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Puggsy (Genesis)

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Title Screen

Puggsy

Developers: Traveller's Tales, Krisalis Software
Publisher: Psygnosis
Platform: Genesis
Released in US: 1993
Released in EU: 1993


DevMessageIcon.png This game has a hidden developer message.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
PiracyIcon.png This game has anti-piracy features.


ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

Puggsy is a sidescrolling puzzle game by those silly Brits, where you pick up stuff and use that stuff in order to make other stuff do stuff to get your stuff working in order to get your other stuff out of whatever stuff you've gotten your stuff into.

Anti-Piracy Method

Yes, that's all the the levels "your" allowed to play.

Although the official retail cart does not contain SRAM, the game attempts to write to it anyway in order to detect third-party copying devices (which always contain SRAM). If the write is successful, the game will appear to function normally, though the player won't jump as high as normal. In addition to this, after clearing a few levels the game will stop and present the player with a personal "gotcha" message from the Traveller's Tales devs. Rather infamously, many emulators which blindly create SRAM regions for each game will also trip the check.

The game also tries to prevent these tests from being easily detected and removed - there are six write checks split into three sets, with one of them stored at the end of a subroutine called four times throughout the game, another checked once immediately before one instance of the subroutine call is executed, and the third in a vertical interrupt routine. The SRAM address the game checks also cannot be detected easily, as the game loads an address some random distance away from the actual address and adds the distance immediately afterward through lea instructions. All checks have different base values and distances.

"A Hidden Place" Passwords

OTHER?

If you take five specific letters in A Hidden Place, stack them on top of each other, and push that stack through the exit gate, you can unlock interesting effects. These effects are listed in the order the game checks, and take effect after the score tally:

  • CHEAT - Enables infinite lives, but turns Puggsy (and things that use his colors, such as letters/numbers) green as a consequence.
  • HEROS - Opens a cutscene window with a demoscene-esque credits/greets message from the developers scrolling by.
SO YOU HAVE FOUND ANOTHER SECRET BIT. THIS SCROLL TEXT IS JUST TO SAY THAT PUGGSY
WAS WRITTEN BY JON BURTON AND ANDY INGRAM. ALL THE GFX WERE DRAWN BY ANDY INGRAM
AND THE GAME WAS DESIGNED AND PROGRAMMED BY JON BURTON. THE LEVEL DESIGNS WERE ALSO
BY JON BURTON. MUSIC WAS BY MATT FURNISS AND S. HOLLINGWORTH OF KRISALIS SOFTWARE.
HOPE YOU ENJOY THE REST OF THE GAME. THERE IS MORE TOO IT THAN MEETS THE EYE. A BIG THANKS
TO M.R.CHUDLEY FOR THE USE OF THE FLUFFY WUFFY BUNNY WABBITS GFX.     IN TRUE DEMO STYLE
IT IS TIME TO WRAP   SEE YA..................................
  • SHOES - Gives Puggsy a pair of shoes.
  • OTHER - Opens a blank screen that shows red/blue and yellow/white streams of particles swirling around each other while the Light House music plays. This animation loops infinitely until you press Start.
(Source: Andlabs (OTHER))

Unused Music Track

A short track that's not used anywhere. It's too short to be a stage theme.

Regional Differences

Junior mode, which can be accessed on the title screen, is a demo game for beginners that uses level layouts from the main game. The levels and items used in this mode were changed for the US version, likely because the European version was rather challenging for beginners.

While both versions end with the boss from the Pyramids, it only takes two hits in the US version as opposed to seven in the European version.

Levels

The chart below illustrates which levels from the main game were used for each Junior level. The Light House 2 was originally a hidden level in the European version; this was moved to Level 5 in the US version.

Level Europe US
Level 1 The Beach 3 The Beach 1
Level 2 The Cove 1 The Beach 3
Level 3 Darkskull Castle 3 Star Fall Lake 2
Level 4 Pyramids 3 Diamond Mines 1
Level 5 N/A The Light House 2
Hidden Level The Light House 2 N/A

Map

Europe US
Puggsy (Genesis) (E)-Junior Level Map.png Puggsy (Genesis)-Junior Level Map.png

The map screen in the US version was altered as a result of the aforementioned level changes.

Item Layout Differences

The levels that are shared in both versions - Beach 3 and The Light House 2 - have different item layouts in US version to make them easier, while the European version stays closer to the layouts found in the full game.

Beach 3

Europe US
Puggsy Megadrive(EU) Junior Beach3 Staircase.png Puggsy Genesis(US) Junior Beach3 Staircase.png
Puggsy Megadrive(EU) Junior Beach3 Switch.png Puggsy Genesis(US) Junior Beach3 Switch.png

In the US version, the staircase of barrels at the beginning is already fully assembled, and a stack of coins and extra lives has been added near the switch at the end. The US version also uses the music from A Hidden Place.

The Light House 2

Europe US
Puggsy Megadrive(EU) Junior Lighthouse2 Starting Area.png Puggsy Genesis(US) Junior Lighthouse2 Starting Area.png
Puggsy Megadrive(EU) Junior Lighthouse2 Exit Gate.png Puggsy Genesis(US) Junior Lighthouse2 Exit Gate.png
Puggsy Megadrive(EU) Junior Lighthouse2 Lighter.png Puggsy Genesis(US) Junior Lighthouse2 Lighter.png

In the US version, the lighter on the far right has already been repaired and the candle was moved right next to it. The coin next to the machine on the far left was moved to the right of the machine in the US version, while it's on the left of it in the European version. The exit gate is also yellow in the US version, as opposed to purple in the European version.

Boss Fight

Europe US
Puggsy Megadrive(EU) Junior Mode Boss Fight.png Puggsy Genesis(US) Junior Mode Boss Fight.png

In the European version, the boss starts with all 6 hit points like the main game. The US version dropped this to 1.