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Title Screen

Final Fight

Developer: Creative Materials
Publisher: U.S. Gold
Platform: Amiga
Released in EU: September 1991

DevMessageIcon.png This game has a hidden developer message.
MovieIcon.png This game has unused cinematics.

The Amiga version of Final Fight: a port of the arcade game with some text, or a novel with a game attached?

Developer Message

Hidden in the startup sequence is this absolute mammoth of a message.

A time capsule of the programming scene of 1990-91, this beautifully monstrous message by Richard Aplin, intended as a sort of followup to a similar message present in the Amiga version of Line of Fire, goes into detail about the conversion process from arcade to Amiga - but not before tearing hackers a new one.

; -===========-
; © 1991 U.S. Gold
; Written for Creative Materials by Richard Aplin
; (Started 10th January 1991)
;Ok. Remember Line Of Fire? Here we go again, crackers! Fill in the blanks:
type (Loads of pointless ANSI codes and whizzy animated bits)
echo "_____ of _____ presents the latest in Hot Warez.."
echo ""
echo "Final Fight ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 14925%!"
echo "Cracked, Trained, Nobbed-Up and ½-parted by the amazing _______!!!"
echo ""
echo "Call our UK HQ on ____-______ for 1.4Tetrabytes of"
echo "warez stored on Sinclair Microdrive, on-line 25hrs a minute, 
echo ""
echo "Hot Greets to Taz,Faz,Gaz,Baz,Haz,Kaz,Waz and Saz!!"
echo "Limp Armwavings to HumungousBigPenisSubstitute of The 
echo ""
echo "Look mum! I can use SEKA, TETRAPACK and DMS! (Next week I'm learning bowel 
echo ""
echo "(I've got a mate who can do fantastically dull psuedo house music on 
echo " and another mate is really amazing at doing uninteresting bas-relief 
metallic logos on Dpaint"
echo " - We're going to call ourselves WetDream Design, and do a game for 
echo " and they'll pay us £7500000 and we'll get our photos ridiculed in Zero 
and then"
echo " we're going to do Soopa Fannycon games and charge more than the national 
debt of Brazil"
echo " and after that it's virtual reality and I actually SAW Andrew Braybrook 
at the PC Show"
echo " and he actually SPOKE to me and we had this really good conversation and 
I told him all"
echo " about how crap Rainbow Islands is and how he should have written it using 
Seka and used"
echo " hardware sprites for the scrolling background and when I asked him why he 
left out the"
echo " bit on the arcade machine when you first turn it on and some gliched 
graphics come up for a"
echo " thirtieth of a second - which really contributes to the gameplay - he 
said 'Why don't you shut the f**k"
echo " up and leave me alone, you irritating little t*at' and I knew he was just 
saying that cos"
echo " he knew I was right and how much better than him I am and I bet he's 
never written a"
echo " parallax sprite starfield sine scrolly bob demo with soundtracker music 
in his life"
echo " and I bet he wouldn't even know how and he's rubbish anyway you know I 
actually saw"
echo " one BNE in his code that could have been a BNE.S and I nearly wet myself 
I mean how can"
echo " he call himself a programmer when he obviously isn't nearly as good as me 
echo ""
echo "Anyway I must go now as my mum says my rusks are getting soggy... 
echo ""
echo "Intro by HugeRedPorkSword of The TotulAnihilashunAndDeth2Evreywun Crew"
echo ""
echo "P.S. When I grow up I want to be a British Rail guard" ;(apologies to BR 
employees everywhere)
echo ""
echo ""
lea 2.w,a0
jmp (a0)
Right, that (to quote my Line Of Fire Startup-Sequence) is that over with!
*You May Not Read Further If You Are Under 14 or Have A Datel Action Replay 
*(The Mk.II one's OK cos the software's much 
Yes kids, It's *PROGRAMMER'S EGO* time!
Other games I've written: (the list gets longer!)
