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Addams Family Values (SNES)

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Title Screen

Addams Family Values

Developer: Ocean
Publisher: Ocean
Platform: SNES
Released in US: February 1995
Released in EU: 1995


ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.


ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article
NotesIcon.png This game has a notes page

An overhead Action-RPG, similar to Zelda.

Sub-Page

Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info
Miscellaneous tidbits that are interesting enough to point out here.
Notes

Debugging Features

There were once debugging commands assigned to various buttons (or button combinations), but the pointers to them were deleted in the final game. They can still be accessed by using game enhancer codes.

Debug Menu

Debugging for fun and profit.

Pro Action Replay (PAR) Game Genie
80830B24 406D-34AD
808324EE 3364-3FDD
80832B00 DD64-34AD

During gameplay, press Y to open the debug menu. Note that since these codes map the debug menu to the Y button, in order to view the Journal you will need to select it from the inventory screen and press A.

Continue

Resume the game (not the same as Exit, see below).

Statistics

Addams Family Values SNES Debug Menu Statistics.png

Press A, B, X, or Y to exit.

Memory Map

Addams Family Values SNES Debug Menu Memory Map.png

Press A, B, X, or Y to exit.

Display Conditions

Addams Family Values SNES Debug Menu Display Conditions page 1.png Addams Family Values SNES Debug Menu Display Conditions page 2.png

Show the status of story flags. Press X or Y to change pages. Press A or B to exit. The screenshots show the conditions as they are set upon starting a new game.

Messages

Addams Family Values SNES Debug Menu Messages English 000.png

Displays every line of text from the game. Use D-Pad Left or Right to decrease or increase the text index, and Up and Down to scroll through the messages in a conversation. Press X or Y to change languages. Press A or B to exit.

Exit

Warps to the location set in ROOM and SECTION.

Debug Cutscene Viewer

Pro Action Replay (PAR) Game Genie
80830314 F06D-3DAD
808314A9 CB6F-3FDD
808315xx xx6F-3F0D
80831600 DD6F-3F6D

Use a value from the table below for xx and press Start during the game to view a cutscene.

Pro Action Replay (PAR) Game Genie Description
00 DD Front gate
01 DF Smashed pillar hidden staircase
02 D4 Bookcase
03 D7 Wednesday pumpkin
04 D0 Petrified wilderness
05 D9 Swamp
06 D1 Uncle Fritz
07 D5 Mansion
08 D6 Pipe ready to burst
09 DB Foul sewage
0A DC Congratulations! Ending
0B D8 Gargoyle
0C DA Thing escapes up the vine
0D D2 Bookcase
0E D3 Bookcase
0F DE Bookcase

Debug Text Viewer

Located at SNES address $808331-808335 is programming to display a text box. It expects RAM address 7E064C to already contain the 16-bit text index. Since this would require more than a few game enhancer codes to get working, you can instead produce an equivalent effect using Pro Action Replay (PAR) code 80FC8Cxx to change the text that appears when showing the "Hey I can't leave just yet." text box immediately when starting the game. The valid range for xx is 00-C1.

Debug Walk Through Walls And Disable Collision Detection

Pro Action Replay (PAR) Game Genie
8083033E 736D-3DAD

Press Start while playing to toggle the free movement mode on or off. Alternate Pro Action Replay (PAR) codes are 7E0A8EFF + 7E0A8FFF.

Debug Inventory

Pro Action Replay (PAR) Game Genie
81952D4E 03B4-1709

When the inventory screen is open, move the cursor to the desired item slot and press B to add/remove it. Exit and enter the inventory screen again to refresh the view. Note that you can't remove an item if it is currently equipped (just move the cursor to another item that can be equipped and press A, then go back to the item you want to remove and press B.)

Misc. Notes

The debug menu, and the debug toggle WTW and collision detection requires memory address 7E0414 to contain #$5257 to access, which almost certainly is meant to represent ASCII RW for programmer Robert Walker. The debug inventory and many features of the debug menu require a non-zero value in memory address 7E0414 as well. This was likely done to provide various levels of access to the debugging features while the game was still in development. No non-zero writes to 7E0414 have been found in the programming of the final version of the game.

(Source: JLukas (debugging codes)

Infinite Energy Cheat

Addams Family Values SNES Spiders Eye item slot.png

This cheat code managed to stay undiscovered for approximately 25 years. The first step is to hold Select while pressing Start to open the inventory. Once the inventory screen has finished loading, release Select and move the cursor to the item slot reserved for the Spider's Eye as shown in the screenshot above (3rd row from the bottom, last column). It isn't necessary to actually have the item. Next, hold L and Select, and press Right, A, B, Right, A, B. If done correctly, a sound effect will confirm success. Resume the game and the infinite energy cheat is now enabled. To turn the effect off, repeat the entire cheat process.

(Source: JLukas)

Removed Options

Full options Final options
Loads of options! ...are you kidding me?

A number of options were deleted in the final release:

  • Difficulty: Easy, Normal, Hard

7EFFC2xx difficulty

00 - Easy

01 - Normal

02 - Hard

  • Control: Method A, Method B, Method C

7EFFC6xx control type

00 - Method A

01 - Method B

02 - Method C

The memory addresses for Difficulty and Control are never checked anywhere outside the options menu.

  • Music Test
  • Sound Test

These were fully programmed, and available in the options menu for the Genesis version, but were deleted for no apparent reason. However, the debug menu has a music and sound effect test of its own.

Unused Items

Black Egg

In the room before the final boss, Morobe offers an item:

Addams Family Values SNES Black Egg text 1.png Addams Family Values SNES Black Egg text 2.png Addams Family Values SNES Black Egg text 3.png

It explodes when Fester touches it, reducing HP by half:

Addams Family Values SNES Black Egg 1.png Addams Family Values SNES Black Egg 2.png
The dialogue suggests it was originally meant to be picked up (i.e, added to the inventory) and taken into the final boss room where Fester would receive a nasty surprise. The instruction manual, which details several prototype elements not found in the final game, has the following to say:

"Black Egg (Level 7, Morobe possesses it)

When thrown and smashed, a flurry of small spiders will attack Fester (best to leave alone.)"

This was likely changed either due to it making the battle too difficult, or being funnier to watch Fester immediately fall for the trick.

Addams Family Values SNES inventory Black Egg.png
A spot is still reserved for it on the inventory screen, and although it can be obtained using the debug inventory code, it has no effect when used with the A button (the pointer is set to $0000 / blank). It's currently unknown if there's any leftovers in the programming for its old behavior, assuming that it was even worked on before the change was made.

Addams Family Values SNES Black Egg portrait.png
Since it can't be picked up, this portrait for it goes unused.

Portal Potion

Addams Family Values SNES inventory Portal Potion.png

This item is completely unused, with no clues to its purpose found so far. The pointer to the portrait graphic and/or portrait palette is blank, causing the game to freeze when using an item modifier cheat to pick it up off the ground. When added using the debug inventory code, it has no effect when used with the A button (the pointer is set to $0000 / blank).

The other three potions share the same portrait but use different palettes; this probably would've done the same using a grey palette.

SRAM Error

Yeah, this is a lie.

The game uses a password system and has no SRAM, but this error message can be displayed by forcing a branch.