack run. Deploying an ECM as a SAM is being launched
will cause detonation and will damage or destroy the SAM site.
Loop and strafe
To destroy building without having to execute a strafing run, fly up to the
target and begin looping. While looping, fire your lasers as the building
becomes a target until it is destroyed.
Rookies Start Here
Take advantage of the lack of opponents to destroy everything on this level
and collect crystals. The trees with square trunks will yield a blue crystal,
making it easy to accumulate ATG missiles. Other crystals on this level will
allow shields to be maximized and ATA missiles to be increased.
Aerial Strike Training
A simple training mission. Destroy the three ground objectives and avoid the
SAMs. Eliminate other ground targets before the mission objectives to collect
Another training mission, with aerial and ground targets.
Another training mission, with stationary and moving ground targets.
Target either cargo vessel immediately after launch. Use full throttle to get
to their location. Fire multiple ATA missiles at each target. Use lasers, if
necessary, to complete their destruction.
Get friendly fighters to help attack the satellites. Find them on the map,
starting in the upper left corner. The fighters will ask to join when
approached. Press X (3DO version) and select "Formation Control", then select
"Regroup". Approach the satellites and change the formation to attack or all
attack. After all the satellites are destroyed, eliminate the ground
objectives to complete the mission.
Aerial Combat Training
Set your formation to defensive and destroy each battleship. Eliminate any
remaining fighters to complete the mission.
The Space Station
Set your formation to defensive and destroy the space station. Then, eliminate
each satellite. The enemy fighters can be destroyed by flying through the
asteroid field. Shoot asteroids to collect crystals before returning to the
mothership to complete the mission.
Destroy the satellites, then concentrate on the ground targets. Ignore the
fighters, as ground fire will eliminate them.
Eliminate the SAM threat by destroying each base near the rockets with ATG
missiles. Also clear out the surrounding ground guns. Allow your ship's
shields to recharge between attacks on the bases. After the SAM bases have
been neutralized, destroy any remaining ground guns and target the rockets.
Remember that SAMs have a limited altitude. It may also help to set the number
two camera to an external head-on view of the fighter to allow incoming SAMs
to be visualized.
Destroy the ground complex before the cargo ship lands.
Target the radar dishes after launch. Then find and the destroy the remaining
ground targets. Eliminate the aircraft hangers first to reduce the threat of
Destroy the large building at map location E5 to destroy all of the smaller
radar dishes. Then, eliminate the two large radar towers at either end of the
line of targets to complete the mission.
Target and destroy a single enemy transport before attacking the next one.
Each transport carries fighters that will be launched when it is attacked. Try
to destroy the transport before it gets a chance to launch its fighters. If
your fighter is overwhelmed by enemy fighters and ATA missiles, dive down and
skim along the ground to use the landscape to your advantage. The missiles
seem to take a straight path towards their target and will explode when they
hit the ground at higher elevations. The mountains will also take out enemy
fighters, since their pilots navigate poorly at very low altitudes.
Ignore the enemy fighters and destroy the first tower. Use your lasers since
the ATG missile will not lock on to the tower. Immediately after accomplishing
this, fly to the second tower and destroy it in the same manner. Only thirty
seconds is allowed between destroying the first and second towers. Dock with
the mothership to complete the mission, taking out any attacking enemy
fighters in the process.
It is not necessary to engage the enemy fighters in air-to-air combat. As in
Supply Line, skim the surface at full throttle and let the terrain take care
of the enemy. As long as your fighter is at full throttle, the SAMs that are
launched will not be able to hit your fighter. Although more enemy fighters
are launched sporadically, only the ten fighters present at the beginning of
the mission need to be destroyed. The jamming tower is located at coordinates
B5 and does not need to be actually targeted. By skimming this area, the
enemies own laser fire will create collateral damage and take out the tower
while they are aiming for your fighter. Once the tower is destroyed, switch to
map view, and view the details on each fighter that is still remaining. Make
note of the fighters that are described as "must be destroyed" versus the
replacement fighters that are described as "immaterial". Destroy the indicated
fighters to complete the mission.
This is a simple mission. Set the formation control to "attack" and allow the
other friendly fighters and the asteroids take care of the attacking enemy
Down In The Valley
Destroy one excavation site before moving on to the next one. Each is shaped
in a square, with defensive structures in each corner. Some sites are defended
by enemy fighters. Destroy the large yellow hangar buildings to eliminate this
threat. Then, destroy the SAM silos, followed by the laser batteries before
eliminating the other structures at each site.
The "incendiary device" referred to in the briefing is the beam laser. A total
of forty beam laser upgrades can be obtained by destroying the purple
warehouses grouped by themselves on the northern and western edges of the map.
The warehouses are the buildings with smokestacks. Destroying the other purple
buildings in these target areas will not yield any bonuses. Used carefully,
this will allow two or three targets in the other areas to be destroyed. Make
sure that the lasers are fully powered, or your attacks will be ineffective.
