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Anachronox

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Anachronox

Developer: Ion Storm
Publishers: Eidos Interactive (US/EU), Infogrames (AU)
Platform: Windows
Released in US: June 27, 2001
Released in EU: June 29, 2001
Released in AU: June 30, 2001


AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
ObjectIcon.png This game has unused objects.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
BonusIcon.png This game has hidden bonus content.


PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

Anachronox is a science-fiction RPG with gameplay reminiscent of Final Fantasy VII and Chrono Trigger. Plagued by a long development cycle and a story seemingly too ambitious for one game (it ends on a major cliffhanger), the game sold very poorly, despite high praise from critics.

Debugging Material

To activate the console press ALT+SHIFT+F10. That enables the debug mode which shows additional information all over the screen and allows to access the console with "~" key.

The console can be enabled by editing the Default.CFG file in the CONFIGS folder.

Debug menu

Main

Patched

AnoxDebug.png

The main debug menu can be accessed by entering "invoke 1:86" (without quotes) into the console.

View/Edit Player Stats

Anox UI Debug StatEditor.png

This menu allows you to change the HP, level, and skill of any character in your party.

View/Edit Inventory

Anox UI Debug InventoryEditor.png

This menu allows you to add any item to your inventory.

Edit Party/Money

Anox UI Debug PartyEditor.png

This menu allows you to change the characters in your party, as well as adjust the number of credits you have.

View/Edit Battle Weapons / Skills

Anox UI Debug BattleSkillAndItemEditor.png

This menu allows you to add or change the skills your party has. You can also add any battle weapons to your inventory from this screen.

It is very similar to the inventory editor.

The Works

Anox UI Debug TheWorks.png

Anox UI Debug TheWorks Boots.png

Each character has a unique line after receiving the items:

  • Boots:

"Bow Before Me.. Weenie Monkeys!"

  • Grumpos:

"Is there no sick old woman who can stand before me?!?"

  • Rho:

"You better check yo'self before you wreck yo'self."

  • PAL-18:

"I'll kick that robot from Short Circut's ass!"

  • Democratus:

"We want the funk, gotta have that funk!"

  • Stiletto

"What's my name bitch?!?"

  • Paco

"Yo Quiero a can of whupass?!?"

Find Location / Goto Location

Anox UI Debug FindSetLocation.png

This menu allows you to go to any XYZ co-ordinate you input.

Random Game Names

Anox UI Debug GameNameGenerator.png

This menu opens a window with randomly-generated names of supposed video games belonging to "Mintendo".

Original / 1.0

It is not clear why some of the functions were removed in the patched version (such as level select).

Anox debug vanilla.png

Handy Anox Debug Menu

The old debug menu can be accessed by entering "invoke 1:860" (without quotes) into the console.

NoxHandyDebug.png

There you can warp around the world, track quest status and even set an alarm clock.

Some of the functions are unlisted because they are either unfinished or not implemented.

The debug menu from 1.0 release version of the game features most of the functions found here but more or less completed and working.

Go to ... Map ...

Anox UI Debug Handy LevelSelect Bricks.png

Go to Story Section...

Anox UI Debug Handy StorySection.png

Apparently Main Menu did not exist when that menu was in use hence start the game with intro cinematic option.

The third option does nothing.

Add/Remove Party Members

Anox UI Debug Handy PartyEditor.png

Add Beat Weapons for Battle

Anox UI Handy AddBaseWeapons.png

Dude, I give up--wake me in 30.

Anox UI Debug Handy AlarmClock.png

The textures for numbers are still in the game files but have different names, so to make them display they needed to be renamed first.

Adjusting window colors

Anox debug windowcoloradjust.png

Typing

windowcoloradjust

into the console will display the menu that allows to customize default color scheme for dialogue boxes. Some planets got customized dialogue boxes and can't be altered. The menu allows to set color for each corner of dialogue boxes (rgba) which it blends together afterwards.

AI debug mode

Highlights paths and control points used by AI and Characters.

One way to call it is by entering

exec testjosh

into the console.

It is a shortcut which executes a list of commands. It changes controls a little, allowing to switch between the AI view-modes by pressing F1-F4. From 0 to 3, 3 - shows everything.

The list of commands executed can be found in the following file:

anoxdata/configs/testjosh.cfg

Unused Areas

Joey

This map was not originally released with the game - instead, it was introduced along with a couple of other maps in a .rar folder titled Anachrodox: a joint effort by the Anachronox team to create a database about how the game works for modders interested in modding the game. However, unlike the other maps in the .rar, pretty much all of the entities in this map do not work, making it near useless for modders.

This map is in the Steam and GoG releases because these releases include the unofficial v1.02 Build 46 Patch, which included the level for some reason. It appears even more broken in these releases because it's missing textures that were only in the Anachrodox .rar file. The map is named after Joey Liaw, one of the programmers who worked on Anachronox and contributed to Anachrodox.

