Aliens from a distant solar system are swarming over the planet Humanis. They're kidnapping Humanoids and mutating them into a permanent part of the alien force. Their mission is to transform all of the Humanoids before destroying the entire planet. First, they infest the planet with Landers which close in on the planet, abducting the Humanoids.

Then the attack intensifies. Baiters, Swarmers, and Bombers terrorize the skies. And then, when you least expect it. a deadly Pod collides with your Spaceship, and blasts you to pieces.

NOTE: Always turn the POWER switch OFF before inserting or removing the cartridge.


As Captain of the Spaceship Defender, your mission is to destroy the alien force and save the Humanoids. Your speed and skill have earned you this heroic mission. When Humanoids are abducted, you'll have to destroy the Lander and catch the falling Humanoid before safely returning him to the planet below.


The Spaceship Defender has full-range scanning equipment which enables you to employ seek-and destroy tactics. Defender discharges fatal missile fire at the push of a button. You also have two escape options for a last resort course of action: hyperspace and smart bombs. Hyperspace temporarily sends you into a time warp, possibly only to reappear in a more dangerous situation. Smart bombs can destroy all aliens in sight with a touch of a button.

Report immediately for this dangerous mission!


As Captain of the Spaceship Defender, your mission is to destroy the aliens before all of the Humanoids are transformed to Mutants. You score points for each alien you destroy and for each Humanoid you save. Try not to shoot your Humanoids; they are worth bonus points at the end of each alien attack wave. (See SCORING.) in one-player games, your object is to top your highest score. In two-player games, the player with the highest score wins the game. A game ends when all Defender Spaceships are destroyed

Each game begins with three Defender lives and three smart bombs. When Defender collides with an alien or is hit by an alien mine, it exploded with a "blast" If it's the last life, the game is over If any lives remain, another Defender ship appears
on the scene. The number of lives remaining and smart bombs remaining is displayed at the upper portion of the television screen. The aliens attack in waves; each wave becomes increasingly more difficult. When Defender destroys all the aliens in the first wave, another wave of aliens moves in. The longer that Defender survives, the harder the alien attacks become. Each time a wave is completed, the number of the completed wave and the amount of bonus points earned flashes in
the center of the screen.

The alien force is made up of six different types of ships: Landers, Bombers, Swarmers, Baiters, Mutants, and Pods. Landers are the first to appear They search the planet for Humanoids to kidnap and mutate. Bombers lay mines to trap you. You cannot shoot mines, so it's best to avoid them. Swarmers are housed in Pods. Several Swarmers are released each time a Pod is destroyed. They track you very closely so kill them the instant they appear. Baiters usually appear near the end of a wave. They're large, they shoot fast, and they move faster than Defender A Mutant is a transformed Humanoid. Mutants are very dangerous; use all your energy to kill
them. If the Landers kidnap all the Humanoids and carry them to the top of the screen to transform them into Mutants, the entire planet explodes. The most deadly alien of all is the mother ship also known as a Pod. When a Pod is destroyed, it releases 1 to 9 deadly Swarmers.


Defender fires missiles to blast the alien ships. But, when things look real bad, Defender can employ one of two last resort weapons. First, you have three smart bombs which blow up every alien in sight. With every 10,000 points you score, you earn another smart bomb and another Defender life. Use smart bombs sparingly and strategically It's a good idea to keep one smart bomb in reserve in case you get stuck and need a little help to earn another Defender life.

When you use a smart bomb, you earn points for every alien it destroys on the screen. Another weapon that can be used as a last resort is hyper-space. This device enables Defender to disappear, warp through time and space, and reappear somewhere else on the screen. You have no control over where you'll reappear Hyperspace can be tricky and dangerous. Sometimes invisible space matter can blow up your spaceship during the time warp. Try to use hyperspace only when
you have no other alternative. (See USING THE CONTROLLERS for using smart bombs and hyper-space.)


Your scanner is located at the top center of the screen. It works like a radar screen to reflect alien attacks in your viewing screen and at long range distances. The scanner provides the following important information:

* How many aliens are approaching, what kind of aliens they are, and what their positions are.
* Where the Humanoids are being abducted by Landers.
* How many Humanoids remain and where they are.

Each blip on the scanner represents an object in the game. Your playing area is bracketed by short line in the center of the scanner The blips are colored to help you distinguish between different alien ships. Get into the habit of monitoring the scanner to help you destroy aliens and defend Humanoids.


Here's where the heroics come in. Your mission is to destroy aliens while protecting Humanoids. At the end of a wave, you score 100 bonus points for every Humanoid survivor, multiplied by the number of the wave just completed (up to a maximum
of 500 bonus points)

All the Humanoids are stranded helplessly on the planet at the bottom of the screen. You are their only hope for survival. Use the scanner to patrol their positions. When a Humanoid is being abducted by a Lander, you'll hear his cry for help. Go to his rescue immediately The scanner is the fastest way to spot his position. There
are two techniques for rescuing a Humanoid:

* Destroy the Lander and let the Humanoid fall back to the planet.
* Destroy the Lander catch the Humanoid, and carry him back to the planet.

Letting the Humanoid fall to the planet is only effective if the Humanoid is close enough to land safely Experiment to find out what a safe distance is. If the Humanoid falls safely to the planet, you score 250 points plus 150 points for destroying the Lander If he crash lands, you only score the 150 points for destroying the Lander.

Catching a Humanoid in midair is more difficult and is worth more points. To catch a Humanoid, shoot the Lander and maneuver Defender to touch the Humanoid, then bring him back to the planet. If you succeed, you earn 1000 points plus 150 points for destroying the Lander If you catch the Humanoid but don't return him safely you
earn 500 points plus the 150 points for destroying the Lander.

NOTE: You may carry any number of Humanoids at a time. If you are carrying Humanoids at the end of a wave, they count as survivors and the program automatically returns them to the planet


If Defender does not succeed in protecting a Humanoid/ a Lander abducts him and carries him up into space and transforms him into a Mutant. Mutants then return to attack the planet. When all of the Humanoids become Mutants, the planet will explode. You continue playing to score points. If you survive past the next four
waves, all Humanoids are reincarnated, and the planet below is rebuilt.


Use the controller stick to thrust the Spaceship Defender up, down, right, and left through space. Also use the controller stick to catch falling Humanoids.

Press the left controller button to fire missiles at aliens.

Press the right controller button to detonate a smart bomb.

Press the 0 button to enter hyperspace.

Insert your COLECOVISION cartridge into your Coleco system and turn on the machine. The game will start automatically

Press # to restart the game.

Press * to suspend a game in progress. To continue play press * again.


Your score appears at the top of the screen. Lives remaining and smart bombs remaining are displayed next to the score. At the end of each wave, you score 100 bonus points for each surviving Humanoid, multiplied by the number of the wave, up to a maximum of 500 bonus points.  You earn an additional DEFENDER life and smart bomb every 10,000 points.

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