"It was magic most foul," Intoned one of the elderss solemnly.
"Nonsense!" scoffed another, "It was simply science...thieves make
good use of technology."
"Good use?" raged the third.
The elders of Osmic had come in full regalia, feathers and banners
and the heavy gold chains of office but the formal procession of
leaders had not carried the hereditary badges of office-the Crown
of Ages, the Mystical Gems of Lascorbanos or the Thousand Coins of
Tenure. These had been stolen, most wickedly puroined, in an attempt
to jeopardize the forcoming festivities of the Tremillenial and were
now reputedly hidden on the planet Tambi.
So they came to you-Captain Comic, galactic hero, righter of wrongs,
and all around nice guy. It was most gratifying-ignore the rumor that
they had gone to Orion O'Brian, that mercenary thug, and he had turned
them down, calling the job "insanely dangerous" and saying the entire
planet of Tambi, from its endless blue lakes to its impossibly blue
moon, had not one cubic centimeter where a person could feel safe-nor
a single benign life form. Tambi was a land of surpries-all bad.
Well, you're on the job now. Using you keen wits and well honed reflexes,
you must traverse the ever-changing and treacherous environs of Tambi
and return the treasures of Osmic in time for the Trimillenil celebrations.
Succeed, and you will be honored as a hero once more; fail, and three
thousand years of galactic peace and prosperity crumble to
Captain Comic begins his adventure with five lives, no items in his
inventory, his Mark-VII environment suit with shield projector, and his
trusty Blastola assault weapon. The energy supply of these two pieces
of equipment is located with the Mark VII's back pack. The weapon's
energy replenishes itself during periods of non-use. Shield energy does
not regenerate; our hero must be sure to pick up shield packs that he
encounters, they make life so much easier!
When an enemy comes into contact with Captain Comic, the enemy is
destroyed by the shield, and the shield's energy supply is depleted by
one unit. If the shield reserve power meter reaches zero units and the
good Captain is hit by an enemy, both the Captain and the enemy will
go out in a blaze of sparks. Net cost to the Captain: on life. Care should
be taken to monitor the shield meter. It can mean the difference between
success and failure.
Captain Comic's offensive power can be increased by finding cans of
Blastola Cola that have been left lying about the surface of Tambi. Our
hero may imbibe up a total of five Blastola Colas resulting in the ability
to have five shots in the air simultaneously. Although firepower is unlimited,
it can be temporarily depleted. Captain Comic must exercise descretion in
firing. When the blastola meter reaches zero no further shots may be fired
until the Blaster's evergy pack regenerates itself
Points are earned by shooting the hostile enemy creatures, gathering tools
and treasures on the planet's surface, and for all unused shield units
remaining at the time of recharging. Points are also awarded for lives and
shield units in reserve after successfully retrieving the three missing
treasures. The game will end after COMIC retrieves all three treasures or
when all spare lives are exhausted.
WEAPONS AND SHIELDS
Shield Pack - Restores Comic's shield energy. Points are scored for
unused shield units.
Shield of Invulnerability* - This object super-charges Captain Comic's
Mark VII shield generator and Blastola assault weapon, making him
impervious to enemy attack and giving him unlimited firepower for a
brief period of time.
Shield of Life* - The Shield of Life bestows our intrepid hero with an
additional life in reserve each time he encounters it.
Blastola Cola - Increases Comic's firing capability. Up to five cans of
cola can be collected for up to five blastola rounds in air simultaneously.
Corkscrew - Modulates the firing pattern of Comic's blaster creating
a spiral trajectory for all shots fired. This is very useful for destroying
creatures which crawl on the ground below Comic's normal line of fire
* Occasionally this special item will appear when an enemy is destroyed.
These items aid Captain Comic in his quest to retrieve the missing treasures:
Door Key - Allows Comic to open doors found in various places on Tambi.
Boots - Increase Comic's maximum jumping height. This is useful in
reaching ledges which were previously too high to jump to.
Lantern - There are a few places on Tambi which will be too dark and
dangerous for Comic to explore without the aid of this device.
Wand - The pinnacle of Tambian technology - the personal transport
wand. Possession of the device allows the user to utilize the world
wide teleportation system of Tambi. Though the system is in disrepair
it is still powerful enough to teleport the bearer through solid walls
and around many of the obstacles that stand in Captain Comic's way.
Bird Brother Skip - A shy creature, it is the least aggressive of all
Tambian avian species, expanding most of its brain power coordinating
its ponderous flight.
