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Why wasn't Hard Hat Willy ever sold commercially?

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It was advertised. It plays well. And it's rated fairly highly on AtariMania...

 

And yet it is listed as a Prototype... Did Inhome Software go bankrupt or something?

 

How and when did the prototype surface?

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Not sure.  I remember having both (bload copies) and playing them reasonably regularly.  Probably around late 1984/early 1985.

 

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On 10/12/2020 at 6:18 PM, Guy1 said:

It was advertised. It plays well. And it's rated fairly highly on AtariMania...

 

And yet it is listed as a Prototype... Did Inhome Software go bankrupt or something?

 

How and when did the prototype surface?

Yes. InHome imploded sometime in 1984. I found lots of boxed copies of both Captain Beeble and Baseball littering various computer stores in Toronto for years (I picked up my boxed copy of Beeble for about five bucks in 1987), but never saw or heard of Hard Hat Willy until reading this thread...which is strange, given the fact that it was a local company.

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3 hours ago, Rybags said:

Or how about "Hard bell-end"

Must have been a PAL (euro) only game :)

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Didn't really want to start a new topic for this, but can anyone identify the tune used for background music in this game? It was also used in K-Razy Antiks and probably a dozen other games in the 80's.

 

Edit: the song is When Johnny Comes Marching Home... Yay for google.

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Anyway while I'm here, have some cheat codes. Type these commands in the Altirra debugger.

Infinite lives: e 8f68 ea ea ea

Green bugs won't steal your hat: e 960f 0
Red items won't kill you: e 9608 0e b0 19
Walk through red items (this pretty much ruins the game): e 9605 0

Be careful though, if you enter places you're not supposed to reach yet the "wall" counter will drop below zero making it impossible to finish the level you're on. So enjoy responsibly.

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On 10/12/2020 at 5:18 PM, Guy1 said:

It was advertised. It plays well. And it's rated fairly highly on AtariMania...

 

And yet it is listed as a Prototype... Did Inhome Software go bankrupt or something?

 

How and when did the prototype surface?

Don't know the story or timing on this one, but the bottom dropped out of the Atari 8bit games market pretty suddenly. Wouldn't surprised if some games got dropped, just because there wasn't a market anymore.

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One more cheat. To disable the time limit for completing a level: e 84c3 ea ea ea

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