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FAQ/Walkthrough by Kalm Traveller

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 02/20/07

                          
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bit Generations: Orbital
Complete FAQ/Walkthrough
Matthew Wilson
email: kalmtraveller@googlemail.com


 O° Contents
 
  1.0 Introduction

  2.0 Gameplay
   2.1 Controls
   2.2 Celestial Bodies
   2.3 Playing Orbital

  3.0 Walkthrough
   3.1 Galaxy 1 - Saturn Galaxy
        Stage 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

   3.2 Galaxy 2 - Spiral Galaxy
        Stage 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10

   3.3 Galaxy 3 - Eclipse Galaxy
        Stage 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15

   3.4 Galaxy 4 - Trinary Star System Galaxy
        Stage 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20

   3.5 Galaxy 5 - Moon Galaxy
        Stage 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25

   3.6 Galaxy 6 - Earth Galaxy
        Stage 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30

   3.7 Extra Galaxy - Sphere Galaxy
        Extra 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

   3.8 Final Galaxy - Net Galaxy
        Final 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

  4.0 Secrets

  5.0 Frequently Asked Questions

  6.0 Information



  1.0 Introduction

What are the bit Generations games?
The bit Generations games are a series of titles, two series to be exact, made
for the GameBoy Advance. There are three titles in series 1 - Dotstream,
Boundish and Dialhex and four titles in series 2 - Coloris, Orbital, Digidrive
and Soundvoyager. The bit Generation games are supposed to be a graphically
simplistic yet addictive titles designed specifically to appeal to the
pick-up-and-play gamer. Having only been released in Japan as budget titles and
with no chance of them coming to America, Europe or anywhere else the only way
you'll get hold of these seven games is to import them.

What is Orbital?
As a lone body in a sea of stars it is your job in Orbital to go around the
Universe absorbing other stars into yourself, in order to grow big enough to
pull satellites into an orbit around you.

The terms and names I've used in this FAQ are made up by me. The only
information the game gives you is that the objects you absorb are stars and the
objects you pull into an orbit around you are satellites. I'm not even sure if
the body you play as is meant to be a star or a planet. I only call it a Planet
because it's orbited by satellites (whereas a star is only orbited by planets,
comets and the like). Of course, I don't know of any planets which are able to
absorb stars, but I feel calling it a Planet helps distinguish it from the
other objects in the game.


  2.0 Gameplay
   2.1 Controls

Menu controls:

D-pad: Move to select Galaxy/Stage
A Button: Press to enter Galaxy or begin Stage
B Button: Press to exit current Galaxy or exit back to the title screen

Stage controls:

A Button: Attract
B Button: Repel
Start: Pause/bring up option to retry or exit Stage
Select: Enter View Mode
D-pad: Used to move cursor when paused/used to move view-screen in View Mode or
when in orbit


   2.2 Celestial Bodies

Here is a description of all the objects that will appear within the play area:

Planet - this is the celestial body that you play as.

Stars - these are the objects that look similar to your Planet but can be many
different sizes and are also the objects that it is your job to collect, either
by absorbing them or getting them to orbit you. If they appear red then they
are too big to be absorbed and, if touched, will destroy you. If they appear
blue then they are small enough to be absorbed into your Planet but not small
enough to pull into an orbit around you. If they appear grey then the stars are
small enough to be absorbed and also small enough to orbit your Planet. Stars
can be stationary, orbiting other stars or travelling in a fixed direction
through the play area.

Special Star - this looks similar to a normal star except it appears yellow.
This star is the last thing you must pull into an orbit around you and once you
have the Stage will end. You cannot absorb this star into your Planet and if
you touch it your Planet will be destroyed.

Crescent Moon - this is a yellow crescent shaped moon and only appears once you
become big enough to pull the Special Star into your orbit. Only one exists in
each Stage and if you are able to collect every Crescent Moon in the game a new
Galaxy will be unlocked.

Space Debris - these can be small or large clusters of red debris, normally
composed of cubes or spheres. You cannot absorb these or pull them into an
orbit around your Planet. If you hit them you will be destroyed.


Both your Planet and all types of stars will look similar to this:

       ____
     /      \
   /    __    \----Orbit Field
  |   /    \   |
  |   \ __ /---|---Central Mass
   \          /
     \ ____ /


Sometimes the Special Star or your Planet will have more than one orbit field
(or none at all) but they act no differently than if they only had a single
orbit field.


   2.3 Playing Orbital

O° Floating through space

From the description of the controls you can see that there are only two
buttons used in controlling your movements in the game. When the A button is
pressed your Planet glows red and it becomes attracted to stars in the play
area, when the B button is pressed your Planet is repelled by stars in the play
area. 

O° Absorbing and growing

Your goal is to absorb enough blue and grey stars to enable you to pull the
final Special Star into an orbit around you, thus completing the Stage. To
begin with move your Planet around the Stage absorbing the initial blue stars
that are available. To absorb a star you must touch the central mass of the
blue star with the central mass of your Planet, if you simply pass your orbit
field over a blue star it won't be affected. As you absorb blue stars you will
gradually become bigger which will turn previously red stars blue, allowing you
to absorb them as well. If you become larger blue stars may also turn grey, at
this point you can either absorb them or pull them into an orbit around you.

O° Obtaining satellites

In order to create a satellite you must pull an object into an orbit around
your Planet. To do this you must pass your orbit field over the the orbit field
of another object without touching the central mass of the object with the
central mass of your Planet. The only objects that can become satellites are -
grey stars, the Crescent Moon and the Special Star. For each satellite that you
end the level with you will gain an extra life.

O° Absorbing vs. collecting

Whether you choose to absorb a star or collect it as a satellite depends on
your playing style and the Stage itself. Sometimes it can be better to remain
small, allowing you to move through gaps more easily. However, the bigger your
Planet becomes the bigger your orbit field becomes and with a bigger orbit
field it becomes easier to collect the Special Star and end the Stage. It can
also be useful to gain as many satellites as possible in order to gain a large
amount of extra lives. However you choose to play a Stage there will always be
enough stars to complete it (even if you collect every grey Star as a satellite
there will still be enough extra stars to become large enough to pick up the
Special Star).

O° Orbiting stars

If you travel into the orbit field of a red star it is possible to be pulled
into the orbit of the star causing you to circle around the star until you
choose to leave. Sometimes you will pass through an orbit field but not be
pulled into the orbit of a star. The closer you are to naturally following the
star's orbit, the more likely it is that you'll be pulled into an orbit. You'll
know when you've been pulled into an orbit because a distinct chime will sound.
It's useful to move into the orbit of a star if that star is being orbited
already by blue or grey stars. If you move into the orbit of a star you can
more effectively control your relative position to the star you want to absorb
or collect. This makes gaining stars as satellites much easier. Note that if
the star you are trying to obtain is moving at a similar speed to your own
Planet but is on the opposite side of the star you're orbiting you can move
closer to the central mass in order to orbit the star more quickly (and catch
up to the star you're trying to collect) or move further away from the central
mass in order to slow down your orbit (and wait for the star to catch up to
you). When you want to leave the orbit simply move outside the outer edge of
the star's orbit field and you will break free quite easily. Note that, when
orbiting a Star, you can hold A as much as you wish and you will never collide
into the central mass.

O° Unconnected orbit

Something which I will refer to a lot in the walkthrough section is an
unconnected orbit. This is a method whereby you circle around a star, following
it's orbit exactly, but without actually being connected to the star's orbit
field. This is something which is quite easy to do since it simply involves
tapping the A button slowly in order to adjust your direction to follow the
orbit of the star. The bigger the star the more slowly you tap the A button to
follow it's orbit.

