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Plok

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Title Screen

Plok

Developer: Software Creations
Publishers: Tradewest (US),
Nintendo (EU), Activision (JP)
Platform: SNES
Released in JP: December 10, 1993
Released in US: September 1993
Released in EU: 1994


AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
PiracyIcon.png This game has anti-piracy features.


NotesIcon.png This game has a notes page

Hmmm...
To do:
Regional differences and more unused graphics.

The story of Plok:

One day, Plok, King of Akrillic, noticed his flag was missing. It was the work of those dastardly Bobbins Brothers! After beating them up with his amazing detachable arms and legs, he went back to his island to find that he had been diddled—horrible blue Fleas had taken over his island! Now, Plok begins a great adventure to video game obscurity.

Disabled Cheats

Says who?

At one point during development, several cheat codes could be entered while the game was paused. These were disabled in the retail game by removing the call to the subroutine that checks the buttons and activates the cheats; however, with the following patch, these can be restored to full functionality (apply to an unheadered US ROM):

Download.png Download Plok-Cheats.ips
File: Plok-Cheats.ips (46 bytes) (info)

After applying the patch, pause the game and enter one or more of the following codes (each letter corresponds to a face or directional button, excluding the L and R shoulder buttons). Note that Plok will lose some health every time a code is entered, so use these with caution!

Code Message Effect
RUBBADUX NINTENDO POWER Warp to Test Drive
YABADABA JOHN'S CHEAT 16 Buddy Hornets
BRUXYALL LYNDON'S CHEAT 160 shells
URBADLAD BAD INFLUENCE! 13 seconds of invulnerability
(Source: BMF54123)

Test Level

So secret that you can't ever find it BOING

This level is a test of all of the various costumes and vehicles in the game. There's no exit and no enemies of any kind, just a very large level to test in.

To access this level, either enter the cheat code listed above, or use the PAR code 7E084828.

One large level. This was a pain in the ass to rip, by the way.

This map shows which vehicles/costumes are located where in the level. Click to enlarge the image.

Cut Levels

Three levels were started on but never completed. Some data for these levels is still in the game. They're meant to take place after Rockyfella but before the Fleapit.

These cut levels have map locations programmed in, but there's no flag poles, although flags do appear when you move from one cut level to another. None of them have unique text either—they use the default dialogue from the start of the game.

None of the levels have any layout data, instead appearing as a mess of random tiles. They all play track 0, the track used for Plok's House and Venge Thicket.

Brendammi Bog

Bogged down by glitches Is Brendammi Bog in the game? Nope!

Interestingly, the level is still mentioned in the game's intro, even though the actual level was cut.

PAR code: 7E08481D

Start of Map Path End of Map Path
PlokBogStart.png PlokBogEnd.png

Badream Fens

A fen is a type of wetland fed by surface water, or groundwater, or both. Fens are different from bogs, which are acidic, fed primarily by rainwater (ombrotrophic) and often dominated by Sphagnum mosses. So there.

PAR code: 7E08481E

Checkerboard Badream

Interestingly, both Brendammi Bog and Badream Fens load this to VRAM at the start of the level. It looks like the unique graphics for these two levels were never completed or, indeed, started.

Start of Map Path End of Map Path
PlokFensStart.png PlokFensEnd.png

There's a slight graphical error with the map path to Badream Fens. The tiles below the Fleapit are set to appear on top of sprites, in order to hide Plok when he jumps in. However, the map path to this level crosses those tiles, so they cover him up when they really shouldn't. It's possible that the Fleapit was not originally intended to appear in the bog, and was moved there after the extra levels were cut.

Breezy Beach

Easy, Breezy, Broken Breezy Beach in the game? Nope!

The last stop on Plok's lost levels tour, this would have been another beach level.

This level is also mentioned in the intro. Odd that two of the three locations named are from cut levels. Guess they wanted them in the game in some form.

PAR code: 7E08481F

Start of Map Path End of Map Path
PlokBreezyStart.png PlokBreezyEnd.png

Unused Text

Super Off Road High Score Screen

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: Is this just leftover data, or did they plan to migrate the high score screen from Super Off Road?

A large amount of leftover code and text from the high score screen in Super Off Road remains in the ROM for reasons unknown. The text starts at ROM address 0x8046.

Level Select

Various text related to a level select starts at ROM address 0xB894.

0xB894

LEVEL SELECT

0xB8CB

  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 I J K L M N O P Q R S T U A B C D E F G H V W X Y Z ! ' ? 

This doesn't seem to fit with the level select. The layout and selection of characters seem to suggest a password or name entry screen.

0xB91B

COTTON ISLAND
AKRYLIC 1-8  
AKRYLIC 9-16 
PLOK'S LEGACY
FLEAPIT TEST

A list of the game's areas that would have appeared on the level select screen. Note the alternate spelling of "Akrillic".

0xB7B8

LEVEL 1!
LEVEL 2!
LEVEL 3!
LEVEL 4!
LEVEL 5!
LEVEL 6!
LEVEL 7!
LEVEL 8!

This text is stored with the level names that appear in-game, but is referenced in the same pointer table used for the list of areas above.

0xB960

15.42  5 MAY '93

Presumably the game's build date and time, around four months before the game's US release. This is the same in every release of the game, meaning it was likely updated by hand.

Demo Text

Text that was intended to appear during the demo sequences that teach you how to play the game.

Plok-DemoText1.png

0xBFFF

SHOOTING A THIRD TIME
WILL BURST THE FRUIT
OR REVEAL A SECRET BONUS!

The final game only tells you to shoot the fruit twice to inflate it.

Plok-DemoText2.png

0xC044

OH DEAR! NOT THIS ONE.

This appears immediately after the line above, and would have been shown after the fruit was burst.

The final demo's input script abruptly ends with Plok jumping up to shoot the fruit a third time; changing ROM address 0x2CE35 to $FF will extend the demo long enough to show the final two lines. (Modifying the script to make Plok shoot the fruit reveals that this particular fruit does lead to a bonus stage, which breaks the demo; this may explain why the demo was modified.)

Miscellaneous

0xBD63

J.L.D.P.BUCKLEY!

This is stored immediately before the first line of demo text, and does not have a proper $FF terminator like the rest of the game's text. "J" and "L" likely refer to John and Lorraine Buckley (credited under "program and design" and "thanks to", respectively); the other two initials are unknown.

Regional differences

Copyright screen

Japan International
Plok! Copyright Screen Japan.png Plok! Copyright Screen.png

In Plok's Japanese release, the font used in its copyright screen was changed from its international release. The text "Licensed by Nintendo" was removed and the text "Sublicensed to Activision" added, since the game was distributed by Activision in Japan.

Plok! Activision Logo Japan.png

Because, as mentioned above, the game was distributed by Activision in Japan, the Activision logo seen above was added between the game's copyright screen and its title screen in Japan.

Options screen

Japan International
Plok! Options Screen Japan.png Plok! Options Screen.png

The game's options screen is also different in its Japanese release. Its font was changed to one similar to the font used in the copyright screen, and the hardness level "Child's Play" had its name changed to "Easy". The title of the options screen, "Skill Level", was also removed.

Anti-Piracy

Japan International
Plok! Illegal Game Configuration Japan.png Plok! Illegal Game Configuration.png


The game checks for SRAM both at startup and once per frame during gameplay by attempting to write values to $700000. If the writes are successful, the game locks up with a flashing "ILLEGAL GAME CONFIGURATION" message.

The game also occasionally performs a checksum on this routine, and displays the same message if it fails. This can be seen by entering the PAR code 82850800 and resetting the game.

(Source: BMF54123, nensondubois)