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MYTH - History in the Making
(c)1989 System 3
Programming: Peter Baron
Graphics: Bob Stevenson
Producer: Mark Cale
Concept: Mark Cale
Additional Design: Bob Stevenson & Peter Baron
Music: Jeroen Tel/Maniacs of Noise - Stefan Hartwig (loader)
GENRE: Action Adventure
THE MYTH STORY
Magical tales of intrigue and mystery were spawned thousands of
years ago, as the world's civilisation believed that
mythological gods and demons carved out the way of the world.
They were said to have dealt their own hand in the epic Game of
Life and ruled their domains with cast iron law and powerful
sorcery not known to mere mortals. The subsequent fear of such
sorcery enabled the gods to mold their own world, like an
elaborate game of chess, and pre-ordain the fate and destiny of
their minions. The combination of ruling bodies kept the world
in balance and laid the foundations of our history.
Only a mortal can attempt to change the eras of time...
An everyday lad lounges at his desk fully submerged in an article
he reads aloud in his complex mind, about Medusa, the terrifying
snakes that entwine her scalp, and shivering coldness of her
black-eyed stare as she turns courageous men to solid stone. The
lad seems arrogantly amused with what he reads and curls his
upper lip in an aggrieved sneer, signaling his resentment at the
brash, uniformed way in which his favorite daydreams had been
"This guy's a jerk", rolls off his silver tongue as he hurls the
trash magazine into an overused bin. It seems near bursting with
a hive of knowledgeable mythological drawings, screwed up and
scribbled out, that weren't quite good enough or didn't depict
how a certain fable was meant to annihilate all who dared
challenge it or who didn't respect its vital role in the strat-
egic Game of Live and History. He would spend hours thumbing
through books and sketching the theories as he understood them,
believing that mythology was for real, believing everything was
there for a reason, believing that titanic gods watched his
every moves and even played some of them for him so as to ensure
that foreseen destiny would indeed take its course.
This guy was hooked, at times he wore blinkers to everyday life,
or upset school teachers with his hankering on about myths and
how they were the only history any of us need learn if we were
to ensure the future turns of the world were in the right
Maybe he seemed a little confused, strange to some teachers, but
everyone warmed to him. He wore the right trainers, the right
jeans, he hung out with the right guys, danced to the right
music. His cockiness and arrogance was a lure to all the best
girls in school and his contempt for those who wouldn't listen
to him, shieded him, and gave him bigger following than the
school football captain. This guy was a happening, a hero to
younger kids, a thorn in the side of history teachers and a
real worry to his parents who had seen his obsession grow from a
passing interest to the only supporting crutch his life seemed
to be leaning on. This obsession wooed him to sleep at night and
led him through everyday life with hypnotic effect. He couldn't
wait to get home and lose himself in mythological literature, to
draw his favorite characters and dream of long-fought battles
through time itself.
If he only knew. Word of his undying loyalty to mythology had
not only spanned the length and breadth of the school playing
fields and formed major points of discussion over school dinners,
but had astonishingly penetrated the Heavens.
The last remaining good titans had been casting a hopeful net
over our planet for some time, a global search that had them
clammering for a mortal with character, cunning, and most of all,
belief. These great universal dictators had swallowed their pride
and had finally succumbed to the fact that their means of
rulership was now rapidly becoming a laughing stock. Strong,
steadfast beings who aggressively ruled the Heavens, the Seas,
the Land, were now in a state of panic. The evil god Dameron, a
self-appointed leader, turning the skies black with rage and the
seas red with the blood of many a god who dared question his
tyranny. Bloodbaths arose in the Heavens, death was meeting
those who refused to control their part of History in his way
and the once seemingly solid temple of this History was now being
severely rocked to its very foundations.
The law stated that the great gods could not interfere directly
with the destiny of Modern History, but that the world's future
lay with its past and therefore by changing the past, Dameron
will conquer the future and forever destroy mortal Life.
An encouraging fire engulfed the era of time as they found who
they were looking for and with the discovery of a mortal with
such a belief they breathed tentative, if not premature, sighs
of relief into the soul of our hopeful History.
They were to visit him in his sleep and bargain with mortality,
convince him that his relentless pursuit of mythology was to be
rewarded by actually meeting the gods he dreamt of by battling
the demons he scribbled on pieces of old paper, by solving the
life and death riddles of ancient leaders. He must confront the
twisted power of Dameron and struggle through all the corner-
stones of time, putting right the evil god's wrongdoings and
setting the wheels of our History in motion once again in the
They were to take him through all mythological eras of time,
including roman-greek, norse-viking and egyptian. then onwards
towards the greatest challenge for no mere mortal except this
one, Dameron. The world's future is at stake and must be
brought back to tranquil normality. He must remember his
arrogance, he must have faith in the prophecies he tried to
enforce upon others.
He must believe that this is
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽History in the Making!
