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Professional, Originally Released On Cassette Only


Game Type          : Arcade

Author             : Neil Cannon

Standalone Release(s)   : 1984: PLANKWALK, Virgin Games, £1.99

Compilation Release(s)   : None

Stated compatibility    : Electron Side A, BBC Side B

Actual compatibility    : As stated

Supplier            : VIRGIN GAMES, 61/63 Portobello Road, LONDON W11 3DD

Disc compatibility     : ADFS 1D00, CDFS 1D00, DFS 1D00




"You control SCAFFOLDING SID, our intrepid scaffolder. Unfortunately, the planks that Sid has erected around the building he is working on have gone BERSERK! Can you help Sid to jump from plank to plank without endangering his life? As if Sid hadn't got enough problems, he has to contend with sloping planks, fake planks, building blocks and monsters!(?)...But on the plus side there's always the cherries!"


You control Scaffolding Sid who is fighting an endless succession of upward-moving planks. Survive by staying on the screen and avoiding the monsters, score points by falling through the building blocks and eating cherries.


You die if you are carried off the top of the screen by the planks, if you run off the side, or fall off hte bottom of the screen. The MONSTER appears a few seconds after the start and chases you. Normally if he catches you, you will be killed. However, if you run into him at high speed, HE will be killed. He also dies if he leaves the screen for any reason.


If you land ON TOP of a block, you will pass through it, scoring points as you go. If you fall out of the side of a block instead of out of the bottom, you will fall all the way down the screen and die, so stay central as you fall through a block! Cherries are always on a plank and to eat them you simply move into them slowly.


SPECIAL PLANKS: Fake planks - these flash. If you hit one you will fall straight through. Sloping planks - black planks slope to the left. Magenta (light) planks slope to the right.


Game Controls

Z - Left,   X - Right,   <SHIFT> - Jump,   <RETURN> - Fast Move


The Direction keys move you in the stated directions and, if held down, your speed will build up. To decelerate, use the other direction key. The Jump key moves you to a plank immediately above you (if there is one).


The Fast Movement key accelerates you at great speed when one of the Z or X keys is held down. It needs to be pressed repeatedly and the faster it is pressed, the faster the acceleration. This feature uses power - the right-hand number on the screen shows the power level. The acceleration depends on the power level. Landing on a power tower refuels you slowly.



The score is the left-hand number on the screen. The scores at Level 1 are as follows: Block = 80,   Monster = 100,   Cherries = 200


The level advances automatically to level 10.



Instructions' Source   : PLANKWALK (Virgin Games) Inner Inlay


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