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Monster Lab (Wii)

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Monster Lab

Developer: Backbone Entertainment
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Platform: Wii
Released in US: November 4, 2008
Released in EU: November 28, 2008


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From the makers of Death Jr., Monster Lab is another ghoulish title in which Frankensteinian monsters are stitched together and taken out into the world to wreak havoc on the enemy's crazed abominations, Pokémon-style.

Unused Text

Like Death Jr.: Root of Evil, Monster Lab's English language text is stored in /text/str_en.txt, though it lacks the index file of the former, which gave each string a name. Unused strings conveniently announce themselves as DELETED; this and all control codes are preserved below.

Debug Text

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: Can any of these debug features be enabled in the final game?

A reasonably broad collection of debug strings are peppered all throughout the strings file.

Line 912 Line 1102 Line 1118 Line 1353
DEBUG TEXT: Empty
DEBUG TEXT: Changeable Text
DEBUG TEXT: Generic Number
DEBUG TEXT: Animation Test
Line 1355 Lines 1418-1419 Line 1442 Lines 1449-1452
DEBUG TEXT: Combat Arenas
DEBUG TEXT: DEBUG TEXT
DEBUG TEXT: Start DEBUG TEXT Game
DEBUG TEXT: Eidos Quest
DEBUG TEXT: difficulty 1
DEBUG TEXT: difficulty 2
DEBUG TEXT: difficulty 3
DEBUG TEXT: difficulty 4
Line 1455 Line 1513 Line 1555 Line 1560
DEBUG TEXT: This feature has not yet been implemented.
DEBUG TEXT: Map
DEBUG TEXT: Vertical Slice
DEBUG TEXT: NIS Test
Line 1603 Line 1614 Line 1630 Line 1643
DEBUG TEXT: Insert conversation here.
DEBUG TEXT: Prototypes
DEBUG TEXT: Restart Level
DEBUG TEXT: Test Screen

Removed Features

All the fun and interesting ideas that were canned for being too fun and interesting.

Lines 1662-1663
DELETED STRING: ~Trade - Host
DELETED STRING: ~Trade - Join
The final game allows players to face off against friends' monsters online, but earlier in development it also would have allowed them to exchange body parts. Dialogue concerning trades also remains in the game.
Lines 4153-4158
Data for Monster Lab is already in Wii Remote memory. Is it OK to overwrite it?
Data for <Game Title> is already in the Wii Remote memory. Overwrite data?
Data for a game other than Monster Lab is currently in Wii Remote memory. Is it OK to overwrite it?
Data for a game other than Monster Lab is currently in Wii Remote memory. Is it OK to overwrite it?
Data for another game is currently in Wii Remote memory. Is it OK to overwrite it?
Data for another game is currently in Wii Remote memory. Is it OK to overwrite it?
There's no way (or any particular reason) to use the Wii Remote's internal memory. Presumably it would have allowed players to bring their monsters to friends' houses, but the game lacks any form of local multiplayer with which to take advantage of this feature.

Cut Items and Attributes

A few items and a few more item attributes were apparently deleted.

Line 419 Line 452 Line 2543
DELETED STRING: Phoenix Badge
DELETED STRING: Artist Badge
DELETED STRING: Head
These name for cut badges are stored alongside the rest of the game's equipment. Notably, there is also a Phoenix Body part which wasn't cut. This body part is included with all the other Heads, the rest of which have actual names. Likely a placeholder or test part.
Line 798+
DELETED STRING: Backfire
DELETED STRING: Clumsy
DELETED STRING: Faulty
DELETED STRING: Seeping
DELETED STRING: Shielded
DELETED STRING: Crippling
DELETED STRING: Leeching
DELETED STRING: Paralyzing
DELETED STRING: Poisonous
DELETED STRING: Polluting
DELETED STRING: Short Circuit
DELETED STRING: Depleting
DELETED STRING: Vampiric
DELETED STRING: Weakening
DELETED STRING: This part takes some damage on a successful hit.
DELETED STRING: Decreases the chances of a successful hit.
DELETED STRING: An action selected with this part may fail.
DELETED STRING: Charges the enemy's torso on a successful hit.
DELETED STRING: Reduces the damage taken to part.
DELETED STRING: Decreases the enemy attack damage.
DELETED STRING: Drains enemy energy and charge the torso.
DELETED STRING: Stuns the target parts.
DELETED STRING: Poisons the targeted parts.
DELETED STRING: Added damage to parts of the same science
DELETED STRING: Decreases the enemy's energy capacity.
DELETED STRING: Drains energy from the enemy.
DELETED STRING: Heals a small portion of damage delivered.
DELETED STRING: Damage increased on attacks to the same part.
Beginning at line 798 is the list of part attributes and their descriptions. Among the used attributes are a variety marked as deleted.

