Date of Release: 25th October (November) 1983
In Lifeboat a fire breaks out on a luxury passenger liner. Your mission is to try to rescue the passengers abandoning ship by placing a lifeboat below them. The lifeboat can hold up to 4 people, so you need to offload passengers all the time by pulling the lifeboat towards the shore so the passengers can get off. Can you save them?
Game B uses 1 Lifeboat in stead of 2 Lifeboats. The lifeboat in game B can be pulled back and forwards between screens. Game B is only for professional lifesavers.
Highest possible score is 999. When the score reaches 300 all misses are erased. If there are no misses scores are doubled until you get a miss.
Cheats and tricks:
Keep moving. There is always something to do. Try to keep the lifeboat as empty as possible as you never know when you need the space.
Score 1 point for every passenger that gets in the lifeboat and also 1 point for every passenger that arrives safely on the shore. (If a passenger arrives on shore at the same time a miss happens, no points are scored.)
When a passenger misses the lifeboat, he falls into the water and gets eaten by a shark. This is awarded by 1 miss. The same happens if the passenger tries to jump into a full (4 People max) lifeboat. With 3 misses (shown by 3 unhappy passengers in the upper right corner of the right screen), the game is over.
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 four 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):