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Rambo: First Blood Part II (Commodore 64)

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Title Screen

Rambo: First Blood Part II

Developer: Platinum Productions
Publisher: Ocean
Platform: Commodore 64
Released in US: 1986
Released in EU: 1986


DevMessageIcon.png This game has a hidden developer message.


This version of Rambo: First Blood Part II is a Commando clone in which Rambo must shoot every enemy soldier in his way and rescue American POWs. Find them... or he'll find you.

Hidden Message

At the start of the music for the game's loader, a Morse code message plays in SID voice 1 which names the game's developers. However, it includes a typo where every instance of the letter "I" is missing a dot and thus transmitted as the letter "E". The tone also changes pitch twice when the music does.

Music
Code
Transcribed
-... . .-.. .-.. -... .- .-. -. .- /
-.. .- ...- . -.. -.-. --- .-.. .-.. . . .-. /
-- .- .-. - . -. --. .- .-.. .-- .- -.-- /
- --- -. -.-- .--. --- -- ..-. .-. . - /
... - . ...- . .-- .- .... . -..
Translated Corrected
BELLBARNA
DAVEDCOLLEER
MARTENGALWAY
TONYPOMFRET
STEVEWAHED
Bill Barna
David Collier
Martin Galway
Tony Pomfret
Steve Wahid

Composer Martin Galway, who wrote a Morse code program to write this message, attributes the typo to a software bug in a message to the HVSC:

I wrote that morse [sic] code program myself. Nobody touched it but me. It was written to handle any text. And I spelt the text right! So - if you're right - the problem must have been the software. I'm assuming my morsecode [sic] book was right of course ;)

— Martin Galway
(Source: HVSC)