Battle of Olympus

The Battle of Olympus


The legend

This is an ancient story of a time when men and gods lived
together. In the land of Peloponnesus, there was a quiet, peaceful
village called Elis. It was the home of the fairest maiden of all
Peloponnesus, and a gentle yet brave young man called Orpheus.
Helene and Orpheus swore eternal love to each other. But alas,
one day, Helene fell victim to the fangs of a venomous serpent and

Orpheus grieved over her death for three days and nights whereupon
he heard the voice of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love: "I have
watched over your love and I know of the deep grief you now
feel. But do not give up hope. Helene has not really passed away.
Hades, the god who rules the netherworld of Tartarus, has taken
away the soul of Helene so that he can make her his queen. The power
of Hades is great, and he has many fearsome henchmen in Tartarus.
The only way I can help you save Helene is to suggest that you look
for three nymphs. They will guide you on your way to Tartarus. If
your love for Helene is true, Orpheus, go now and save her." As
Orpheus sets out on his quest to rescue Helene, your quest begins.


How to use the controller

Since "The Battle of Olympus" is a game for one player, only
controller 1 is used.

Control Pad
The Control Pad is used to move Orpheus. It is also used to select an item.

"A" button
Use the "A" button to make Orpheus jump. How high the hero jumps
depends on how long you press the button.

"B" button
Use the "B" button to attack with the weapon currently selected.
This button is also used to speak to the people in the town. Approach
the person you wish to speak to and press the "B" button. You will then
be able to speak to that person. when you see the mark at the end of
the conversation, press either the "A" or "B" button. This will let you
listen to a continuation of the conversation. When the entire conversation
is over, you can return to the game by pressing either the "A" or "B" button.

"Start" button
Use this button to start the game and to show the item selection screen
during the game.

"Select" button
Press Select to use special items (see Item Selection, p. 10). [below]

Picking up items
You can pick up an item by crouching over it or jumping on it. Crouching over
nectar enables you to drink it.


Starting the game

Starting a new game
Load "The Battle of Olympus" into your Nintendo Entertainment System
and turn on the power. It will take a few moments before the title
scene appears on the screen. Use the Control Pad to move the cursor
to "START" and press the Start button. You can now enter the names
of the game's hero and his beloved (the heroine). Select the letters
by using the Control Pad and press the "A" button to confirm a
letter. You can enter up to six letters for each name.

Once you have entered the names, a map of ancient Greece will
appear on the screen. The name of the area you will enter will be
flashing on and off; it will also appear in the window on the bottom
right. You can begin the game by pressing the Start button.

Continuing a Game in Progress
Load "The Battle of Olympus" into your Nintendo Entertainment
System and turn on the power. Use the Control Pad to move the
cursor to "Continue" and press the Start button. You can now
enter the words of the god. Enter the words that you wrote down
when you finished with the game the last time you played.

Words of the Gods
"The Battle of Olympus" allows you to stop playing in the
middle of a game; later, you can resume where you left off.
If you would like to get a password, find a temple of the gods,
speak to the god and write down the "word of god".

Game Over
When the physical stamina meter shows zero, it means that the
game is over. Move the cursor to either "Continue" or "Retry" with
the Control Pad, then press the Start button to continue or retry.

If you decide to continue the game, the number of olives collected
is halved and you are returned to the starting point in the area.

If you select Retry, you can begin the game all over again
starting from the temple where you last heard the "word of
god". Your olives and items remain the same and your physical
stamina is restored. Beware... if you have not yet heard the "word
of god", you will have to start from the beginning of the game.


[the status bar, left to right:]

Game Screen Position (flashes on and off) where the hero is
Meter indicating the physical stamina of the hero
Number of olives in the hands of the hero
Weapon used with the "B" button
Item used by pressing the Select button


Item Selection Screen
If you press the Start button at any time during the game, the
item selection screen will appear. Choose an item using the
Control Pad and confirm it by pressing the "A" button.

The selected item now appears in the window at the top right
of the screen. Press the Start button again to return to the game.

[top row:]
Weapon to be used with the "B" button

[2nd row:]
Item to be used with the Select button

[3rd row:]
Item that will be effective just because the hero has it (Until
you have the salamander shield, the number of salamander skins
that you have so far taken is indicated in its place.)

[4th row:]
Fragments of Love collected from the nymphs


The world of Olympus

In order to save your beloved Helene, you must travel through
eight lands to reach Tartarus, the netherworld. You will need
to make the journey not just once but many times.

