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Dudes with Attitude

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Title Screen

Dudes with Attitude

Also known as: Trolls on Treasure Island
Developer: American Video Entertainment
Publisher: American Video Entertainment
Platform: Unlicensed NES
Released in US: 1990


ObjectIcon.png This game has unused objects.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
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Dudes with Attitude is an unlicensed NES puzzle game. Happy, Dude, Foxy, Babe, Patch and Bozo (who are being referred as "the dudes") are on a mission to uncover buried jewels on Caribbean islands. Gameplay involves controlling one of them as they bounce back and forth across the screen trying to acquire the jewels on the playfield.

Unused Graphics

Font Characters

Dudes With Attitude font characters.png

Within the font, there are 24 unused characters.

Dog

Dudes with Attitude dog.png

A yellow dog.

Egg

Dudes with Attitude egg.png

An egg.

Unused Objects

Undo and Redo

Dudes with Attitude undo.png Dudes with Attitude redo.png Hex codes: 5D and 5C

Two blocks that say "UNDO" and "REDO". They don't seem to do anything no matter what color you are.

Dudes with Attitude undo and redo gameplay.png

Hot Coals

Dudes with Attitude pink object.png Hex code: 5B

Hot coals. It makes you die if you touch it two times. While it doesn't appear in any levels proper, it is available in the game's level editor. It also makes an appearance in the 1994 reskin.

Dudes with Attitude pink object gameplay.png

Hourglasses

Dudes with Attitude hourglasses.png Hex codes: 77, 75 and 76

Blue, gray and red hourglass. For some reason, when you try to get these objects to appear in the game, a shuriken appears near them, which makes it almost impossible to interact with them. Just like the "UNDO" and "REDO" blocks, they don't seem to do anything.

Dudes with Attitude hourglass gameplay.png

Version Differences

In 1994, the game was rereleased under the name Trolls on Treasure Island. In this version, all characters were reskinned to look like The Trolls (based on the famous series of plastic dolls).

Title Screen

Dudes with Attitude Trolls on Treasure Island
Dudes With Attitude push start.png Trolls on Treasure Island push start.png

Other than the obvious logo overhaul, the background was changed from black to blue and "PRESS START" text appears differently. The copyright texts were also moved closer to each other and the year was changed from 1990 to 1992, which is strange considering that the game actually came out in 1994. Seems like the development started much earlier than it was released.

Menu Screen

Dudes with Attitude Trolls on Treasure Island
Dudes With Attitude menu screen.png Trolls on Treasure Island menu screen.png

The borders were recolored to pink and made much thicker, ability to select your own character was removed (so there is only two instead of six) and the window was slightly shortened.

Map Screen

Dudes with Attitude Trolls on Treasure Island
Dudes With Attitude map screen.png Trolls on Treasure Island map screen.png

While Dudes with Attitude lets you play the first four stages at the very beginning, Trolls on Treasure Island only allows you to play the stages in a linear order. The map was also completely redrawn, with the ocean becoming much darker and the compass getting moved to the top of the screen.

Gameplay

Dudes with Attitude Trolls on Treasure Island
Dudes With Attitude stage.png Trolls on Treasure Island stage.png

Trolls on Treasure Island mostly has graphical differences, but the gameplay also went through some changes. All 32 stages were redesigned and the troll's head was added in the HUD that changes based on player's actions. Also, whenever you become red (which is done by pressing B), the "Jewels" text gets replaced with "NO NO", "NO DON'T, "HEE HEE" and other messages. This feature wasn't present in Dudes with Attitude.

Audio

Menu Music

Dudes with Attitude Trolls on Treasure Island

Music that plays at the menu screen is different in Trolls on Treasure Island.

Becoming Red

Dudes with Attitude Trolls on Treasure Island

This robotic sound that plays when the character becomes red was replaced with a squeaky noise in Trolls on Treasure Island.