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  • Boxing by Activision: Tips Tricks Hints and Strategies

    3:35 PM PST, 4/20/2018

    The minimum score required in Boxing by Activision for the Atari 2600 to earn a patch was: No patch was ever offered in Boxing. The best advice in Boxing is to read the manual, so that you know all of the nuances of the game. The manual gives some really good tips. Make sure both difficulty switches are set to B. Here is your chance to become the next world boxing champion and Activision offers just that. There are two gaming selections to choose from. "You vs the computer" and "you vs another player", Those numbers are indicated in the upper left side in white when pressing game select. The controls are up, down, left, and right. The button controls the boxer's jabs. The difficulty switches control the speed. Difficulty "A" is slower and "B" is normal speed. It is fun to use these settings against the computer by having your difficulty set on "B" and the computers set on "A" it will allow you to move much faster gaining you the advantage, but who wants to win like that. After getting use to the movements, place both difficulty settings to "B" so you can get a better feel of how a real opponents skills will be. Once you press reset, you'll have two minutes to perform as many jabs as you can in the round. The scoring is at the top of the screen and these colors correspond with the color of your boxer, either white or black. As the timer ticks down, you try and navigate toward your opponent as fast as possible to knock him out. But beware he is trying to do the same thing to you. You score points on how you jab. For long shots you get one point each and for close jabs you get two points each. For the knock-out you have to score 100 points. So the first person to reach that score is the winner. Or if no one scores 100 points, whomever is the person with the most points when the timer elapses also wins. The overhead view offers a unique position to see where and how close you are to your opponent. The realism for its time offered a nice perspective on what it would be like to be a boxer. Plus you can switch sides to confuse your opponent while taking jabs at him while he is trying to adjust to your attacking position. Circling your opponent in this manner gives you an edge, showing you're an experienced boxer vs one who's not. As you are hit, your boxer's head pivots back as to look like it just took a shot from your opponent. Trying to trap your opponent between you and the ropes offers an intense way to win the match. By doing this method your opponent has little or no room to move around to avoid being hit. **TIPS - There is a certain way that you can trap your opponent "player or the computer" between you and the ropes and stick them between jabs. This sticking movement traps them so they cannot move and enabling you to gain a faster victory and the points really add up quickly. When you are ready to submit a world record score for Boxing by Activision, check the scoreboard here: https://www.twingalaxies.com/game/boxing/atari-2600-vcs/ntsc-game-1-difficulty-bb-time-remaining/page/1 And when you've earned your patch, just visit http://www.ActivisionPatches
  • Worm Whomper by Activision (Part 2): Tips Tricks Hints and Strategies

    11:46 AM PST, 4/14/2018

    Continued from Part 1... Some bugs will attack in straight lines, while others have a wavering pattern or diagonal attack patterns. The oncoming waves of bugs have different elimination amounts. Certain bugs only take one hit to kill and others could take up to seven hits to kill. There are snail shells and slug slime that clutters the field of attack. The spray gun will not penetrate these hazards, but the plough ball will. There are moths which do not eat your corn stalks, but do however drop eggs that hatch into caterpillars that do eat your corn stalks. So be vigilant about which bugs you kill and their screen placement to where you're remaining corn stalks are. This game uses a side view of attacking, but game play is much like the game Missile Command which uses a vertical view of attacking. You must defend the remaining corn stalks that are yellow and that are closest. After all you wouldn't want to be shooting bugs at the top of the screen when your corn stalk is at the bottom, placing it in jeopardy of being eaten. You must be observant of which bug is of more importance and danger to the corn. Spray the larger bugs first because they move the fastest and do the most damage. This game does have a pause feature so you can come back at a later time and continue game play. You press the numbers "1 & 9" or "3 & 7" at the same time to initiate this feature. I wouldn't however recommend this if you live in a state which has a lot of lightning and or you live in an area which has a lot of power outages. *TIPS: Use survival instinct on what to protect most, so you can last longer. As you play, your hand will endure a lot of pain and cramping due to the unusual shape of the Intellivision controller, not to mention the wear and tear on the disc from constant movement. This is a long game and your hands must be conditioned to endure. When you are ready to submit a world record score for Worm Whomper by Activision, check the scoreboard here: And when you've earned your patch, just visit http://www.ActivisionPatches.
  • Worm Whomper by Activision (Part 1): Tips Tricks Hints and Strategies

