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Oceanhorn

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Title Screen

Oceanhorn

Developers: Cornfox and Bros.
Publisher: FDG Entertainment
Platform: iOS
Released in US: 2013


GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.


ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

Oceanhorn is Zelda for iOS, and it's pretty damn good.

Test Level

Oceanhorn Nexus.png

The file "nexus.dat" is a test level that contains some of the items used in the game, including weapons, Heart Pieces, spells, and entrances/exits that load certain areas of the game. Only a few areas can be accessed from here, including Sky Island locations, Graveyard Isle, Southwind Isle, and 3 lighting tests (see below). It can be accessed on a jailbroken device by swapping it with any used location's file.

3 of the exits lead to a lighting test. They load an identical, blank field, with the name "World Map Environment" and "Default", "Twilight", or "Night", depending on the lighting. They only contain a single sign that takes the player to the world map.

Oceanhorn emptylevel.PNG

Also present is "empty-level.dat". It behaves strangely when swapped; it will not load at all the first time, but attempting to restore the original level will cause "empty-level.dat" to overwrite the title screen level. It appears to be an infinite void with no geometry or textures. As soon as the level loads, the player begins swimming with the stamina meter, and since there is no respawn point, the game crashes as soon as the boy drowns.

Present in older versions only

Oceanhorn 9-nexus.PNG

This one is "9-nexus.dat". Like its bigger brother, it's a hub to get to some of the areas in the game. The sign is non-functional, and the statues cannot be moved. There are 4 exits: the one by the boat leads to Tikarel Town, the one inside the cave leads to Old Fortress, and the one on the left side of the island leads to the Great Chronicler's Grave, at the unused start point. The exit on the right is non-functional.

Unused Images

Oceanhorn editor.png

The 3D tile-based world editor used during development has its assets intact.

Present in older versions only

Oceanhorn lamp.png Oceanhorn ring.png Oceanhorn map.png Oceanhorn shovel.png

These objects can be found in the game's HUD textures, "FontHudAtlas.pvr", in version 1.2 of the game. The file was re-arranged and these images were removed by version 1.5. The Shovel can be seen prominently in early screenshots.

Oceanhorn sword.png

It's a recolor of the main sword, probably indicating a higher power level. Originally, a feature would allow the player to upgrade items; this does not exist in the final game. Note that this is not the Coral Saber, which exists independently.

Unused Text

This is the main source directory. Subdirectories exist for platform-specific source code.
These directories are for code only; assets are sourced from the Assets/ directory.

Just a leftover from development, contained in a file called "Source.txt" in the main directory.

This chest is locked with a Small Key.

Chests are only ever locked with Master Keys.

Level Data Not Specified

The first string, this is a placeholder title. It can be seen when "nexus.dat" or "empty-level.dat" are loaded.

Doors to Places

Not used anywhere, but it's under "menu/nexus", indicating that it was part of the test maps.

World Map Environment
Default
Twilight
Night

As stated above, "nexus.dat" contains 3 lighting tests. The top string is the title of the areas, while the other 3 are subtitles that indicate the lighting.

My Home

Most likely meant for the sign right outside of the boy's house on Home Island. Due to an oversight, the sign can't be read.

What is holding you back?! We have to act! Throw the bomb!

Unused third line for the "Deception" cutscene. In the final cut, the boy obliges immediately.

Play Benchmark to get your unique benchmark score.
For the best score, close other apps running in the background.

There are more lines like this. A "benchmark" version was available for a limited time, to let users see how well their devices would run their game, but has since been pulled.

Two save game warning strings are empty.

Miscellaneous

Cutscene voice files

Judging by the numbers, some characters' lines were cut from the cutscenes. For example, the "Bedtime Story" cutscene is missing files 3, 8, 13, and 16. These anomalies can be seen in the Sounds folder.

Great Chronicler's Grave original entrance

In one pre-release video, Bomb Island contained both the Hermit and the entrance to the Great Chronicler's Grave. In the final game they were moved to a new island, Hermit's Island, and the Grave is accessed by dropping down a well.

Oceanhorn entrance.PNG

The original entrance has simply been covered up by some rock decorations. The boy spawns right in front of it if the area is entered from the test levels.