One of my first home computers was the much beloved Sinclair ZX Spectrum and one of my first games was 1985 platformer Dynamite Dan. Sadly, as much as I loved the game, I was terrible at it and inevitably turned to cheating to bolster my chance of completing it. Fortunately, I has a cheat device for my Spectrum that allowed me to POKE values into the computer memory, a capability that could grant all manner of cheats if used correctly.
As I was a regular reader of Crash! magazine, it was only a matter of time before they would print a code, and so it was that an unlimited lives POKE appeared, giving me the much needed edge required for me to complete the game. And that was that. I didn’t play it again, ever. This cheap trick ruined the game for me, I could get past any obstacle the game could throw at me, safe in the knowledge that if I was hit, or fell, I could continue towards the end. That didn’t stop me cheating in other games, but I think Dynamite Dan was the only game that I ever truly ‘broke’ by cheating.
Here is somebody else, doing the same, in a speed run:
Perhaps I should revisit the game and try again? Or perhaps, on the evidence from the video, the only way I’ll ever survive this game would be to resort to more POKEing…
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