Tales of h4x0r: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Genesis)
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Welcome to Tales of h4x0r, a little thing that I hope will become a regular feature here. But what are the "Tales of h4x0r"? Well, as most of the people who even visit this site know, I used to hack and translate games as a hobby. I stopped doing that because most of the games that deserved a translation already got translated, either officially or unofficially... and I couldn't really go any further than what I did. That and the jerks who sell our stuff for profit turned me away from the whole thing. But, as you might expect, that didn't last very long...

Enter The Cutting Room Floor. BMF54123, an old friend of mine, had a small section on his site where he documented unused and hidden stuff found in video games. More than ten years later, the site is now a wiki. A wiki I ended up joining and contributing to. Quite a bit. I intend to document the stuff I've found here in different detail than what is described at the wiki. Partly because I can explain how I did some things here (since most of that information doesn't really belong there), and partly because I can insert a bit more humor into things. Yes, that's my excuse. Making people visit my site is not an ulterior motive, no sir. (Well, they're getting the biggest chunk of the info, so I don't think they'll mind.)

So let's start with...

Kenneth Branagh
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Genesis version.)

I found the article for the SNES version of the game while browsing random pages and I saw that dinosaur. I laughed. I then went to GameFAQs to see if there were any passwords listed there. They had several passwords that enabled cheats in the game, so I thought... "I'll look for some of these passwords in the rom" thinking it wouldn't work.

What
... it did.

I scrolled through the text looking for the passwords and all of them were in plain sight, including this one, which isn't listed at GameFAQs:

Nothing suspicious here

I dug around and there's a mention of a test level. The text says:

THIS IS A TEST SCREEN.$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$....
@YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE THE TEST.LEVEL.  THIS PART OF THE GAME
HAS BEEN LEFT IN PURELY FOR.FUN AS IT WAS USED ORIGINALLY
FOR TESTING THE PROGRAM......
@JUST PRESS A KEY TO CONTINUE
THEN START THE LEVEL AS NORMAL.

So I enter it in the password screen. Check this out!

O hi there hidden stage

I'm pretty sure Mary Shelley didn't write this. This dinosaur looks a little bit too happy.

The game boots up in the very first level... with two big orange dinosaurs walking around. There's also two clones of you. The one on the right just walks around, but the one on the left shoots out flames and sparks if you hit him with your stick. There's also a torch where you can light your stick on fire for some reason. If you smack the Frankenstein that shoots out effects while the dinosaur is in the screen, parts of the sprites will vanish. I'm not sure if this is an emulator issue or not.

And you can't leave the area since there's no elevators, so you have to reset the console to exit.

There's also a chunk of early credits hidden in the game data where I found the test room password. But that belongs at the wiki...

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