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Title Screen

Normality

Developer: Gremlin Interactive
Publisher: Interplay
Platform: DOS
Released in US: 1996
Released in EU: 1996


GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article
PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

Normality is a first-person 3D point & click adventure game about a teenager called Kent Knutson, and his adventures in the fictional totalitarian city-state of Neutropolis.



Debug Functions

Press V to display a version information message.

Type wendy during gameplay to activate Debug Mode keys:

  • F1: Level Select: Jump to any location. The game will also automatically give you useful inventory items depending on the location.
  • G: Watch any cutscene.
  • S: Save .TGA screenshot. (Doesn't work in cutscenes).

Unused Items

Can of Food

Lovely!  Hmmm... 'THE ONE AND ONLY *FOOD*.
GUARANTEED NO WASTE, MORE WAIST, WHAT TASTE?
INGREDIENTS: MEAT AND VEGETATION.' Why am I
suddenly not hungry?
UK
US
As much as I would like to sample the delicate
bouquet and flavour sealed within, I don't have
a can opener.
UK
US

Other Appearances:

  • Room sprite is used on a poster advertising Food! on the wall in the Plush-Rest factory canteen.
  • Appears in your inventory automatically if you use the Level Select cheat, and choose Factory.
  • Appears in Kent's fridge in the demo version.

Can of Yellow Paint

This has gone all manky. I like yellow, but
this is no good.
Not a good idea considering the only thing
keeping the paint inside is the  dried up mulch
around the bottom.

Other Appearances:

Kent's Toolbox

"This is my 245-piece toolbox."

"Hmm. The lock is rusted shut."

Unused Character Graphics

2D Brian Deluge

One unused sprite is what appears to be a 2D cartoon version of Brian Deluge holding a CD.

2D Brian Deluge (unused) 3D Brian Deluge (final)
Normality Brian 2D.png Normality Brian 3D.png

Curiously, it uses black outlines which is a noticeably different style from all other 2D art in the game.

Bernard

Normality placeholder sprite.png

Other Appearances:

Unused Audio

"Edit Screen" Music

A music file named EDITSCRN.HMP never seems to be used in the game.

"Normality Today" Jingle

A generic TV News-style jingle, with a male announcer speaking: "Welcome to Normality Today. My name's John Spender, and I'll be with you for the next hour."

Unused Messages

There are various unused messages in the game's language file. This file includes dialog lines, response messages, item names, conversation topic names and other text strings in a big unstructured list.

Some are remnants from an early phase of the game's design:

Kerry Oakey
Kerry's Fridge
The Skimmer
Ingredient Z
Give Walnut Whip
Give Ingedient Z
Give Cotton Wool
Give Blue Paint

Bath Hole

The hole in Kent's bath is not an interactive hotspot, but there are several unused messages that seem to be intended for it. This is true in both the UK and US versions.

That sharkpoon gun made a pretty good hole! It could
still be a winner. I can't stand it in here much longer.
That really is the BIGGEST smell I ever smelled! If that
Norm outside gets a whiff, he'll think I'm up to no good.
UK
US
It's much too small. I may be fit and athletic but I would
need to lose around 90% of my body mass to get down that way
UK
US
Yeah, if I pick the hole up I can use it on other objects.
I can use it to get through walls and to empty oil tankers, and...
and I can't pick it up! Oh well, never mind, it was a good idea.
UK
US

Mall Gatekeeper

Unused dialog indicates that, at one time, the matchbook seller would initially prevent you from entering the M.I.N.T. Mall:

Can I enter the mall please?

Not until you buy some of my matches, young man.

Isn't that a bit unfair?

Yes, I suppose it is, but life's like that, Son! Sorry!

Regional Differences

Version Info
U.K. U.S.
Normality: 3D/ADV Kernel Real-Time Module
(c) 1996 Gremlin Interactive Ltd.
QA Version: 1.0
Compilation: 206596 Monday 6-5-1996 20:22.
Adventure: 17230496
Normality: 3D/ADV Kernel Real-Time Module
(c) 1996 Gremlin Interactive Ltd.
QA Version: US V.F6
Compilation: 10090796 Tuesday 9-7-1996 10:45.
Adventure: 17230496

Norm 2782's "Friend of Paul" Badges

In both U.K. and U.S. versions, the Norm Trooper at the M.I.N.T. Mall will give you a "Friend of Paul" badge when you ask him about the fire extinguisher.

