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Titenic
Titenic (Unl)-0
Titenic title screen (can only be accessed with advanced hacking)
Publisher ABAB Soft, Zechess
NT (unreleased)
Developer Hummer Team
Console Famicom
Date Unknown, possibly 1998-1999
Engine Titenic
Sound engine Hummer Sound Engine
Alternate names/hacks Hacker (15-in-1), Heroine (15-in-1), Harry's Legend

Titenic is a Famicom beat 'em up by Hummer Team and is based off of the 1997 film Titanic.The game was first known to be on an ABAB 3-in-1 multicart and was later found on a 15-in-1 separated into two separate games. It's the same game as Harry's Legend, but it was made before it. It's much more known due to the rarity of Titenic's release but this game has later gotten attention due to its gameplay involving the movie.

OverviewEdit

TitenicGameplay1

Gameplay as Jack.

The game itself is 2D side-scrolling beat 'em up where the levels all take place inside the ship itself. As Jack, you play on the levels before the ship crashes and as Rose you play on the levels during the ship's sinking. Rose's second level is slightly different; you have to escape each room you enter before a timer runs out.

The A button is to jump, while B is to attack. Both characters have a 2-hit combo which on the second hit, it causes a third attack to come out and it knocks the enemy down. While crouching, holding down the B button punches, and A kicks. In the air, you can attack with B. Both have two special attacks, one done by pressing A and B while another is done by pressing up and then down. Jack has a charging elbow attack and a charging uppercut while Rose does a high kick and an axe attack that automatically knocks the opponent down. Rose's axe attack is notably useful when taking out rats as her crouch kick hits above them.

You have a lifebar and start off with 5 lives. Both special attacks will take some health away if they make contact with an enemy. You can also lose health if your head is in the water. You can replenish it with a wine bottle (Heals half of your max health) or the lobster (Heals all your health). Losing all your health makes you lose a life.

Enemies Edit

There are two types of enemies in the game - animal enemies and human enemies. The animal enemies take one hit to kill and hurt you upon touching them. The animal enemies are rats, bats, snakes, octopi and chickens (Though only one chicken appeared in the game). There's also a rescue tube that bounces around and a fish with a misplaced hitbox that repeatedly jumps out of the water.

The human enemies have their own attacks and resemble people that would be on the ship. These are chefs, waitresses that toss their plates at you, an old lady with a rifle (Who only appears once), a guy with a big gun (Who also only appears once), and sailors. With the exception of the waitress, the enemies all appear to be from The Mask for the SNES although some of them have been edited.

TitenicGameplay2

Playing as Rose, fighting the fat man boss.

The bosses are a captain with a knife (Who later appears as a normal enemy), a fat rich man with a pistol and a large man who also has a pistol and has a dashing attack (He appears a total of three times in the game, each time with different colors and AI). One thing notable is that two of the encounters with the large man is that it's possible to knock him off the ship and the game would consider him defeated. This is crucial for the final encounter as it's hard to defeat him alone with just attacking him.

HistoryEdit

In an interview with Hummer Cheng, Titenic was originally developed much earlier and was supposed to be published by NT. [1] However, during this point the market for Famicom games in Taiwan was at a decline and NT told them they had no interest in publishing original games anymore. This prevented Titenic from having a single cart release at the time and also from being finished. After leaving NT, Hummer Team would have disbanded and either Hummer Cheng and/or Chris Ho would modify Titenic into Harry's Legend and sold it to others. (It's possible one of these companies might have be Trump Grand Manufacturing Co. since they have used it for their multicarts as well as other Hummer Technology games)

In 2003, ABAB Soft would be established by Handel Liao which published several multicarts containing Hummer Team's games. Their site at the time had mockup screenshots of their multicarts and one of them had Titenic while the other had Harry's Legend. [2] However, due to the rarity of the carts, the screenshots on the site mainly being mockups and ABAB Soft seemingly disappearing, it's unknown if both multicarts were ever released. Sometime around in 2005, a cart known as the Super New Year Cart 15-in-1 would be officially published and distributed by an unknown publisher (Although it's highly possible it was either ABAB Soft or Zechess) and was the first cart discovered that contained Titenic. On this cart you could start from either Jack's levels (By selecting the fifth game on the list, "Hacker") or Rose's levels (By selecting the sixth game, "Heroine"). In 2005/2006, Hummer Technology developed the ZDog and Zechess published it. This also contained Titenic but with its levels split up, with each one pretending to be a minigame.

