Rescue on Fractalus

EASTER EGG: Typing “AUTHOR” on the selection screen shows “BY D.FOX L.CARPENTER C.KELLNER P.LANGSTON” (picture #1).

EASTER EGG: The writing on the alien’s suit is actually the initials of the programmers (picture #2), written sideways – “LC DF CK PL” (for Loren Carpenter, David Fox, Charlie Kellner, and Peter Langston).  This is also in the early prototype version. {Peter Langston}

A prototype version exists with the original name, Beyond Jaggi Lines (picture #3), which lacks some of the final touches that RoF has, such as the Lucasfilm Games splash screen (picture #6), the mothership intro (picture #7), the custom text font, and the stranded ‘ace’ pilots (picture #10).  At startup, it goes right to the level select screen instead of the launch bay, and you have the option to start at any level (from 1 to 99!) - RoF only allows you to start up to level 16; however, you can’t skip ahead levels after completing a mission – RoF allows you to skip up to 3.  Also, it refers to ‘systems’ as simply ‘engines’, the demo droids are numbered starting with #1 (picture #4); each time you run the demo, this number increases, instead of RoF’s random designations (picture #5).

2 versions exist.  The original (disk) version has a copyright date of 1985 (picture #8); the XE cart version has a copyright date of 1987 (picture #9). The XE version also has some extra sounds during the mothership intro sequence.

The 5200 version is different from the computer versions in that it lacks an animated intro of the mother ship, a high score screen, and a full custom text font.  See the 5200 RoF entry for more info.

Other early names for RoF were Star Mission and Rescue Mission.

In the higher levels, you’ll sometimes come across an ace pilot (picture #10), and usually near the end of a mission.  Although aliens are capable of impersonating ‘normal’ pilots, it’s unknown whether or not they can impersonate aces.

 

 

 


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