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Lunar Pool

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Title Screen

Lunar Pool

Also known as: Lunar Ball (JP)
Developer: Compile
Publishers: Pony Canyon (JP), FCI (EU/US)
Platform: NES
Released in JP: December 5, 1985
Released in US: October 1987
Released in EU: 1987


DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


Lunar Pool is a Moon-themed pool variant with some weird-shaped boards...as well as the ability to turn off all friction, making the game pretty close to impossible.

Hidden Text

The string below is used by the Reset routine to check if the game was soft or hard reset:

JEMINI DAZO!!
Cacti speak Japanese.
...But what does it mean?
This game has text or audio that needs to be translated. If you are fluent with this language, please read our translation guidelines and then submit a translation!

Jemini is Takayuki Hirono, the game's programmer.

Easter Egg

Press Reset 10 times, and at the game over screen you'll hear a different piece of music (Track 15 in the game's NSF).

Level Skip

In the US version, press Reset 58 times, then during gameplay press Select to skip the current round.

The Japanese version has the same level skip functionality, but it was used in the development stage as a debug feature. The released Japanese version checks for the letter "J" of the aforementioned "JEMINI DAZO!!" string and treats the game as a final version. If you change this letter with Game Genie code NYSVNEZK, the level skip routine will be re-enabled.

Regional Differences

Hmmm...
To do:
Upload the sounds to hear the difference

The ball collision sound effect is different as the pitch is about 1 semitone higher, half-shorter and has a different timbre in the international version.

Japan International
Pony Incanyon? I'm sure they appreciated that

The credits and Pony Canyon logo on the title screen were removed from Lunar Pool to make room for more copyright information. Plus there's a trademark symbol. Hooray!

Japan International
Your TV is not broke. Please stop crying They changed the palette but not the "TWO PLAYERS GAME"

The game menu windows were colorized for the international release.

Japan International
OH NO Oh thank God they're all black now

One of the specks of dirt on this tile is white in Lunar Ball. Don't you feel like a better person for learning that? I hope so.