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Menace Beach
Menace Beach title
Publisher Color Dreams,
Supercom-Daou (Korea)
Developer Color Dreams
Console NES/Famicom
Date 1990
Engine Color Dreams side scroller
Sound engine Color Dreams
Alternate names/hacks Miss Peach World 1: Super L.A. Cop, Sunday Funday, Mr. Assy (unreleased prototype)

Menace Beach is a game originally released for the NES by Color Dreams in 1990. This game is one of Color Dreams' more notorious games not only due to its poor quality but also the infamous cutscenes and its Christian-themed hack, Sunday Funday.

Overview Edit

According to the game's instruction manual, the player controls Scooter, a skateboarding hero whose girlfriend, Bunny, has been kidnapped by Demon Dan. The intro screen shows a shackled Bunny pleading for the player's help. The cutscenes that appear after most levels are infamous for Bunny's clothes rotting away while she insults Scooter.

During the game, Scooter uses his skateboard to ride across levels. Pressing A makes you jump while pressing B allows you to either punch on the ground or spin in the air. In the air, you can do mid-air hops by pressing A. Even though you descend more, this can be used to cross wide pits. You can also pick up items off the ground and then toss them using B. Scooter starts off with 9 health points (with each heart representing three) and these can be increased even farther.

The objective is to get to the end of the level while beating up various enemies along the way. The level themes are mostly composed of towns, sewers and beaches; with the final level taking place in a cave.

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Gameplay

The most basic enemies consists of ninjas (named Wan Ka Pow in the manual), Elvis impersonators (Pelvis) and surfers (Hike). These three can be taken out in three attacks or can instantly die to any item thrown at them. There's also clowns (Zobo) that drop bombs down but will die in one hit to anything. Once they're defeated, they drop their balloons which can be used to fly up. (In some levels, it's crucial to obtain a balloon from them). There's also people randomly tossing items to you from either covers or windows such as bottles, pipes and bombs (which you can use to pick up once they stop moving), bananas (which cause Scooter to slip), balloons, or kisses (which causes Scooter to lose control). In later levels, sumo wrestlers (Suki Yashi) appear which can't be defeated unless you blow them up somehow whether it's through a mine or a tossed bomb. The sewer levels contain frogs (Froggy) which cause Scooter to jump, light switches which can turn the light on or off in the stage, springs, and mines that blows up after a while when you step on them. The beaches also have seagulls (Swooper The Bird) which can drag you back to part of the level. The only boss in the game is Demon Dan in the final level; he proceeds to throw fireballs at you and the only way to hurt him is to jump on the ground, causing a spike from the ceiling to fall on top of him.

Trivia Edit

  • Menace Beach was rereleased as part of the Maxivision 15-in-1 multicart. It was also released as a Famicom cart by Daou Infosys along with Baby Boomer and Crystal Mines.
  • There were competition versions of this game where on level 1, if you encountered a pot of gold, you would be considered a winner of a contest. However, no known copy has surfaced where a pot of gold was found. [1]
  • The game was originally planned to have a jet ski bonus round which was not included in the released version. Graphics of Scooter riding a jet ski still remain in the ROM. [2]
  • Supposedly, many of the Menace Beach characters were based on Color Dreams staff. [3]
    • Given this, Demon Dan's name was most likely derived from Dan Burke's name.
  • There's a hidden message in Menace Beach which is accessed by first beating the game. When the ending sequence ends and the message "PRESS A TO REPLAY SCREEN, PRESS START TO RESTART GAME" appears, press and hold Down + Left + Select. While holding these buttons, a sound will play 10 times, then 5 times in row. Immediately, the message will appear at the bottom of the screen.
    Menace BeachSECRETMESSAGETME

    The secret message that gets displayed.

  • There are two ways to skip levels:
    • At the title screen, press Left, Select, Left (x6), Up (x6), Right (x6) White parts of the screen should flash red every time you press the right button (aside from pressing Left for the first time). A sound will play if the code is entered correctly. Finally, press B to trigger the cheat and the message "YOU BIG CHEATERHEAD!" will appear and another sound will play. Now you can skip the level you're in by pressing B + Select during the game.
    • Start a new game and then press Up + A + B on Controller 1 and Up on Controller 2 at the same time. If done correctly, you will be sent back to the title screen. Like above, press B + Select during the game to skip levels.

Miss Peach World 1: Super L.A. Cop Edit

Miss Peach World 1: Super L.A. Cop
MissPeachWorld TitleScreen
Publisher Hacker International
Developer Color Dreams (Dan Burke only?)
Console Famicom
Date 1991
Engine Color Dreams side scroller
Sound engine Color Dreams
Alternate names/hacks Miss. Peach World (cart), L.A Cop Miss. Peach World (box), Mr. Assy (unreleased prototype)

Miss Peach World 1: Super L.A. Cop (ミスピーチワールド Misu Pīchi Wārudo, simply known as Miss. Peach World on the cart and L.A Cop Miss Peach World on the box) is a pornographic hack of Menace Beach released by Hacker International in 1991 for the Famicom.

