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Hook (NES)

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Title Screen

Hook

Developer: Painting by Numbers
Publishers: Epic/Sony Records (JP), Sony Imagesoft (US), Ocean (EU)
Platform: NES
Released in JP: March 27, 1992
Released in US: April 1992
Released in EU: 1992


DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


A game based on the 1991 action film starring Robin Williams.

Hidden Text

This game shares the same music driver library that many other NES Ocean Software games used. As a result, there's a hidden version and copyright string hidden at ROM address 0x187C:

MUSIC DRIVER V1.0 (C)JONATHAN DUNN & OCEAN SOFTWARE

Ending Sequence and Free Map

Press Right, Up, Up, Down, Down, Right, Left, Up at the title screen. A sound will confirm correct code entry. Now press Select to view the ending sequence or start a new game, select a destination on the map, then press B to go there instantly without level completion.

Regional Differences

High Scores

US/Europe Japan
Hook - NES - High Scores.png Hook - FC - High Scores.png

The Japanese version of the game allows for more characters to be input than the international version, presumably due to the shortened text. As a result, it also reveals the full names of the developers; Mark Rogers (マーク・ロジャース), Chris Kerry (クリス・ケリー), Steve Kerry (スティーブ・ケリー) and Jon Beard (ジョン・ベアード).

Credits

The Japanese version lists the developer credits in katakana (most likely making this the very first video game to have English developers' names in Japanese) and adds a missing credit for Matthew Cannon, the game's sound composer, which was left out of the US and European versions for some reason, most likely because his name couldn't fit on the screen because of the large text.

US/Europe Japan
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Below is a translation of the Japanese text:

Japanese Credits English Translation
ペインティング
ナンバーズ
Painting
Numbers
コード
マーク・ロジャース
クリス・ケリー
Code
Mark Rogers
Chris Kerry
アート
スティーブ・ケリー
ジョン・ベアード
Art
Steve Kerry
Jon Beard
サウンド
マシュー・キャノン
Sound
Matthew Cannon