Date of Release: 19th November 1986
Model Nr: BF-803
This Crystal screen version of Balloon Fight (BF-803) the gameplay is the same as the more common New Wide Screen (BF-107) with the only difference being the see-through screen. I find the New Wide Screen version easier. Anyway, here you control Balloon Man and the object is to collect balloons. Sounds easy enough if it wasn't for the fact that you have to control him by using an eject button to keep him from crashing into the sea. You also steer him left or right. You also have to watch out for the Sparks that are scattered around the screen. If you land on a blinking floor and press the warp button you will be warped to a bonus level. Once you have collected more than 25 balloons you will proceed to the next phase. Boss phase that appears at every 8 phases is a timer game where you have to capture Oiram Repus, the boss of the sky pirate. You do this by avoiding getting hit by the sparks that he throws. Every time you miss you loose 100 points and if you have less than that the game will end.
Highest possible score is 999. When the score reaches 300 any misses will be removed. If there are no misses then another Boss appears to help catching oil in his drum and oil caught from either Boss earns double score. This lasts for about 20 to 30 seconds.
Cheats and tricks:
Remember that the game only ends if you have 3 misses on either screen. If you are stuck, try to get the miss where you have the least misses recorded.
1 point for every drop caught. If you have one drop in the bucket and pour it into the drum, you score 1 point. If you have 2 drops you get 2 points, but if you have 3 drops, you score 5 points.
Upper screen you get a miss when you fail to catch an oil drop or when you try to catch an oil drop when the bucket is full. Lower screen you get a miss if you pour oil over the customers. When either upper or lower screen has 3 misses (shown by fire on the upper screen and by spilled buckets on the lower screen.), the game ends.
If you hold in Game A or Game B key the highest previous score will be displayed. If the unit is left as it is after game is over, time display will appear in about five minutes. A game is not interrupted even if TIME key or other game keys are depressed during game playing. Pressing ACL switch or removing batteries erases high score from memory.
Issue Differences (click to enlarge pictures)
The table will show how to tell the different Issues that were made:
The battery covers seem to have a number on the back, but they seem to vary a lot and I won't even speculate what the difference is.
Box Variations (Click to enlarge):