Double Dragon I (Amiga,ST,Amstrad CPC)
Double Dragon II (Amiga,ST,Amstrad) (Aargh! Endless beat-em-ups!)
Shinobi (Amstrad)
Block Racer (Amiga,ST)
ESWAT (Spectrum - but don't tell anyone!)
Line Of Fire (Amiga,ST)
Rotox (Amiga,ST)
Fly Spy (Amstrad)
The Islands of Dr.Destructo (64)
U.C.M. (64) (barf)
Zap (Amiga)
Cyclone (Amiga)
TimeWarp turbo loader (Amstrad)
Invade-a-load (64)
+various other bits'n'pieces & in-house stuff.
Right, that's the programography over with, now the customary rubbish that
I usually put in the startup-sequence to amuse you lot before you get
down to the 5-minute job of cracking the game (see also Line of Fire!)
Incidentally, I gave up protecting games seriously after I spent a week
doing the protection for Shinobi and Double Dragon II on the Amiga, which
was (and I say so myself), pretty bloody good.. even if Weetabix did
eventually crack DD2 (by the way, I never did find out how long it took
The way I look at it, the better the protection, the greater the challenge,
and although it would be fun if protection could adapt itself to what the
cracker is doing (like a game of chess), as it is the whole game is a bit
one-sided. I mean, whatever I do for protection, once I've done it, it's
cast in stone, and as it is impossible to cover every one of the bizarre
things you lot will try, eventually a game will get cracked, so why bother
in the first place? I don't agree with piracy, but as in-game protection
is just providing you lot with some amusement over a boring weekend, I
don't bother much any more..
I daresay some people still think that it's possible to do 'pirate-proof'
protection, but personally, after DD2 (which really did have some bloody
neat ideas in it), I don't!
Another problem is that when I do a really neat disk format, that, say,
gives you 6.5k a track and is well hard to copy, the *$#?**!ing duplicators
can't duplicate it! Kind of defeats the object really!
Any road up, on this game I'm reasonably pleased with the interrupt-driven
disk loader; everyone else did it ages ago - so did I, but that sort of
loading is not really suitable for most types of games: you need dynamic
memory-allocation and multi-tasking uncrunch routines for a start, and then
you run into all sorts of problems with ram fragmentation, and eventually
you end up spending more time sorting out the problems caused by the system
than it solves, but I thought I might as well use it in Final Fight, just
so that Ronald Van Thingy at the Sales Curve would shut up! (Sorry Ronald!)
Oh yeah.. the real-time x/y-flipping and decompressing sprite-routine is
alright too.. but a tad slow. Ah well, the Line of Fire real-time scaling
sprite routine was slightly neat as well, and look how slow that game was!
The main problem with this game is the amount of time & memory used up by
all the massive sprites.. I ripped all the graphics out of the arcade
board's roms, and I really didn't want to have to shrink them or anything,
so we end up with what you see here.. bloody huge sprites!
Tum te tum.. what next..? I know! It's..
The arcade machine's specs:
(The standard CapCom board- as used on everything from Ghouls'n'Ghosts
to Strider and Dynasty Wars)
68000 running at 8Mhz
Z80 driving the sound chip (standard Yamaha 6-voice FM chip) and sample-
playback hardware
1.5Mb of program and data roms (aargh!)
2Mb of sprite & character graphic roms (double aargh!) - there's space on the
board for 16Mb!
256k of sample/music rom
Triple playfield screen, with a rather interesting method of displaying
data (see later)
Loads of 128x128 hardware sprites with hardware X & Y flipping (bog standard)
64k of video ram
64k of processor ram
The screen displays are quite interesting.. the 3 overlayed playfields are
made up differently.. but they are all character-mapped, not bitmapped.
Naturally they all have independant hardware scroll! There's also no
practical limit on the number of characters you can access at any one time
with a screen - all the character map screens use 16-bit character numbers!