Hatch

This map contains nothing but a rectangular room with a hatch in the middle.

Unused Actors

NPCs

Borbor

Looks like it's a shopkeeper from Roberg (the PAL-18 Dreams map that is a part of Baltown.bsp).

There is a folder among the textures called "Borbors" which hints that he might've had his own map for a shop like Zordo.

Monsters

Sservant

Model from the game files E3 99'
Anox monster sservant.png Anox E3 specserv 1.png

From the cut map "Evil Domain". Only posed, not animated.

Magentaur, Strider, Dgrace

From the cut map "Azurood"

Anox E3 azurood 1.png

E3 99'

Terebrant

The model is not used in the game, but the monster is shown when highlighting "Way too hard" difficulty option in Main Menu:

The model Way too hard difficulty thumbnail
Anox monster terebrant.png Anox UI WayTooHard.png

Pirates

Monsters from the cut map "Port Presence".

Anox E3 portpresence 1.png

Forklug

Model from the game files E3 99'
Anox monster forklug.png Anox E3 stacks.png


The screenshot name is "Stacks". There's no such map in the release version of the game.

The monster has several animation states and is not commented out from the definition file, although apparently never appears throughout the game.

Characters

Droids

Both are supposedly for the "Roberg" map that can be seen in the "PAL-18 Dreams" cinematic. So the map is still present in the game (as a part of "Baltown.bsp") but is only shown for a brief moment. Both characters have an extensive list of animations.

Old Grumpos

Some of the models, revisions and textures for the old version of Grumpos are present in the archives. The models contain very similar set of animation to the main version, although the models themselves are quite different.

There is a mod that brings back the old model, along with the portraits for UI.

Default

Release Prototype
Anox char grumpos release default.png Anox char grumpos old.png
Release Prototype
Anox char grumpos release default back.png Anox char grumpos old default back.png

Lab suit

Release Prototype
Anox char grumpos release lab.png Anox char grumpos old lab.png
Release Prototype
Anox char grumpos release lab back.png Anox char grumpos old lab back.png

Gannie Prototype

Release Prototype
Anox char gannie release.png Anox char gannie proto.png

There's also a this version which does not appear in the game, but is present on one of the screeenshots from prerelease.

Prerelease In model viewer
Anachronox prerelease gannie 012.jpg Anox char gannie release 2.png

Unused Objects

3D UI

Anox Kraptonbay TheCosmicMachine.png

It was either never implemented or scraped during development. Turns out the following models then were re-purposed for Villain's Ship section and are used to represent The Cosmic Machine.

List of the assets that were reused for the puzzle:

  • interface_mid_quit
  • interface_disc_quit
  • interface_mid_credits
  • interface_disc_credits
  • interface_mid_loadsave
  • interface_disc_loadsave
  • interface_mid_newuniverse
  • interface_disc_newuniverse
  • interface_mid_gameflow
  • interface_disc_gameflow

The following commands are present in Anachrodox manual but have no effect in console:

ui_3dshop_setmode <modenum>
ui_3dmenu_setmode <modenum>

Disk

The disk can do several transformations depending on the option selected. Acting apparently as a base for the other UI elements.

Mid

Anox UI 3D mid main.png

Supposedly stacks with the disk and acts as a base for the following UI modules:

Modules

Battle Icons

Unused Textures

UI

Old Character Icons

Unused Objects

Bean-with-Bacon MegaRocket

The spaceship built by Commander Keen. It is probably unused, although is not commented out from the definition file, like many other unused models. There is a mod that brings it into the game.

3D model from the game files Reference
Anox object bwbr side.png
Keen6 BwB.png

Casinox Area

Apparently there was supposed to be more to this area. Maybe some sort of an actual working casino.

Port Presence

Even though the map was cut from the release the objects are still there.

Hephaestus Roller-coaster

Anachronox screenshots rocket coaster.png

There are some objects related to Rocket Coaster at Hephaestus. There is a sign on the map but not much else.

Unused Items

  • Bracers of IDDQD - The shadow knows

Makes the character wearing it invulnerable.

  • Protective Gloves - Let you pick up sharp or dangerous things

These gloves had something to do with the BugBox according to item.GDB, but were never implemented fully. Might have been intended to be required to obtain 'dangerous' bugs.

  • LifeCursor LifeLight - Fatima shines her light on local creatures and objects.

Listed under Interface items in the item.GDB but appears to do absolutely nothing.

  • LifeCursor InfoShow - Fatima can show info about the environment.

Ditto.

Unused Text

Unused text windows can be called by typing "invoke + window id" into the console. For example:

invoke 94:172

will call the message below. The message will not be shown if you are not on the map it is assigned to. The message below is a part of event bound to map "Crevice".