Bird Brother Flip - An arrogant, aggressive flier, it is easily irritated
and very territorial.
Smoodgeon - A crenelated harbinger of bad luck - the superstitious
Tambian is devastated if a smoodgeon crosses his path. If he sees
one crawling on his right, he knows it will take extreme dexterity to
avoid disaster; if on his left, the entire day will be sinister.
Pyreball - Composed of equal parts of sulfuric acid and a naturally
occurring substance much like goat cheese, it is highly corrosive and
deadly to the human condition.
Hopotenuse Moth - Attracted to the triangular shape of Tambian mountains,
this creature results when the DNA of the Tambian firefly is irreparably
damaged by close proximity to the Tambian pyreball.
Cycloptopus - A mythical creature reported by deranged seamen, the
one-eyed horror figures in legends and ancient stories, but only the
foolish believe it actually exists.
Petrifed Space Pollen - Pollen of the now extinct parabolic reflector
plant which grew on Tambi's eight moons until the plant's habitat was
destroyed by marauding VFO's, the grains are gigantic in size and have
the hardness of Sirian tensorsteel.
VFO (Violent Flying Object) - Once the favorite recreational toy of
Tambian youths, equipped with long range radio transmitters, VFO's
run riot trying to complete their last received command.
Gelignite - pulsating chemical masses, the gelignites were used in
Tambiforming the moons, a process doomed to fail because not even
over-crowded Tambians wanted to go to all the trouble to emigrate
only to end up in a place exactly like the one they left.
Trisplnnian Dervish - Another genetically engineered creature, once
the janitors of Tambi, a broom in each pseudopod, they are now
deadly dealers of destruction.
Bouncing Matilda - The last try the Tambians made at genetically
engineered servos, Bouncing Matilda was to gave been an assembly
live foreman, humming old folk songs to keep the spirits of the
workers positive. Unfortunately, the high radiation once again scrambled
programming and now Matilda seeks out and destroys anything that makes noise.
Beelunker - Seeking ever to expand their knowledge of underground
formations, they grow to giant size in the still air of Tambian caves.
Sangulsuge - The giant blood sucking bat of Tambi is an example of the
deadly mistakes that nature can make. It has no known predators, and
its bite is lethal. Luckily for the rest of the planet, the sanguisuge
seems to have a preference for cave frog.
Trimodal Ectosphere - A spinning apparition with three razor-sharp claws,
like the phlegmtasm it is vulnerable only in the presence of light.
Apparaith - A gelatinous malcontent similar to the Primordial Specter
of Shawbati III, the Apparaith has much nastier temperament, haunting
medieval architectures and giving an intense dislike of anything modern.
The Apparaith is invincible in the absence of light.
Mosfets - Massive, static electrical charges formed by the Tambian
ritual of simultaneous hair combing, they have formed a community of
sorts in that silent but pulsating world found within the Tambian
Gigo - Discarded bits of Tambian computer programming, unwanted,
isolated and alone they will attack anything
Blind Cave Frog - They evolved blindness as a protective mechanism to
ensure continuation of the species as cave frogs are made violently ill
by the sight of other cave frogs. The males are red and the females are
green, but, of course, blind caves frogs do not know this.
Glow Globe - A photosynthetic life form bred for cleaning the fluorescent
tubes of the space station, the high radiation of the environment has
changed them into roving menaces.
EMPulse - Stray electromagnetic pulses, they flip flop from one end
of the master computer to the other.
Phlegmtasm - A blubbery creature with the consistency of half-formed
grabe gelatin, it is invincible in the dark and can only be killed in the
presence of light. Angry phlegmtasms smell rather like old handkerchiefs.
Purple Judye - (Sister to the Bird Brothers) - Snatched from the nest
as an egg and dyed purple for the Tambian Spring Fest celebration, she
makes her home in the shed adjacent to the twin lakes of King Wood.
Now grown, she seeks revenge on those who have forced her to go through
life clad in purple feathers...and she considers anything on two legs
an appropriate target.
F.W. Brothers - Fireworks is their first, middle, and last name, and
being attacked by one of them is like a bath in a meteor shower.
Crown - The Crown of the Ages, the hereditary head dress of the ruler
of Osmic. Beautiful beyond belief and wrought from infinitely precious
metals and gems.
Gems - The Mystical Gems of Lascorbanos, rarest of crystalline formations,
they are said to impart wisdom to the ruler of Osmic.
Coins - The Coins of Tenure, the traditional, symbolic wage of the
rulers of Osmic. These ancient coins are held in trust and passed
from one ruler to the next.