A Turret Gunner Simulation
Online Instruction Guide
STARDATE 1422.332 : ORDERS
Effective immediately, you are assigned to the System Defense Craft SD-2707
in Sector M as Turret Gunner 1st class. Proceed to Omicron station,
quadrant M01.01 where you will report to Captain Masters.
Dirian activity in Sector M is high and although peace talks are about to
begin on Zhinda III, loss of this sector would be a major blow to the war
BACKLASH is a 3D science fiction action game for DOS. The player must
defend the mothership from over a series of missions against an increasing
onslaught of enemy spacecraft, mine fields, asteroids and drones. The
rewards from successful missions can be used to upgrade the defense systems
and purchase more powerful weapons.
o IBM/PC compatible computer with 386 or later processor
o 2 megabytes of RAM with 500k available conventional memory and
750k available extended or expanded memory
o Fixed disk drive with approximately 6 megabytes available
o VGA compatible graphics adapter
o MS-DOS 5.0 or above
o 486 or later processor
o Microsoft compatible mouse
o Analog joystick
o Creative Labs Sound Blaster compatible sound card
The game begins at the docking bay terminal interface. Start a new
game in the OPERATION BACKLASH campaign by selecting confirm. Select
the OPTIONS screen and configure the controls for the game. Calibrate the
joystick if it is to be used. Select DIFFICULTY and choose either ROOKIE
( easy ) or REBEL ( medium ) level.
Select MISSION and review the instructions for the sortie. Experiment with
the other options in the terminal interface. Click LAUNCH and CONFIRM to
enter the mission.
Once the mothership has completed the launch sequence, press the H key to
view the control help screen. Press ESCAPE to return to the game.
The first mission is a training mission. Use the opportunity to become
familiar with the weapons, radar and interface components. To move on to
to the real action, press ALT-F8 to abort the mission.
TERMINAL INTERFACE SUMMARY : Options available between missions.
Orders Review information regarding the next mission
Details Review turret configuration and mission objectives
Maps Review the mothership flightpath for the mission
Summary Review the results of the previous mission
Next Select the next available equipment upgrade
Previous Select the previous available equipment upgrade
Purchase Acquire the current upgrade
Single Reload Restock one missile to the current missile rack
Full Reload Completely reload the current missile rack
Confirm Enter the next mission
Load Load a previously saved game
Save Save the current game
New Start a new game in a selected campaign
Options Configure sound, music, detail, controls
Difficulty Set the difficulty level of the current game
Help Terminal interface help.
About Display information regarding the game version
Exit Exit the game
GAME CONTROL SUMMARY : Controls available during a mission.
Keyboard Controls Control Functions
-------- -------- ------- ---------
ARROWS Orientation F1, TAB Switch Target
SPACEBAR Fire Guns F2, S Increase Shield Power
ENTER Launch Missile F3, E Increase Weapon Energy
F4, W Switch Weapon
Mouse Controls F5, T Select Tactical Display
----- -------- F6, N Select Navigation Display
LEFT BUTTON Fire Guns F7, O Select Objectives Display
RIGHT BUTTON Launch Missile F8, A Abort Mission *
CENTER BUTTON Switch Target F9, D Increase Detail Level
F10, C Toggle Crosshair
-------- -------- System Functions
BUTTON 0 Fire Guns ------ ---------
BUTTON 1 Launch Missile H Display Control Help
BUTTON 2 Switch Target P Pause Game
BUTTON 3 Switch Weapon ESCAPE End the Game
ALT-M Toggle Music ALT-B Toggle Background Rendering
ALT-S Toggle Sound Effects ALT-D Toggle Debris Rendering
* Use ALT-F8 to confirm the abort of the mission. Not all missions can be
START A NEW GAME : Click SYSTEM, NEW. Select a campaign. Click CONFIRM.
REVIEW MISSION : Click MISSION, ORDERS for a description of the mission.
Click MISSION, DETAILS for specific information on the objectives.
Click MISSION, MAPS to review the flight path. Click MISSION, SUMMARY
for a review of the results of the previous mission.
FLY A MISSION : Click LAUNCH, CONFIRM to enter the next mission. It is a
good idea to save your game before launching.
SAVE A GAME : Click SYSTEM, SAVE. Select a slot ( click EMPTY ). Type a
description for the save game and press ENTER.
LOAD A GAME : Click SYSTEM, LOAD. Select the game to load by clicking the
BUY UPGRADES : Click EQUIPMENT. Use NEXT and PREVIOUS to cycle through
the list of upgrades. Click PURCHASE to buy the upgrade.
RELOAD MISSILES : Click EQUIPMENT. Use NEXT and PREVIOUS to find the
missile rack to be reloaded. Click SINGLE to buy one missile at a time or
FULL to reload the rack to capacity.
CHANGE DIFFICULTY : Click SYSTEM, DIFFICULTY. Select a diffulty level from
the menu. New players should start with REBEL ( the easiest ). Use
the other levels to increase the challenge.
CONFIGURE : Options can be toggled in the SYSTEM, OPTIONS screen. To set
up a sound card, use the configuration program ( SETUP.EXE or
o Concentrate on enemy ships moving at the mothership. Avoid chasing ships
that have broken off and are difficult to hit. Wait for a good shot and
fire short bursts that can destroy evading ships with multiple hits.
o Use the radar to find targets that are out of view by moving the turret
until the enemy craft is centered on the gray marker.
o Use the threat indicator ( green radar blip ) to find enemy crafts that
are firing at the mothership. Target the firing ship. Ships that are
on attack runs are usually good targets for the turret.
o Use the turret orientation indicator to track the orientation of the turret
with respect to the mothership. Try to keep the turret near center in
order to have the best view of attacking enemy ships.
o Missiles can be shot down with cannon fire. Use your cannons to defend
against bomber attacks.
o Buy system upgrades as soon as enough credits are available.
This software is NOT shareware. Licenses of the full release of BACKLASH
are available for $30.00.
The full release of BACKLASH contains :
o Operation Iron Horse and Operation Gambit. Go on the offensive
against the Dirians in 30 all-new missions in Sector G.
o All three difficulty levels for each of the operations.
o New enemy ships including the devastating Dirian Heavy Figher
and Assault Scout.
o All twenty equipment upgrades, including the Cluster Missile.
You'll need them!
o More great sound, music, animations and graphics.
o Printed manual.
o Hints and playing techniques from the developers and testers.
o Technical support and expanded access to the SANCSOFT BBS.
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BACKLASH is the product of )|( Sanctuary Software Studio, Inc.
Game Design ........ Sanctuary Software Studio
Software ........ Michael Terry
Graphics and Animation ........ Tony Fienman
Mission Design ........ Brian Simonton
Sound and Music ........ Brian Simonton
Product Management ........ Stacey Simonton
BACKLASH would not have been possible without: Ken Kuhlmann, Robert Terry,
Jim Haffner, Amy Masters, Devin Dellagnese, Randall Jarrell, FormGen,
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