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MANY PEOPLE TRIED IT... THEY ALL FAILED  
YOU'VE NOW BEEN WAITING FOR 12 YEARS TO
GET AN ORIGINAL CONVERSION OF THE 
LEGENDARY COIN-OP: ASTEROIDS

}~ OF fghi vwxyz{| DID IT...


THIS SMALL INTRO INFORMS YOU ABOUT: 

[ CREDITS
[ SHAREWARE CONDITIONS
[ IDEA
[ VERTICAL - A NEW PROGRAMMING TEAM
[ INTERVIEW WITH THE BEST (JPN)
[ THE GREETINGS
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[ THE COMPLETE CREDITS

PROGRAM   : JPN
GRAPHIX   : JPN
FX        : ATARI AND JPN
THIS MUSIC: JPN
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THANX TO FOLLOWING PEOPLE WHO ENABLED 
THIS CUTE GAME:

DIDDI FOR SCANNING THE TITLE-PICTURE WHICH
WAS REPAINTED BY JPN

ATL FOR HIS SOUND-SAMPLER WHICH WAS RE-
QUIRED TO SAMPLE THE ORIGINAL FX 

INGO, WITH WHOM I STARTED THIS PROJECT    
(BUT HE DIDN'T SEEM TO BE INTERESTED TO
FINISH THIS PROJECT SINCE I'VE NOT SEEN 
HIM FOR MONTHS)

UWE DAINCZYK FOR PROVIDING THE COIN-OP
AND FOR TESTING THE GAME (LECHZ!)

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SNAP FOR HIS NICE KEYBOARD-HANDLER

CUBE FOR ALL REPAIRS THAT NEEDED TO BE
DONE ON THE COIN OP AND FOR HIS FILL-
ROUTINE

COCA COLA FOR PROVIDING ME WITH THE REAL 
THING WHICH MADE NONSTOP CODING POSSIBLE (!)

AND FINALLY ATARI WHOSE ASTEROIDS IS STILL 
UNBEATABLE

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[ SHAREWARE-INFORMATION 

THIS PROGRAM CAN BE COPIED AS LONG AS NO 
MONEY IS INVOLVED. 
THE COPY FEE MUST NOT EXCEED 5 DM OR 3 US$ 

ALL RIGHTS ARE RESERVED BY fghi vwxyz{|

(IM NAMEN DES MEISTERS 'JPN'...OH BOAH EY!)

IF YOU LIKE THIS GAME THEN CONSIDER TO SEND
SOME MONEY TO THE POOR PROGRAMMER WHO SPENT
LOTS OF HIS SPARE-TIME TO CODE IT (HEUL!) 
IT WILL HELP TO PRODUCE MORE HIGH QUALITY 
SHAREWARE!

MONEY, DISKS, POSTERS, STICKERS... ETC TO:

               P.O. BOX 3150
               6750 KAISERSLAUTERN
               WEST-GERMANY

YOU'LL BE WARMLY MENTIONED IN UPCOMING
PRODUCTIONS...
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[ THE IDEA BEHIND ASTEROIDS

IN 1979 ATARI PRODUCED ONE OF THE CLASSICAL
ARCADE COIN-OPS WHICH WILL ALWAYS BE KEPT
IN MIND BY ALL THOSE REAL FREAKS WHO'VE
SPENT MOST OF THEIR MONEY ON PLAYING THE
ARCADES.
FIRST CONVERSIONS FOR HOME-COMPUTERS WERE
MADE: VIC-20, C-64, ATARI ST AND FINALLY
ON THE AMIGA BUT...
WHERE IS THE FEELING OF THE ORIGINAL?
IT ALWAYS ENDED UP IN BOREDOM. EXAMPLES: 

SPACE BATTLE, ASTERIODS, ROKSTORM, AMIGOIDS
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THIS CONVERSION FEATURES:

[ 64 DIRECTIONS (OTHERS HAVE 16 OR LESS!)

[ ORIGINAL SOUND EFFECTS

[ ORIGINAL GRAPHIX (I DID MY BEST TO DO...!)

[ SOPHISTICATED CONTROL (JOY AND KEYBOARD)

[ 2 PLAYER MODE 

[ ORIGINAL SCORING

[ TOP TEN HIGH-SCORES

... AND A TOUCH OF INGENUITY (HOEHOEHOE)
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[ VERTICAL - A NEW GROUP

YOU'VE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD FROM US WHICH
IS ACTUALLY BASED ON THE FACT THAT WE ARE
A NEW GROUP.
WE CONSIST OF 7 EX-MEMBERS OF LEVEL 4 AND
ONE EX-MEMBER FROM BIGNONIA 
WE ARE A LEGAL PROGRAMMING TEAM WITHOUT
ANY SWAPPERISM AND OUR INTENTION IS TO
PRODUCE HIGH QUALITY MUSICDISKS, DEMOS,
GAMES, TOOLS ETC. 
WE DO NOT FEEL ANY PRESSURE TO BECOME
FAMOUS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. WE JUST
WANT TO HAVE FUN AND WE WANT TO BRING
FUN TO YOU WITH OUR WORK...
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VERTICAL ARE:

[ JPN      (CODING, MUSIC)
[ ATL      (MUSIC)
[ THE FOX  (MUSIC)
[ PINCHER  (PR AND ORGANISING)
[ CUBE     (CODING)
[ INGO     (CODING)
[ NASTY BOY(CODING)
[ COUGAR   (GRAPHIX)

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[ INTERVIEW WITH JPN

SW=SWAPPER JOURNAL       JPN=JPN

SW : RUMOURS SAY THAT YOU ARE THE BEST.
     IS THIS REALLY TRUE???
JPN: WELL, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT FACTS AND
     SINCE I'M NOT ARROGANT I MUST TELL YOU:
     INDEED - I'M THE BEST. 
SW : THANX FOR ANSWERING THIS QUESTION (MANY
     THANX, THANX, THANX...). WHO MANAGED
     TO MAKE YOU ANSWERING THIS INTERVIEW
     SINCE YOU ARE THAT DEMANDED IN SCENE?
JPN: WELL, THOUGHT: GIVE 'SW' A CHANCE
     AND LET'EM MAKE A BRILLIANT ISSUE DUE
     TO THIS INTERVIEW (IT'S DELICIOUS!)
SW : HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO GET ON THE TOP?
JPN: I'VE ALWAYS BEEN ON THE TOP!!!
     I WAS BORN WITH A NAME THAT SOUNDS...
      WWWOOOAAAAHH!! J P N
     AND I AM STILL GETTING COOLER AND COOLER
SW : HOW MANY CONTACTS DO YOU HAVE? 
JPN: I DON'T NEED SOMETHING CALLED 'CONTACTS'
     I DON'T HAVE THE TIME FOR SUCH UNIM-
     PORTANT THINGS
     MY STUFF IS PROVIDED DIRECTLY FROM GOD
SW : OH, EY...STAUN, DUMMGUCK ISS JA COOL 
JPN: I THOUGHT THE SAME... 
SW : WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MODEM TRADING
JPN: TOO LAME!!! GOD-TRADING IS MUCH MORE 
     CONVENIENT! 
SW : SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT YOU ARE ARROGANT!?
JPN: NO, NO, I JUST DON'T SPEAK WITH PEOPLE
     WHOSE STUFF IS OLDER THAN 3.4 SECONDS
     AND THAT'S EVERYONE ELSE THAN ME!
     THAT'S WHY I PREFER MONOLOGS!!!
SW : DO YOU HAVE FRIENDS IN SCENE?
JPN: NO, I DON'T NEED 'EM THOUGH THEY LOVE
     ME BECAUSE I HAVE JESUS AND GOD
SW : THANX FOR THIS MARVELLOUS INTERVIEW
                                          
O.K. ENOUGH BULLSHIT FOR THIS INTRO
[ THE GREETINGS 

JPN'S PERSONAL SPECIAL HELLOS ARE GOING TO:

[ CHRISTIAN FIOTT OF PANTHEON SOFTWORKS 
[ TCC DESIGN 
[ CHRIS/IRIS 
[ KEO/FRAXION 
[ MADMAN/ISTARI (ISMIRUEBEL)
[ CHESTER/BRAINSTORMIUM
[ DR. FX
[ ZODIAC
[ BLACKSTAR/CRYPTOBURNERS (SLOW, SLOW...)
[ CONDOR/PANORAMIC DESIGN
[ ANDY/AMIGA INDUSTRIES
[ ALL IN UNITED FORCES
[ MUNSTER/SPREADPOINT
[ TEEZE/ANARCHY
[ JEAN/CHROMANCE 
[ FLYNX
[ GERONYMHO
[ MAVE (HUAHUA)
[ YANKEE DOODLE/ADDONIC
[ SNAP/LEVEL 4-NO LONGER ADVANCED-SD !!
[ SOME OTHERS IN LEVEL 4...
[ THE CRACKING SCORPION______________
SOME MORE GREETINGS ARE GOING TO: 

ECS/CRUSADERS (STILL ANGRY WITH YOU GUY!!)
CENTAUR
MAC
JASON/ZOMBIE BOYS
WARHEAD AND SOME OTHERS IN PANIC (NOT ALL)
FRED HAHN (STILL ALIVE???)
MR. FANCY
DIDDI, WERNER
POSEIDON/CELESTE
DR. LEGAL/RAF

THAT'S ALL...

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ENJOY 'ASTEROIDS' AND SEND SOME DONATIONS!

YOURS KRIS 'JPN' SCHULTE...               
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