O° Life and death

You begin each new Stage with five lives, these are shown in the top right of
the screen. Every time you crash into an object which you cannot absorb you
will lose one life. You will continue from where you crashed and you will begin
travelling in the opposite direction to which you hit the object. The only
object you can hit without losing a life is the Crescent Moon. However, in
hitting the Crescent Moon you will knock it out of the play area and you will
not be able to obtain it without restarting that particular Stage. If, after
losing a life, the direction you're moving in will cause you to IMMEDIATELY
crash into another object then you will remain invincible until you pass
through that particular object. Unfortunately this only occurs if the object
you will be thrown into is extremely close to where you crashed into the
previous object. More often than not you will simply be thrown straight into
another object only to lose another life. Be careful not to crash in a crowded
area.

O° The Galaxy is a sphere

The play area is actually connected at each side. If you drift off the eastern
edge then you'll eventually start drifting back into the play area from the
western edge. Although each play area is a different size, more often than not,
if you miss an object you're trying to collect by a tiny margin and you're
travelling directly north/south or east/west it's easier to just wait until you
eventually come back around to the object again from the same direction you
initially approached it from (you head north towards an object, miss it and
then wait until you eventually start heading north towards it again).

O° Take in the scenery

In the walkthrough section I'll sometimes mention areas and directions to
objects which you may not entirely be able to see yet. Sometimes, by the time
you are able to see them, it may be too late to perform the actions I describe.
It's always a good idea to press Select at the start of the Stage, or
immediately after getting into an orbit around a star or collecting a blue
star, in order to clearly see where you should be heading next. It's always a
good idea to get a clear map worked out in your head as to what the level
design of each Stage is like.


  3.0 Walkthrough

You may be wondering why I have written a full walkthrough for Orbital. Surely
the point of the game is to sit back, relax and to simply float around the
Stages picking up whatever you happen to come across? Of course, that is one
way to play the game and perhaps the most enjoyable. However, I have found
that, on the majority of levels, the most difficult part is absorbing the
initial few blue stars because after you've done this you're usually big enough
to go out and pick up everything else that remains in the level. Therefore this
walkthrough really concentrates on the quickest and possibly easiest method for
picking up your first one or two stars. If you're able to absorb your first one
or two stars without losing any lives then it gives you the freedom to fully
explore the rest of the Stage without the fear that you'll get a Game Over. For
each Stage in the game I've given my own difficulty rating (out of five stars)
which takes into consideration the whole Stage, including collecting the
Crescent Moon. I've also included my best score and my best time for each
level. I've not actively gone out and tried to obtain the best scores and times
for each Stage, these are simply the kinds of scores and times you should be
looking to get if you follow the directions in my walkthrough.

   3.1 Galaxy 1 - Saturn Galaxy

O° Stage 1

Difficulty: *½
Best Points: 9880
Best Time: 1:02

 If it's the first time you're playing the game select the only Galaxy
available to you and Stage 1 will begin. As soon as you begin immediately press
A to attract you into the orbit of the nearest star. At this point you can
absorb the blue star that is orbiting it by adjusting your position within the
orbit with A and B. Get to the very edge of the orbit field and (assuming
you're going anti-clockwise) as you swing around the bottom of the star press B
to be released from the orbit (you should release your Planet from the Star at
exactly it's south pole) and you should head towards the red star to the east.
Move into the orbit field and absorb the grey and blue stars orbiting the star
(getting closer to the star's central mass in order to catch up to any stars
you're far away from) and you should be big enough to absorb the large blue
star orbiting the star to the east. Head over to the star and absorb it. If you
want to get the grey star to the right as a satellite just move to the outer
edge of the orbit field, since you're big enough to reach it. At this point
you're big enough to complete the Stage so you can head straight back to the
star to the west and then head straight down to pick up the Special Star or, if
you want to pick up the Crescent Moon you can head straight up and then pick up
the Special Star as you come up from underneath it.

O° Stage 2

Difficulty: *
Best Points: 15040
Best Time: 1:06

 As the Stage begins, don't press anything. You'll eventually float up and
absorb a small blue star. Now you can see that there is a larger blue star to
the northwest of you, so slowly tap A (and B if you need to) to reach and
absorb it. Now the next biggest star has become available so continue to tap A
and B to absorb that star. At this point you're big enough to absorb all of the
stars surrounding the central red star so you can go around collecting them as
satellites or absorbing them if you wish. Note that for this whole Stage you'll
be in a disconnected orbit from the central star, making this Stage much easier
than the first. At this point you can continue to orbit the central star until
you catch up to and pull in the Special Star or you can head south from the
central star (it's quite easy to control your Planet at this point) to pick up
the Crescent Moon. Eventually you'll come back round and approach the central
star from the north. You'll probably be approaching the central star on the
right if you've gone down to collect the Crescent Moon, meaning you'll be
heading clockwise around the central star now, making it much easier to collect
the Special Star. You can get a good 10 extra lives from this level,
considering the number of satellite stars available to you.

O° Stage 3

Difficulty: *
Best Points: 11900
Best Time: 1:00

 As you start the Stage you'll be heading near a red star with a blue star to
it's northeast. Wait for a second and then hold down A and you should swing up
and around the red star and absorb the blue star. If you mess up at this point
just restart the Stage, you won't need the lives at this point. You'll then
head up to another red star so try to get into it's orbit field. You should
collect two grey Stars as satellites if you travel around this star. You should
also notice a blue star down to the south so head towards it. If you miss the
blue star then don't worry since there is another blue star orbiting a red star
just below it. Try to head down and pick this one up if you missed the previous
blue star. At this point you're big enough to pick up the Special Star which is
just to the north of the star you're orbiting. If you want to get the Crescent
Moon head east from the star you're orbiting and you should easily be able to
pick it up at the speed you're travelling. Now continue heading east until you
eventually come back towards the Special Star, perhaps picking up a few
satellites along the way.

O° Stage 4

Difficulty: **
Best Points: 7490
Best Time: 0:51

 You begin the Stage by being pulled into the orbit field of a star. Wait here
until you see a red star following by a line of blue stars come towards the
star you're orbiting. Now, just as it passes the star, you should be heading
round towards it (assuming you've not pushed any buttons yet). At this point
you should push B so that you fly off the star so that you are exactly parallel
to the line of stars moving past you. You should fly right through the line of
blue stars absorbing at least one of them and you should end up collecting the
larger blue star which acts as the tail of the line of stars. You can correct
your line by pushing A or, if you initially miss the line of stars or miss the
larger star at the tail, you can just keep retrying the level until you manage
it. Having collected the tail star you're now big enough to end the Stage,
unfortunately the Special Star is the head of the line of stars you just
collected and the Crescent Moon is at the very tail of the line of stars. What
you need to do is, as you collect the tail star press A and you should be
pulled round and start travelling west underneath the star to the left of the
star you began the Stage on. Now all you have to do is continue to travel west,
adjusting your line with A and B as you pass each red star (you'll notice that
all the red stars are in a direct line running east-west). If you continue to
head west you'll eventually get an opportunity to move towards the Crescent
Moon or Special Star. Quite a short Stage, but tricky.

O° Stage 5

Difficulty: *
Best Points: 9590
Best Time: 1:01

 You begin the Stage travelling to the right of a vertical zig-zag of red
stars. Each of the stars that are slightly to the right have a blue star on the
very eastern part of the orbit field and the stars to the left have a blue star
on the western edge. Begin by slowly adjusting your position so that you are
travelling up the right edge of the red stars, absorbing one of the blue stars
but WITHOUT travelling into the orbit field of the red stars. Once you have
done this you can continue to either absorb the now grey stars or collect them
as satellites. Whether you decide to go after the grey stars or not you should
eventually hold down B to propel yourself away from the line of stars until you
reach the western side of the stars (it's much safer to go through the empty
space to get to the left side than to go through the orbit fields). Keep
holding B and you should start travelling up (or down) the edge of the stars
again. Now you can either absorb the grey stars or collect them as satellites
but what you're looking for is the bigger blue star which will get you big
enough to complete the Stage once absorbed. After you have absorbed it, if
you're looking to get the Crescent Moon then hold down B again to get on the
eastern side of the line of stars. If you can try to travel downwards past the
stars. Stay close to the stars and wait until you can see the Crescent Moon in
between two stars. What you need to do is touch and get into the orbit field of
the star above the Crescent Moon and then, as soon as you do, press down B so
that you immediately break free. If you timed it right then you should pick up
the Crescent Moon and shoot out away from the red stars. Now all that's left is
to collect the Special Star. This is quite easy to see and quite easy to
collect. Simply press B when you see the Special Star (you should be travelling
down the right side of the stars) and then adjust with A when you get close to 
it.


