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Written By Dylan


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The Scenario

You play the role of Spycat. After loyally (?) serving M.I.4.1/2 for over fifty years, you hear that you are soon to be retired - with only a pittance of a pension! This has something to do with M.I.4.1/2's cash shortages and the governments's recent budget cuts. You feel humiliated and betrayed; you resolve to find three important classified research documents, then flee to Greenland to write your memoirs.

During your endeavours, you will come across some familiar faces. Enlist their support if you can; you will need all the help you can get. Watch out for the technical wizard "Q" and his many strange (and dangerous) creations. At one stage, you will need to make a journey to somewhere so secret that no-one knows where it is!?

Your Objective

Your objective is to:-

  1. collect all three research documents,
  2. transfer them to microfilm,
  3. obtain a typewriter, a passport and an air ticket to Greenland,
  4. proceed to Heathrow Airport,
  5. emigrate to Greenland and write your memoirs.

Energy

Keep an eye on your energy level - shown at the top-left of the screen. Your energy will reduce if you walk into the surveillance cameras or touch any of the strange contraptions invented by "Q".

If your energy drops too low, you will die from exhaustion. Energy may only be replenished by finding and using an energy pill or a glucose pill.

If you enter a room in which you can see a skull-and-crossbones, then beware! This usually indicates some deadly danger - such as an electric floor - in that room or an adjacent room. Tread carefully otherwise you may find that your energy quickly drains away.

Doors

To open a door, stand in front of it and activate the "in" icon. Unless the door is locked or impassable, you will go through - into a different area.

Collectable Objects

There are 16 objects to be found positioned throughout the rooms. These include a Sinclair Z88 computer, a passport and a pound coin. These objects can be picked up and dropped anywhere as you wish.

There are also another 15 objects which can be obtained from cupboards, machines, etc. These objects are generally of a rather sensitive nature (for example, U.S. secrets) and may only be dropped into other cupboards.

You can carry up to three objects at a time. To pick up an object, you must:-

  1. highlight an empty pocket - that is, a pocket that contains "NOTHING" (as shown at the top-right of the screen);
  2. activate the "^" icon.

To drop an object, you should:-

  1. highlight the pocket containing the particular object;
  2. activate the "^" icon.

Using Objects

To use an object, activate the "[]" icon.

Some objects - such as energy pills - may be used anywhere. However, most objects may only be used when you are standing upon a platform base - indicated by two inward-pointing arrows either side of the platform.

To give an object to a particular character, use the object on the platform in the room where the character is present.

Tranferring the Research Documents to Microfilm

You must transfer all three research documents to microfilm. This is the only way you will be able to take the information out of the country, and you'll need this confidential material when your write your memoirs. To tranfer a piece of research to microfilm, you must take the research to a particular room; then you should use the research document in that room. When it has been microfilmed this will be indicated in the "research documents" panel shown at the top of the screen. The microfilm will then be carefully hidden about your person.

General Hints

You start your mission in Blackhall. Walk to the right off the screen; keep out of the way of the moving surveillance camera; jump over the crates; walk right past a door and past another camera; jump onto the crates. Now stop and pick up the Sinclair Z88 computer by activating the "^" icon.

Walk left until you reach the nearest door. Go through it by activating the "in" icon. You will now find yourself in the Ministry. Go to the right until you come across a door marked "Q". Go through, right and drop the computer before you reach the sidepass door. Now you must go back and find the appropriate sidepass that will enable you to open this door.

Trust no one, and always expect the unexpected!

Game Controls

Z - Left, X - Right, RETURN - Jump, Cursor keys - Select Icon, SPACE - Activate Icon
1, 2, 3 - Highlight Pocket 1, 2, 3

The heart icon shows your energy level.
The sound can be turned on or off by highlighting the musical note icon with the positive or negative sign respectively.

Credits

The Spycat PETER "GIMME MY PENSION" CORRECT
The Prime Minister The Rt. Ho MARGO THATCH, M.P.
"M" BERNIE "NOT A DOUBLE AGENT" HOLLUS
American Ambassador BRAD "NUKE THE LOT" MUCKBURGER
Soviet Ambassador MIKHAIL "GROOVY" GORBOCHOPS
Greenland Ambassador BJORN "GOOD MOANING" SMORGASBORD
Special Guest Star, "Q"   Sir CLIVE AMSTRAD