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Top Secret (The Hidden)

download the install packageTopSecret.lha
created at2002-10-28
size of install package34528 Bytes
Author/Contact
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Codetapper
Hall Of Light5297
Lemon Amiga2471


Short:    HD-Installer for Top Secret V1.0
Author:   Codetapper/Action (codetapper@hotmail.com), ICQ: 26051687
Uploader: Codetapper/Action (codetapper@hotmail.com)
Version:  1.0
Type:     game/patch

This patch applies to "Top Secret" (c) 1992 The Hidden - 1 disk.
Thanks to Chris Vella for sending the original. This game was featured
on the coverdisk of Amiga Power Issue 17 (September 1992).

REQUIREMENTS:
- Slave requires WHDLoad V10+.
- Disk game requires 512k chip mem (+0.8Mb other memory for preload option)

FEATURES:
- Full load from HD
- Loads and save high scores (unless you cheat!)
- Blitter waits inserted (x10)
- Empty DBF loops fixed (x2)
- Intro/death/end sequence waits for the button to be pressed and released
- Trainer added: - Set CUSTOM1=1 or Help ingame to toggle invincibility
                 - F9 to skip levels
- All files can be compressed to save space (FImp, Propack etc)
- RomIcon, NewIcon and OS3.5+ Colour Icon (created by me!)
- Quit option (default key is 'F10')

CHEAT MODE:
- Taken from Sweet Cheater by Keith Krellwitz!
- On the high score screen, enter "MOOG" for your name.  This will give
  you invincibility. The original game used 'F10' to skip levels but this
  has been changed to 'F9' to keep with the WHDLoad standard of 'F10' to
  quit!

Please note: There are tonnes of stupid beam delays in this game which
means it is PAL ONLY! If you run it under NTSC, it will simply display
a black screen and stay there forever. Add the PAL tooltype if you have
an NTSC machine!

After reading the write-up by Amiga Power which claimed this game as "the
best PD game ever" I decided to have a look at it.  If I was a reviewer
then this game would be lucky to scrape 50% due to:

- Incredibly hard difficulty level (did anyone playtest this game?)
- No ability to jump over enemies (you naturally push up to jump and find
  that nothing happens)
- Getting stuck on a ladder and forced to fully climb it to get the disk
  which is right beside where you are
- Speed of climbing ladders is far too slow, especially when the fast robot 
  enemy appears 
- Most of the power-ups seem to harm rather than help you. For example, you
  get stuck for about 5 seconds by touching the magnet, the skull 
  instantly kills you, joystick direction reversal (surely one of the most
  lame and annoying things to put in a game)
- Power-ups appear randomly right in front of you so at times you will be
  walking along and suddenly a skull appears just where you are walking so
  you die
- Being killed by an enemy which you clearly killed before he touched you
- No way to tell you are harming the level guardians other than by checking
  that your score is increasing
- Some levels cannot be completed in the normal manner if you accidentally 
  shoot a vital tile. If this happens, you have to muck around hoping that 
  a "complete level" icon appears
- The high score name entry will end as soon as you press the fire button
  which is the instinctive thing to do rather than moving the joystick to
  the right

This is a classic case of a magazine hyping their own coverdisks (which
Amiga Power also did with the terminally naff game "Kid Gloves").  I
believe that if a rival magazine had mounted the game on their own
coverdisk, an Amiga Power review would have slagged the game off in the
PD section in their usual style!

You should be able to download this game from the net by checking the main
Amiga coverdisk websites or doing a search!

If you use either of the cheats then your scores will not save.  If you
compress all the files, you only need about 320k of memory to preload the
entire game.

Greetings to Wepl for WHDLoad, all Action members, my testing crew and the
WHDLoad team!


Codetapper/Action (20-Oct-2002)


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Icons contained in install package

WHDLoad Slave information
TopSecret.slave - 20.10.2002 03:23:38 - 1716 bytes
required WHDLoad version13
flagsNoError ClearMem
required Chip Memory512 KiB ($80000)
Expansion Memory0 KiB
info nameTop Secret
info copy1992 The Hidden
info installInstalled by Codetapper/Action!
Version 1.0 (20.10.2002)
Keys: Help - Toggle invincibility
F9 - Skip current level
Thanks to Chris Vella for sending the original!

Install Archive Content Listing
UnpackedLvlMethodPackedOSDate/TimeName
11930lh56662001-05-26 16:37:32TopSecretHD.info
92910lh525132002-10-20 02:35:18TopSecretHD\Install
7100lh53572002-10-20 02:27:30TopSecretHD\Install.info
44080lh521632002-10-28 09:27:00TopSecretHD\ReadMe
39200lh532072001-07-06 01:59:56TopSecretHD\ReadMe.info
105760lh590422002-10-28 09:18:16TopSecretHD\TopSecret.coloricon
2420lh02422002-10-20 03:23:16TopSecretHD\TopSecret.highs
181630lh585202002-10-28 09:18:20TopSecretHD\TopSecret.newicon
125150lh560732002-10-28 09:24:38TopSecretHD\TopSecret.romicon
17160lh512612002-10-20 03:23:38TopSecretHD\TopSecret.slave

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