Playfield 1:
The back parallax layer consists of 32x32 character blocks, with each block
having a selectable pallette (of 16 colours) from a set of 32 different
pallettes.. (that's up to 512 colours on this screen alone!)
Playfield 2:
The main playing area.. Uses 16x16 character blocks, each with a 16 colour
pallette selected from another bank of 32!
Playfield 3:
The top layer for scores, text,etc. Uses 8x8 characters, 16 colours, from
yet another bank of 16 pallettes.
All characters can be individually X and Y flipped, and the playfield 2
characters can be set to appear in front of or behind (or both) any
Each sprite is up to 128x128 pixels, and is character mapped too! Only 16
colours in any one sprite, but the sprite pallette is selected from yet
another set of 32 different ones! Naturally, the sprite can be flipped in
either direction by just setting a bit! I don't know how many sprites you
get, but I suspect 64!
Right, so that give you a grand total of 1280 colours on screen, not
counting the sprites, without even using raster-splits! Don't you just
want to BURN your amiga?
Can you believe what you could do with this board? EVERYTHING is done in
hardware, and you've got an 8Mhz 68000 just do change a few registers with!
It doesn't even have to drive the sound chip.. the Z80 does that!
(This board is considered to be old technology and is not really used by
Capcom much any more!!)
...Can I have one for Christmas, Santa?
If you think that's good.. you should have seen the hardware on Line Of
Fire that I converted before! Two 12Mhz 68000s and a Z80 all
Oh yeah, if any other companies want to hire me to extract graphics and
data from arcade boards they're converting, get in touch..
Ah well, back to the real(?) world..
(Short bit about me, 'cos *I* wrote this game and *I* feel like it!) :-]
I'm 21, tall, and with boundless enthusiasm (and far less talent) for music,
playing pool, drinking alcohol, and going to Raves.
.. oh yeah.. I'm half Australian too (not that that helps!)
Written in my slum at our Bristol office, on a meagre:
A500 with 2.5mb, A590, Cygnus ED, Genim2 and DPaint3 (ArgAsm's bugged to hell!)
A500 with 1mb (to download to)
Poxy 1040ST in the corner covered in junk
Comfy chair (noooooobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!)
Loud stereo & millions of albums
Video Walkman (+ all of BlackAdder II/III/IV & the Young Ones)
GameBoy (with Tetris superglued into it)
U.S. Robotics HST 9600 baud modem (for rapping with the artists in Whitby!)
Final Fight board (connected to crappy joystick and Commodore monitor!)
Some custom rom-reading hardware
Filter coffee machine, Microwave and endless copies of The Independant.
..That's it! No PDS, no SNASM, no nothing! C'est la vie!
For light relief at my flat, I've wasted huge amounts of money on;
Amiga A1000+2mb etc,etc
Casio FZ1 sampler & loads of disks of samples (Steinway piano, 808/909 drums, 
Fairlights, Moogs, etc,etc)
Roland D110 synth
Korg M1R synth (use those funky presets!)
Cheetah MS6 analogue synth (and MkV II keyboard gathering dust)
Alesis Quadraverb+ digital effects processor (hours of fun!)
Alesis SR16 drum machine
Yamaha TX7 synth
Desktech 8-Channel mixer (now redundant)
Fender Strat (cheapo clone) guitar
CryBaby WahWah pedal (so I can sound like all the other crappy Manchester 
A couple of el cheapo distortion/compression/grunge pedals
Fostex B16 16-track reel-to-reel tape recorder (wooo!)
SoundTracks 16:8:16 mixer (double woo!)
Alesis 3630 Compresssor/Limiter/Noisegate
Yamaha FSK sync converter (crappy - not even SMPTE compatible!)
...and no, you can't come round and burgle me!
Actually, the CDTV has just come out, and does look rather sexy (I saw a
preview at the Software Developer's Conf. in Bournemouth a while back, and
it was well impressive) - maybe that's next on the 'expensive toys' list..?