Dropped Quests

Beginning at line 3657 are the names and descriptions of all quests, which includes a variety of dropped ones.

~DELETED STRING: The Haunted House
~DELETED STRING: The Alien and the Swampoliath
~DELETED STRING: The Crypt Keeper
~DELETED STRING: The Junkolean
~DELETED STRING: The Dark Forest Boss
~DELETED STRING: The Four Experimental Monsters of the Ghastocalypse
~DELETED STRING: The Mayor has called on you to take on the creepy Haunted House that has come alive and is causing havoc in the village.
~DELETED STRING: The Alien needs one more piece for his transmitter - help him find and recover it!
~DELETED STRING: Description of Boss Quest 3
~DELETED STRING: Description of Boss Quest 4
~DELETED STRING: Description of Boss Quest 5
~DELETED STRING: Description of Boss Quest 6
~DELETED STRING: Defeat the Haunted House
~DELETED STRING: Graveyard Quest 5
~DELETED STRING: Graveyard Quest 6
~DELETED STRING: Graveyard Quest 7
~DELETED STRING: Graveyard Quest 8
~DELETED STRING: Graveyard Quest 9
~DELETED STRING: Description of Graveyard Quest 5
~DELETED STRING: Description of Graveyard Quest 6
~DELETED STRING: Description of Graveyard Quest 7
~DELETED STRING: Description of Graveyard Quest 8
~DELETED STRING: Description of Graveyard Quest 9
~DELETED STRING: Description of Swamp Quest 5
~DELETED STRING: Description of Village Quest 3
~DELETED STRING: Description of Village Quest 5
~DELETED STRING: Journal Entry for The Haunted House
~DELETED STRING: Journal Entry for The Alien and the Swampoliath
~DELETED STRING: Journal Entry for The Crypt Keeper
~DELETED STRING: Journal Entry for The Junkolean
~DELETED STRING: Journal Entry for The Dark Forest Boss
~DELETED STRING: Journal Entry for The Four Experimental Monsters of the Ghastocalypse

Dialogue

A fairly substantial amount of unused dialogue remains; some is simply earlier wording or alternate scenes, while others were cut entirely.