TriviaEdit

  • The misspelling of the title for this game appears to be done on purpose; uncompiled code in the Super New Year Cart 15-in-1 refers to the game as "TITANIC". The misspelling was most likely done to avoid trademark infringement.
  • There is a debug mode in the game you can access by hitting A on the 2P controller. When using the debug, you can't scroll the screen. Up and Down (2P) raises/lowers the water levels. Pressing A again will summon Jack/Rose. Pressing Left and Right, will summon enemies and bosses. Start on the second controller brings up the ending screen.
    • In the ZDog version, the debug menu is unaccessible. In Harry's Legend, it still exists but you can't access the ending.
  • The crouch attacks seem a bit buggy; it's possible to cancel almost all of your animations into any of them. Because of this, when you die, it's possible to actually revive yourself by just preforming the crouch attack. This combined with the debug menu as well as various unused data suggest that Titenic is actually unfinished.
    • In the ZDog version, this control issue seems to be fixed. Harry's Legend also fixes this problem as well.
  • It's possible to kick enemies and even bosses into the water which automatically kills them. This is essential on the last boss fight because he is near impossible to defeat otherwise. If you happen to get stuck on the right of the screen he will keep on using the same attack and you'll sometimes end up falling into the water.
  • One of the enemies is reused in War, another game from Hummer Team which is dated 1999.
  • Jack's fighting stance resembles Kyo Kusanagi's from King of Fighters and Rose's resembles Athena Asamiya's. Also, Jack's "block" (the stance he does when a boss enters) appears to be Iori Yagami's blocking stance. Hummer Team did develop a King of Fighters 96 NES port which would explain the connection. Interesting enough, both Kyo and Athena were cut from the official release of that port.
  • The fish enemy in this game seems to be an edited version of the fish that Chuck throws up from Hummer Team's Earthworm Jim 3.

Harry's LegendEdit

Harry's Legend
Harry Potter (Unl) (English Title) -p2- 001
Harry's Legend title screen
Publisher Unknown, re-released by ABAB Soft
Developer Hummer Technology
Console Famicom
Date Unknown, most likely 2000 or 2001
Engine Cut-back version of Titenic's engine
Sound engine Hummer v3
Alternate names/hacks Harry Potter (name on cartridge), Hally Poter: Goblet of Fire

Harry's Legend is a hack of Titenic based off Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Likely the novel, as the movie came out in 2001) and was made by Hummer Technology. There are two different versions of this game; one with a Chinese title screen, and one with an English title screen. Both versions, however, use English in their cutscenes. This game is a lot more known due to being released on more multicarts and on a few single carts.

OverviewEdit

Harry Potter (Unl) -p1--!- 001

Gameplay of Harry's Legend. Note the Dudley-like enemy

This game has changed quite a bit compared to Titenic. Harry only has a kick attack that will randomly knock an enemy over. He also lacks the ability to attack while in mid-air. One special attack (A+B) is where he fires a broom out of his hand that is available as of Level 2. The other one (Up, Down) is a magic attack that's stronger but a little slower and is available as of Level 3. Other then that, the controls are the same.

There are 5 levels in Harry's Legend and you can choose one from the stage select. Most of the graphics and some level layouts are reused from Titenic. Level 2 and Level 3 appear to use some new graphics. Regardless of the stage you choose, you still go through all of them

The majority of the animal enemies come back (There is a new enemy which is simply a green rat that makes a different noise upon dying). The human enemies are different with a fat kid (Possibly Dudley,) a fat man (Edited off of the fat man boss from Titenic, could resemble Mr. Dursley,) a punk with long hair (Edited off of a gunner enemy,) an old woman (An edit of the old woman with the rifle from Titenic) and a giant chess piece.

Unlike Titenic, the human enemies here cause damage upon touching them and they don't have their own specific attacks. There's also a purple flame later that floats around and can't be killed.

The boss is a man with two faces walking backwards (Possibly Voldemort). He gets knocked back on every hit and appears in every level.

The fifth level starts with a weird volleyball game (Possibly based off Quidditch) where Harry takes damage if he concedes a goal or the enemy (The old lady) takes damage if the ball gets into her goal. Also there's a ghost flying at the top which can knock the ball around. After beating the game, there is a simple screen with "Gryffindor" and fireworks that explode into "Win."

TriviaEdit

HarryPotterTWCover

Taiwanese cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

  • The title screen is directly based on the Taiwanese cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. This was later edited slightly for the English version.
  • The demos don't use Harry's jumping or hitting sounds, yet everything else is in place. This is due to the fact sounds are played differently from Harry's actions. Also the demos seem completely wrong since Harry is seen kicking and jumping at random while also getting hit by the enemies because they haven't been redone from Titenic.
  • In the upper right says "Harry Potter" in the HUD. Some multicarts change it to "Harry's Legend". The tiles also have a random "BO" which could've been for his name (Harry Botter), either to avoid copyright infringement, or simply a mistake because his name is 哈利波特 (Ha Li Bo Te) in Chinese.
  • On Level 2, it's possible to knock the enemies and Voldemort himself into the water just like the large man boss in Titenic. However, if you jump on the ice platform and let Voldemort fall in, you will also fall into the water as well as Harry jumps up and down (the ice platform won't be under his feet after the first jump).
  • A title hack of this game, called "Hally Poter: Goblet of Fire", appears on some OneStation cartridges. [3]
  • The 4-in-1 (FK23C8079) multicart has a variant of Harry's Legend where not only does the HUD replace "Harry Potter" with "Harry's Legend" but the level select is removed and it plays an entirely different track when Voldemort appears.
  • The music played on the select screen and Level 3 sounds similar to a track in Ture MK3.
  • Harry appears on the front of the BootlegGames Wiki.

SubpagesEdit

Unused Stuff

Since Titenic seems to be unfinished, it's bound to have a lot of unused stuff.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://s4.zetaboards.com/PGC_Forums/single/?p=8120193&t=9613847
  2. http://web.archive.org/web/20050205212309/http://ababsoft.com/index.html
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE9sNQJ7SGA

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