Cosmic Ark [Model IA3204]
Emulated in MAME !
[CONSOLE] Atari 2600 Cart.
Cosmic Ark © 1982 Imagic.
Pilot the Cosmic Ark through dangerous territory. Destroy meteors that come too close. You score each time you eliminate a meteor. If you survive the meteor shower, launch a shuttleship to the surface of each planet. Try to capture 2 skittish beasties in your tractor beam in order to gain fuel and points. Be quick about it! Return to the Ark before it undergoes another meteor barrage. But be careful - automatic planetary defense systems attempt to disable the shuttleship, releasing your precious cargo before you can safely transport them to the Ark. Reach as many planets as your fuel reserves allow. Game ends when you've exhausted your store of fuel.
Features six game variations:
Game 1: Regular Cosmic Ark Mission
Game 2: Meteor Shower
Game 4: Advanced Cosmic Ark Mission
Game 5: Advanced Meteor Shower
Game 3: Regular Ark Mission
Game 6: Advanced Ark Mission
In 2-player games, one player battles meteor showers while the other controls the shuttleship.
There are two versions of Cosmic Ark. One version allows you to turn the starfield on and off by changing the 'TV Type' switch on the 2600. The other version has a permanent starfield that cannot be disabled.
Your score appears to the right in the box at the bottom centre of screen.
* Destroy a meteor: 10 points.
* Destroy a special wavering meteor: 30 points.
* Reach planet, capture both beasties and return to Cosmic Ark: 1000 points.
* Cosmic Ark will return to a planet's surface as long as a beastie remains.