(2-9-91 I've played with it and No, it isn't really.)
Right, that's that over with!
Now.. the Musicography!
Music that contributed to the writing of this game...
(I've got pretty varied tastes!)
KLF - The White Room/Chill Out/Space/1987 What The F*** Is Going On
Shag Times/Who Killed The Jams (MU MU!)
The Smiths - The World Won't Listen/Hatful of Hollow/Strangeways, here we 
come/Louder Than Bombs (All absolutely fab)
Pink Floyd - The Wall/Wish You Were Here/Dark Side of the Moon/Momentary Lapse 
Of Reason
Roger Waters - Radio KAOS/The Pros and Cons of Hitchiking
The Cure - Standing on the beach/Head on the Door/Kiss Me,Kiss Me,Kiss 
Pet Shop Boys - Please/Introspective/Disco/Actually/Behaviour (<-*Beautiful* 
chord progressions on the last two songs)
Public Enemy - Yo! Bum Rush the Show!/Fear of a Black Planet
Inxs - Kick/Listen Like Thieves
Prince - LoveSexy/Grafitti Bridge/Purple Rain/Sign Of The Times/Round The World 
In A Day
Propaganda - A Secret Wish/1 2 3 4 (Yeaaah! Mucho underrated)
Thomas Dolby - The Flat Earth/Aliens Ate My Buick (I really really like both 
The Shamen - EnTact/In Gorbachev We Trust
Tracy Chapman - T.C./Crossroads
Thompson Twins - Quick Step and Side Kick/Into The Gap
Happy Mondays - Pills, Thrills'n'Bellyaches
Cameo - Word Up/She's Strange
Heaven 17 - How Men Are/The Luxury Gap/Penthouse and Pavement
The Beloved - Happiness/Blissed Out
Depeche Mode - Violator (I just rediscovered them!)
*The The* - Soul Mining/Infected/Mind Bomb (Totally my favourite! Bloody 
James Brown - The Great J.B. (Get on up!)
Peter Gabriel - So/Shaking the Tree
They Might Be Giants - Flood/T.M.B.G. (Prosthetic Foreheads?)
Grace Jones - Island Life (Pull up to the bumper? Obscene!)
Jean Michel Jarre - Zoolook/Oxygene/Rendezvous
Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi
Squeeze - The Singles
Genesis - Duke/Invisible Touch/Genesis (Invisible Touch is still totally adult 
MOR stuff)
Motorhead - The Ace Of Spades
The HouseMartins - London 0 Hull 4/The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death
The Beautiful South - The Beautiful South/Choke
The Police - The Singles/Regatta De Blanc/Ghosts in the Machine
Talking Heads - Fear of Music/Little Creatures/True Stories/More Songs About 
Buildings & Food
Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden/Natural History/The Party's Over (Love that tortured 
Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark - The Best of OMD/That other compilation with 
'White Trash' on
Simple Minds - New Gold Dream/Street Fighting Years/Once Upon a Time 
(Pretentious, but I'm a sucker for Trevor Horn production)
Bassomatic - Set the Controls for the Heart of the Bass (You don't want MY 
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome to the Pleasure Dome
Erasure - Wonderland/The Circus (Plinketty plonk, Vince)
Alison Moyet - Alf
Roachford - Roachford
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's (Legendary album) ..how many holes in Blackburn, 
Bruce Hornsby and the Range - The way it is (Tinkle those ivories!)
T'Pau - Bridge of Spies/Rage (the latter is not so good)
Betty Boo - Boomania (hmmmmm)
ABC - Lexicon of Love/How to be a Zillionaire
Father Barabus & The Butcher Monks - Live at the Lightship/F.B.B.M. ('Cos he's 
Ken, Ken, Ken and he ain't got no mates!)