   3.2 Galaxy 2 - Spiral Galaxy

O° Stage 6

Difficulty: **
Best Points: 7190
Best Time: 1:01

 Wait for a second and then gently press B in order to absorb the blue star
right in front of you. If you managed to do that then numerous larger blue
stars become available. Now press B and then A in order to swing around the
lower, larger star absorbing the lower blue star. Immediately hold down A and
keep holding it. You should swing right around the larger red star and as you
come over the top of it the smaller star will start pulling you towards it but
simply keep holding A. Eventually you should come back towards the larger red
star and get into it's orbit field. Travel around the orbit field until you are
able to leave it on the western side, absorbing the other blue star in the
process. Keep heading in a southwestern direction and, when you see another
large red star, start pressing B and then A so that you travel underneath it.
As you pass over the red star with no orbit field (this will become the Special
Star) hold A to swing south and head towards the large blue star. Once you have
absorbed it and you see a large star on your right side hold A to pull you
south again. Once you're travelling in a general southeastern direction release
the A button and you should now see both the Crescent Moon and the Special
Star. Pick up the Crescent Moon and continue heading south. At this point you
might be able to avoid the red star to your south or you may collide with it.
If you pass the Star continue heading south until you're able to come by the
Special Star again. If you collide with the star it should hopefully shoot you
back north in which case you should be able to pick up the Special Star on your
way north.

O° Stage 7

Difficulty: *
Best Points: 6360
Best Time: 2:44

 You begin the Stage in the orbit of a Star again. This star is actually moving
through the level so as soon as you reach the southern part of the orbit field
press B to break free and head towards the star to the east (with the blue
stars orbiting it). Absorb the blue stars (or just one if you wish) and as you
head up to the northern part of the orbit field press B to break free, making
sure to head in a northwestern direction. You'll want to make sure you do this
quickly - before the moving star travels up and blocks your path. Now get into
the orbit field of the star to the northwest and absorb one or both of the blue
stars. At this point the moving star should be travelling past the star you are
orbiting (if not then wait for it) so release yourself from the orbit of the
star and carefully move into the orbit field of the moving star. Absorb the
blue star and you'll now be able to finish the Stage. Since you're still on the
moving star you're probably wondering where the Crescent Moon is. It's actually
moving in the same direction as the star you're on but it's a little way north.
Therefore break free from the orbit heading north and it should be quite easy
to pick up the Crescent Moon. Now you can continue heading north, using the
stars on either side of you to maintain a steady direction. Eventually you'll
pass the Special Star and should easily pick it up.

O° Stage 8

Difficulty: **
Best Points: 6000
Best Time: 2:40

 You start the Stage heading towards a huge red star. As you pass into it's
orbit field adjust your position by pressing B so that you start orbiting it
properly (rather than just travelling through the orbit field). As you pass
around the star you'll have to move closer and further away from the main core
of the star you're orbiting in order to avoid the other stars also orbiting it.
What you're aiming for is the lone blue star orbiting the smaller red star
which is orbiting the main star. Remember to move closer to the main core of
the star in order to catch up to the star you're aiming for (just be careful of
the small red star travelling close to the main core in the opposite direction
to you). Once you have absorbed the lone blue star the red star I just
mentioned (the one close to the main core of the main star) will turn blue so
move in and absorb that star as well. Keep moving around the main star (stay in
close to the core) and you should eventually catch up to a larger blue star on
the very edge of the orbit field (you should also pick up a couple of stars as
satellites along the way). Once you have this star the Crescent Moon should
appear to the north of the main star so go around and try to pick it up as you
leave the main star to the north. If you're trying to pick up the Crescent Moon
it's better to be too far over to the West than leave too early and knock the
Crescent Moon out of the play area. The easiest way to pick up the Special Star
now is wait until you reach the main star again and then travel around the star
in an unconnected orbit. It's much easier to make adjustments to your position
like this than to re-enter the orbit field of the main star and then trying to
fly out towards the Special Star.

O° Stage 9

Difficulty: **
Best Points: 7920
Best Time: 1:08

 Again you'll start off in the orbit field of a star and you'll also notice
that this is the first Stage which contains space debris so make sure to avoid
this! The best way to start this Stage is to already hold down B as the Stage
starts and you should head straight north. Now use A and B to head up the line
of stars and absorb the blue star at the top. Quickly hold A to swing around
the red star below you and move down the left hand side to absorb the blue star
to the very left. You'll notice that the star right next to the one you just
absorbed will turn blue as well. So continue heading south, making sure to
avoid the debris which will be coming very close to you, and eventually you
pass this blue star again only this time you can absorb it. Now that you're big
enough to complete the Stage you can either absorb more blue stars to make
picking up the Crescent Moon (Which should be directly to the left of you) and
the Special Star easier or you can simply head straight for them. Note that the
Special Star is directly south of where you just picked up the last blue star
and you'll probably heading straight towards it, so be careful. Also note that
if you end up picking up EVERY star in the Stage (which you can do) you'll have
nothing left to attract yourself to/repel against, leaving yourself at the
mercy of Gods.

O° Stage 10

Difficulty: **½
Best Points: 10200
Best Time: 2:10

 Yet again you'll start off in the orbit field of a star. This time it is huge
and surrounded by three debris clouds. The blue stars you have to collect
initially are rather awkwardly place on the outside edge of these debris
clouds. Like in the last Stage begin this one with your finger already holding
down the B button. Now almost as soon as you leave the orbit field make sure to
hold down A so that you start moving towards the blue star to your left. You
CAN absorb this star by following these directions but it may take a couple of
attempts. As soon as you have absorbed the star either let go of the A button
if you're travelling directly west or adjust your direction so that you move
west. Eventually you'll come back around to the debris cloud you just passed
and, assuming you're far enough south when you meet up with it again, you can
absorb the blue star which is the next size up. Now that you've done this
you'll pass in between the main star (on your right) and a smaller star (on
your left). At this point you can't really do anything since the both seem to
interfere with your direction so continue heading southwest. Eventually you'll
start coming down the east side of the main star, at which point you can start
heading round the south side in an unconnected orbit absorbing another of the
blue stars in the process. Now you're big enough to absorb the largest of the
blue stars near the debris cloud so continue west, passing under the smaller
star, until you reach the main star again. On your way pass the main star
absorb the final blue star and continue heading west. Now you're big enough to
collect the Crescent Moon which is in the orbit field of the main star so when
you finally meet up with the main star again head into the orbit field, staying
near the outer edge, so that you can collect the Crescent Moon as it heads past
you. You've probably seen that the Special Star is currently orbiting the
smaller star to the side of the main star so head out of the orbit field to the
east and, if you're unable to pick up the Special Star straight away, head into
the orbit field of the star so that you're travelling around it in the same
direction as the Special Star. If you press A until you're as close to the main
core as possible you'll eventually catch up to the Special Star. In order to
collect it as a satellite simply wait until your orbit field overlaps the
Special Star slightly and then simply press B. The Special Star should
immediately latch onto your Planet.


