Atari 2600

Swordquest FireWorld

Game Instructions

NOTE: Always turn the console POWER switch OFF when inserting or removing an ATARI Game Program cartridge. This will protect the electronic components and prolong the life of your ATARI 2600 Video Computer System game.



Welcome to FireWorld. You may have already travelled through EarthWorld and succeeded in solving the EarthWorld puzzle. FireWorld is the second in a series of four worlds that you must pass through on your quest for the Sword of Ultimate Sorcery.

You enter FireWorld as a mighty warrior. Your skill and courage will be tested with dangerous trials and obstacles. The object of the game is to solve the puzzle.

The FireWorld puzzle is based on the Tree of Life, with ten rooms linked together by ten rooms with doorways. FireWorld has ten treasure chest rooms, some containing different magical objects. These objects will help you on your journey through FireWorld. Carrying particular objects will help you find clues. Before you can explore these rooms, you'll be called on to demonstrate certain skills, just as Torr and Tarra are tested in the FireWorld comic book. As a warrior, your skills are important to conquering FireWorld. To help you on your quest, you will be armed with the FireWorld comic book which contains additional clues. Some clues will come from a combination of both the comic book and the Game Program cartridge. These clues will refer back to the enclosed comic book and hint at the solution to the FireWorld puzzle.

You have just leaped into the blazing flames of FireWorld - see if you can survive and triumph!


As a warrior, you'll need courage and skill, but you'll also need to be a detective and an explorer to find the hidden clues and solve the FireWorld puzzle.

Remember, this game is a puzzle. These instructions will not tell you how to solve the puzzle, but together with the comic book, will help you find the necessary clues to solve the puzzle. You will have to use trial and error methods to obtain the information needed to solve the FireWorld puzzle.

In Fireworld, you will encounter ten different rooms. There are 16 objects randomly located throughout these rooms, but you can only take six objects at a time. As you leave the right objects(s) in the correct room(s), you will reveal clues that will help you solve the puzzle. FIGURE 1 shows what each object looks like. These are some of the magical objects which help Torr and Tarra in their quest for the Sword of Ultimate Sorcery.

Figure 1- Inventory of Magical Objects

Oil Lamp



Talisman of Passage




Leather Armor

Cloak of Invisibilty

Warrior's Sword

Shoes of Stealth

Grappling Hook


Short Sword



The most important object you will seek is the chalice. Without it, you will be barred from entering a secret room. This secret room is at the center of the tree of life. The magical chalice contains water to cool and protect Torr and Tarra from the intense heat of FireWorld. When you find it, magic doors will open for you.

If you leave the right object(s) in the appropriate room(s), you will receive a clue display. In the center of the display is your clue, for it is your key to solving the puzzle.

Each clue will refer back to the comic book. For example, then numeral 05 could mean: Look on page 5 for a clue to the FireWorld puzzle. By trial and error, you will learn how to interpret each clue.

Before you can enter the ten treasure chest rooms in FireWorld, you will be expected to perform a skill and action sequence. For example, you might be required to catch razor-sharp knives, dodge flaming fire-birds, or even kill venomous snakes. Torr and Tarra must also survive some dangerous stunts.

After completing the skill and action sequences, you, like Torr and Tarra, shall gain wisdom, mercy, power, understanding, and perhaps valuable prizes as well.

A real test of courage. You must pass through a deadly pit of venomous snakes.

NOTE: Some skill & action sequences might appear to be repeated, but will lead you to different treasure chest rooms.

Dodge the flaming firebirds, for if you touch them, they become wild.

However, if tamed, these birds could lead you to a treasure chest of magical objects.

You must catch and place these fire goblins in a box.

Protect yourself from hot knives that fall from the ceiling by guiding the knives into a stationary pit.

Use your arrows to shoot down flying fire-breathing dragons, but watch out for their hot flames.

What appear to be innocent snakes could turn out to be huge jawing salamanders.

You must dodge the salamanders to stay alive.

You must complete each skill before you can enter a room in which to leave or retrieve your objects. When you encounter a skill and action sequence, experiment with the Joystick and the red controller button. Some sequences require the use of the Joystick; some the red controller button.


Use your Joystick Controller with the Atari Game Program cartridge. Be sure to plug the controller cable firmly into the LEFT CONTROLLER jack at the back of your ATARI 2600 Video Computer System game. Hold the controller with the red button to your upper left, toward the television screen. (See your Owner's Manual for further details.)


To start the game, press the red controller button. Use the Joystick to move your warrior up, down, right, or left through the maze of rooms.

To pick up an object, position the cursor directly over the object and press the red controller button. The object will then appear at the bottom of the screen and will continue to move with you until you decide to leave it in a room. To leave an object in a room, move to the bottom of the screen, position the cursor directly over the object, and press the red controller button. The object will stay in the room until you pick it up again.

To move from room to room, position your warrior in a doorway, and walk through the exit and down the hallway into another room.

NOTE: Some doors are locked, which means they are invisible. However, certain objects will allow you to unlock these doors.

If you press the red button while in a room with doorways, you will move into a skill and action sequence. After you have completed the skill, the program automatically moves you into another room with doorways or into a treasure chest room with objects. If you find yourself in a treasure chest room, you may pick up or drop off any object. Remember, you can only carry six objects at a time. To leave a treasure chest room, move the cursor to the small open door in the lower left corner of the room, and press the red controller button.



GAME SELECT is not used in FireWorld.


Press GAME RESET during the game play to return to the first display and start the game over.


The RIGHT and LEFT DIFFICULTY switches are not used in FireWorld.


Set this switch to COLOR if you're playing on a color television set.

Set it to B-W to play the game in black and white.


1. Use paper and pencil while playing FireWorld. Write down clues, and keep a log of different moves for reference during game play.

2. Just because you use an object to obtain one clue, doesn't mean the same object can't help you again.

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