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Puzznic (Arcade)

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Title Screen


Developer: Taito
Publisher: Taito
Platform: Arcade (Taito L-System)
Released internationally: October 1989

CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

And you were just a scroll away from being fired too...
Oh dear, I do believe I have the vapors.
This page contains content that is not safe for work or other locations with the potential for personal embarrassment.
Such as: Topless lady.

Puzznic is a block-switching puzzle game with a seedy past.

Stage Select

Puzznic stage select.png

  1. Press and hold the Service Credit button as soon as you power the board on.
  2. When the "SERVICE SW ERROR" screen appears, immediately release the Service Credit button (you have five seconds to release it, or this won't work).
  3. Now press Start (x3), the Service Credit button once, and Start again.

You can now select any of the 36 levels to start playing from by using P1 Up/Down/Left/Right. After choosing, press P1 Button 1 and you'll be able to choose the sublevel (1-4) as well with P1 Left/Right. After that, press P1 Button 1 to start the game.

You also now have infinite time and infinite retries, but not infinite bombs for whatever reason. Press P1 Start to instantly finish the current level and move on to the next one, or P2 Start to go back to the level select.

(Source: cmonkey)

Hidden Credits

A set of credits can be found in the main CPU starting at 0x00040. The full names of each staff member can be determined through their credits on previous and future Taito titles:

Text Full Name
Takahisa Horimoto
Hiroyuki Sakou
Akira Saito
Takahiro Natani
Hiromitsu Mihara

This is all followed by the string, "PAZZNIC CD60".

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Regional Differences

Several things are present in the Japanese and US(!) versions that were removed in the World localization.

Splash Screen

Puznic covered.png

There is a strategically-covered woman in the attract mode sequence...


...if you look at the graphic in a layer viewer, though, she's actually wearing a bikini. This image was the original model for "Tina", as can be seen on the game's Japanese flyer.


Puzznic levels-1.png Puzznic levels-2.png

The levels have female names and the goal is to uncover pictures of naked girls. This aspect was removed in the World version, leaving only the core gameplay.