INTRODUCTION TO THE GAME
This game has 4 levels. They are:
聽聽聽聽聽聽4.聽聽The Final Confrontation (with Dameron)
Each level has several phases, which can be quite different in
play. The end of the last level is followed by a game End
CONTROLS OF THE CHARACTER MOVEMENTS
Plug joystick in Port 2 (no keyboard controls).
Upon Level load completion press Fire to start (this allows you
to take a rest in-between levels...).
Without Fire button pressed, the joystick controls the movements
around the screen. There is walking and jumping (2 kinds). With
Fire depressed, you are in the fighting mode, and motion of
joystick then gives (Level 1 through 3):
High kick (pulled聽聽聽_____聽聽聽聽|聽聽聽聽______聽聽聽聽聽聽High punch
opposite to facing)聽聽聽聽聽聽\聽聽聽|聽聽聽/聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽or weapon blow聽聽聽
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽\ | /聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Middle punch聽聽
Kick (pulled聽聽聽聽-------------X------------ or stab with weapon
opposite to facing)聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽/ | \聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽(or throw fire bolts)
Low kick (pulled聽聽聽聽_____/聽聽聽|聽聽聽\_______聽聽聽聽聽Lower punch
opposite to facing)聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽|聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽or stab with weapon
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Kneel / Crouch
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽(or icon pick up)
1. Directions are for facing right. When facing left, reverse
2. Some weapons have to be worked with fire button in conjunc-
聽聽聽tion with joystick movement (you will have to try!).
Levels 1 thru 3 have various weapons that you obtain by
various ways (for you to find out - hints are provided below).
You start with your bare fists...
You select the weapon by pressing the < | | >聽聽keys to scroll
left-right or right-left. The center top of the screen shows
only 3 slots, so not all the weapons you have show. You have to
scroll. The center one is the one in use.
Level 4 is unique in this area as you are on a magic carpet
fighting like a jet fighter... So the controls are like hori-
zontal shoot'em up games. You do get various weapons there too.
The top right of the screen shows the number of lives in reserve
and your energy. Instead of an energy bar you have 3 (at start)
energy pellets which change color upon use. In the game you may
have up to 4 such pellets as you can gain new ones in the play.
So it is for lives. You can have up to 7 in reserve even though
you start only with 2.
Always remember you can pause/unpause the game using the P key!
The first aspects of the game you should MASTER are the JOYSTICK
controls.聽聽The highly interactive nature of the game is required聽聽
because of some of the COMPLEX MOVES the main character has to
perform.聽聽A high level of competence at the controls will enhance
your game play CONSIDERABLY. Try use with trainers on!
Because of the adventure elements, our second suggestion is that
you should get into the habit of RECORDING what happens on each
screen.聽聽This will enable you to obtain HIGHER SCORES with
The last point is, NEVER take anything FOR GRANTED聽聽- some things
are not as they appear. Be curious, nosey, etc. and try
everything. Throwing things in fire can bring unexpected results
Written in June 2000 with input by COWBOY of FBR (1989), and
hints from Kim Lemon's Site discussion board, as well as the
VOID Site info for the Spectrum.
(extras from the original instructions sheet)
For Spectrum and Amstrad owners
SPACE BAR聽聽聽聽聽 - Cycle through and select icon in window
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 - Press again outwards to get back in the game
Q聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 - Left
W聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 - Right
I聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 - Up
J聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 - Down / small jump
O聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 - Fire
H聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 - Pause game
If these keys prove unsuitable聽聽to聽聽some聽聽games聽聽players, there is an option to define the keys at the beginning of the game.
Status area definitions
For Spectrum and Amstrad owners
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 聽聽聽聽聽聽Status area
艂Lives聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽艂聽聽艂Collected items艂聽聽艂Teleport cons聽聽艂
Lives聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 - Ammount of lives (up to six)
Score聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 - Current score
Amount聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 - Shows the number of times the currently selected item 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 can be used
Items聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 - Shows what you are holding. Press SPACE to select them
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 and LEFT and RIGHT to move
Energy聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 - Shows your energy. When energy is low the man will pulse
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 colours. When energy reaches zero a life is lost and
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 energy reset to maximum
Teleport icons - The amount of these you have collected so far.聽聽When all
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 have been collected they will flash continuously to
聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 confirm that the master icon is on the map
For Spectrum and Amstrad owners
Collect all the "TELEPORT ICONS" to reveal a "MASTER ICON". This is then
used on the "TELEPORT PAD" to get results.
Treasure what you may find.
Take a welcome break and your quest could prove fruitful.
Just what the doctor ordered.
Conserve your strength and realise your limitations.
Be flight and cause a major coo!
A burning desire brings out the devil in you.
Head off in the right direction and open your eyes to all around you.
Be a kill joy, two's company but there's a crowd.
As you journey onwards, remember you have certain statutory rights.
It all adds up to a lot, so save some for a rainy day.
Taken from Project 64 with additional material by Cristian Secara.
Readapted for the Spectrum in 2000 AD by
Alessandro "Gazzosa" Grussu