IT's A MUG's GAME INSTALLATION PROGRAM
Congratulations on purchasing this revolutionary piece of
software. This program will physically alter the workings of your
computer to enable it to pick up a new cable channel, Channel X.
Yes, that is right, upon running this program, your computer
will configure itself so it can receive the inter stella
transmitions of stiropulious. With this done, you can watch and
(on most Atari computers), actually take part in the amazing
new vidi program, It's A Mug's Game. This program is sent out
almost constantly, with the occasional break for news programs,
and people all over the galaxy can fight each other via the
genetically engineered humanoids provided by Channel X.
This all came about while ffsstishlyt' Qw'kl was scanning
the radio waves of neighboring galaxies, and found a program
about 'Boxing'. He was so intriuged by the fact that these
strange aliens called humans were actually using their hands and
not weapons, that he set about creating an interactive program
on his television network. It was a great success, and soon was
upgraded so that you could save your personal boxers
charateristics, and so other people all over the universe could
take part. Now, you have made the once in a life time purchase in
this program, and so you too can take part, representing earth.
Unfortunately, as this technology is still in it's infancy, some
faulty systems were sent out. If you have recieved one of these
systems, then contact the designer to upgrade your sofware
If you are unfortunate enough to own a faulty system, send the
equivalent of 2 stiropulion credits (5 pounds sterling) to the
designer, who lives at this address
16 Starthe Bank
If you send cheques then make them payable to Chris James
When you send this money, specify which computer system you own,
as there are available some even more superior versions:
1mb STFM NO ANNOYING loading in between sections
MUCH BETTER title music
A LOVELY wibbly countdown timer
1/2 mb STE FULL STEREO output
ALL SAMPLES played through DMA to ensure faster
running, and therefore smoother screen
1mb STE ALL of these features combined
PLUS, these features are available on all versions:
SUPERIOR hardware configuration to ensure total
IMPROVED user interface
PLUS, an axpansion disk is also available, enabling the following
54 BRAND NEW boxers
NEW SAMPLES, clearer and better
CUSTOMITION program. Design your own boxers,
sprites, samples, etc.
FIGHT the champ, in it's alien form
PLUS, If you have any knowledge of STOS, send a blank disk to
receive the source code for the version you want, plus various
other helpfull routines, accessories, etc.
Upon running this program for the first time, the computer will
alter itself, and add some extra, self powereding memory so it
can save data. This may cause some strange noises, but this is
quite normal. On some of the earlier versions, you may find that
you need to wait a while on the options screen for the computer
to finish configuring itself. While this is happening, the fire
button on your joystick won't work. Simply wait a while for the
computer to finish, and continue.
Remember to keep write protect off at all times, as the
computer will be using the disk alot, and problems could occur
if it is not able to write to the disk. If you have any of the
earlier versions, register with the designer to recieve an
update, as well as all the other items listed.
If you catch the news before the main program, wait while it
finishes, you will then be presented with the title screen, with
the title music playing. To exit this, press the space bar. You
will then be in the main program, and be faced with the options
screen. the options are thus:
1PL & 2PL : Will enable you to either fight against a friend
who is with you at the time, or fight against one
of the trillions of other users currently logged
PREV & NEXT : Will search through the databanks so that you can
choose the boxer you require to use, and fight
KEY & JOY : Will swap the control of the 2nd player between
a joystick in port one or keys
NOTE : on some systems, the keys option will not
be very responsive, due to the signals
sent out being prone to interference. In
the upgraded version, this problem has
ABILITY : Will display the abilities of the boxers that are
currently selected. Pink corresponds to player 1,
while blue is player 2
PUBLIC : Will display the popularity of the boxers, made
from the opinion polls carried out by Channel X.
The wages section will affect the boxers's
characteristics, as with more money, better
training can be bought.
FIGHT : Will initialise the fight sequence
EXIT : Will terminate veiwing. NOTE : this option must
ALWAYS be chosen if you wish to exit, as this
will save the current data. If you wish to reset
the public opinions, a file called RANK.MUG has
been suplied in the root directory. Simply replace
the RANK.MUG file inside CERAMIC.MUG with this one.
The keys: (on the numeric keypad)
7 8 9
\ | /
/ | \
1 2 3
THE FIGHT SEQUENCE
When fighting, the following moves can be relayed:
MOVE ROUND THE RING - Done with the eight directions
PUNCH - Done with the fire button
DODGE - Done by maving away from your opponent
When he throws a punch
NOTE : The accuracy of punches, and regularity which your boxer
will dodge will depend on his/her/it's characteristics.
If these guidelines are not adhered to, it could cause some
difficulties in dispatching the more accomplish fighters.
1) If you boxer is faster, move in quickly, throw an accurate
punch, and back away, punching and doging.
This is the main tactic in all fights, and is especially
effective against tough, but slow opponents
2) Use your opponents weaknesses against him/her/it. IN other
words, if your opponent is weak, catch him on the ropes, if
he is strong, use guideline no. one
3) Pay attention to the countdown timer. If you are not looking
to strong towords the end of the round (endurance is less than
200), avoid your opponent till the end of the round, as the
more endurance you have, the more you will gain.
4) TAKE YOUR TIME. You have 8 rounds to despatch your opponent,
so use them. NEVER get involved in a slugging match with a
tougher opponent, as you will nearly always get clobbered.
Single punches given occasionally will wear your opponent
down, and when you are much stronger than your opponent,
and only then, go for the kill.
The best boxers are usually those which start with a lot of speed
adn reactions, as these are needed later on, and the strength and
endurance will increase rapidly as you earn more money.
However, the tougher opponents do tend to shoot to fame quickly,
as they are always popular with the blood thirsty crowds whso
watch the program.
All boxers have attributes which aren't covered on the
ability screen. eg. Fat harry is so slow that better boxers can
land punches far better, where as Steve Speed is so fast that his
opponents have a harder time dodging his punches. Find out the
rest for yourself.
Clue: Take advantage of the two player mode to climb the ratings
That is all for now. There are many things not covered here,
including a cheat mode, but these must be discovered by you. Have
fun, spread this version to others, and don't forget to registor.
A note from the designer.
"I am currently on the look out for talented artists and
musicians, so If you would like to join me and make some programs
together, send me some of your stuff."
"If you are an artist, send some full sized pics in any
popular format, some sprites (with animation) in picture form to
cut out and animate, Maybe a full screen animation, and some
stuff using the bit-planes to your best ability (if you can)."
"Don't worry if you can not provide any of this, as ALL
things will be considered, but the more stuff, the more I have to
be impressed by."
"If you are a musician, send me some decent sampled music,
and a player if it isn't TCB tracker, some nice samples, MAYBE
some chip music, if it is good."
"All stuff MUST be TOTALLY original, and if you want your
disk returning, send an SAE (unless you are a registored use). Be
prepared to wait a while, as I need to get as much things
together as possible before I make any desisions."
"Anybody who joins me will recieve an EQUAL share in
whatever programs we release with your stuff on."
"One more thing, when we have joined, the first thing we
ought to release is a quick demo, so try to gear a small amount
of your things towords this, as well as games, accessories, more
serious applications, etc. Thankyou."
Thankyou for listening, look out for the new series of It's A
Mugs game, which will be an universe wide search for the best
hand to hand fighter, featuring more wierd aliens, robots, fish,
humans, as well a strange shaped rings in strange places,
complete with various obsticles to avoid and maybe use.
Coming soon form Channel X productions...