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Max Payne (Game Boy Advance)

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Title Screen

Max Payne

Also known as: Max Payne Advance (EU)
Developer: Möbius Entertainment
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Platform: Game Boy Advance
Released in US: December 16, 2003
Released in EU: March 19, 2004


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


The GBA Max Payne is an impressive and surprisingly faithful adaptation of the original game, which led to the developer being acquired by Take-Two and put to work bringing another popular Rockstar franchise to handhelds. It is also notable for being one of just nine M-rated GBA games.

Unused Text

The list of levels includes one simply called Test. Additionally, the language select text also includes Italian and Spanish, which were not included in the game.

A bit of text possibly related to the Test level is at 0xF7FB68:

THIS IS A VERY QUICK DEMO
OF A FEW OF THE SCRIPT
COMMANDS WE WILL USE TO
SET UP THE GAME .... 

Another set at 0xF81D5C:

testing!
loaded clues and lockers
started cluespawner script
started hidden baddies script
loaded hidden baddies
started letterondesk script
loaded letter
started holdup script
quitted holdup script
running main holdup script
loading baddieX
started merc dialogue
spawned baddie ok
baddie is not spawned
spawned baddie1 ok
baddie1 is not spawned
spawned baddie2 ok
baddie2 is not spawned
shtgun happened
started key text script
Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
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Found only in the European version, after the build date:

Level Skip

Build Date

Present at the end of the ROM.

US Europe
BUILD ID V2.3
MAXPAYNE
MAXPAYNE: 
14:21:33
Oct 30 2003
BUILD ID V2.3
MAXPAYNE
MAXPAYNE: 
20:03:06
Dec 12 2003

Regional Differences

US Europe
MaxPayneGBA-Title.png MaxPayneAdvance-Title.png

The European version is referred to as Max Payne Advance in-game.