Lines 4-13
DELETED STRING: ~The Mad Science Alliance wants you!$newlineJoin now!
DELETED STRING: ~Perform crazy experiments to bring monsters to life!
DELETED STRING: ~Battle rival monsters as you explore the perilous lands of the Uncanny Valley.
DELETED STRING: ~Discover secret parts to make the ultimate monster.
DELETED STRING: ~Join Today!$newlineJoin the Mad Science Alliance!
DELETED STRING: ~The Mad Science Alliance does not assume any liability. We recommend you do not stare at monster. Do not look away from monster. Do not open monster. Monster may spontaneously combust without notice. Product may produce numbness, fidgeting, hysteria, fatigue, puffy-eyes or other random symptoms. Batteries to safely operate this game are not available. Can and will contain traces of nut, milk, fish and by-products. Purchase not recommended without life insurance.
DELETED STRING: ~Oh!$newlineThere you are!
DELETED STRING: ~Do you always take this long to respond to invitations?$newlineWhat are you? Royalty?
DELETED STRING: ~Well?$newlineAre you joining our Mad Science Alliance as an apprentice or not?
DELETED STRING: ~There's much work to do and very little time...
Some of this dialogue was repurposed for the intro FMV, where it is spoken rather than displayed textually. The intro fades out early on in the disclaimer: nothing from "Do not open monster" onward is heard. There is some partially obscured text which contains snippets of the disclaimer as well as text which isn't part of the deleted version.
Line 753 Line 1858
DELETED STRING: To select a part, point the Wii$nonbreakingspaceRemote at your monster and Press the A$nonbreakingspaceButton.  Now, try selecting a part.
DELETED STRING: You don't have a $arg4.
The final game uses the Nunchuk's analog stick to select parts instead. Sitting along with the NPC trading dialogue; $arg4 refers to the part the NPC is offering.
Lines 2942-2943
DELETED STRING: Come on, I'll show you how to make a mechanical part that will flatten your opponents!
DELETED STRING: Interesting items you've brought back. Your creativity reminds me of me!
Context makes it apparent that these lines were intended for Professor Fuseless.
Line 2951 Line 2953
DELETED STRING: I am Professor Fuseless.
DELETED STRING: These devices can be dangerous... and they aren't cheap!
The used version of this line is nearby: "Thanks! Your help was most appreciated! I am Professor Fuseless."
Line 2958 Line 2964
DELETED STRING: You must use a key ingredient and a secondary ingredient.
DELETED STRING: Fine work on that new part, Apprentice.   I.G.O.R. will save the recipe so you can view it later.
Line 3348
DELETED STRING: Here is the ancient translation key to the glyphs: SDFJWOHGSDKEIDKS.
Line 3539 Line 3541
DELETED STRING: Ahhh, there you are! I'm sure you've heard of my genius, but if not, I am Professor Fuseless.
DELETED STRING: Creator of Mongor the Unstable, Vul-Garr the Pointy-Nosed, and Gorbok the Gorbok-like...
These lines seem to suggest an alternate version of the first meeting with Fuseless.
Line 3547 Line 3554
DELETED STRING: Eh, the Troublescope?! Let's go to the Command Room to take a look...
DELETED STRING: My old colleagues were always leaving things lying around!
Immediately before this line is the used "No doubt there are scrap parts around here for you to use..."
Lines 3559-3567
DELETED STRING: Ok, let's run you through it.  Four types of parts make up a monster:
DELETED STRING: The Torso.  This is the engine of your monster!
DELETED STRING:If it stops working, your monster stops working, so keep it in tip top shape.
DELETED STRING:Legs.  Without legs your monster won't explore, run from danger or kick anything!
DELETED STRING:Make sure your legs are sturdy!
DELETED STRING:Arms.  As you can tell, I'm a big believer in arms!
DELETED STRING:They can be used to attack, move obstacles and make shadow puppets!
DELETED STRING:Heads.  Not as essential as you may think, but they can perform some useful attacks.
DELETED STRING:Remember, building monsters is the ultimate expression of our skills as mad scientists!
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DELETED STRING:Yes, I.G.O.R., or the Inventory and General Operational Resonator.  Impressive.
DELETED STRING: Oh, we can also talk to each other through it, but don't call too often... the rates are a killer!
It's not otherwise explained what I.G.O.R. (essentially, the menu system) stands for.
Lines 3583-3586
DELETED STRING: Yes, there are other Mad Scientists all over the world!
DELETED STRING: With the Link you can trade parts, or challenge their creations to combat with your own!
DELETED STRING: You can use the link to challenge their creations to combat with your own!
DELETED STRING: You can use the link to trade parts with them!
This dialogue refers to trading parts with other players, a feature that was removed (see Removed Features).
Line 3588 Line 3591
DELETED STRING: Just remember some regions won't be open to you until you're a more capable Mad Scientist.
DELETED STRING: Finally, you can select a creature you've conglomerated, and go!
Lines 3599-3600
DELETED STRING: We shall mark it with this badge.  You shall receive one when you accomplish specific goals!
DELETED STRING: Keep it up! The next monster isn't one of mine, so I can't help you!
Lines 3604-3608
DELETED STRING: More good work, Apprentice! Another goal reached, and now your rank has increased!
DELETED STRING: The higher ranks you get, the stronger the parts you can create... and with more madness!
DELETED STRING: Enjoy a stroll in Cobbleshire, then meet me in the Command Room when you return!
DELETED STRING: You are full of surprises, Apprentice! I see you have located some valuable parts!
DELETED STRING: Bring them back to the Castle... we can use them!
Lines 3618-3619
DELETED STRING: Bad monsters are shown in red on the Troublescope.
DELETED STRING: Say it with me: Red Bad! Also, you can see the difficulty of each enemy.

