Dennis - Manual
HERE COMES TROUBLE
Meet Dennis Mitchell. He's 5 years old, blonde, cute as a button and
trouble spelled with a capital 'T'!
His Momand Dad are away on Business and Dennis is staying with their
next door neighbours, the eternally patient Mrs. Wilson and her hus-
band, the grouchy Mr. Wilson.
During his stay, Mr. Wilson is planning to exhibit his prize night
flowering orchid to the local garden club at a Dinner at his house.
This plant will bloom once only,during the full moon and then wither
and die, and as such is Mr.Wilson's pride and joy. Unfortunately, as
is to be expected with Dennis around things do not go as planned.
Dennis has disgraced himself once the night, and has duly been sent
to bed. While out half-pint hero is upstairs feeling sorry for him-
self, Mr. Wilson and his guest sit with baited breath, awaiting the
blooming of the famous orchid.
But while everyone is otherwise occupied, the Wilson household has
another even more unwelcome visitor, in the shape of the villainous
drifter, Switchblade Sam, a petty crook and house breaker. Sam,
thinking the coast is clear,is busy in the study making off with Mr.
Wilson valuable coin collection.
Dennis, being the curious child that he is, hears the noise made by
Sam's intrusion, and makes his way downstairs. Too late to actually
see the crook, he finds the safe wide open and the coin collection
With all good intention at heart, Dennis rushes out into the garden
and shouts the terrible news to Mr. Wilson. Doing this causes every-
one to turn to face Dennis - just as the fabulous plant opens.
Mr. Wilson is furious! His life's work is gone. His heart is broken
and his temper rising. He takes his anger out on Dennis leaving the
small boy alone and confused.He was only trying to help, and now his
world is shattered. Dennis always seen Mr. Wilson as his best friend
in the whole world and now he doesn't want to know him. What can he
do ? Who can he turn to ?
Dennis resolves to run away and never bother anyone again. His Mom
and Dad can always have another kid who won't be a menace, and Mr.
Wilson obviously never wants to see him again.
But just as he is stealing off into the night, he overhears Mrs.Wil-
son tell her husband that she has heard that Dennis's two friends
Joey and Margaret are missing. Dennis knows that whoever stole Mr.
Wilson coin collection has taken his friends ? He revolves to rescue
them and retieve the stolen goods. That way, in years to come, if
people ever think of Dennis, the small boy who ran away, at least
they can say that he did at least one good thing in his life, and
maybe he wasn't all bad.
Now Dennis must set off on his greatest adventure ever...
Insert disk 1 into drive A and turn on the computer.The program will
then load automatically. Follow the on-screen instructions for load-
ing subsquent disks.
On title screen press FIRE to begin the game or push joystick DOWN
to move the marker to OPTIONS then press FIRE to go to the options
the available option are as follows :
LEVEL : Easy and hard.
EASY : Dennis can take more hits before his courag runs out and he
loses a life.
HARD : is not as generous with Dennis's courage.
REST : You can set the number of 'lives' that Dennis will have at
the start of the game from 1 to 9.
AUTORUN: If set to ON Dennis will run rather than walk when left or
right is pressed. If OFF controls are as normal.
SOUND : Toggles between Music and Sound effects.
Select EXIT to take you back to the title screen where you can start
The game is controlled by joystick only as follows:
UP Jump/Climb rope
DOWN Duck/Enter door
LEFT Walk left/Run left
RIGHT Walk Right/Run right
FIRE Fire current weapon
SPACE BAR Change Weapon (Once Dennis has collected more than one).
HOW TO PLAY
LEVEL 1 : MR. WILSON'S HOUSE
Dennis must find his way out of Mr. Wilson's house. But first he has
to collect his pea-shooter and sligshot. They are lying somewhere
about the house along with coins dropped by inept Sam. Smaller coin
are less valuable, but the larger coin are necessary in order to ad-
vance to the next level. On each level there are four large coins
spread about, and one final coin (This is surrunded by smaller spin-
ning coins and must be collected last).
