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Megamania by Activision: Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Strategies

The minimum score required in Megamania by Activision for the Atari 2600 to earn a patch was: 45,000 points. The best advice in Megamania is to read the manual, so that you know all of the nuances of the game. The manual gives some really good tips. Make sure both difficulty switches are set to B. Megamania was designed by Steve Cartwright.

Megamania by Activision for the Atari 2600 is one of those fast paced shooters that keeps you in the game. There are two styles of game play. One with guided missiles (B) and one with straight lined missiles (A). You also have the option to have one player or two player on each of these difficulty settings. If you choose the guided missile option it is much easier to hit the oncoming targets, as you can glide from left to right and shoot them more easily. Meanwhile, with straight lined missiles, a bit more timing and skill is involved with hitting the enemies.

There are eight different waves of enemies that bombard you. Including radial tires, bow ties, steam irons, diamonds, hamburgers, cookies, bugs, and space dice. Each consecutive wave has its own style of attack. With this in mind you must adapt to the style of the specific enemy because it will mean the difference between losing a life or not getting hit at all. Each attacking wave scrolls off the screen. So keep in mind where you think they will reappear. This tactic will enable you to shoot them more quickly.

As your game play progresses, so will the skills of each enemy. So learning how they attack or their attack pattern style is imperative in scoring higher. When you’ve completed an entire wave you can take a short breath before the next wave begins as your energy bar counts up your bonus score for the remaining amount of energy left in reserve.

Your energy bar is at the bottom middle of the screen. As you exhaust your energy it will turn from yellow to red, indicating how much energy you have left before you lose a life. You can have a maximum of up to six lives in reserve and you will gain an extra life every 10,000 points. Your extra ships appear right below your energy meter, and below your reserve ships are your point totals.

**Tips Maxing the score in the game will take just over 1 hour. The max points that you can achieve is 999,999. By learning how to shoot and evade more efficiently you will survive much longer in the game.

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