The Orb - The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld
The Proclaimers - Sunshine on Leith
New Order - Substance/Whatever that most recent one's called (Featuring "New 
Order Standard Guitar Sound(TM)")
Electribe 101 - Electribal Memories
Bronski Beat - The Age of Consent (Slam your goolies in a drawer and SING!)
Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland/Best Of..
Marillion - Clutching at Straws/Misplaced Childhood (Uzis on the street corner? 
I ASK you!)
Mike And The Mechanics - Living Years/M.A.T.M.
The Boomtown Rats - Mondo Bongo/The Fine Art Of Surfacing
Terence Trent D'Arby - Introducing the hardline..
S'Express - Original Soundtrack
Tears For Fears - Songs from the Big Chair/Sowing the Seeds of Love
Steve Winwood - Back In The High Life/Arc Of A Diver
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms/Making Movies/Love Over Gold/Alchemy
UB40 - The Best Of UB40 (Even if it does all sound the same)
B52's - Cosmic Thing/Rock Lobster
Suzanne Vega - Solitude Standing
Massive - Blue Lines (From Bristol - Yeeeeeeah!)
Bomb The Bass - Enter The Dragon
Seal - Seal (pretty good.. but then I'm a sucker for Trevor Horn's production!)
R.E.M. - Out Of Time (still unsure about that)
Electronic - Electronic (BLOODY EXCELLENT!)
Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast/The End of The Innocence
Soft Cell - Non Stop Exotic Cabaret (Goooooood!)
Hothouse Flowers - People
E.M.F. - Schubert Dip (Hmmmm.. not bad)
Eurythmics - Be Yourself Tonight/Sweet Dreams/We Two Are One/Revenge (Sample the 
intro off 'There must be an angel' why don't you?)
Madonna - The Immaculate Collection (the best bits are the Patrick Leonard 
produced stuff - really amazing musicican)
....As I said, pretty varied!
And also some tapes supplied by my mate Alex (and ratings)..
(There you are Alex! Your official mention!)
Tackhead - Strange Things (Funky.. but still.. 6/10)
Che - Narcotic (Wooo! Pretty sample-y, but melodic.. 8/10)
The Shamen - In Gorbachev We Trust (Hmmm.. A bit tiring.. 5/10)
P.I.L. - Second Edition (Never really liked P.I.L... 4/10)
Anyway, a big hello to;
Del at Codemasters, Kris at Argonaut, Charlie, Tim C. and Tim M., Paul D. and 
Paul 'Hadaway!', Steve Hogg,
Nick V.,Andy S. and Andy H., Pat, Maria, Mike H., Alan B., The Bitmaps,
J.M.P., Bob, Nadeem, Dan Dan The SineScroll Man, Alex, Spex, Noel, Ben & Tanya,
Tim Miller, Grahem, Gavin, John Menzies (what a name!) and everyone else in
wild'n'wacky Leamington Spa (esp. all the gorgeous women!), Maziar Darvish,
Jim, Adrian Stephens, Ricardo Pinto and the rest of the Assembly Line, Joby,
James, Cash and Rob, D.M.L., Mike Day, Claus, Hans and Dagmar .. .. ..
.....and finally, all the various crowd I know from parties, raves, 
(Who's Where update 2/9/91 - Del is still at Codemasters, Charlie is going to
join him soon, Kris is still at Argonaut, and Dan is now at Core Design!)
Dubious substances (and late-night parties) supplied by JW Inc!
Ha ha! Neil Tennant's going GREY! I've just seen an interview in NME, and
he is looking a tad oldish - never mind, amazing music nonetheless. I'm
seeing the PSBs live at the NEC soon, and if this game is still under
development then, I'll give you an update.
* (- 11th June - Yep! Saw them last monday in Birmingham!
Were they good? - Is the Pope Catholic? The best live show I've ever seen!)
