All was going well for the mining community based in
the hollowed-out asteroid called Sury-Ani 7, until the
canisters of radioactive material used to fire their
nuclear generator began to leak. The pollution they
emitted forced the humans to abandon their mining project
and flee to other nearby asteroids, leaving Sury-Ani
7 to become barren heavenly body once again.
wanting to give up their good work without a fight,
the humans contacted Rent-a-Droid to hire a disposal
droid specifically to clear the radioactive mess and
make the place suitable for human habitation once more.
You play that very disposal droid, and to win the game
you must locate and dispose of the radioactive waste
in the lead-lined bins on the bottom level of the asteroid.
it's not a simple task and the mission is dogged with
problems. One of the biggest problems is that the fleeing
humans forgot to switch off their automatic defence
system and consequently the place is crawling with security
droids, out to destroy anything that moves. Any collisions
with them knock a chunk off your energy, shown as a
diminishing bar chart at the top of the screen. Luckily
the droid has been equipped with a powerful laser which
can destroy the nasties, but it runs on a power supply
that diminishes with each laser burst fired (although
it can be replenished by picking up batteries).
asteroid has eight levels, accessible only if the relevant
pass is in your possession. Problems arise in the process
of trying to get the relevant passes, and much picking
up and dropping of objects is required to enable the
droid to negotiate the various barriers and hazards
which have been left to stop intruders. On each level
there is a particularly unstable canister of radioactive
waste which should be disposed of first -- if they are
left too long they explode, successfully terminating
you and your game.
disposal droid transports itself around the flick screen
complex by means of lifts and tele-transporter systems.
If there are none in the immediate area then the droid
can rely on an in-built jet pack, although using it
eats away at the droid's energy (which can be replenished
by picking up the correct object).
visual display panel at the top of the screen allows
you to keep a check on the process your disposal droid
is making. The first window on the left shows which
object the droid is carrying and the second shows how
many back-up droids you have left (you start the game
with three). Other information displays show how much
time the droid has left before the canisters explode,
along with the thrust fuel and laser energy remaining
and your score.