Remnants from Other Platforms

The Wii version was developed concurrently with PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS games, and retains several strings from those version which make reference to "touching" objects, memory cards, etc.

Line 1438 Line 1632
Do you want to use DS$nonbreakingspaceWireless$nonbreakingspaceCommunications?
Do you want to resume DS Wireless Communications?
Line 1830 Lines 2955-2956 Line 3558
Press SELECT to view your I.G.O.R.
When you want to open I.G.O.R., touch the button on screen or press SELECT.
When you want to open I.G.O.R. use the Select Button.
Touch the Monster Constructor to build a monster.
Lines 4149-4152 Lines 4173-4176
The Memory Card in Slot A is damaged and cannot be used.
The Memory Card in Slot A is damaged and cannot be used.
The Memory Card in Slot B is damaged and cannot be used.
The Memory Card in Slot B is damaged and cannot be used.
The Monster Lab file on Memory Card in Slot A is corrupted.
The Monster Lab file on Memory Card in Slot A is corrupted.
The Monster Lab file on Memory Card in Slot B is corrupted.
The Monster Lab file on Memory Card in Slot B is corrupted.
Lines 4191-4194 Lines 4230-4233
No Memory Card found in Slot A.
No Memory Card found in Slot A.
No Memory Card found in Slot B.
No Memory Card found in Slot B.
Wrong device in Slot A. Please insert a Memory Card.
Wrong device in Slot A. Please insert a Memory Card.
Wrong device in Slot B. Please insert a Memory Card.
Wrong device in Slot B. Please insert a Memory Card.

Miscellany

And here's all the boring assorted deleted text nobody will read.

