Hicks, Hudson and a demo mode might be (?) hidden in the game

Started by Omegatroid, May 22, 2022, 05:10:23 PM

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Omegatroid

Long-time lurker here, made a discovery that I figured was worth sharing...

Using a utility called Tinke, I opened up and extracted files from the game's ROM (.nds) file. You know, just for fun I guess.

Based on the file names, it appears there may be some content related to Hicks and Hudson buried inside:

QuoteDIALOG_HICKS.ANM
DIALOG_HUDSON.ANM
HICKS_PAL.SCN
HUDSON_PAL.SCN

Additionally, there are files that reference a few different demo modes:

QuoteDEMO.SCN
DEMO1.LYR
DEMO1_CONTROLS.TS8
DEMO1_ENVIRONMENT.TS8
DEMO1_HUD.SCN
DEMO1_START_BOTTOM.TS8
DEMO1_START_TOP.TS8
DEMO2.LYR
DEMO2_ENVIRONMENT.TS8
DEMO_ALIEN.ANM
DEMO_CONTROLS.LYR
DEMO_START_A.LYR
DEMO_START_B.LYR

Based on a decade-old forum post, there could very well be Hicks and Hudson sprites to be uncovered here. And the demos look to have all the elements of full (playable?!) scenes.

I can't imagine I'm the first to find this, but if I am... anyone have the technical know-how to investigate and figure out what this content might be?

luckymerc

That's really cool. Wish we had another Infestation-style Aliens game out, this one was a blast to play.

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