This game has no less than twenty five one-hit kill collision checks. Imagine yourself sitting there in an air conditioned room making all those manual edits using Action Replay…and then you have to know all the offsets…and the offsets will change on different machine configurations. Forget it.
Load the game up in WinUAE and make sure the game has started proper so you are actually in the game, then make a save state…but no so fast. You will notice under the save game File name prompt it says ‘WinUAE snap shot files (*.uss)’, left click that and select ‘Uncompressed (*.uss) and then click save.
Now, deep breaths, you won’t be expecting this – open the save state file you created with your trusty hex editor and replace all occurrences of the following string
29 7C 00 00 00 01 84 12
29 7C 00 00 00 00 84 12
Save the changes you made in the hex editor and close it off. Now, go back to the emulator and load the save state.
Yes! Now there are no more one-hit kills, enemies safely pass through- you’re invincible!
Important note – for Probe\US Gold version of game
Inf. shield time\Only lose shield if you fall into pit (need to collect shield once)
If you prefer to just use an emulator memory editor
@C7FD replace 3A with C9
This is an okay side scrolling beat ’em up that oddly enough was produced by the makers of Warcraft and Blackthorne…for a change there is not an Orc in sight!
I think TDAROS comic-book style artwork is well drawn and overall the sprites are bold and colourful but with the animations only being adequate. The collision detection is a little ropey at times e.g. grappling is not exact science but essentially the game is playable.
There is no two player mode which is always a bummer but what can you do. There are not too many unique aspects to the game other than that you can fly when you want – at the start of the game there are some electric barriers to fly over but the designers quickly give up on these types of obstacles.
Chainsaw refuses to plummet to the earth
Interestingly enemies can be thrown into the background destroying parts of the scenery much like Jaleco’s arcade 64th Street. Another fun touch was throwing baddies off the top of buildings in this manner and seeing them grab the ledge to climb back up again! At the end of the day, you would expect to feel uber powerful playing as Superman but the designers just made it a conventional brawler with a theme.
I still think it is worth a once over though and with these codes I think the game is less grindy and more fun
*Most* enemies need one hit to kill
*Some enemies (Tick\Razorback) use vehicles at times and when I changed the value this enemy would become impossible to hit when in the vehicle, he -could- be knocked out of the vehicle by using the special power but I removed this code all the same. All instances of Doomsday he needs only one hit but the later bosses remain unchanged so stay on your toes.
I am a huge fan of Arkanoid and while it stills remains the best of breed even now I love checking out the myriad of different takes on the general theme that are still popping up frequently to this day on both modern and retro platforms alike. I think Retroid is a great entry to breath some life into the genre for Nintendo’s aging, but still perfectly capable stalwart hand-held machine.
I think because of the similarity in hardware, Game Boy breakout\Arkanoid games tend to feel like those that appeared on the ZX Spectrum micro computer, with things like the limiting digital controls and functional graphics and that remains true with Retroid – though don’t get me wrong, I was surprised by the level of detail packed into the bricks and backgrounds that isn’t necessarily immediately evident on the first level.
Level 2 – note the bas relief shading on the surrounding pipes.
Similar to Arkanoid and its contemporaries, Retroid has power-up pills that drop occasionally from destroyed bricks that grant things like extended bat, extra ball , gun etc anyone who is familiar with the game style knows that keeping the ball in play is paramount even if the temptation to slide off course for that pill is ever present. Interestingly the game gives you an option to play without those perks for those that want to stay closer to original breakout feel.
Retroid seems pretty easy going in the beginning, but later levels that include things like solid walls that surround the bricks means getting that perfect angle progressively more difficult to achieve and you might see your precious reserve lives go dwindling away.
If you want infinite lives to practice the game, try this Genie code: