The Star Raiders Manual
II. Using the Joystick Controller
Use one of
your Joystick Controllers with this Game Cartridge. Be sure to plug the
controller cable firmly into the number 1 jack on the front of your
ATARI 400 or ATARI 800 console. Hold the controller with the
red button to your upper left toward the television screen.
Control Stick Operation
In keeping with official fleet jaron the Joystick will henceforth be referred
to as the "Control Stick." As shown in the diagram, pushing the
Control Stick forward causes your starship to dive. Pull the
stick back and your ship climbs.
Push the Control Stick left and your ship turns to port, or to the
left side of the ship facing forward. Push the stick to the right to steer
your ship to the starboard, or right side of the ship facing forward.
These directions apply to the front view of space, which means you
are looking out the front of your spacecraft. When the aft (or rear)
view of space is on the screen, pushing the Control Stick right and
left has the opposite effect. Since you are looking backward when the
aft view is on the screen, moving the Control Stick to the right
causes the back of the ship to turn to the left. Moving the Control
Stick to the left then, causes the back of the ship to turn to the right.
You will learn how to bring up the front and aft views on the
screen in Section IV.
Press the red controller button - the fire button - to fire your photon
Using the Control Stick to steer your starship effectively and
accurately will take practice. Don't be discourage if at first this process
seems awkward. Your steering ability will sharpen with time.
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Star Raiders Tribute
By Bill Kendrick, 1996-2015