THE GATES OF ZENDOCON
The droids of your old nemesis, the evil spider Zendocon, captured you.
Zendocon itself sentenced you to wander its web of deadly universes. Zendocon's
universes are connected by a web of transporter gates and alien bases.
Zendocon orders its droids to transport you to an alien base on the
first of the 51 interconnected universes and to give you a starship. You must
survive dangerous universes inhabited by hostile aliens while searching for
transporter gates. When you find a transporter gate, fly through the gate into
You will find allies in Zendocon's universes. Aliens held as slaves by
Zendocon's minions will help you if you can free them. They will follow your
ship, aiding you with strange weapons unlike you have ever encountered!
Will you survive Zendocon's challenge? You must survive! Your reward
for success is the chance for sweet revenge - a duel to the death with
the evil spider itself!
The Gates of Zendocon is a single player game.
Note: To press a key, press and release quickly. To hold down a key,
hold the key down for at least one second.
Follow the steps listed below to start the game:
1. With your system switched off, insert the game card as described in
the Lynx Owner's Manual.
Warning: Do not touch the game card connector pins. Do not expose the
contacts to static or extreme heat. Do not bend, crush, or attempt to clean the
2. Press ON. The Gates of Zendocon title screen appears.
3. If desired, you can select a specific universe in which to start.
Press OPTION 1. Four letters display along the bottom of the screen.
Move the joypad left or right to move between the four letters. When
you've selected a specific letter, move the joypad up or down to show the
letters of the alphabet.
Once you have selected all four letters, select the level of difficulty.
Note: If you do not select a specific universe, you will start
in the first universe.
4. Next, select the difficulty of play. Press A for easy
or B for hard.
In easy play, the game action is slower and your spacecraft is better
protected against attack. However, you do not accumulate points as quickly as
you do at the hard level of play.
5. The game begins after you select the difficulty level. The elevator
takes you to your ship. Press right on the joypad to fly your ship from the
first alien base.
6. To enhance play, the following optional game controls allow you to
modify the display, control music output, pause, and restart the game.
- To flip the screen 180 degrees and reverse the controls, press OPTION
2 and PAUSE at the same time.
- To pause the game, press PAUSE. Repeat to resume play.
- To toggle music on and off, press OPTION 2.
- To return to the title screen and restart the game, press OPTION 1
Playing the Game
The object of the game is to survive Zendocon's deadly universes
(levels) and find and destroy Zendocon.
You begin the game on a landing platform in an alien base. Press right
on the joypad to fly your ship out of the base and into space. Destroy all
enemy aliens you encounter. Hits from alien fire cause the following damage to
After your ship explodes you return (with one less life) to the landing
platform of the last base you visited. You receive a new, fully-equiped
- First hit - destroys your shield.
- Second hit - wipes out your ship's lasers.
- Third hit - explodes your ship, your alien followers, and you!
You begin the game with five lives. The number of lives remaining
appears on the lower left side of each alien base. You acquire additional lives
at some bases. The game is over when you receive a third hit with no lives
There is at least one transporter gate in each universe. Some universes
have multiple gates that lead to different universes. Since you cannot go back
through the gate you entered, you must fly forward to find the next gate.
Each transporter gate leads to an alien base. Alien bases serve as the
entrances to new universes. The name of each universe appears on the bottom of
that universe's alien base. Each universe contains one alien base.
When you enter a new base your spaceship hovers over the upper landing
platform. If you have lost your shield or laser, you can land on the upper
platform to get a new, completely armed ship.
Be careful. If you land on the platform when the force field appears,
your ship explodes and destroys you and all alien followers. (See Movement and
Combat for a description of friendly aliens.)
If you land successfully, you descend the platform elevator to the new
sip waiting on the lower platform. Your alien allies will follow your new
If you do not need a new ship, you can press the joypad to the right to
pass through the base.
Note: If you return to the base because aliens in space have
completely destroyed your ship, you will not have the option of landing
on the upper platform. You automatically board the ship on the lower platform.
Movement and Combat
Press the joypad to move your ship in the direction you wish to fly.
Your spacecraft is armed with two weapons and one shield/weapon.
- Neutrino Laser shoots a long, thin, horizontal beam. Hold down B
to fire the Neutrino Laser.
- Photon Bomb drops slowly in a downward arc. Press B to fire a
Note: Both the Neutrino Laser and the Photon Bomb have unlimited
ammunition. Blast away!
- Destructor Shield not only protects your ship from damage but also
destroys some enemies coming into contact with it. The Destructor Shield
bounces you away from those enemies it cannot destroy. Hold down
A to activated the Destructor Shield.
Note: The Destructor Shield can overheat. When overheated you have no
shield. Turn off the shield to allow it to cool.
Friendly Alien Weapons
In addition to your ship's weapons and shield, you can acquire alien
allies and their weapons when you rescue these aliens from enslavement.
Flying Eyeball(purple, looks like an eyeball) hovers below your craft
and shoots fireballs horizontally.
Death Arising(red, points upward) shoots a laser beam straight up.
Cosmic Destroyer(Orange, looks like a *) seeks out and crashes into
Sonic Dart (green, looks like >-o )(the most powerful weapon) emits
deadly sonar waves.
Rescue the aliens from Zendocon and they will aid you. To rescue these
aliens. shoot whatever is enslaving them. You must also touch
Death Arising and the Sonic Dart with your spacecraft to
complete the rescue.
Enemy fire can destroy your alien followers.
Press B to activate the weapons of your enemy allies. To fire
the Sonic Dart, hold down B.
On the first level, the first transporter gate leads to easy levels,
the second transporter leads to more difficult levels.
Some aliens can only be destroyed by a specific weapon.
Pulsing alien Sucker Beasts are extremely dangerous.
Fly through the Jaws of Death.
Snakes squeal when injured.
Shoot out the Static Blob's red eye, and shoot Crawling Eyes more than
Bubbles can push you into trouble.
Shoot the last alien in the eye.
You earn 1 to 495 points when you destroy aliens, depending on the type
You receive 100 points when you reach a new alien base in the easy
levels or 10,000 points when you reach a new alien base in the