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                           _ __ ___ CAPTAiN  ___ __ _                           
                               _ __ FORAXiAN __ _                               
                                   ___ EX ___                                   
                                                                                
iNTRO                                                                           
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We found it! Nestled deep in a Port Armstrong garage, the Foraxian EX prototype 
sat, unplayed, for decades. We found it. We opened it. We dumped it, we         
emulated it, we massaged it and we loved it. And it terrified us. Foraxian EX   
will tear you a new star hole.                                                  

Foraxian EX is the unreleased prototype for a sequel to the arcade bullet hell  
quarter thief Captain Foraxian. It's hard. It's really hard. You won't beat it. 

HOW TO PLAY                                                                     
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Just fly and shoot. There are no smart bombs, no barrel rolls, no combo attacks 
and no power ups. This is head on, no apologies, SHMUPping at its best. Defeat  
each wave to move on to the next. Defeat a set of four waves to repair 33% hull 
damage or earn 1000 bonus points if hull is unscathed. Extra players can join   
at any time, but they will probably hold you back.                              

Keyboard Controls:                                                              
  Move - Arrow keys                                                             
  Shoot - Left Shift, Left Ctrl, Z, X, Space                                    
  Service Menu - Escape                                                         

360 Gamepad Controls:                                                           
  Move - Either stick or dpad                                                   
  Shoot - A button, Left Trigger, Left Shoulder, Right Trigger, Right Shoulder  
  Service Menu - Back                                                           

Player Mappings:                                                                
  P1 - Keyboard or Controller #4                                                
  P2 - Controller #1                                                            
  P3 - Controller #2                                                            
  P4 - Controller #3                                                            

HOW TO PLAY BETTER                                                              
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There are fourty waves in Foraxian EX, and most people can't beat the first     
ten. Be better than most people.                                                

#1 DON'T GET SHOT                                                               
  You can only take four hits before your ship explodes, and you only repair    
  one point of damage every four waves. If you take more than one hit per set   
  of four waves you're heading in the wrong direction.                          

  Since enemies can spawn from any direction, don't sit on the sides or bottom  
  of the screen. If an enemy spawns there you won't be able to avoid it.        

  Before each set of four waves the game will speak, giving you a clue about    
  what to expect. Listen closely. This may tell you where the enemies will      
  spawn from. ECHO waves, for instance, spawn directly behind you!              

#2 SHOOT OTHER SHiPS                                                            
  Some games let you fly merrily along as enemy ships scroll past, off the      
  screen and into oblivion. Foraxian doesn't do that. Until you kill an enemy   
  ship it will stay in play, and it will keep firing. Other ships will          
  continue to spawn, and soon you'll see a huge angry swarm of ships buzzing    
  around the middle of the screen, drowning you in a torrent of laser fire.     

  To avoid this, take every chance you get to knock out enemy ships. Don't      
  relax when there aren't many ship on screen, or there soon will be.           

#4 DON'T MiSS                                                                   
  You can only have one pair of laser bolts on screen at a time. If you miss,   
  you'll have to wait for them to sail off the edge before you can fire again.  
  If you hit, you can fire again immediately. You can't SHOOT OTHER SHiPS       
  if you can't shoot, so DON'T MiSS.                                            

#5 GET UP THERE                                                                 
  The sooner your shots leave the screen, the sooner you can fire again. If you 
  fly up close to a wave you can release a torrent of firepower as your shots   
  hit their targets and reload again and again and again. Similarly, if you're  
  closer to the far edge of the screen then any missed shots won't have so far  
  to go.                                                                        

#6 GET EVEN                                                                     
  If, somehow, you fail at #1 and get hit, you'll see that your ship is         
  temporarily invulnerable. Use this. Fly straight into the heart of the        
  battle. GET UP THERE, and DON'T MiSS. A well executed retribution strike is   
  like a smartbomb, and it can make you feel an awful lot better about taking   
  that hit.                                                                     

#7 KNOW WHERE YOU ARE, LOOK WHERE YOU'RE GOiNG                                  
  It's really, really tempting to focus on your ship while you're playing.      
  Don't. You know where it is. You put it there. Instead, pull back and look    
  at the entire screen. You might not need to react to one of the 200 shots     
  on screen right now, but in half a second you'll wish you'd planned for it.   
  Pull back, and watch the whole screen.                                        

#8 STRATEGiZE                                                                   
  Waves come in sets of four, designated yyyyy WAVE xxxxx, where x changes      
  every wave, and y changes every set. The four x variants play differently,    
  and you should play differently against them.                                 

    yyyyy WAVE ALPHA - Single ships. Pick these off with single shots.          

    yyyyy WAVE BETA - These ships follow each other like little snakes. Since   
                      they fire at the same locations their shots form straight 
                      lines. Don't move unless you have to, and rely on their   
                      fire pattern to keep you safe even when up close.         

    yyyyy WAVE CHARLiE - These ships fly in wall-like formations. When they     
                         fire they fire all at once, creating terrible nets of  
                         death. Focus on knocking out a few ships in each       
                         formation to create holes in these nets, rather than   
                         destroying entire formations at a time.                

    yyyyy WAVE DELTA - Vee formations with large squadron leaders. These are    
                       HARD! Try to knock out the smaller ships, since they     
                       are just as deadly as the larger ones. If a larger ship  
                       gets close, however, GET UP THERE and knock it out,      
                       since larger ships effectively shield the smaller ones.  

#9 CHEAT                                                                        
  We added Reflex Assist, and we enabled it by default. We couldn't imagine     
  anyone beating the game otherwise. Use it. Really. If you think you can beat  
  the game without it you're wrong.                                             

HOW TO WiN                                                                      
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We don't know.                                                                  

GREETZ                                                                          
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Shout outz and a pile of <3 to:                                                 
  LAN/Zippy                                                                     
  Rhinosaur                                                                     
  BLU-MAN-CHOO                                                                  
  IndeeSkrip                                                                    
  Rob Remakes                                                                   
  Gary                                                                          

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