   3.3 Galaxy 3 - Eclipse Galaxy

O° Stage 11

Difficulty: **½
Best Points: 9290
Best Time: 1:11

 From the start hold down B so that you immediately leave the star that you
start the Stage orbiting. As you head towards the star to the east press A to
get into an orbit around the star. After absorbing both blue stars continue
until you are starting to move west and then release your Planet from the orbit
so that you start heading in a southwest-west direction. You want to get into
an orbit around the large star to your west but there are two large debris
clouds also orbiting the star and they are travelling in the opposite direction
to the direction you would be travelling in if you went straight into the orbit
field at this point. So, instead of heading towards the star, when you get near
press B to deflect your plant down in a south-southwest direction so that you
head straight down and start approaching the SAME star from the north. However,
this time you'll be heading down the west side of star. Now you can press A to
go into the orbit of the star and you'll be travelling in an anti-clockwise
direction - the same direction as the space debris. When you get into an orbit
around the star you'll notice very quickly that the debris is travelling faster
than you are, therefore you should be ready to very gently leave the orbit
field but to continue in an unconnected orbit around the star if the debris
comes too close. You only need to absorb one of the blue stars in the orbit
field of this star so as soon as you have, gently leave the orbit field but
continue to travel in an unconnected orbit until you reach the eastern part of
the star at which point you should start to head northeast. Now, unfortunately
both the Crescent Moon and the Special Star are orbiting the lower star here
but in opposite directions. If you can travel around the star in an unconnected
orbit in the SAME direction as the Special Star you'll find it much easier to
collect the Crescent Moon since the Special Star won't be rushing past you
constantly.

O° Stage 12

Difficulty: **
Best Points: 11700
Best Time: 1:00

 You begin the Stage heading south with a huge line of spinning stars to your
left. Tentatively move towards the spinning stars by pressing A and you should
hopefully be aiming to absorb the blue star directly to the east. If you manage
to absorb this or any of the other blue stars then the two red stars on the end
of the line of spinning stars should turn blue. You should immediately absorb
one or both of these without actually doing anything (Since the stars will spin
straight into your Planet). At this point the next stars in the line should
turn blue so continue to move around the central star in an unconnected orbit
but slowly moving inwards to absorb each star in the line. Once you have
absorbed all of the stars in the line the central star will become the Special
Star. At this point try to head North until you pass a large red star and start
approaching the western side of the Special Star. The Crescent Moon is to the
southwest of the Special Star so you should be able to easily pick this up.
From here go on to collect the Special Star using the remain red star as a
guide if needs be.


O° Stage 13

Difficulty: *
Best Points: 8960
Best Time: 0:34

 You being the Stage heading south, to the east of a small red star.
Immediately press A to pull yourself round the star and let go when you start
heading southwest. You should head towards a large star with a lot of bodies
speeding around the orbit field. You should be travelling fast enough to head
into the orbit field and absorb the blue star at the back of the line of
objects. Immediately hold A to be drawn towards the central mass of the star.
Now, as you approach the larger blue star be ready to hold B to both absorb the
blue star and then immediately leave the orbit field of the star. If you do
this properly you should become large enough to make the Crescent Moon appear
and to just miss it as you pass out of the star's orbit. You'll head south past
the small red star before coming back to the larger star. Continue around the
star in an unconnected orbit in order to pick up the Crescent Moon and then
continue even further to collect the Special Star.


O° Stage 14

Difficulty: *½
Best Points: 9170
Best Time: 3:33

 As you start the Stage you'll be heading south towards the orbit field of a
large star. If you tap B you should avoid this star and head into the star to
the southwest. As you absorb both of the blue stars here notice that there are
four stars in a cross shape. After absorbing the blue stars and as you approach
the eastern edge of the orbit field release yourself but NOT so that you
collect the blue star, instead you should head up into the orbit field of the
northern star. Circle this star and as you head south release yourself from the
orbit, this time absorbing the blue star. As you head into the orbit field of
the southern star you should see the red star orbiting it turn blue. From here
you can head directly south-southwest to a small star which has the Crescent
Moon around it. However it's much safer to head directly south, get into an
orbit around the eastern star of the cross and then head north to the Crescent
Moon from there. Finally head to the northern star in the cross and pick up the
Special Star. You can approach the Special Star from behind if you wish (if
you're travelling clockwise), you shouldn't be travelling fast enough to crash
into it.


O° Stage 15

Difficulty: **
Best Points: 9490
Best Time: 1:11

 Spooky... This Stage consists of one huge central star being orbited by four
other stars - two large, two small. Initially you want to tap B to avoid the
larger star and then press A to move in so that you can get into an orbit
around one of the smaller orbiting stars. This star will have a blue star
orbiting it, which you should absorb. Now you can disconnect yourself from this
orbit and continue around the group of stars in an unconnected orbit until you
can enter the orbit field of one of the larger orbiting stars. Once in an orbit
hold A to move directly against the central mass of the star. Eventually you
should absorb one of the blue stars orbiting the central huge star. Once you
have done this, and when you have an opportunity, move to the outer part of the
orbit field so that you can absorb the blue star orbiting this star. Once you
have this break away from the large star's orbit and continue around the huge
central star until you reach the northern area, at which point you should move
closer towards the central star's orbit field in order to collect the Crescent
Moon, although you should try not to enter the orbit field itself (you can
always leave again quickly if you do by accident). Keep heading around the
central star in an unconnected orbit until you get an opportunity to collect
the Special Star. It's not too difficult, just be patient.


   3.4 Galaxy 4 - Trinary Star System Galaxy

O° Stage 16

Difficulty: *
Best Points: 9500
Best Time: 0:30

 In order to understand how to approach this Stage I will give a brief
explanation of the layout of the play area. The objects in the level are in two
rows, the type of object in each row alternates between a red star and ring of
space debris and each column consists of two objects, one of each kind. In
between the rows are the blue stars so in order to absorb them all you must zig
zag your way through the middle of the rows. You begin floating to the right,
heading between the two rows. You should begin by lightly tapping A in order to
center yourself between the rows and to ensure you are travelling almost
directly east. If you find it easier you might want to deliberately miss
absorbing the first blue star, simply making sure you are travelling in a
straight line east. As you move further you should only adjust your position
using the A and B buttons when you are passing close to a red star. This is why
you should try and maintain as steady a line as possible to begin with. You
only need to absorb one of the small blue stars (there are three of them)
before you reach a larger blue star. You will then come across another of the
small blue stars (now grey). Just as you reach this star you should immediately
hold down B to push you in a northeastern direction. What you're aiming for is
the Crescent Moon directly north of the next red star. If you're travelling
approximately northeast then you will only need to make a minor adjustment
using the A button to pick it up. Once you have obtained the Crescent Moon hold
down A to swing down the eastern side of the star and you should be able to
pick up the Special Star to your right.


O° Stage 17

Difficulty: *
Best Points: 9980
Best Time: 3:02

 You begin the Stage in the orbit of a large star. As you approach the
northeast of the star hold B to exit the orbit field and you should see two
small blue stars heading to the northwest. These stars are actually the first
two stars in a long line of stars which curve around and over the top of
another large star and then back down the right hand side of the star you began
orbiting. It's incredibly easy to follow this line of star and you should
remember that you only need to absorb one of each size of star in order to get
big enough to end the Stage. However, you should absorb both of the two largest
blue stars since it makes obtaining the Crescent Moon far easier. Once you are
large enough head directly north to the top red star and you should see the
Crescent Moon in the northern part of the orbit field. If you obtained both of
the largest blue stars then it should be easy enough to collect the Crescent
Moon simply by going into the orbit field fractionally. If you're still having
trouble then there is one final huge blue star to the northeast of the Crescent
Moon which will make you even larger. Finally, after collecting the Crescent
Moon head around to the south of the red star and head directly west (or east)
to collect the Special Star.


O° Stage 18

Difficulty: *
Best Points: 8880
Best Time: 0:42

 If you orbit the star you begin on once you will see the first blue star in
the bottom right of the screen. As you head around the south side of the star
again leave to the east and then adjust with the A and B buttons so that you
absorb this blue star. You'll see that the two red stars above you will now
turn blue, so continue east, swing around the red star to the right so that
you're heading west now and pick up one of the blue stars (preferably the top
one). As you pass north over the large star you should hold B for a while so
that you're heading southwest and you should be able to collect the Crescent
Moon as you pass. If you knock the Crescent Moon away then it takes almost no
time to redo the Stage from the start. After collecting the Crescent Moon you
can see that the Special Star is just to your left. It's quite easy to circle
around the star now in order to collect it.