Lines 44, 205 Lines 147-152 Line 330-331
DELETED STRING: ~PLACEHOLDER
DELETED STRING: ~IDLE
DELETED STRING: ~IDLEHURT
DELETED STRING: ~IDLETIRED
DELETED STRING: ~INJUREHEAVY
DELETED STRING: ~INJURELIGHT
DELETED STRING: ~INJURESLAM
DELETED STRING: ~PLACEHOLDER!!!
DELETED STRING: ~WALKFORWARD!!!
SOME RATHER EXCITABLE PLACEHOLDERS!!!
Lines 343-344, 665, 681, 1050-1083, 1686-1687, 4029, 4116, 4128, 4236 Lines 347-349 Lines 352-354, 668-670, 684-686, 4048-4050, 4119-4121 Lines 673-678 Lines 1000-1004 Lines 2113-2114, 4124-4125, 4245-4246
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Line 687 Line 887 Lines 951-962 Line 972 Line 989 Line 992
DELETED STRING: Grand Hall
DELETED STRING: Haunted Organ
DELETE STRING: Astral Rift
DELETE STRING: Haunted Organ
DELETE STRING: Element Inferno
DELETE STRING: Mystic Maelstrom
DELETE STRING: Arm-aggedon
DELETE STRING: IQ Injector
DELETE STRING: Stitch-O-Matic
DELETE STRING: Cardio Chaos
DELETE STRING: Weld-O-Tron
DELETE STRING: Robo-Evolver
DELETE STRING: Hyper-Chopper
DELETE STRING: Fusion Compactor
DELETED STRING: (Clue)
DELETED STRING: (Translation)
DELETED STRING: ~HP
Lines 1087-1088 Line 1104
DELETED STRING: ~Action 1:
DELETED STRING: ~Action 2:
DELETED STRING: ~This item will be removed from your inventory.
Line 1134 Lines 1138-1139 Line 1148 Line 1155 Line 1158 Line 1358
DELETED STRING: ~Monster Stats
DELETED STRING: ~No Defect
DELETED STRING: ~No Enhancement
DELETED STRING: ~Player Data
DELETED STRING: ~Remove
DELETED STRING: ~Speed
DELETED STRING: Attack
Line 1384 Line 1387 Lines 1397-1398 Line 1489 Line 1498
DELETED STRING: ~No monsters available to modify
$buildid
DELETED STRING: ~Combat - Host
DELETED STRING: ~Combat - Join
DELETED STRING: ~Inventory
DELETED STRING: ~Labs
Line 1528 Line 1531 Lines 1535-1536 Line 1556 Line 1588 Line 1603
DELETED STRING: ~EnemyMonster
DELETED STRING: ~PlayerMonster
DELETED STRING: ~500
DELETED STRING: ~MSP
DELETED STRING ~New Monster
DELETED STRING: ~Operate!
DELETED STRING: ~Perform
Relax, it's short for Mad Scientist Points.
Line 1633 Line 1640 Line 1649 Line 1667
DELETED STRING: ~Retry
DELETED STRING: ~Save Game
DELETED STRING: ~Select which monster to modify
DELETED STRING: ~Try
Lines 3721-3723 Lines 3726-3727 Line 3729
~DELETED STRING: Weld the Arm Together
~DELETED STRING: Go Upstairs to the Lightning Tower
~DELETED STRING: Attach an arm to the Monster
~DELETED STRING: Create Mechanical Legs
~DELETED STRING: Show Fuseless Your Findings
~DELETED STRING: Create a Mechanical Head
Lines 3731-3732 Line 3735 Lines 3737-3738
~DELETED STRING: Create a Mechanical Dynamo for the Torso
~DELETED STRING: Bring a Monster to life!
~DELETED STRING: Recycle the Useless Alien Part in the Lightning Tower
~DELETED STRING: Meet Sonderbar in the Bio Lab
~DELETED STRING: Create a pair of Biological Legs.
Line 3740 Lines 3773-3776 Lines 3778-3785
~DELETED STRING: Create Biological Arms.
~DELETED STRING: Investigate The Neverglades
~DELETED STRING: Save the Alien from the Monsters
~DELETED STRING: Find and recruit Dr. Von Sonderbar
~DELETED STRING: Deliver Note to Fuseless
~DELETED STRING: Return to the Neverglades
~DELETED STRING: Investigate the UFO
~DELETED STRING: Crack the Security Code of the UFO
~DELETED STRING: Tell the Alien that the UFO has been unlocked
~DELETED STRING: Get Warpwood
~DELETED STRING: Get Swamp Juice
~DELETED STRING: Get the Leg of a Monster
~DELETED STRING: Return to Sonderbar with the Items
Line 3787 Line 3789 Line 3794
~DELETED STRING: Find the Feeb
~DELETED STRING: Find the Third Piece
~DELETED STRING: Show the Leo Lumiere Your Findings
Line 3798 Line 3888 Line 3930 Line 3978 Line 4030
~DELETED STRING: Smash Pumpkins
~DELETED STRING: Find Se?or De La Sombra in Tombstone Rise
~DELETED STRING:Find the Gearheads
~DELETED STRING: Search the Swamp
DELETED STRING: The Castle
The 'ñ' character is used elsewhere without issue, as in the used line "Find Señor De La Sombra" nearby.
Line 4040 Lines 4247-4248
DELETED STRING: ~MSP:
DELETED STRING: ~Quality
DELETED STRING: ~The weld looks strong.