Congrats, Brett, for completing USA Zombie Apocalypse! I hope completing the game isn't too much a piece of a cake. Perhaps you may edit your above post and use the "Spoiler" feature of that forum so that other people will be surprised, too.
The game randomizes where the nuke pieces are... so you can get lucky and win without having cleared the entire country. From my testing, the first time I beat it was about 45 minutes into playing many rounds. Usually I wouldn't get much higher than 50 kills before I would run out of ammo. So it's kind of random... but I think still a rewarding kind of random since it requires skill and some strategy... unlike Spinball which is more of a mindless kind of random.
I'll edit the pic... I did take a picture of the score screen as well which you can tell I beat the game from the number of nukes collected.
Post by playvectrex on Oct 31, 2021 0:46:51 GMT -5
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Since I was asked this offline, I think it is only fair to share this here for all players. Here are some (strategic) hints regarding the Gyro* games:
Try to obtain weapon power-ups (double shot, laser) and possibly a shield power-up as quickly as possible.
Do not necessarily start at the default constellation (Ursa Major / Capricorn), but select a different one and try to figure out which constellations are the easy ones where power-ups can be easily obtained, and which are the hard ones. Tackle the latter once you have upgraded your ship.
At any time, you can switch between constellations by using the VIDE-escape (buttons 1 + 2). If your ship is in danger, abort the current level and go back to an easy constellation and collect life power-ups.
In combat, try to keep your ship moving at all times.
Cank up the brightness knob at the console back a bit so that you can see all the details at the Center of the screen in order to have a better 3d effect and spot enemies earlier.