OverviewEdit

This hack changes the majority of the graphics. Scooter has been changed to "Miss Peach", a woman with a white dress who is based on Marilyn Monroe. Demon Dan is now Janky Takamitsu, a mad scientist with a syringe. All of the other enemies and objects have been changed. For example, Wan Ka Pow is now a mafia member known as Maron Brond and Pelvis becoming a tribal person known as Mr. Sankon. The majority of the music has been changed to a track from AV Dragon Mahjong. The cutscenes are also changed to two girls with their clothes rotting away between levels, eventually becoming nude. The text for the cutscenes are all in Japanese but oddly enough, it's written out in rōmaji. This is possibly due to Color Dreams not willing to implement the Japanese alphabet.

The plot and overall presentation is notably inconsistent between the cutscenes, the gameplay and the box. The box states Miss Peach is a Los Angeles cop who has to save a girl from a monster known as Okottendo. On the box, she's depicted as Princess Peach but in-game, she's based more on Marilyn Monroe. Also, Okottendo is referred to as a kaiju-like monster which in-game, is the replacement for Suki Yashi and not the final boss. The box art also shows Pelvis and the original fire hydrant design despite the fact they were all changed in-game. The most puzzling thing is the cutscenes; they all seem to refer to a character known as Assy who is cheating on his girlfriend (a pink-haired girl) with a blue-haired girl. Meanwhile, his girlfriend gets suspicious. The ending has his girlfriend finding out Assy cheated on her and ends up breaking up with her. The cutscenes still mention Demon Dan's name as well.

A prototype version of the game has been discovered that's titled Mr. Assy. The only thing known about the game is that the cutscenes remain the same as they did in Miss. Peach World (which explains the Assy name within Miss. Peach World) and there is a new title screen instead. Given the game's title, it's presumed that Scooter remains the same or is slightly edited here. If Miss Peach World's cutscenes still mentioning Demon Dan is anything to go by, it might also mean Demon Dan and thus, the rest of the enemies and objects remaining the same. It's presumed this is the initial version sent to Hacker International but they wanted the game to be changed up even more. Miss. Peach World's inconsistencies could also have been the result of miscommunication between Hacker International and Color Dreams while developing both versions.

TriviaEdit

  • While Dan Burke is the only one credited for Miss. Peach World, Dan Burke states he was not involved with the game. [4] However, he has not mentioned anything regarding Mr. Assy. This credit is also strange due to the fact Dan Burke has had no known involvement with the original Menace Beach either. However, an NES prototype of Miss. Peach World is known to exist and was sold with various other Color Dream carts when Brenda Huff was removing all old Color Dreams stuff. [5][6] This suggests the Miss Peach World version was at least developed by someone at Color Dreams.
  • Okottendo is most likely a dig at Nintendo, as "Okotte" means angry and "ndo" was most likely derived from "Nintendo".
  • While the level select and secret message codes work, the message itself has been removed and the code involving the ending screen has been altered. This results in a bunch of garbage tiles to be displayed when the code is entered.

Sunday Funday Edit

Sunday Funday
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Publisher Wisdom Tree
Developer Color Dreams
Console NES
Date 1995
Engine Color Dreams side scroller
Sound engine Color Dreams

Sunday Funday is a Christian-themed hack done in 1994 and was released on the Sunday Funday: The Ride multicart in 1995 under the Wisdom Tree name. The hack itself is a graphical overhaul to make itself much more family-friendly and Christianity-themed compared to the original game. (although it's notorious for the fact that despite the changes, people regard the hack to be quite violent for its theme)

Overview Edit

The hack changes up the plot of the game to where Scooter (Despite looking the same, he is never referred to by his name even in the manual) has to make it to church on his skateboard. Scooter himself has been edited to hold a bible and his punch attack was changed to him spinning his skateboard (like his original attack when preformed in the air). The cutscenes are now a Sunday school teacher telling Scooter to make it to school while also giving hints. Many of the enemies have been changed to resemble more common civilians and defeating enemies will cause a Holy Spirit to emerge from them (with the exception of the clown enemy). Demon Dan himself has been changed to a bear and the cave palette has been edited to less resemble hell. The game also gives you the ability to toggle music on or off on the main menu.

Trivia Edit

  • Sunday Funday is technically the last game released for the NES before it was discontinued. It was released in 1995 and the NES was discontinued soon after.
  • The level select cheat remains but you need to hit the directions seven times rather than six. The secret message code has been disabled and the message itself has been removed from the ROM.

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