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Posted 19th January 2010

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Whilst we’re on the subject of hidden messages in games, here’s a one from another great game – Mad Professor Mariarti.

Screenshot from Mad Professor Mariarti

Released in 1990, it was one of the best platforming games for the Archimedes – I spent many happy hours utterly failing to complete it without a ludicrous amount of cheating. You can catch a gameplay video here; pretty damn tough at times, but also bright, colourful fun – suitable for all ages.

Until you open up the sound file for the (excellent) title music, and have a look at the sample names:

Output text from *QTMSamples.

Soz. As one of my friends said: “The Daily Mail would have a field day about the contents of that music file these days.” I’m sure I could rustle up a few concerned mothers for them…

…paraplegic joke edited for vague reasons of taste.

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DjOuroboros on 19 January 2010 @ 9pm

I remember this game in school. it was brilliant.

John Hoare on 19 January 2010 @ 9pm

It’s a great game, yeah. Ridiculously playable. Great level design and character animation. And seems to have been played at school during lunchtimes a lot, going by both my experience and anecdotal evidence…

Graham Hibbert on 3 April 2010 @ 4pm

I remember playing this endlessly one night, as a friend and I were determined to reach the end to see the “secret message” that Acorn User had promised us.

We did eventually complete it, and were gutted by the “Well done!” text at the end. Had we know about this, that would have been a lot more fun.