Here is where the game starts. This village is surrounded by woods.

This has both a mysterious forest in the form of a maze and the
swamp where Hydra lives.

The famous labyrinth of the Minotaue is located on this island.
Once you stray into this labyrinth, you can never come back.

The city of Elis and the city of Athens are situated in Attica.

The ruins of a great palace. Legend tells of an undersea cave
that can be found in Laconia.

These are the ruins of a complex maze. This area has a double
structure, an inner maze and an other maze.

Argolis is full of caves and valleys. Take care not to fall
down any of the pits in the caves.

A rocky mountain range with precipices, it continues as
far as the eye can see.

The exact entrance to the nether world is shrouded in mystery.


Descriptions of the items

The only item you have at the beginning of the game is a club.
You must find all the other items using the hints given during the game.


This is the only weapon in your possession when you start the game.

A high level of attacking power can be expected from the sword.

The Staff of Fennel
The power of this staff is greater than the club. If you perform
a certain task, the staff will enable you to emit the "fire of
Prometheus". With the "fire of Prometheus", you will be able
to attack an enemy from a distance, burn down certain obstacles
or illuminate the inside of an otherwise dark cave.

Divine Sword
The divine sword is the most effective weapon for attacking.
It also enables you to use the power of Argus. Since the power
of Argus is thrown in a straight line, it is an extremely
effective weapon. But until you acquire the Bracelet of Power
it will consume your physical stamina.


Harp of Apollo
If you use this harp at the Monolith of the Sun, you can fly on
the wings of Pegasus.

If you play this instrument by the sea, you will be able to use
the power of Poseidon.

Trojan Pitcher
This pitcher can carry nectar.

The Eye of the Graeae
This is a crystal ball with magical powers.

Moon Crystal
You can call the moon with this crystal.

Special Items

Sandals of Hermes
With these sandals, you can jump significantly higher and you
can also jump onto the ceiling.

Shield of Athena
You can defend yourself from enemy attacks with this shield.

Salamander Shield
This shield will protect you from flames.

How can the key be used and where is it?

Bracelet of Power
This bracelet not only doubles the attacking power of each of your
weapons but it also prevents you from using up your physical
stamina when you use the "power of Argus".

Other Items

Golden Apple
Once you eat this apple, damage inflicted by your enemies
will be cut by half.

Nectar is the drink of the gods. When you drink it, your physical
stamina will be restored to the maximum.

Ambrosia is the food of the gods. When you eat it, your physical
stamina will be restored and your maximum physical stamina
will be increased.

You can obtain olives by defeating enemies. Olives can be used
in place of money.

Bay Leaves
As with olives, you can obtain bay leaves on some occasions
when you defeat an enemy. A bay leaf enables some of your
physical stamina to be restored.


Fragments of love
Fragments of love were entrusted with the three nymphs when
Helene was abducted. The nymphs are hiding from the henchmen
of Hades, and you do not know where they are. You must meet
the three nymphs and collect all the fragments. When you receive
them, you will be able to hear the message of Helene's love. This
message will encourage you can give you important clues for playing
the game. Do your best to collect these fragments and break the spell
that has been cast by Hades.


The gods

The gods play an important part in "The Battle of Olympus". There
is one god or goddess in each of the eight lands. Each god or goddess
lives in a temple and will give you an important item if you pay
him or her a visit.

He is the king of the gods. You must see him first.

Athena is the beautiful goddess of wisdom and battles.

Ares is the god of war and of fighting.

This is the powerful god who rules the sea.

Apollo is the god of the sun and of art.

The god of metalworking and handicrafts.

The goddess of the moon.

Hermes serves as the messenger of Zeus.


The henchmen of Hades

Cerberus is the three-headed dog who guards the entrance to Tartarus.

This half-man half-horse is good at attacking with the bow and arrow.

From the waist up this vampire is a beautiful woman, but from the
waist down it's a serpent. The Lamia attacks with the bow and arrow.

This man with a bull's head attacks with an axe.

A giant whose entire body is made of brass.

A terrifying serpent. It is believed that its head can grow back
eight times.

The Lion of Nemea
This vicious lion lives in the caves of Olympus.

The one-eyed giant. He attacks by throwing rocks.

The rock giant, born from the earth.

Three old sea goddesses who have only one eye among them. They
appear and disappear as they attack you with their magical powers.

From the waist up, the Siren is a beautiful woman but from the
waist down it's a bird with razor sharp claws. When you hear its
voice, you cannot resist being drawn to it.