Then there will be a wonderful cinematic...

window 94:172
title "Sathcarpintergorque [TEMP]"
body "Then there will be a wonderful cinematic in 
which our leader tells you the story behind the gate. 
There are warring aliens from the universe after 
our own called the Vyre (the good guys, Order) 
and the Chatagra (the bad guys, Chaos)."

#window 94:173
title "Sathcarpintergorque [TEMP]"
body "You must go to The Bricks and aid Roweidekhalicon, 
a fellow member of the Vigil who has been on a life-long 
search for the Echo Gate. He owns a drinking establishment 
in South Anachronox."

#window 94:174
title "Sathcarpintergorque [TEMP]"
body "Okay, so... get outta here. Get your butt back 
to Anachronox."
(from crevice.ape)

Lucky Lottobot

Anox unusedcharacters Lottobot 2.png

Unused dialogue with a lottobot from Casinox Area (bricksc). The bot seems to appear only during the cutscene "K'Conrad Speaks Again". Hence is not interactable.

#window 10:1605
title "Lucky LottoBot"
body "Greetings, future gazillionaire! 
I'm a lucky little robot with lucky little lotto tickets! Would you like to buy one?"

choice "Sure, what have I got to lose except money?" 10:1615
choice "Yeah, right." 10:1620

#window 10:1612
body "Players must be at least 16 years old. 
All tickets, winners and transactions are subject to Lucky LottoBot rules, regulations, 
procedures and SenderWeb Law. Unit #2246."

#window 10:1615
title "Lucky LottoBot"
body "With our combined luck, I'm sure you'll win!"

#window 10:1620
title "Lucky LottoBot"
body "Someone's gotta win! Guess it won't be you!"

#window 10:1625
title "Lucky LottoBot"
body "sfzzt--!"
(from bricksc.ape)

The dialogue has a unique style:

Anox unusedcharacters Lottobot.png

Map loading text

Casinox

#switch 900:22
MapLoadDestination$="Bricks:\nCasinox" 
MapLoadInfo0$="Our slot machines are looser\nthan a goose!" 
MapLoadInfo1$="Enjoy the Jazz Stylings of\nBricelano and his Killer Keyboard" 
MapLoadInfo2$="Play Flipp 'Em!" 
MapLoadInfo3$="Everyone loves\nDead-Eye Slammer Jammer!" 
MapLoadInfo4$="Visit amazing arcades\n(reserved for VIP members)" 
MapSaveDesc$="Casinox" 
goto 0:0

Planet Joey

#switch 900:140
MapLoadDestination$="Planet Joey" 
MapLoadInfo0$="For all your battle scripting needs" 
MapLoadInfo1$="And whatever other junk you wanna test" 
MapLoadInfo2$="It should have loaded by now...." 
MapLoadInfo3$="Damn your computer is slow." 
MapLoadInfo4$="Myeeeeeeeaaaahhhhhh" 
MapLoadImage$="/gameflow/maptrans/mt_joey.png" 
MapSaveDesc$="Joey" 
goto 0:0

Penthouse Suites

Penthouse Suites (which is a part of Sender Commons map) maybe was intended to have its own map or to be extended.

#switch 900:42
MapLoadDestination$="Sender Station:\nPenthouse Suites" 
MapLoadInfo0$="We do not exist" 
MapLoadInfo1$="We do not exist" 
MapLoadInfo2$="We do not exist" 
MapLoadInfo3$="We do not exist" 
MapLoadInfo4$="We do not exist" 
MapSaveDesc$="Pooposity" 
goto 0:0
(from global04.ape)

Development-Related Text

APE

Timed message (the one that appears on top of the screen)

if (TIMED_MESSAGE == 88)
  xyprintfx 8, 5, timed_alpha, 0.5, 1, 1, _main12, 
"You're searching through the code, aren't you?"
(from global02.ape)

Monster Death

#switch 20000:700
set @rictus_minions = (@rictus_minions - 1)
echo "/\\/\\0N573R |)E47|-|"
(from krapton4.ape)

Textures

Unused Music

Sunder Landing Theme (Sunder2Landing)

Sunder Ambience (SunderWillSpecial)

Fatima Theme (maybefatima)

Something New (SomethinNew)

Alternative Battle Win Theme(anoxwin_LONG)

Bonus Content

Falkhan

To reach him:

  1. Enable console (ALT+SHIFT+F10 (to open press "~"))
  2. Type in
    exec q2
  3. Fly on top of the roof
  4. Type in
    exec anox

Chloe

To reach her do the same as for Falkhan. She's hidden behind the stage at Cold Sweat Sex Machine (Red Light District)

Unused Code

Planet

Planet is the in-game cinematic editor. Planet is a spline based cinematic system that allows you to control multiple cameras across 3D paths and timelines. Simultaneously you can control entities on paths, trigger events, manipulate particles, and do just about anything you please. One of the more common team beliefs is that the only true limit to Planet is the person controlling it. [quote from Anachronox.com]