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Speedy Blupi is a platform game for Windows. It stars a yellow egg shaped character known as Blupi (or Eggbert in the eGames version of Speedy Blupi and Speedy Blupi 2), who has featured in several games for the PC, mainly for the "Smaky" line of personal computers.
- 1 Blank Monitor
- 2 Changeable Settings
- 3 Debugging Feature
- 4 Hidden Messages
- 5 Revisional Differences
- 6 Obfuscated Cheat
- 7 Unused Health Variable
- 8 Unused Text
- 9 Unused Level Properties
- 10 Unimplemented User Manual
There is an unused variation of the monitors from single player mode which displays a blank grey screen. Interacting with it from the hub world will result in a CD error (or in the Eggbert versions, return the player to the title screen) as it attempts to load a file that doesn't exist (
world080.blp). Substituting in a different world file works perfectly fine, and that world will be loaded instead. The monitor can be placed in the level editor with the
xmission cheat activated.
In the Data directory there is a file called
config.def which has the settings "FullScreen=1", "TrueColor=16", "MouseType=1", "SpeedRate=1", "Timer=50ms". Changing these settings allows the player to use a different cursor setting, play the game out of full screen mode, adjust the speed of the game and change the color depth. These settings are also found in the games, Blupi at Home and Planet Blupi.
Unused Cursor Setting
Changing "MouseType" from "1" to "2" changes the normal cursor to the default cursor, the link cursor to a glove and the loading cursor to a timer. The glove cursor can be seen on Epsitec's website under 1996.
While playing the game, typing in
znetdebug brings up yellow text at the top-left corner of the screen that measures the number of sent and received packets in the multiplayer mode. Some extra information is also logged to the file
debug.txt, which is created in the executable's directory if it doesn't already exist.
In the main navigation room for single player mode, there are blocks that spell "WWW.EPSITEC.CH" hidden through the wall at the right-most corner of the room. These blocks normally cannot be seen without cheating. This message is also present in the v0.8 demo, despite the differences in the hub's design. The sequel has a similar message in its navigation room, spelling out "WWW.BLUPI.COM".
Mission 6 of the "mechanical" world also contains a hidden "EPSITEC.CH" message outside of the level.
In the v0.8 demo version of Speedy Blupi, there is a message outside the main level's playable area that spells out "dr.", likely referring to the game's programmer, Daniel Roux.
The game was renamed to Speedy Eggbert when published by eGames, and given an updated title screen graphic (although there are still numerous references to "Blupi" within the game). The game CD is no longer required to be inserted during gameplay (likely to facilitate its inclusion in various demo disks by eGames), and a CD-related graphic (insert.blp) was removed from the Eggbert releases.
In the demo version of Speedy Blupi available on the EPSITEC Games website,
sound032.blp (the sound effect used for starting a mission) sounds slower than in the final version, and is missing the reverb effect.
xmission cheat found in the game's executable can't be activated like the other cheats; each letter but the X must be replaced with the next letter in the alphabet. Thus, typing
xnjttjpo in-game will activate the cheat. With the cheat activated, the player can edit the game's built-in missions, rather than their own. A new drop-down is also added in the level editor that allows the player to place doors, "start mission" monitors, and keys. Additionally, playing missions 200 or higher allows the player to record a demonstration movie, which will be played on the title screen. A video of editing single player missions in Speedy Eggbert 2 can be found here.
This cheat can also be activated by editing one of the
info###.blp files in the Data folder with a hex editor, and setting the 16-bit value at offset 86 to a non-zero value.
Unused Health Variable
During gameplay, an integer variable is set to a value of 100 and never used. It can be saved and loaded with quicksaves, and will maintain its value if modified externally. Judging by its location in memory immediately next to the power-up energy and air meters, this was likely intended to be a health meter. This is further supported by unused text referring to "Tomatoes", an item that restores energy in Epsitec's previous game, Planet Blupi. The final game uses lives rather than health, and losing a life respawns Blupi in the same general area.
The game's STRINGTABLE resource contains several leftover strings from Planet Blupi. Despite being unused, several strings have been edited since Planet Blupi.
Unused Level Properties
Via hex editing or glitches, it is possible to change some levels' properties that are never fully taken advantage of in the game. The majority of these are located near offset 9FA4 in any given level file, as this is where the level's entity data is stored.
Pixel-Precise Entity Placement
Despite the level editor restricting entity placement to a grid, entities' positions are measured in individual pixels, with a scale of 64 pixels to 1 block. The starting positions of the four players are also subject to this, and are located at offsets 148, 150, 158, and 160 for the yellow, orange, blue, and green player, respectively. Entities' positions can also be set to negative values.
Entities Moving Like Lifts
Every entity has properties that would allow it to move like a lift, even entities that never move in-game. Each entity has a set speed forward and backward, a delay before it starts moving and a set position to move to. For most entities, the two positions are identical and the speed is set to 0, causing them to never move. This also allows lifts to move at custom speeds, rather than the four predetermined settings offered in-game.
Full Level Title
Custom levels can be given a 40-character-long name in-game. However, editing the level file allows for a name up to 100 characters long. Names longer than 40 characters cause crashes when edited in-game.
Unimplemented User Manual
The game engine uses a table of "events" to handle actions caused by menu buttons, each with its own ID. A certain subset of events, called a phase, represents an individual menu screen. Most phase events have an ID between 1524 and 1590.
However, a single ID in this range (1553) is conspicuously never referenced in the game. In the source code of Planet Blupi (a previous game by the same developer on the same engine), this ID is referred to as
WM_PHASE_MANUEL, and is similarly unreferenced. This was likely intended as a user manual describing the features of the game, but was scrapped in favor of a physical instruction book. (In addition, Speedy Blupi has a tutorial level at the beginning of the game, which teaches the basics through its level design and scripting, as well as text annotations.) This same Event ID remains reserved, unused, in Speedy Blupi.
|The Blupi series|
|Windows||Planet Blupi • Speedy Blupi • Speedy Blupi 2|
|Mac OS X||Planet Blupi|