Dennis must search the entire house, including the attic. There is a
rope lader leading to the attic but elsewhere there is a switch that
needs to be activated before Dennis can reach the ladder.
While doing all this, Dennis must avoid being seen by Mr. Wilson who
is walking aroung the house,unable to sleep due to the traumaticday.
If he spots Dennis he will give chase and upon catching him, will
send him to bed and Dennis must start all over again !
LEVEL 2 : THE PARK
Dennis must find all five of the large coins whilst avoiding all ob-
stacles in his path. Here Dennis will find his dog, Ruff, waiting to
pull him among on his little red cart. Dennis must reach the end of
these sections avoiding all obstacles and using the cart to reach
platforms that are otherwise too high for him to jump to.
BETTY SUE DUBROVSKI:
In the playground, Dennis discovers Betty Sue Dubrovski. She's the
kind of child every parent tells their kids to stay away from, and
for good reason. She's big, ugly and mean.
She is out late up to no good. Dennis must avoid her as she swings
back and forth on the swing whilst shooting at her with one of the
weapons in his arsenal. She will swing up into the trees causing
acorns to fall to Dennis. Also there are mice running which Dennis
must avoid whilst battling his female foe.
LEVEL 3 : THE BOILERS
Follow the trails of coins Dennis finds himself in the Boiler Works.
He must find all the large coins to advance to the next level.
While taking a shortcut through the school gym Dennis discovers
Coach Beeferman doing some late night exercices. He is determined to
catch Dennis and will throw medecine balls at him while bouncing
about the gym,and roll baseballs at him across the gym floor. Dennis
must use his weapons to try and stun the Coach long enough to make
LEVEL 4 : THE SEWERS
Dennis's trail has led him down into the sewers beneath the streets.
Again Dennis must find all the large coins to progress.
At the end of the sewers Dennis finds his exit barred by a large and
dangerous fish. Using the rotating platforms Dennis must leap about
to avoid contact with his aquatic adversary whilst constantly firing
at it. Once stunned, the fish will disappear and the way will be
clear for him to advance onto the final leg of his journey.
LEVEL 5 : THE WOODS
Dennis has almost reached his goal and must collect the coins until
he reaches the edge of the wood where his greatest challenge awaits.
Sam has Joey and Margaret tied to a tree as hostages while he waits
to jump the next train out of town with his ill-gotten gains. Upon
seeing Dennis, Sam will throw a constant barrage of apples in his
direction. Dennis must avoid all contact with these and with Sam,
Whilst shooting at this dastardly villain until Sam finally slumps
Defeat Sam and Dennis will have completed his epic adventure.
NOTE : All end of level guardians have a blue energy meter which is
displayed at the top of the screen. Dennis has also a red en-
ergy meter displayed opposite the enemy meter.
throughtout the game Dennis may pick up severals items which will be
helpful to him:
EXTRA LIVES : These are obtained by collecting the 1-UP icons found
around the levels.
WATER PISTOL : Dennis has this at the start of the game. It can stun
some baddies within the game - but not all of them.
SLINGSHOT : This can be found at start of Mr. Wilson's house and
is an excellent short range weapon. It is extremely
useful for hitting targets below Dennis's current
PEASHOOTER : This is also hidden in Mr.Wilson's house and no small
boy would be complete without one. It has a longer
range than the slingshot as it fires in a straight
STATUS AND SCORING
The following are displayed at the top of the screen: Score, Lives,
Time, Current weapon, Dennis's courage, Number of large coins col-
lected and Number of small coins collected.
Points are awarded as follows:
Removing baddies 250 points
Big coin collected 5000 points
Small coin collected 500 points
Level complete 10000 points
HINTS AND TIPS
Study the movement of your opppenents and avoid them accordingly
Haste can be costly !
If Dennis makes contact with your opponent, use his momentary invul-
nerability (when he flashes) to gain ground or to reach a safer
Different oppponents are vulnerable to different weapons,whilst some
are invulnerable to all attack. Be careful !
Watch out for switches that operate rope ladders.
DENNIS is copyright by Ocean Software Limited.
Typed by APOLLON & CHRONOS / HOODLUM