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Q Boy

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Title Screen

Q Boy

Also known as: Puff Kid (credits)
Developer: Sachen
Publisher: Sachen
Platform: Unlicensed NES
Released in AS: 1994

MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.

PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

Q Boy is an unassuming platformer about the titular character who goes on a globe-trotting adventure in order to defeat the evil Dr. Mouse, who seeks to utilize the Rainbow Flower for evil.

In stark contrast to many unlicensed efforts at the time, Q Boy shows great display of quality and care in its design, music, and ideas - practically a then-rarity in the sea of hacks and ports. Much of the game's aesthetics and art style take inspiration from the then-recent Kirby games and puts a Sachen take on them; even the gameplay is practically original.

One can only wonder what the development was like...


Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info

Mario Mode

Qboy mario.png

A rather strange Easter egg: pressing Select while the game is paused will make it Mario-themed! Aside from making Q Boy look like Mario, several enemies are changed to Goombas, Koopa Troopas, and Spinies.

Level Select and Sound Test

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Press Select on the title screen.

Setting the Round to "Game" (found near the end of the options) will take the player to the Special Stage mini-game, then to Stage 1-1.

Unused Music

The song used on the title screen is somewhat longer than what is heard in-game. Even stranger is that it's not present in the sound test.