O° Stage 19

Difficulty: ***
Best Points: 7210
Best Time: 1:59

 Pretty. This is one of the more tricky opening maneuvers. As you travel down
towards the large red star you shouldn't press anything in order to pass over
the top of the star. Another large red star will swing up to meet you. What you
have to do is absorb the tiny blue star within the orbit field and then quickly
leave again. Not at all easy. What you should do is wait until the very last
second before holding down B. You should swing up, absorb the blue star and
leave in one simple movement. You'll probably be floating off into space now
but you'll eventually meet up with the cluster of three rotating stars. You
should now be able to see the next star you're aiming for. My advice would be
to circle the three stars in an unconnected orbit and then make a break for the
next biggest blue star. You'll almost certainly crash into the central debris
cloud after absorbing the star but you'll be flung out into space again where
you can meet back up with star cluster. If you manage to get in and out without
being destroyed then that's all the better. Now you'll be in a position to
absorb the largest of the blue stars which is far easier. Simply move around
the outside of the three stars and move into one of the orbit fields in time to
pick up the blue star. Quickly exit and continue around the three stars in an
unconnected orbit until you come across the Crescent Moon. Pick this up when
you have the chance and then head around the three stars until you're heading
either south, down the western side or west, along the southern side. You
should now release the A button and move towards the Special Star which is
fairly easy to pick up at the size you are now.


O° Stage 20

Difficulty: ***½
Best Points: 8520
Best Time: 0:38

 As you should see when you start the level the blue stars in this level are
floating around aimlessly. If you don't want to float around everywhere trying
to absorb one then you should stay where you are. As soon as you face exactly
west of the star you head near press B until you are right at the edge of the
orbit field (your central mass should just be touching the edge of the orbit
field). Another blue star should head up towards you and, if you judged the
maneuver exactly right, you will absorb it. Wait where you are and when you
come back around to the south again leave directly west from the bottom and you
should run into a larger blue star. If you have any problems with these
directions they you may just have to hang around stars waiting for a chance for
a blue star to appear. Even if you manage to follow my directions exactly
you'll have to find your way to the Crescent Moon and Special Star by yourself.
The way you attract/repel your Planet in this stage is very erratic so my
advice would by to try and travel straight north/south or east/west and then
only use the A button to correct your line when you are CLOSE to one of the
large red stars. Try not to use the B button at all since it can throw you
somewhere where you don't wish to go.


   3.5 Galaxy 5 - Moon Galaxy

O° Stage 21

Difficulty: *½
Best Points: 9470
Best Time: 1:23

 You begin the Stage heading towards the orbit field of a red star so begin the
Stage by holding B so that you're pushed up the western side of the star,
heading north. Press A so that you move into the orbit field of the star to the
north, making sure you move clockwise around it. Once you have absorbed the
blue star release yourself from the orbit so that you head directly south. You
can adjust your direction slightly using A and B and quite quickly you'll see a
blue star to your south that you are aiming for. Once you have absorbed the
blue star continue south and you'll eventually come across another blue star
which you should also absorb. You should see that the Crescent Moon has now
appeared to the northwest so head east and into the orbit field of the large
red star. This gives you a better platform to shoot off from and towards the
Crescent Moon. So release yourself from the orbit of the star as you come
around to the north (this is better to do if you are orbiting in an
anti-clockwise direction) and head directly west to pick up the Crescent Moon.
Keep heading west until you reach the star that you just left and get back into
it's orbit. Now you should head directly north from the star in order to
collect the Special Star. If you're not close to the Special Star as you
approach you can always get into the orbit field of the star to the right and
then more accurately release yourself from there.


O° Stage 22

Difficulty: ***
Best Points: 7450
Best Time: 0:25

 As you head towards the star press A and then B so that you begin heading
directly north, between the two pieces of space debris to the north (restart
the Stage if you crash). As you pass through the middle of the space debris
absorb the blue star and continue directly north, adjusting your direction if
necessary. You'll head through another section of debris, absorbing a larger
blue star as you do. Keep heading north and you'll move through a final lot of
debris picking up the largest blue star in the Stage. At this point you'll be
heading directly north and, if you want to finish the level at this point, keep
heading north to reach the Special Star which is orbiting the red star to the
north. However, if you wish to pick up the Crescent Moon you should wait until
you're past the space debris at which point you should start pressing B so that
you can curve around the star and head around it in an unconnected orbit until
you can head directly north. Now you have to pass through the entire Stage
again, moving between all three debris sections. However, this time your Planet
is far bigger, making this a difficult maneuver. If it feels easier then pass
to the side of the debris, rather than between the two pieces. Eventually
you'll have to move into the center area in order to move through the middle of
the third debris section. This is where you will pick up the Crescent Moon. If
you you crash whilst trying to move through this last debris section it doesn't
matter as long as you pick up the Crescent Moon. You can always make your way
north again in order to pick up the Special Star. This Stage would be a one
star in difficulty if it weren't for the Crescent Moon.


O° Stage 23

Difficulty: ***
Best Points: 6910
Best Time: 1:39

 You'll see that the stars in this Stage are constantly moving, this makes for
some tricky direction. What you should try and do is almost immediately release
yourself from the orbit you start in so that you head southeast, directly into
the blue star. If you managed to absorb it then continue southeast so that you
can absorb the larger blue star. Once you have this you have to get back to the
star you started on. Note that the two large red stars in this level are
travelling together, parallel to one another. When you manage to find one of
the large stars again you should easily be able to get back to the star on the
left (it's more to the northwest-west of the other star) and get into it's
orbit field. Treat the two stars as if they were one giant star and you should
see that it's simple to travel around them both. Once you're in the orbit field
of the left star hold down A in order to catch up to the blue star. Once
absorbed press B to move to the very edge of the orbit field and pick up the
Crescent Moon. Now you need to get to the large star on the right, so leave the
orbit field when there's a gap in the debris to either side of the stars and
head in an unconnected orbit around the star until you pick up the Special 
Star.


O° Stage 24

Difficulty: *½
Best Points: 9900
Best Time: 1:00

 Earth! You start in the orbit of a huge star. A little way out from this star
are three lines of stars which are in a large circle around the central star.
There are also two huge stars, surrounded by debris, floating around the Stage.
If you follow my directions exactly you should never run into one of these - in
fact, you should be large to end the Stage in around 20 seconds. You should
immediately hold B to get to the edge of the orbit field and then break free so
that you head towards the blue star to the left. Absorb this star and then hold
A so that you swing down and around the red stars which line up below the star
you just absorbed. As you pass underneath this line of stars be ready to head
in (using the A button) so that you can absorb the blue star at the very end of
the line of stars. Continue around (you should see that you're heading in an
unconnected orbit around the center star but you're outside the three lines of
stars which surround the center star) and as you pass up to the east of the
next line of stars, be ready to absorb the blue star at the top of this line.
Finally continue around in this unconnected orbit and you'll see that the final
line or stars you're coming to are all able to be absorbed so absorb the only
blue star in this line and you'll be large enough now to end the Stage. You
should see that the Crescent Moon is to west of the central star and that the
Special Star is actually orbiting the central star. You should find it quite
easy to make your way to both of these objects, assuming that you're able to
avoid the large debris stars.


O° Stage 25

Difficulty: **
Best Points: 10530
Best Time: 1:37

 At the start of the Stage don't press anything and allow yourself to to pass
by the star to your east. You'll come towards a gigantic star to your north.
Start heading around it (to the west) in an unconnected orbit. As you come up
to the north of the star a smaller red star, travelling exactly on the edge of
the gigantic star's orbit field and in an anti-clockwise direction should come
round to meet you. Head into the orbit field of this star and absorb the blue
star here. You must do this quickly because a huge piece of debris is heading
towards the star you're orbiting. Break free from the orbit of the star so that
you start moving around the gigantic central star in a clockwise direction. You
want to get into the orbit field of the gigantic star so that you can absorb a
blue star travelling anti-clockwise around the central star. However, there is
a lot of debris also moving around the orbit field so try to enter only when
you're very close to the blue star and you have an opportunity to do so safely.
Once this star is absorbed move to the outer edge of the orbit field and absorb
another blue star moving anti-clockwise around the central star. Once you have
this immediately release yourself from the orbit field of the star. In order to
obtain the Crescent Moon you want to head back to the the large star that you
passed right back at the start of the Stage (there is only the gigantic star
and this other star in the Stage, so it's easy to find). The Crescent Moon is
to the northwest of this star so avoid the debris and collect it. Head back to
the gigantic star and head into the orbit field (preferably in a clockwise
direction). Stay close to the very edge of the orbit field and you should pass
the Special Star (travelling anti-clockwise) and easily pick it up. If any
debris looks as though it's going to crash into you just gently release
yourself from the orbit field and then, once the debris has passed, re-enter.


