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Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.product.lynx.hints
From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys)
Subject: LYNX: Zarlor Mercenary - Trick (Game of Life)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa399 - Len Stys)
Reply-To: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys)
Date: Fri Mar 15 18:39:39 1991





                  ZARLOR MERCENARY / The Game of Life

ACCESSING LIFE:    The game of LIFE is accessed through the character
selection screen of Zarlor Mercenary.  Turn on your Lynx with the Zarlor
Mercenary game card inserted.  Press the fire button twice to get to the
character selection screen.  At this point you must hold down OPTION 1 while
moving the joypad as follows: Up, Down, Left, Right, Up.

     At this point your screen should say LIFE and there will be a LIFEform
known as a 'glider' moving across the screen diagonally.  It will go off the
edge of the screen and return on the bottom, eventually running into the cells
forming the word LIFE and causing the chain reaction that destroys the title
screen.

     Before the title screen is destroyed you may try the following controls:
        1.  Moving the joypad or pressing either OPTION button or PAUSE will
            stop the current evolution of LIFE.
        2.  Pressing OPTION 1 to continue the evolution puts LIFE into a mode
            where cells that reach the edge of the screen wrap around to the
            other side.
        3.  Pressing OPTION 2 to continue the evolution puts LIFE into a mode
            where cells that reach the edge of the screen behave as though they
            have reached a solid wall.  This may be useful if 'gliders' that
            are launched are disrupting your LIFEforms.
        4.  Pressing either BUTTON A or BUTTON B puts LIFE into DRAWING MODE.

DRAWING MODE:  Access DRAWING MODE by pressing BUTTON A or BUTTON B while LIFE
is evolving or after the current LIFEform has reached a stable state.  You can
tell you are in DRAWING MODE because the joypad will be in control of your
cursor, a set of green crosshairs.  While in DRAWING MODE, your controls
behave as follows:

        1.  Moving the joypad with BUTTON A depressed will allow you to draw.
        2.  Moving the joypad with BUTTON B depressed will allow you to erase.
        3.  Pressing OPTION 1 or OPTION 2 will allow your LIFEform to evolve,
            as described in 2 and 3 in the above ACCESSING LIFE section.
        4.  Note that the screen cannot be flipped, but attempting to RESTART
            the game will cause the screen to be cleared, and you will remain
            in the DRAWING MODE.
        5.  Pressing PAUSE and BUTTON A will put you in COPY MODE.
        6.  Pressing PAUSE and BUTTON B will put you in PASTE/ERASE MODE.
        7.  Pressing OPTION 2 and PAUSE will copy your current screen
            to a temporary buffer (see below).

COPY MODE:  Access COPY MODE by holding down PAUSE and pressing BUTTON A while
in DRAWING MODE.  You can tell you are in COPY MODE because the green
crosshairs will be onscreen with the word COPY in green below and slightly to
the right of the crosshairs.  While in COPY MODE, your controls behave as
follows:

        1.  Pressing either OPTION 1 or 2 will return you to drawing mode.
        2.  Holding down PAUSE and pressing either OPTION 1 or OPTION 2 will
            evolve your LIFEform frame-by-frame.  Note that the OPTION button
            used determines whether screen wrap is on or off.
        3.  Pressing BUTTON A sets one corner coordinate of a box that you can
            draw.  Pressing BUTTON A again sets the other corner coordinate of
            the box.  Anything within the box is now in your COPY BUFFER.  You
            are now in PASTE/ERASE MODE.
        4.  Holding down PAUSE and pressing BUTTON A takes you to the LIFEform
            library, a screen full of goodies for you to put into your COPY
            BUFFER.  After selecting a LIFEform or group of LIFEforms, you
            will be in PASTE/ERASE MODE.
        5.  In the LIFEform library, pressing PAUSE and BUTTON A again takes
            you to your temporary buffer (see above). You can cut
            items from this buffer to the main screen.
        6.  Holding down PAUSE and pressing BUTTON B takes you directly to
            PASTE/ERASE MODE, using whatever was last put in your COPY BUFFER. 
            If you haven't yet selected anything, you may get garbage.

PASTE/ERASE MODE:  Access PASTE/ERASE MODE either by holding PAUSE and pressing
BUTTON B while in DRAWING MODE, or by going to COPY MODE and selecting
LIFEforms from your screen or the library screen.  You can tell you are in
PASTE/ERASE MODE because your joypad now controls whatever you have in your
COPY BUFFER.  While in PASTE/ERASE MODE, your controls behave as follows:
        1.  Pressing either OPTION 1 or OPTION 2 will return you to DRAWING
            MODE.
        2.  Pressing BUTTON A will allow you to paste your COPY BUFFER.
        3.  Pressing BUTTON B will allow you to erase using your COPY BUFFER.
        4.  Holding PAUSE and pressing BUTTON B will flip your COPY BUFFER any
            one of eight possible ways.
        5.  Note that the screen cannot be flipped, but attempting to RESTART
            the game will cause the screen to be cleared, and you will remain
            in the PASTE/ERASE MODE.
        6.  Pressing PAUSE and BUTTON A will put you in COPY MODE.



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