Ozyr’s Astrocade (Bally Arcade) Instruction Site. [ Emporium Index | Astrocade Index]. Bally PROFESSIONAL ARCADE FUN & BRAINS. OWNERS MANUAL. Welcome to the unofficial Astrocade (Bally Arcade) Video Game Instruction Site. Here you will find the instructions needed to play Astrocade. A fantastic party game that’s absolutely addictive for 2 players or teams. LOADING INSTRUCTIONS. 1. Turn on your Astrocade and TV set, then select channel 3.

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Your Bally Professional Arcade is equipped with a number of exclusive features which are not found in other “Programmable type” video games. This is not true of the Bally Professional Arcade. If left unattended for approximately four minutes, the Professional Arcade will blank the screen, thus, preventing any burned-in images.

Pressing any key on the keypad will resume operation. Press the clear “C” key again to resume at the exact point at which you blanked the screen. All of the keypad entries required to select and initiate a game may be made using a hand control from your easy chair. The procedure for remote game selection is easy and only three steps are involved.

Turn the power switch on for the Bally Professional Arcade, a listing of the games by number should appear on your TV screen. Adjust the knob to indicate the number of games you wish. Register your choice be pressing the trigger. When a game is over, you may select another game by pulling the trigger to get the menu.

Then pull trigger, adjust knob and pull trigger again to enter you choice. With the use of the keypad, you can program most games to a score of 1 to 99 or from 1 second to 10 minutes in time.

With the Bally Professional Arcade you can use either channel 3 or 4 of your television receiver. Well, you have got a good start on having one with owning a Bally Professional Arcade.

With an additional purchase of some of our forthcoming accessories, you will be able to transform your Bally Professional Arcade into a very powerful home computer.

This switch box permits you to select either the Bally Professional Arcade or your regular TV viewing. Simply move the selector switch to the Mode desired. With this system it will be necessary to supply a 75 ohm to ohm matching transformer available from you dealer or any television service center. The RF unit is contained in the compartment on the left side panel. Before operating the Bally Professional Arcade check that the RF unit is set to the correct operating channel, 3 or 4, whichever is not active in your area.

You may do this by noting the position of the switch. Set the channel select of the RF unit to a locally inactive channel. Thus if channel 4 is in use in your area the switch should be set to the channel 3 position. Reset the switch if necessary. Once you have selected either channel 3 or 4 simply tune your television channel selector to that channel. You now have a choice of selecting Gunfight, Checkmate, Scribbling or Calculator.


Press the appropriate numbered button on the keypad to start the game and to answer the additional questions the Bally Professional Arcade will ask. Should this occur, simply press the reset button to clear. In some rare instances, it may be necessary to turn the power switch off, then on again to completely clear the computer circuit.

Due to sophisticated computer circuitry operation, this condition may occur until the unit has reached its stable operating temperature.

Each hand control is numbered on the top of its knob.

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Remember to insert each control into its corresponding numbered location on the back of you Arcade. The detailed action controlled by the hand controllers varies with the game being played. Each pistol grip hand control has several functions which determine the action seen on your screen.

Squeezing the trigger activates a switch for shooting as in Gunfight or placing a trace on the screen in Scribbling. The knob on top of the control awtrocade be moved in 8 directions, forward, backward, left right, and at 45 degree angles.

Rotating this knob positions the cowboys hand during Gunfight, etc. Review hand control actions for each individual game. Notice the knob moves easily. Gunfight is a very popular arcade game which has been included in your Bally Professional Arcade. After you have made you connections and you unit has been turned on, press Reset and the following display should appear on your screen.

Please refer to the section on zstrocade if a different display appears or if the display is distorted.

Using the keypad, enter the score you wish to play. Each player’s score appears in the upper corners of the screen. Bullets remaining show next to the player’s score. Ten second timer, shown at top center of screen.

Starts when either player uses all six bullets. Each “scoring set” will have different objects appear on the screen between the gunfighters. Your gunfighter will be able to hide behind cacti, trees, and even a covered wagon. Using the keypad, enter the number of game you wish to play. Each player’s symbol and score appear instrucctions the top of the screen. Each player’s symbol will appear on the playing field. The number of games remaining will show at the top middle of the screen. The object of Checkmate is to cause your opponent to indtructions into your trail, his own trail, or the sides of the playing field.

Every time you out last one of your opponents, you receive one point. For example, in a game with four players, the first player to be eliminated scores zero, and the remaining three score one point each. The next player eliminated also scores zero, and the remaining two players each score another point. After all other players have been eliminated, the remaining player will have scored three points. Scribbling is a fascinating, creative game.


By manipulating the various controls you can create a inatructions pattern on your TV screen and draw or write almost anything you choose. There are colors obtainable with Scribbling. To change the color of the picture displayed on your television, you must use the keys on the keypad as follows:. Not only does the Bally Professional Arcade contain three great games, but is also has a 5-function, 10 memory, printing calculator that will store and scroll up to 92 entries on your television screen.

This calculator functions as most others. You can add, subtract, multiply, divide, and figure percentage. After you have performed the preceding calculation and have achieved the correct answer, continue calculations until you see the top entries of the first problem begin to slide off the screen. At this point press the scroll back key ‘v’ down arrow until the top digit reappears. You can store up to 92 lines insturctions on the ‘video’ tape.

Should your calculations exceed the 92 line limit, data at the beginning of the ‘video’ tape will be omitted as new data is added. C Clear Key – Removes all previous calculations including memory storage.

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CE Clear Entry – Removes only the last entry from display. Negative numbers will appear in red. MS Memory Store – Adds displayed number to memory, 10 individual entries to memory storage can be made. Each time the MS key is used it should be followed by pressing the appropriate number key 1, 2, 3, etc.

MR Memory Recall – Recalls number in memory to display. Must be followed by appropriate number key to secure correct memory from storage. Decimal – Enters a decimal point. Your imagination is all you need to create your own fast action games. Play against your computer or challenge your friends to a game you make yourself.

Make charts and graphs to display important information, forecast the performance of your favorite stock, or show the peaks in your household expenses. Create endless patterns, designs, and intricate shapes. Experiment with motion, depth, and thousands of color combinations.

Bally will soon offer an audio interface that will allow a personal cassette tape player to be connected to the Bally Professional Arcade. This will enable the user to save programs on audio tape and axtrocade a permanent storage capability for all games, art, music and sound effects created by the individual.

The “CH” key changes the sign of the displayed number. Adds displayed number to memory, 10 individual entries to memory storage can be made. Recalls asfrocade in memory to display.