   3.6 Galaxy 6 - Earth Galaxy

O° Stage 26

Difficulty: **½
Best Points: 6950
Best Time: 2:15

 Once the Stage has begun and you've been pulled into an orbit around a star
wait for two stars, one either side of you, to move up the screen and then, as
you move down to the south, release yourself from the orbit to the west. Enter
the orbit field of the star here and absorb the blue star also in orbit. Wait
for the star moving up to pass you again and then release yourself to the west.
Wait for the stars yet again and move to the west once again. Absorb the blue
star here and you will be big enough to end the stage. If you wish to end the
stage now the Special Star will be passing up to your right very shortly so
quickly release yourself to the east and orbit the star to the east until the
Special Star passes. If you wish to collect the Crescent Moon then release
yourself to the west and orbit the star there. The Crescent Moon will be
passing up to your west soon. You can either attempt to move across the gap,
collecting it on your way or you can, at some point, wait until one of the
moving red stars comes close to passing you on your left, at which point you
can get into an orbit around it and wait until it catches up to the Crescent
Moon. If you choose the latter method then you should release yourself to the
east, orbit the star there and then release yourself to the east again. Wait on
the star there until you catch up to the Special Star. Absorb it and end the 
Stage.


O° Stage 27

Difficulty: ****
Best Points: 8840
Best Time: 0:46

 I'll begin by saying that this Stage is incredibly frustrating. Absorbing the
first star isn't too difficult, simply move right to the edge of the orbit
field and release yourself directly north from the east side, absorbing the
blue star along the way. Next you should pass the red star above the blue star
you just collected and continue to head north. Eventually you'll head up
towards the south side of the star you began the Stage on. At this point start
to press B so that you move up to the north-northeast. If you've aimed well you
should absorb the blue star and pass through the moving debris. More than
likely you've completely ballsed it up at which point you can try to salvage
the Stage or you can restart the Stage over (which I highly recommend). If you
have managed to absorb both blue stars then you'll be big enough to finish the
Stage. However, this won't be easy. Obtaining the Crescent Moon is quite
simple, hold A to move towards the red star to your left and pass over the top
in a northwest direction. You should be able to easily pick up the Crescent
Moon on the way. You are now heading up the western side of the southern red
star. I recommend you press Select and look to the north to see where the
Special Star is. What you're trying to do is curve around the western side of
the red star and end up heading north-northeast, passing the Special Star on
the west side (the Special Star will be to your Planet's east as you pass it)
picking it up on the way. If you managed to follow my directions exactly you
should just miss every piece of space debris and do the whole Stage in one go.
Good in theory (and very possible) but difficult to pull off. Good luck.


O° Stage 28

Difficulty: ***½
Best Points: 7960
Best Time: 2:24

 Wait and circle the star twice. When you start heading north move out of the
orbit field and head to the northeast absorbing the northern of the two blue
stars to the left. Press A to attract your Planet to the star to the south. If
you miss the blue star in between the planets then simply head north to another
star which has two small blue stars orbiting it. Pick up one of these and then
head south and to the star to the west. You can see that there are two pieces
of debris orbiting the star with two blue stars within the orbit field.
Carefully judge your entry to avoid the debris and absorb one or both of the
blue stars. As you move to the north (you should be moving anti-clockwise)
carefully time your exit to the west and then move around the large star in an
unconnected orbit. Now you have to try perform one of the trickiest maneuvers
yet. As the line of stars pass you you must quickly head in and steal the blue
star on the back end of the line of stars. If you've managed to absorb it then
head into the orbit field of the star and when you get the opportunity pass out
of the orbit field absorbing at least one of the blue stars on the way. Your
Planet has now become incredibly unwieldy but if you want to collect the
Crescent Moon head to the star to the west and quickly move in and out of the
orbit field as the Crescent Moon passes, avoiding the debris in the process.
Finally head back the large star on the right and move around it in and
unconnected orbit until you pick up the Special Star.


O° Stage 29

Difficulty: ****
Best Points: 8130
Best Time: 2:37

 Orbit the star and head to the south. If you left the first star quickly then
you should easily be able to avoid the debris and get into an orbit around the
star to the south. Absorb one of the blue stars here. Exit the orbit field
carefully and preferably to the south. If this isn't possible then just try and
make your way southeast. If you managed to get to the star to the south circle
it and head to the star to the east. Try and approach the star from the
northwest so that you end up moving in a clockwise direction around the star.
If you're not it might be a good idea to pass the star and use the star to the
east to move up and over the top of the star orbited by the blue star you're
aiming for. If you're moving in an unconnected orbit around the star you can
now easily move in, absorb the blue star and move out before being hit by the
debris. Once done, continue to circle the star and when you reach the south of
the star leave it to the west. Now curve right around the star to the west so
that you start heading north-northeast. This way you'll approach the northern
star from the southeast and be able to start circling it in an anti-clockwise
direction. Now that you're circling the star in an unconnected orbit wait until
you get and opportunity to move into the orbit field and absorb the blue star
there. Now wait in the orbit field until you catch up the blue star on the
outer edge so that you can absorb it and pass out of the orbit field. If you
press Select and look to the east you will see the Crescent Moon in between two
pieces of debris. The best way to collect this is to circle anti-clockwise
around the star where you picked up the last blue star and then head almost
directly east from the southern tip. You should head to the south of the
Crescent Moon and collect it that way. What you should be aware of is that
there is very little room to maneuver so try to get a good initial angle. If
you don't you should press B to move north and press A to move south since you
seem to move off of the gravity of the Special Star in that area. After
collecting the Crescent Moon you might get lucky and slip through the gap
between the debris but more than likely you'll crash and head off in the
opposite direction. Whatever happens head to the large red star where you
picked up your last blue star (the one being orbited by lots of tiny pieces of
debris all in a line) and head directly south from the eastern side to pick up
the Special Star.


O° Stage 30

Difficulty: ***
Best Points: 7530
Best Time: 2:57

 Wow! Where is this place? Keep heading north, keeping to the west of the
gigantic star and you'll soon see a smaller, but still massive star start to
swing round to meet you. Head into that star's orbit field and collect one of
the blue stars also orbiting it. After absorbing one and passing through the
gap between the two huge stars head right out to the outer edge of the orbit
field to slow down your orbit. Eventually the gigantic red star should move
around to the west of the star you're orbiting. At this point the blue star
orbiting the gigantic star should also move directly between the two huge
stars. At this point head in close to the central mass (hold down A) and absorb
the blue star. Now you're able to move out the the edge of the orbit field of
the star you're currently orbiting (the middle sized red star) and absorb the
final blue star. However, you may want to wait until you pass through the gap
between the two largest stars again since you won't fit through the gap after
absorbing the final blue star. When you're ready, go and absorb the blue star
and head out of the orbit field. Continue around the stars in an unconnected
orbit (they are all moving so it won't be a perfectly circular orbit) avoiding
the Special Star (if you want to collect the Crescent Moon). Eventually you
should get the opportunity to pick up the Crescent Moon since it's travelling
quite quickly. It should be easy to continue on around the three stars now to
pick up the Special Star.