However, he also gives you a badge at three other times in the U.S. version, but not the U.K. version:

Initial Dialog
U.K. U.S.
All in a days work, Citizen. All in a days work, Citizen.
Oh here, have a badge.
Kent Approaches the Waffle Sculpture
U.K. U.S.
Get away from that! Get away from that!
Here, have a badge.
Asked if He Would Like to Go For a Walk
U.K. U.S.
Sure I'm sure.
Don't distract me again, Citizen.
Sure I'm sure. Have a badge, and
don't distract me again, Citizen.

Corey Feldman's Alternate Lines for Kent

The U.S. version replaced Kent's original voice actor, Tom Hill, with Corey Feldman. Compared to the U.K. release, Kent's lines have a lot of minor differences due to Americanized spellings and slightly different line readings, but there are also some changes that show additional writing.

Hmmm...
To do:
Explain this better please.. Which lines are for UK and which lines are for U.S.?

For example:

  • They're part of the machine. We're all part of the machine.
  • It's so badly made I haven't don't have a clue who it is. Possibly, Michael Jackson.
  • I wonder where these doors lead? To a secret smuggler's hideout, I bet! Or I know, a gang of terrorists! A bunch of people with guns and machines and they want to kill everyone they see and slit their throats and blood and guts!!!
  • Wait a minute... haven't I wandered into the wrong game? movie?! What's happening here?! Oh my God, I'm in a turtle movie!
  • My God! Holy Fascist Leader! It's leader Paul! Or it could be S...
  • Hey, I want to use the bathroom...lavatory...restroom.
  • There's not much business for hair stylists, since *FOOD* has an automatic hair trimmer ingredient in it! I never even use a brush or take a shower. I guess that makes me kind of dirty.
  • Sheesh!! This Blows!! A triple CD compilation of train noises! English import, from the land of shopkeepers and eccentric Lords. Who in their right mind would buy this?? ...only an engineer.
  • She looks very very bored. Time to wake up! Rise and Shine my little...puckadee!
  • Hey, some camera! I could make great home movies with this. Although, I wouldn't let ya see 'em!
  • Whoa! Hold on a second there! This is not butt bongo fiesta! This is a family game. Plus, I'm not exactly sure what it does.
  • I'd rather not even try to. Insanity isn't contagious, but that doesn't stop it being inflicted upon others. I should know that, I was in a mental institution.
TVN Script
U.K. U.S.
It's a soap script for "MY NEIGHBOUR IS NORMAL"
ENTER TABITHA TO ROOM.
TABITHA: Oh Mother, Tom has
jilted me.
MOTHER: Oh Dear, Love.
TABITHA: (Weeping) He
embarrassed me horribly.
MOTHER: Oh Dear, Love.
TABITHA: But I don't care.
MOTHER: Good, Love.
ROLL CREDITS...
Whoa! Check it! A TV show. It's a soap script for
"The Normal and The Beautiful". My favorite.
ENTER TABITHA TO ROOM.
TABITHA: Oh Mother, Tom has
jilted me. MOTHER: Oh Dear,
Love. TABITHA: (Weeping) He
embarrassed me horribly.
MOTHER: Oh Dear, Love.
TABITHA: I'm going to blow up
his apartment complex!
MOTHER: Good, Love. ROLL
CREDITS...

Rebels' Fridge

Normality Fridge Locked.png

In the Rebels' Hideout, there is a mysterious padlocked fridge, set into the wall. It is possible to open this fridge – you will need a hammer from the wall near Heather, and a blue box that you can find by investigating the flashing traffic bollard out in the hideout's docking area – but it's useless to do so. Kent refuses to take any of the items inside, and the game carries on whether you open it or not.

Normality Fridge Open.png


However, it seems the contents of this fridge – in particular the Walnut Whip (or Walnut Cone as the game calls it) – played a more crucial role in early iterations of the game's design.


Also, unused textures indicate this was once a full-sized, freestanding fridge, complete with graffiti and bullet hole: