GBA Manic Miner and Epilogues GB Operator
It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Matthew Smith’s classic Manic Miner which appeared in 1983 on the ZX Spectrum 48K. The test of the popularity of a game and its impact on gaming culture is its longevity within a fanbase. Manic Miner and Jetset Willy have been ported across a variety of hardware and devices in coming up to forty years as I write. I’ve written conversions back in the later 90s in C++ and DirectX7 for Windows, and again as an engine in 2015 for Windows, macOS and Linux, plus private builds for Android and iOS. If you want to download the current stable release, check this out:
Earlier I wrote about Epilogue’s awesome GB Cartridge backup unit here:
Their software has improved since then and if you have a collection of carts, it’s worth the purchase
As I was making space in the attic, I found a box of cartridges long forgotten. I remember buying Manic Miner from the GameBoy Advanced at the time of release and feeling a twinge of disappointment. The game elements were present albeit running faster than the original…. It was the graphics, more importantly the graphical background that looked cluttered. You can see what I mean here:
That said, as time passed, maybe I was too critical…. as I’m enjoying re-playing this classic on one of my GBA Devices, maybe you will too?
I pulled the Operator out quicker than a dodgy politician in a massage parlour and immediately backed up the cartridge into my archive before having a quick play. When I’m reminded of the Password system to skip levels. Passwords are awarded on completion of certain progress checkpoints throughout the game, including the extra levels provided in the enhanced version.
Having dumped the Cartridge it seem rude not to have a peek at the game code, so… I did, lo and behold I find a simple clear text password table.
Well… It would be rude not to check these all out, and so to save you some time, I’ve listed the passwords in alphabetical order in the table below for your amusement…. Enjoy!
|75JDKJ9KS||Attack of the Mutant Telephones||6|
|ARTHUR SCARGILL||Mummy Daddy||7|
|DHGND8X||Skylab Landing Bay||5|
|JETSET||Helium House on the Highlands||6|
|MCGE99SMD||Return of the Alien Kong Beast||6|
|MEGA||Jester Under the Bed||4|
|MINER 49ER||Metropolis Bingo||6|
|MONKEY||The Final Barrier||4|
|MUSIC||Abandoned Uranium Workings||8|
|NEIL KINNOCK||Nightmare Before Last Night||7|
|NOISE||Eugene’s Other Lair||5|
|SMILER||The Endorian Forest||6|
|STRIKE||Tokyo Uh Oh||5|
|STYX||The Sixteenth Cavern||5|
|SUPRA||Solar Power Generator||4|
|TRUCKS||Miner Willy Meets the Kong Beast||7|
|TSBSJJXC||Flunky Punky Munkie||8|
|TT RACING||Eugene’s Lair||7|
|WILLY||The Cold Room||8|
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