Watch for a Megaship parachute upgrade to help finish the mission. This world
is heavily defended. Ignore all the defenses except those that must be
destroyed to complete the mission objectives.
Command And Control
Take several fighters in "Defensive" formation and destroy the satellites and
stratoliners before attacking the rotating blue starbases. Draw fire from the
starbase by making close passes at high speed while the fighters attack.
Starbases can be destroyed by ramming into them at full throttle after they
are damaged and if your fighter has full shields. An alternate method to
destroy the starbases is to approach them until they just appear into view
with a zero throttle. Shoot them until they fire back, then go to full
throttle, avoid their laser fire, and position your ship for another pass.
This planet is heavily defended. Let the laser batteries take out the enemy
fighters for you while targeting the mission objectives.
High altitude diving attacks should be used to complete this mission. The
enemy fighters will be taken out by their own lasers and enemy SAMs as they
try to reach your fighter's ceiling limit. Ground-skimming attacks are not
recommended due to the tall structures in the target zones and large amount of
water present that can not shield your fighter from ground fire.
Immediately destroy the ships and runway to reduce the threat of enemy
fighters and leave the laser batteries for last.
The Dark Training Camp
This world wraps around a single island. Start at one end and eliminate all
targets, which appear on gray squares, from high altitude. Allow the laser and
SAM batteries to survive in order for ground fire to take out any enemy
fighters that may be launched.
Ignore the enemy fighters. Only one needs to be destroyed and it will be the
only remaining fighter at the end of the mission due to heavy ground fire. The
buildings in the mission objective all appear as blue or purple structures.
Remote Fuel Depot
This is a relatively easy mission. Your first objective should be to destroy
the structure next to the short runway. This will remove the threat of the
experimental fighter, leaving you free to destroy all the other targets on the
Enemy Attack Platform
The two friendly pilots in enemy fighters will automatically join your
formation when your fighter launches from the mothership. Set your formation
pattern to defensive and attack both starbases. Since this mission is in
space, there is no point of reference for "above" and "below" on the display.
Refer to the asteroid field as the "ground" and skim right above it. Both
starbases are located just above this point using this frame of reference. Try
to destroy the starbase surrounded by satellites first. Several high speed
passes at full throttle are necessary to avoid missiles and enemy fighters.
Remote Mining Station
Since this mission is timed, the targets must be destroyed very quickly. A low
level attack works best, with zero throttle while flying over the actual
Enemy Arms Meeting
The transport that is the mission objective is heavily shielded.. A
combination of a large number of ATA missiles and sustained laser fire will
eventually destroy it. Keep firing away and use ECMs to throw off any missiles
while keeping the transport targeted.
Damn Rookie Pilots
Get the friendly fighters into a defensive formation. Flying at full throttle
to avoid missiles, use ATA missiles and lasers to destroy the enemy fighters.
Strategic Bomber Test
A fairly difficult mission due to the limited number of megabombs available,
decreased shields, and a time limit. Get to your targets quickly by always
using full throttle. Since your bomber does not have any ECMs, SAMs must be
avoided by climbing into orbit. Aim carefully, and conserve your ammunition.
One megabomb may destroy more than one target, especially when aiming for the
taller buildings. This occurs in low level attacks, which cause portions to
destroyed buildings to crash into surrounding buildings. Memorize where the
mission objectives are located (usually adjacent to large letters spelling
TEST), and what they look like. With speed and precise firepower, this mission
can be completed successfully.
Tractor Beam Matrix
Stay on the mothership until it approaches the satellites. Prepare to fire ATA
missiles at the satellites after launch. Set your thrust to medium high, and
keep flying around the center of the satellites while shooting them. The laser
fire from the other satellites will help destroy some of your targets. If a
satellite has been hit once or twice, it can be rammed. Return to the
mothership after all the satellites have been destroyed.
Information in this section was contributed by James A. Squires.
Enemy Bomber Attack
Attack the bombers with ATA missiles and sustained laser fire. Target one
bomber until it is destroyed to prevent the other bombers from launching their
fighters. The sooner each bomber is destroyed, the fewer fighters it will be
able to launch. Destroy the fighters by skimming the ground or flying near the
mothership. Then, use the lack of ground fire to collect all crystals,
especially multi-missiles from ground targets. Do not destroy to many large
buildings, as these are the strategic targets that were to be defended.
This is a straightforward mission, with only SAM sites and laser batteries
defending the mission objectives. All the targets are concentrated in a single
Lost In Space
Eliminate the enemy fighter threat by making several medium speed passes
through the asteroid field. ATA missiles can be avoided by going to full
throttle in clear space. Shoot the asteroids to obtain more crystals. The
mothership is located below the asteroid belt, but without working radar,
there is no "up" or "down" display on screen. To find your orientation, shoot
the asteroids until non-symmetric crystals such as yellow or light blue
appear. Orient your ship until the crystals appear rightside up. Then, keeping
the asteroid field in view as a reference, fly your ship below the field and
begin searching for the mothership.
Set your formation to defensive and avoid flying through the asteroid field.
