Your objective is to destroy the alien creature that is hunting you, within the allocated mission time. You will have to fight your way through four increasingly difficult levels of play, before finally facing the alien and destroying it. It's gonna take all of your survival skills to outwit whatever it is that's lurking out there...and perhaps a small nuclear device!
The status area of the screen is broken into sections.
At the top left of the screen, a display shows the number of lives you have remaining (large blocks), with an energy level indicator beneath (small blocks). Six small blocks of energy are equivalent to one life. When the display shows no lives...it's all over for you!
The weapon you currently have is shown at the top of the screen below the PREDATOR logo, together with its ammunition level. The number of grenades you have remaining is shown at the top centre-right of the screen. You start with three grenades.
Your overall score is shown in the display at the top right of the screen, with the time remaining shown below the score. You must complete your mission within the allocated time, that is, before the time reading falls from the initial level of 4500 to zero.
When you start the game, you have just descended from the helicopter. Your team mates have already dashed off into the jungle. From here on, it's up to you. Take each step with great caution, remembering you're in unchartered jungle, where anything can happen. And it will!
You start the mission with a weapon. You may drop the weapon and pick up another if you find one on your mission. There are four different weapons, each with different firing characteristics. Choose and use your weaponry with great caution.
You'll find more of your team as you progress further into the jungle - nearly all horribly mutilated. Remember, survival is the name of the game, so look at any weapons you may find of theirs and decide if you'll need to swap it for your current one. If you manage to survive longer than your team mates obviously have, you'll need to make the best use of the jungle elements in order to outsmart your enemy. Bullets won't solve all your problems in this neck of the woods! Grenades are bound to come in useful if you find yourself helplessly ambushed.
Remember that strange rustling in the bushes? You hear it every now and again but can see nothing. Well, there is something out there and it is most definitely after you. It can track you using its heat detecting eyesight, and every now and again, the screen will change colour. This is the creature's viewpoint of you running through the jungle. Beware - it's on to you! A triangle will form on the screen - this is the cross-hairs of the creature's weapon, if you get caught within the triangle, you'll be killed...unless you can outwit the creature, of course...
Z - Run Left, X - Run Right, * - Run Up, ? - Run Down.
Use left/right keys in conjunction with up/down keys for diagonal movement.
* - Jump, ? - Crouch, SPACE - Throw grenade, P - Pick up/Drop weapon.
When holding a weapon, use RETURN to fire across or RETURN and */? to fire up or down.
When not holding a weapon, use RETURN to punch and RETURN in conjunction with * to kick and with ? to block.
H/R - Hold/Restart, S/Q - Sound/Quiet, SHIFT and ESCAPE - Quit Game
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