   3.7 Extra Galaxy - Sphere Galaxy

O° Extra 1

Difficulty: **
Best Points: 10720
Best Time: 0:38

 As you would expect, the Extra Stages are both harder and have more complex
level designs. You may want to press Select and look around to fully understand
what is happening in this Stage, and all of the Extra Stages, before you start.
If you don't press anything after starting the Stage you'll soon absorb a blue
star. Immediately press B to exit the orbit field of the star. You'll want to
curve round this star and up to the east but you should try and move further
and further out as you do so. What you're aiming for is a blue star directly
east of the star you just left. As soon as you absorb the blue star press B to
straighten yourself up and you'll start heading north. Eventually you'll come
round and see the Special Star to the west. The Crescent Moon is directly east
of the red star the Special Star is orbiting. As you come up between the two
stars press B and then A to curve west, over the top of the star being orbited
by the Special Star. Keep pressing A to curve down to the west and, if you have
followed these directions exactly, you'll be able to pick up the Crescent Moon
without being hit by the debris speeding through this area. Now just press A to
curve back to the east and pick up the Special Star.


O° Extra 2

Difficulty: ****
Best Points: 6500
Best Time: 4:40

 Look to the north. You can see the blue star you're aiming for in the orbit
field of a star surrounded by debris. If you head north straightaway you should
be able to get into the orbit field, through the gap, by the time you start
heading down to the west of the star. Unfortunately you probably won't be able
to dodge the red star also circling the center of the orbit field. Get hit,
lose a life and shoot out back into space. To the northeast of the star you
just left is a smaller red star. To the south of this star is a blue star in
between two pieces of debris. So head northeast, circle the red star and try to
head directly south from the star. It may be difficult and take more than one
attempt but eventually you should absorb the blue star. Keep heading south to
get back to the star you just left and then head southwest from this star. The
next blue star is in the center of the orbit field of the star you're heading
to. It's the star that you probably crashed into when it was still red. If you
can't immediately enter the gap to get into the orbit field then continue round
in an unconnected orbit but DON'T go in between the two stars. Instead circle
south below the southern star and then head back north again. Once you have
entered the orbit field and absorbed the blue star the final blue star will
appear on the edge of the orbit field you're in. Move out to absorb it and exit
the orbit field. If you're looking for the Crescent Moon now, it's back where
you picked up your second blue star, in between the two pieces of debris. If
you want to pick this up follow the directions you took to obtain the blue star
that used to be there (head northeast then round the smaller red star to the
south). This time you'll obviously have to travel on the outside the debris.
Finally head back to the southern of the two large red stars to collect the
Special Star.


O° Extra 3

Difficulty: ***
Best Points: 7030
Best Time: 2:27

 Look to the southwest. You'll see a whole mass of moving stars and debris. You
should get used to this area since you'll spend a while travelling around it in
an unconnected orbit. You should start the Stage by doing just this - head down
to the southwest and travel around these stars until you get an opportunity to
move in an absorb the lone blue star. Now head back to the northeast and pick
up the blue star that is speeding around the star you began the Stage orbiting.
Head back to the southwest now and continue around the mass of stars in an
unconnected orbit until you manage to get a chance to absorb the blue star
here. Once this is done quickly move out and continue to move around these
stars in an unconnected orbit and you should eventually pick up the Crescent
Moon. Now head southwest from here and pick up the Special Star.


O° Extra 4

Difficulty: ****
Best Points: 8890
Best Time: 1:31

 Immediately hold B and you'll move out of the orbit field, down to the south
and to the west of the southern star. Head round to the south and then head up
and from the star head northeast to absorb a blue star. If you managed to do
this at a decent speed you should head straight into an orbit field and pick up
your next blue star. If you didn't manage to do this you can try again or
simply try and make your own way to the huge red star moving about the center
of the play area. Once you have done this, move right to the outside of the
play area, to where the huge star can't reach you. Now travel right around the
outside of the four stars here and head to the northeastern star. When you
reach this star you should be ready to move around the star in an unconnected
orbit in an anti-clockwise direction. Go around and over this star and head
directly south from it's western edge and you should hopefully be able to pick
up the Crescent Moon (if the huge star is out of the way). You may get hit a
couple of times in trying to escape, but you should have enough lives to do
this. Finally head to the southwestern star in this area. Move around it in an
anti-clockwise direction and head directly north from it's eastern edge in
order to pick up the Special Star.


O° Extra 5

Difficulty: *****
Best Points: 7590
Best Time: 2:01

 This Stage certainly deserves its five star difficulty. The way you start this
level is to wait for a second or so and then keep pressing A to speed round to
the west and, if you've done it correctly, you should head straight into a blue
star. Half a second later you should also head straight into a debris ring.
What you need to try and do now is press B a few times so that you remain
within the debris ring (you will be invincible) and head northeast into another
debris ring where you will be able to exit to the north, absorbing a blue star
in the process (you have to stay invincible the entire time you move through
BOTH of the debris rings - it is possible). You may have lost a life but you're
already able to end the Stage. It takes a bit of practice to get this right but
once you do, it should become easy to repeat over and over (which you'll
probably need to do). From this point you should leave the central area to the
north. Eventually you'll come back around to the south of this area and at this
point you want to get yourself orbiting anti-clockwise. Keep moving around the
central area in an unconnected orbit. When you are travelling slowly enough you
should hold down A when you're just coming up to one of the larger debris
rings. You should curve into the middle of the area and you should try to
steady yourself so that you begin travelling around the central area again in
an anti-clockwise area, only this time you're in between the orbit field of the
central star and the debris rings. At this point you have to be incredibly
light on the controls, weaving in and out of the hazards - avoiding both the
debris rings and the orbit fields. Eventually you should pass and pick up the
Crescent Moon. Carefully leave this central area now and head to the southeast
and to the red star there. Swing around this star here so that you begin
travelling around the central area only going clockwise this time. You want to
repeat the process of going into the central area now, weaving through the
hazards, and eventually you'll collect the Special Star.


   3.8 Final Galaxy - Net Galaxy


O° Final 1

Difficulty: *****
Best Points: 5040
Best Time: 1:56

 Controlling your Planet in this Stage is unbelievably difficult. There will be
many times when you'll try to move in one direction and you'll either stop dead
in space or shoot off straight into a dangerous object. I've tried to give as
good directions as possible and I've given clear directions on absorbing the
first blue star but the rest of the blue stars are floating aimlessly around
the Stage. The best way to obtain the first blue star is as follows: The first
time you head over to the north of the orbit field release yourself to the
north-northeast. As soon as you release yourself let go of B. You're attempting
to fly right over the top of all the moving red stars so that you eventually
meet up with the very top star which is orbited by a blue star. You may have to
adjust your direction at the very end since you'll almost be at a standstill.
This can be tricky because your Planet is being affected by the gigantic star
throughout the Stage. After absorbing the first blue star you have to absorb a
blue star which is floating through the Stage. If you absorbed the first blue
star quickly it should be a couple of stars over to the east. Try to float your
way between the gaps in the moving stars and you should get into the orbit
around the star directly to the west of the gigantic star in time to absorb the
blue star as it passes. If you miss it you can either start the Stage again or
try to follow it. If you managed to absorb the star here the next blue star
should be passing very slowly to the east, so try to hop between the star
you're orbiting and the one to the right, absorbing it along the way. There is
one final blue star floating around the Stage which you have to absorb before
being able to pick up the Special Star. Although it's dangerous it can be
useful to try and absorb the final star whilst in an orbit around the gigantic
star. This is because both the Crescent Moon and Special Star will appear
already orbiting the gigantic star (the Crescent Moon close to the central
mass, the Special Star near the edge of the orbit field). If you're already
orbiting the gigantic star it's far easier to pick up both by moving closer or
further away from the central mass when they pass by.