Destroy each enemy battle cruiser individually. Fly at full throttle to avoid
the SAMs. Use the asteroid field as the "ground" for radar reference.
Enemy Test Fighter
Target the enemy fighter while still on the mothership. Launch and approach
the target at zero throttle. Launch multiple ATA missiles when in range. If
necessary, complete the task with laser fire. Destroy the hangar building to
complete the mission.
Immediately launch from the mothership at zero throttle. Destroy all the
hangers first to reduce the threat of enemy fighters. Allow ground fire to
destroy any fighters that launch. Destroy the satellites and target buildings
to complete the mission.
This is a difficult mission because of the number of enemy aircraft and the
limited amount of time that the mothership can survive. Launch and immediately
use the beam laser to destroy the two stratoliners. Then, use multi-missiles
to destroy the fighters.
This is a very challenging mission. The three enemy transports are difficult
to destroy. Set your formation to defensive. Fire generous amounts of ATA
missiles during full throttle passes at the transports. Avoid using ECMs since
they will also destroy your missiles. The ground targets are heavily defended,
but can be destroyed using high level diving techniques.
Simple strafing runs with lasers in defensive formation will take care of both
Trial And Error
Do not engage the enemy fighters. Instead, set your formation to defensive and
weave through the asteroid field at the edge of the map. The poor navigation
skill of the enemy pilots will take care of the mission objective.
Another difficult mission due to the number and variety of enemy aircraft.
Launch at zero throttle and immediately turn left. Destroy the stratoliner
that is flying parallel to the mothership with laser fire. Then, switch to
multi-missiles to destroy the multiple targets in front of and behind the
mothership. If the number of targets drops to a manageable number, use
multiple ATA missiles to destroy the mission objectives. Switch to
multi-missiles when necessary.
This mission may be completed using standard techniques. Use the relative lack
of enemy presence to collect crystals in order to replace any depleted
Immediately after launch, find the trainee bombers and use ATA missiles to
destroy the fighters that are attacking them. Then, target any mission
objectives that the bombers missed. Lead any enemy fighters that launch away
from the bombers.
Destroy the enemy missile boats first. Their explosions will help destroy the
aircraft carriers that are next to them. Take out any remaining fighters and
collect crystals from ground targets.
Set your formation to defensive and destroy the enemy stratoliner. Use
standard techniques to take out the enemy satellites and fighters. Use high
altitude ATG missile attacks to destroy the laser batteries.
Destroy each satellite in one pass. They may be rammed safely if weakened by
laser fire. Choose your targets methodically in order to save time moving from
one target to the next. Set your formation to Attack.
Follow The Leader
Use standard techniques to destroy the less protected ground targets. The
central area of the map is saturated with SAM sites and laser batteries. High
altitude attacks with ATG missiles provide good results. Lead the enemy
fighters over the center of the map. Ground fire should destroy them.
Set your formation to defensive. Use standard high altitude attacks to destroy
the enemy hangers.
Use multi-missiles to immediately destroy the enemy fighters that will attack
the mothership after launch. Target the satellites with ATA missiles. If the
mothership destroys one of the broadcast towers while over an island, take out
any other broadcast tower before the twenty second time limit. Destroy the
remaining objectives to complete the mission.
The first objectives to be destroyed should be the two space stations. Set
your formation to defensive and make a few high speed passes to weaken their
shields. Turn in tight circles at a distance from the space stations to
recharge your shields. Use the beam laser to finish the job. The mothership
will destroy some of the satellites. Destroy the remaining satellites before
focusing on the ground objectives.
Set your formation to aggressive. Climb and hover over the space stations and
use multi-missiles to destroy any enemy fighters that approach.
The enemy fighters attacking the mothership can easily be destroyed with
multiple ATA missiles. Take out the oil rigs to complete the mission.
Use high speed passes in defensive formation to destroy all targets. Ignore
the enemy fighters, they will be destroyed when flying near the asteroid
Destroy the stratoliners to eliminate the fighter threat. Destroy the
remaining satellites and ground targets using standard techniques.
Cloak And Dagger
Set your formation to defensive. Orient your ship to the asteroid field. The
stratoliners must be attacked with lasers. The best approach is head-on in
order to reduce laser fire. Pull out of the way of the stratoliners at the
last moment. To regain shields, fly to the opposite side of the asteroid
field. The enemy fighters can be eliminated by flying through the asteroids.
Destroy the SAM sites with ATG missiles on high speed, high altitude runs.
Target the aircraft hangers next using the same technique. Destroy any
launched fighters with ATA missiles, then finish off any remaining ground
targets to complete the mission.
Enemy Cruiser Fleet
Set your formation to defensive. Dive and keep level with the cruisers, making
high speed attack runs from the side. Use multi-missiles and ATA missiles.
Take advantage of every parachute drop to use Megaship ammunition instead of
your own stock. Destroy the ground objectives to complete the mission.
Use multi-missiles and the beam laser to destroy the two cruisers. Eliminate
ground targets to replenish your ship's ammunition before docking with the
mothership to complete the mission.