Map of ARC

By mars2000you

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04-04-2018, 21:53

Easter time is a good time for a new MSX game map. This time, let's explore the second game created by Parallax, the hyper-copy protected ARC!!!

http://eggerland.msxblue.com/arc-map.png

(Soon also available on MRC and CheatMSX)

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By JohnHassink

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05-04-2018, 03:32

Ah, the mythical ARC. Legend says that some chosen people (a bit like Highlander without the "There can be only one!" and the chopping off heads and the Queen music bits) have seen it moving.
Where I, mere mortal, have seen 2 or 3 screenshots in MCM Magazine. So apparently, this game actually does exist. Smile

By Pippo

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05-04-2018, 03:24

Simply fantastic!! Big smile
You are always more surprising, Mars! Smile
Very, very good.

By Manuel

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05-04-2018, 07:29

Of course it exists. It was just never cracked.....

By valkyre

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05-04-2018, 17:17

A map is Nice! Having the game itself would be even nicer!

By FiXato

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06-04-2018, 03:51

I remember playing a demo of it as a kid. Later on I found it at a fair for a nice price, but I can't say I ever really got far in it. Smile

By hamlet

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06-04-2018, 07:36

So is me. Here you can see the cartridge of the game.
I guess it was only a dongle for the copy protection, wasn't it?

By JohnHassink

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06-04-2018, 08:16

What on Earth is that brown stuff?

By hamlet

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06-04-2018, 11:20

It is part of the copy protection. It protects the protection for beeing copied.

By Meits

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06-04-2018, 11:28

Glue. They wanted to obfuscate it as much as possible.
imho quite an extreme way of protection for a game of that quality. As if, back in the day, anyone was going to try to replicate that cartridge. Best hack is to hack the check away (unless there's some vital stuff on that eprom).

It has added to the cult of the game, but it made the game forgotten as well.