O° Final 2

Difficulty: ****½
Best Points: 3590
Best Time: 1:01

 If you look around this Stage you'll see that there is only one red star.
You'll have to be very accurate in the way you leave this star and come back to
it. As you head to the north of the orbit field leave it so that you head
directly west and then press A to curve south so that you collect the blue star
whilst heading south. Continue south, in between the debris rings and
eventually head back to the red star and into the orbit field. You should be
travelling anti-clockwise so leave the orbit field to the south so that you
travel in a southeast direction. Immediately star to press A and start to head
northeast. Just before you crash into the orbit ring you should be able to pick
up the Crescent Moon. Once you crash you should be able to swing back into the
orbit field of the star to the left. If you're in the star, travelling in an
anti-clockwise direction again you should be able to leave the star to the
southwest-west and then start pressing A to straighten up south again. You
should be able to head south-southwest towards the Special Star and, just
before crashing into the debris ring, pick it up.


O° Final 3

Difficulty: ****½
Best Points: 7080
Best Time: 1:22

 As you come up around to the west of the star release yourself in a northwest
direction. You have to be very accurate and adjust your direction accordingly
so that you're slow enough to get into the orbit field of the star which has a
blue star orbiting it. Keep restarting the Stage until you manage to pull this
off. Now you should make your way star by star to the north. The way you do
this is, as a star approaches to your left (it doesn't have to be too close, 
just as long as it's on the screen) you should wait until you head north and
then, at the very top, head directly EAST from the orbit field. Despite leaving
to the east you'll shoot straight to the west and get caught in the orbit field
of the star to the north. As long as you're heading clockwise from the first
star you leave (and you should be) you will always be pulled into the next
orbit field in a clockwise direction. You'll eventually reach a star that has a
blue star orbiting it so absorb it. You can now either make your way north
through the stars again in order to pick up the Special Star or, if you're
brave, head south through the stars to pick up the Crescent Moon. If you do
pick up the Crescent Moon be warned that you'll have to travel all the way
North again to pick up the Special Star. When you're orbiting the red star to
the right of the Special Star wait until you're heading south and release
yourself yourself DIRECTLY west. You should should past the Special Star at
tremendous speed but you will pick it up. Good luck. 


O° Final 4

Difficulty: *****
Best Points: 3580
Best Time: 1:02

 The method to complete this Stage is incredibly simple yet ridiculously
difficult to pull off. You want to leave the orbit field immediately to the
south, absorbing the blue star on the way. You should be heading almost
directly south, if you're not you should restart. As you approach the star from
the north you will probably have to press B a couple of times but you should
pick up the Crescent Moon as you pass it to the west. Now push A so that center
yourself in the middle of the central mass of the star. What you're attempting
to do is crash into it exactly on it's northern tip so that you shoot north. As
you approach the star from the south (after crashing and heading north) you
should use A and B to pull yourself into the orbit field so that you're
travelling clockwise. Make sure you stay close to the central mass otherwise
you'll crash into the debris to the west. As you come around to the Special
Star press the A button slightly so that you pick it up before crashing into
the debris.


O° Final 5

Difficulty: ****
Best Points: 6200
Best Time: 1:20

 Immediately press B to move to the edge of the orbit field. Press A to avoid
the orbit ring and then move back out again. As you head east release yourself
directly north. Get into the orbit field here, travelling clockwise, and absorb
the blue star. Immediately move to the outside of the orbit field and head
north (if you're not able to do this the first time, you may need to restart
since you'll probably run into an orbit ring otherwise). You might get caught
on the orbit field of the star to the northwest but just release yourself
straight away to head north. Quickly press B and then press A to head
northeast. You're attempting to get into the orbit field of the largest star to
the northeast (it's just to the northeast of the debris ring). You should be
heading in a clockwise direction so that, as you move east, you can release
yourself to the southeast. You should move into the orbit field of the small
red star and absorb the blue sphere here. Head straight back to the northwest
and onto the large star, travelling clockwise. As you move round to the south
head west and absorb the next blue star to the north of the debris ring along
the way. Head into the orbit field of he star to the west now. To pick up the
Crescent Moon immediately head west from the star and into the orbit field of
the next star. Head out to the west immediately again and pick up the Crescent
Moon. Continue into the orbit field of the star to the west, swing around the
bottom and as you head up to the west release yourself north so that you head
into the west side of the orbit field that is approximately to the
north-northwest. Finally head north round this star and release yourself to the
north-northeast to collect the Special Star. Now sit back and enjoy the ending,
you've beaten the game!


  4.0 Secrets

Extra Galaxy - Unlocked on the Galaxy Select screen by clearing Stage 30

Ending - Unlocked on the Galaxy Select screen by clearing Stage 30

Final Galaxy - Unlocked on the Galaxy Select screen by collecting each Crescent
Moon in Stages 1-30 and Extra 1-5

Ending' - Unlocked on the Galaxy Select screen by clearing the Final Galaxy

UFO - The same UFOs that appear in Ending' also appear randomly in some Stages


  5.0 Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many levels are there in the game?

A. 40 in total.


Q. How do I play them all?

A. You gain access to the first 35 levels by collecting the Special Star in the
Stage that comes before it (other than for Stage 1, which is available from the
start). To gain access to the 36th Stage you must collect all 35 Crescent Moons
in the first 35 Stages. Then simply obtain the Special Star in each of the last
5 Stages to gain access to the next one.


Q. How do I know if I've obtained all of the Crescent Moons?

A. If you've obtained the Crescent Moon in a Stage a small moon symbol will
appear next to your score and the Stage image will turn yellow on the Stage
Select screen. Once you have obtained all of the Crescent Moons in a Galaxy the
Galaxy will turn yellow on the Galaxy Select screen.


Q. Why doesn't my Planet move where I want it to go? I'm pushing the attract
button near a star but it still won't attract to it.

A. Despite having completed the game I'm still not entirely sure how the
attract and repel physics work. I'm not sure if the Planet responds to the
nearest star to it, the biggest star in the Stage or the star that you're
currently heading towards/past. In the later Stages it can become incredibly
difficult to control your Planet. My advice is, if there's room, test the
waters a little first. If you start pressing A and you're moving in the wrong
direction then just wait until you come closer to a star and then work your way
from that star.


Q. Where is the Crescent Moon in a Stage, I can't find it anywhere.

A. First, make sure you're big enough to end the Stage. Do this by pressing
Select and looking around the Stage for the Special Star (the yellow star). If
you can find that then continue to look around the Stage. If you still can't
find the Crescent Moon then it's likely that you've knocked it out of the play
area. If you become big enough to end the level EXACTLY where the Crescent Moon
will appear then it automatically gets knocked out of the play area. If this
happens, you'll have to start the Stage again. Sorry.


Q. How do I save my progress?

A. Your progress is automatically saved after completing a Stage. I'm not sure
exactly when but it's probably when leaving the score screen. Just make sure
you have started the next Stage or exited to the Stage Select screen before
turning off your console.


Q. Where can I buy a copy of Orbital? My local game shop doesn't have any 
copies.

A. Unless you live in Japan or it's an import shop then they won't have a copy.
The game has only been released in Japan therefore you'll have to import it.


Q. Can my US/PAL GameBoy Advance/DS play orbital?

A. Yes, all versions of the GameBoy Advance (GBA, SP and Micro) and both
versions of the DS (DS and Lite) are region free and can play Japanese games
without any problems.


Q. Do I need to know Japanese to play Orbital?

A. No, the only Japanese text in the entire game is the warning/copyright
screen at the start. The Stage names, scores and even the credits are all in
English.


Q. What's the difference between the Ending and Ending'?

A. Nothing other than the fact that a load of UFOs follow the Planet around in
Ending'.


Q. What's that thing that looks like a Space Invader in one of the Stages?

A. It's one of the UFOs that appears in Ending'. As far as I can tell they
randomly appear in certain Stages. I'm not sure which Stages or how you get
them to appear but it's a nice touch.


  6.0 Information

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you can e-mail me at kalmtraveller@googlemail.com and if the information is
used you will be credited.

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Thanks to:

Nintendo - for taking a risk with the bit Generations games and proving that
genuine innovation can be achieved using traditional hardware (not something
they've been pushing lately with the DS and Wii).

GameFAQs - for hosting my FAQs.

Play-Asia - for selling this game for about £7.


Copyright 2006 Matthew Wilson

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