Gold Medal Strategy
- Difficulty: 10/10
- Recommended Ship: X-Wing
Whoah! First level of the game and they throw you a near impossible gold! Don't worry, it gets a lot easier.
First off, there's an insanely high kill count, as well as an insanely low time. You'll be trying this one over and over again.
As soon as the level starts, take out the deflection tower. Make a 90 degree turn and take out the other one, as well as the small turret next to it. Continue on, and take out yet another, as well as the 2 small turrets near it. Go to the next one and take out 3 turrets. The next one has 1, and the last one in this line has 3. Make about a 100 degree turn to the left, and take out the 2 on your way. Then take out this tower and its 2 guarding turrets. Aim a bit to the right, and take out the final tower in this line and the 6 turrets around it. Make another 90 degree turn to the left, and you'll be told there's 2 more to go. Take out the final 2 deflection towers and as many defending turrets as you can. If you hear base 1 say, "We're running out of time!" you may want to consider restarting.
For the next section with the TIEs, it's pretty much pure skill. At the start make a 90 degree turn to the left, and dive to take down a gun on your way. You should see a 5 fighter squad. Since the TIEs behave randomly, I can't help you after that. But if there's a long distance between you and the next squad, feel free to take down guns on your way. You also can use 3 seeking torpedoes at your leisure. Use the 4th torpedo on the last fighter. As soon as you fire it, dive down and kill as many guns as you can before you switch to the trench.
At the start of the trench, close your S-foils until you come into range of the guns. You really need to move fast here, yet you also need to take down as many guns as possible. Never, ever hit the brakes. Hopefully you'll take down about 3/4s of them.
In fact, the only time you should brake is when the TIEs attack you.
When Vader attacks, fire as many shots as you can into him. He should make 2 passes on you. When he approaches for the 3rd, don't bother to slow down. Close the S-Foils and move. Han should approach shortly and destroy him if you've kept your speed up. After Han attacks it should be a straight away to the exhaust port. If its not, you're in trouble. ^_^ That leaves you 2 torps to fire at the exhaust port, just in case you miss.
A good way to gauge kills is to take out all but one tower in the first part while taking out any and all turrets along the way. With one tower left take out any remaining turrets you may have missed until you hear "We're running out of time" then take out the last tower. Killing TIEs fast determines your time so get good and try take them out in groups and kill them all before they split up. If you see a lone TIE in the distance use a torpedo, but don't use more than 4, you'll want at least two for the exhaust port. Take out around 4/5 of the turrets in the trench and close your S-foils in between turrets. When the first group of TIEs come brake then speed up right away and shoot them down. Close the S-foils in between turrets but shoot as many as you can. When the second group of TIEs come do the same. When Vader comes the 1st time brake then close the S-foils. Do not shoot. Remember to take out turrets when Vader exits the trench. When Vader comes again ignore him and close the S-foils. Han will take him out before he can do any significant damage. When you see the end of the trench get low to the bottom of the trench and fire a torpedo. Close the S-foils and follow the torpedo. If you miss, which you shouldn't if your flying straight and were low when you fired, fire another torpedo immediately.
- The Deflection Towers take quite a few hits to kill.
- Lord Vader's TIE is invincible and a large target.
- The Turrets and TIE Fighters only take one Quad shot.
- Don't ever slow down in the trench except when the Fighters are attacking. You don't have time for it.
- Time: 6:05
- Enemies: 91
- Accuracy: 39%
- Friendlies Lost: 0
- Lives Lost: 0
- Targeting Computer Efficiency: 100%