What are you - man or mouse? This game will help you find out.
To become a real strongman like Geoff Capes is not easy. Muscles that can roll a car onto its roof or hurl barrels
onto a waiting truck don't just grow overnight. If you are hoping to match these feats, you are going to have to work
hard during the training sessions. Even if you manage to build the sort of body equipped to cope with each of the six
very difficult events, you will need skill and quick reactions to be successful.
Game Play (Read this carefully)
In STRONGMAN you will have to take control of Geoff's body as he tries to complete each different event. You will also
have total responsibility for the general condition and fitness of Geoff's body, trying to make sure that it is able to cope
with the high demands each event will make upon it, as well as having the stamina to get right through to the very
To help you do this Geoff's body has been divided into several different areas represented by MUSCLE ICONS. Each
muscle area contains a gauge which will help you see how fit that area of muscle is and how much energy is available
Different events will use different muscles to a greater or lesser extent. For example, the arm muscles may be
especially important during the log chop.
At the beginning of each game level you will have a TRAINING SESSION. During training you can build up each
muscle area ready for the six events to come. As you play the game you will discover which muscle areas are
especially important and can make your training sessions more specialized, building up muscle where you know it is
If the gauge in any muscle area reaches zero, Geoff will collapse and you will have to start all over again.
The rate at which a muscle's energy is used up will depend not only on how quick and skilful you are, but also on
how much EFFORT you decide to use. During most events you can adjust the effort being made by Geoff's body to
anywhere between 0% and 100%.
The higher the effort, the easier it will become for you to successfully complete an event and move on, BUT
everything has its price and that price is paid by Geoff's muscles. The greater the effort, the faster each muscle
deteriorates and the faster and more difficult game play becomes.
In each event therefore, you will be hoping to find a good compromise between your skill during game play and how
much muscle you can afford to use. Since any muscle not used can be carried forward to the next event, the more
efficiently you complete each event, the further Geoff will be able to go.
After each event you will have a limited rest, period during which You can try to get Geoff's body ready for the
If you manage to complete all six events, you will have a chance to re-train and then try each of the six events
again. However, the further you go the harder each event will become to complete.
Not all the strategy involved has been given to you in these instructions.
At the start of each game each muscle is zero. Before you can build up these muscles you must train.
Training is achieved by moving the joystick left and right as many times as you can in 10 seconds. As you do this
you will build up muscle which will be represented by a bar gauge on the screen. The further you can move this gauge,
the more muscle you will have.
To start training, simply move the joystick left or right, then work as hard as you can.
If you are not a real strongman, simply press the fire button and you will automatically receive a default amount
of muscle - but you will have no control over this and may be disappointed.
Having obtained some muscle you now have to allocate it to the different muscle areas. To do this use the joystick
to move the arrow to the chosen muscle icon. Muscle will be transferred to that area of the body for as long as the fire
button is depressed. Initially it's a good idea to build up each muscle area equally, but as you get used to the game, you
will hopefully discover which muscles are more important and you can adjust your allocation accordingly. Remember,
if any muscle area reaches zero, Geoff will collapse.
In between each event is a small rest period during which you can reallocate a small amount of muscle. The amount you
receive may be dependent on your performance during training or previous events. You should try to allocate extra
muscle to those areas which you think will be important in the next event.
The effort being put into each event can be increased or decreased at any time simply by pressing the X or Z keys
It is a good idea to choose a start setting for the effort before each event commences. To start each event press the
1. Truck Pull
In this event Geoff has to pull a truck over a measured distance inside a qualifying time.
To start the event press the fire button. Once the event has started a yellow light will indicate which muscle is
needed. Move the arrow to that muscle icon as quickly as possible and press the fire button once. A green light will tell
you that the muscle has been used correctly. A red light will indicate that you have used the wrong muscle.
Try to keep up with the yellow lights as they flash. If they get too far ahead you will find it very difficult to keep
As you increase the effort, the rate at which each muscle is called into use increases and therefore the speed which
Geoff can pull the truck increases also. However, it will also be more difficult for you to keep up with the muscles
movement and also the muscles will deteriorate more rapidly.
To be efficient try to qualify just inside the qualifying time. It is easier to keep the truck moving than to start it
moving from a stationary position.
2. Log Chop
Geoff has to chop through a log inside the qualifying time. The log contains some bits which are harder to chop than
others. Soft wood needs only one chop to be cut out, but hard wood needs two chops and a knot needs three.
Press the fire button to start the axe moving and also every time you want to cut wood.
3. Barrel Loading
Geoff must try and load five barrels onto the back of a truck inside a qualifying time.
Move the joystick left or right as quickly as possible to move Geoff over to the barrels, then repeat the action to
help him raise it onto his shoulder. Once the barrel is on his shoulder move the arrow to the muscle icon that is needed
and press the fire button. Geoff will take a step. If you try to use the wrong muscle or fail to keep up with the muscles
being used, Geoff will drop the barrel and will have to pick it up again. When Geoff reaches the truck press the fire
button to get him to throw the barrel. If you do this too soon or too late he will drop the barrel and have to pick it up
4. Car Roll
Geoff has to roll the car onto its roof inside a qualifying time.
The game play is similar in style to that used in the truck pull but with one important difference. If you start to do
things wrong the car will begin to roll backwards towards you.
5. Fairground Bell
Move the joystick left and right as quickly as you can as the club is being released to increase the effort. As soon as all
the muscles flash red, hit the fire button. The quicker you press the fire button, the better Geoff will do.
6. Sumo Wrestling
RICOCHET IS A MASTERTRONIC COMPANY
Geoff must try and push his opponent out of the ring inside a qualifying time. To do this involves timing and quick
reactions. You must try to push the joystick to the right just before the two wrestlers move on the screen. If you time
this movement correctly Geoff will push his opponent back one step. If you do not, Geoff will be pushed back.
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