    11:40 AM PST, 4/14/2018

    The minimum score required in Worm Whomper by Activision for the Mattel Intellivision to earn a patch was: 75,000 points. The best advice in Worm Whomper is to read the manual, so that you know all of the nuances of the game. The manual gives some really good tips. Activision Worm Whomper for the Mattel Intellivision system is one of the more entertaining and at the same time grueling games to play. On this system you are provided with overlays that slip onto the gaming controller. These overlays show you which game to select. You chose either a one player game or a two player game. Player one is defined with blue overalls and uses the left side controller. Player two uses the right side and wears the black overalls. The players switch after one player has completed an entire wave of attacking insects. Wave after wave of insects invade the corn crops. The objective is to protect and defend these valuable crops and save farmer Felton's fields. There are many insect enemies that are hungry, such as worms, snails, slugs, and bugs of all sorts. There are twelve different ones to be exact. The defense is using a pumping container of pesticide to kill them. You also can use plough balls to flatten the bugs dead. It's sort of like using a smart bomb. The controls are by using the disc on the Intellivision controller. In the usual method there is up, down, left, and right. But you also can just tap in any direction on the disc to make minimal movements for precision in those directions. Use the "upper" side buttons for shooting the pesticide at the oncoming enemy bugs. You can either keep pressing the button for more accuracy or hold the button down for continual fire. The "lower" button is in charge of firing the plough balls. And again, by holding the button down you can fire multiple plough balls. Plough balls can flatten and kill each bug that's in its direct path of rolling or that lane. You start off with three plough balls, and are awarded three more for each wave that you complete. The farmer can utilize the entire screen and move about freely to protect the corn. You earn points for each bug killed. Bonus points are given at a value of "50x the wave" for each corn stalk that remains on the screen at the end of the wave. Your point value differs depending on which bug you kill. Some are worth only 1 point, where others are worth 7000 points. Also keep in mind these values are multiplied by the wave that you are on. So if you are on wave twenty, it would be 20x7000 for that specific bug point value. The tool shed is placed at the bottom middle of the screen. You go there to replace any spray gun containers that come in contact with any enemy bugs. When you do make contact with any bugs, the bugs die but you lose a spray gun. When you start the game, you will notice that there are 10 stalks of corn and there are several numbers that are about the screen. The numbers at the lower left side are the reserve corn stalks that you receive. The numbers in the upper left is where the extra plough balls are. You start off with three in reserve. The numbers in the middle are where your score will be. The numbers in the upper right are where the wave number is represented. The corn stalks that you are protecting turn brown when a bug comes in contact with it. But don't worry as it takes two contacts to make the corn wither. You get one replacement corn stalk at the beginning of each wave from the ones that you have in reserve. You get a bonus corn stalk at the end of every fourth wave. Continued in Part 2...
  • Tennis by Activision: Tips Tricks Hints and Strategies

    11:03 AM PST, 4/6/2018

    The minimum score required in Tennis by Activision for the Atari 2600 to earn a patch was: Beat the computer opponent in a set. The best advice in Tennis is to read the manual, so that you know all of the nuances of the game. The manual gives some really good tips. Make sure both difficulty switches are set to B. It is nearly impossible to beat the computer if your left difficulty switch is set to A. Activision Tennis places you in the game to feel like one of the pros. You begin the game by selecting if you want to play against a friend or the computer. There are four gaming selections to choose from. Two being against a friend in either a slow mode or fast mode. The same goes for going against the computer. In selections 1 & 3 you will always be the left joystick - orange player while the computer is blue. The controls are the usual left, right, up, and down. The up and down in this game brings your closer to or further from the net. While you are in serving mode your movements are limited to just left and right. The red button is to serve the ball. The difficulty switches in this game make your serves and return volleys vary. While in the "A" difficulty position, your serving shots and volleys are limited in the width of angles, while in the "B" difficulty position you'll have a much wider area of sharply angled shots. B makes it much easier to win against the computer opponent. You begin the game by pressing the reset button. The orange player will always be the first to serve the ball. To serve the ball you can move your player back and forth till you feel comfortable with that positioning and then press the button to serve the ball. To return the serve just position your player near the ball, you will return the serve automatically. No button pressing is ever necessary except while serving. The placement of the racket either to the right or left side of the ball helps in the placement of where you will hit the ball to angle the return volleys. Remember you want to outwit your opponent with some fake out moves and sharp angled return volleys that will be out of his reach to attempt a return. The scoring in this game is the same as in real tennis: 15-30-40, "deuce" at 40-all, and "ad in" or "ad out" following "deuce". The first player to win 6 games and to be ahead by two games wins the set. Your scores are shown at the top of the screen corresponding with the color of your player. Playing against a human player requires you to adapt to their unpredictability, whereas the computer is limited to a set number of programmed moves and returns. Much like real tennis you make your shots depending on the angle the ball is hit by the racket. If you hit the ball in the center of the racket, the ball will go straight. If the ball is hit on the edge of the racket, the ball will go at a sharper angle. If you miss the ball by doing this technique your opponent will score a point on you. *TIPS -- Learning the movements from a human opponent and or the computer opponent will make you top notch. Anticipating the angled shots and being able to counter them with your shots will gain you many wins in the point scoring department. When you've earned your patch in Tennis by Activision for the Atari 2600, just visit http://www.ActivisionPatches.