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Talk:Double Dragon (Amstrad CPC, Virgin Mastertronic)

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My Theories on "Run Like Hell" and Aplin's Cheat Mode

As stated on the main page, Richard Aplin hints at a cheat mode and then puts in the first two verses of "Run Like Hell", after which he says

..the chorus might give the game away a bit, so just you go through 
your record collection and if it contains a certain favourite album 
of mine you may well suss the cheat mode!

As has been found already, the "certain album" is Pink Floyd's The Wall. Turns out, Aplin quoted almost all of the song, minus a few things.

For one, both verses end with

You better run

...and the chorus that Aplin refers to, which plays before each verse? This:

Run, run, run, run
Run, run, run, run
Run, run, run, run
Run, run, run, run

Now, I'm not going to claim to be an expert on the Amstrad CPC (although I did listen to "Run Like Hell" and do a bit of research on the CPC to make sure), but here's my theories:

  1. "Run" is referring to gameplay, and whatever key has the function of making the character run. Are there any brick walls in this game, perchance?
  2. "Run" is referring to a button on the keyboard called Run, and possibly hitting it (or the aforementioned "make the character run" key) a certain number of times. I doubt this one, though, due to the below and the fact I didn't see such a key on the CPC keyboards I found.
  3. "Run" is referring to the parser, and maybe telling it to "Run: all day" and "Run: all night", per the second verse ("You better run all day / And run all night"). Or possibly even "Run: Like Hell" (the song's title).

So do these hold any merit, or is there something I missed? -WarioBarker 02:10, 9 June 2013 (EDT)

After some investigation, I can rule out 1 and 2, as to make the player move is joystick driven and there is no Run key. As for 3, I can't find any parser, and to run the game, the protection only allows for 'run"disc', but doesn't rule that one out entirely. What doesn't help either, is the fact that no-one has found it yet, but that hasn't stopped people in the past
- Einstein95 (talk) 06:39, 9 June 2013 (EDT)
Um. Unless I'm missing something, the cheat's been found for quite a while now? // Foxhack 13:06, 9 June 2013 (EDT)
Thanks for that Foxhack. So, ingame, pause the game (Delete) and type "run like hell". The first time gives you infinite lives, the second time turns the player into Abobo, the third time turns it into I don't know (didn't get that far into the video), and then repeats starting at, I presume, normal lives. IIRC, it fails to recognise the cheat at one stage.
- Einstein95 (talk) 05:54, 10 June 2013 (EDT)
It turns you into Machine Gun Willy - the final boss. So does that count as "unused playable characters", I wonder? // Foxhack 08:40, 10 June 2013 (EDT)
Yeah, I'd put it under "unused playable characters". It's funny that a google search for "double dragon cpc cheat" doesn't bring up that video.
- Einstein95 (talk) 18:29, 10 June 2013 (EDT)
... it's the second result for me... (in video search!) >_> // Foxhack 20:08, 10 June 2013 (EDT)