Hey! I've just been mugged! (21st May) Some b**tard came up behind me
when I was coming home from a club last night and hit me over the head
bloody hard with something - I don't know what, I was do busy being knocked
unconcious. I woke up in the gutter some time later, in a pool of blood (mine)
with some nice police lady calling me an ambulance (I don't know why, my name
is Richard, after all - ho ho ho). After about 6 stiches in my head courtesy of
the Bristol Royal Infirmary (and a tetanus jab), all I have to show for my
night of fun is a small bald patch with blue stiches in on the back of my
head, and the most amazingly coloured bruises you have ever seen. Who
says you can't have fun in Bristol any more? Anyway, thanks to the nice
police woman and the staff of the B.R.I. in casualty that
night, and no bloody thanks at all to whoever hit me!
Oh yeah - Hi to all the plebs who crowd into the Virgin Games Centre in
Bristol every Saturday morning and consistently refuse to recognise me
or Tim, even when we talk loudly about all the games we have written!!!!
- hellos also to the regulars at the White Hart (& Jill the rather nice
barmaid) and Sportsman pubs in Bristol!
Ah well, it looks like I'll be doing some Super Famicon, MegaDrive, or
Master System work now, if our SNASM system ever turns up!!
(2-Sep-91 : It hasn't, and doesn't look like it ever will, so I've just
designed and built my own MegaDrive development system (AND it
works!) - anyone who wants to buy it.. contact me!)
By the way, hope you like the cheat mode! (very silly)
See you on the next one! Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Luv and Irony,
Richard Aplin.
P.S. All you young and impressionable people who think programmers make
loads of money.. well, most of us don't! (Mind you, the hours are good!)
P.P.S. Good Startup-Sequence eh?
P.P.P.S. Update: My next game is: 'GodFather III' (U.S. Gold) on 68000 & PC
although it looks like I may go and do console
hard/software development for Codemasters afterwards!
..and now for some music from the Album on my stereo at the moment (Mon Sep 2nd 
15:51:06 1991) (please don't sue me Mr. Record Company!!)
which is the amazing 'The Flat Earth' by Thomas Dolby.. typed in as it's 
(hum the tunes if you know them)
Mulu (T.Dolby)
If I'm not sleeping, It's because I'm frightened
of what I might find behind the curtain,
there is a signal, there is a warning,
I will not heed them,
before I hear the morning dew
that trickles down the window, Mulu
The people of the rainforest..
Believe in Dreamtime, real time inverted,
along the faultline, below the surface,
there is a secret, there is a reason,
for all these nightmares, for all this mayhem
Mulu the changes came before they knew
The keeper of the rainforest
Talk to me Mulu
Speak to me Mulu
Walk with me Mulu
Reach for me Mulu
Mulu.. the changes came before they knew,
The seasons changed an hour too soon,
The waters came before he knew,
The prisoner of the rainforest..
I Scare myself (D.Hicks)
I scare myself just thinking about you,
I scare myself when I'm without you,
I scare myself the moment that you're gone,
I scare myself when I let my thoughts run,
And when they're running, I keep thinking of you..
And when they're running, what can I do...
I scare myself and I don't mean lightly,
I scare myself it can get frightening,
I scare myself to think what i could do,
I scare myself it's some kind of voodoo,
And with that voodoo, I keep thinking of you
And with that voodoo, what can I do...
(play 'air piano' for the solo)
And with that voodoo, I keep thinking of you
And with that voodoo, what can I do...
But it's so so very different when we're together..
I'm so so so much calmer I feel better..
because the stars already crossed our paths forever..
and the sooner that we realise it the better
and then I'll be with you and I won't scare myself..
and I'll know what to do and I won't scare myself..
and my thoughts will run and I won't scare myself..
and I'll think of you and I won't scare myself..
..and no I'm not going to type out 'Hyperactive'.. I can't type THAT fast!

More Programmer Ranting

Activate the cheat mode by pressing Help five times during the intro sequence when Haggar is told to turn the TV. Not only does it enable infinite lives, but it plays this sequence that can't be skipped, featuring the author of the above text.