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Old 14 January 2012, 00:37   #1
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Games with hidden or disabled ingame music (like Populous II)

I just found out that Populous II actually has ingame music when entering "MUSIC" as a "special code" in its menu. Do you know of any other games where music is disabled by default (starting with ingame sounds/fx only) and can be enabled/switched/cycled with a key? I know it's a strange question but I didn't get into Populous II back in the day because it was so boring watching a friend of mine playing it with only the heartbeat and eerie silence... ) Ingame music is somewhat important to me, yes - even if it's just a looping mod like Populous.
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Old 14 January 2012, 01:12   #2
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Press M in Car Vup to switch on music.
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Old 14 January 2012, 01:14   #3
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Well, that's not hidden but an option.
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Old 14 January 2012, 01:45   #4
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But that's exactly what I mean! But it starts with sound fx! Why did they actually do this to some games
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Old 14 January 2012, 01:59   #5
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I assume some games had to work with 512KB only. So either sound fx OR music, not both together.
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Old 14 January 2012, 02:00   #6
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Also in Jim Power you can disable sounds only after entering cheat code
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Old 14 January 2012, 11:11   #7
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Nice, that's fascinating! Why?! xD I bet there are more
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Old 14 January 2012, 13:16   #8
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@s2325 : Really !!?? Wow . The cheat isn't written on HOL, how do you do this ?

@dex : The background ambiance is the only thing in Populous 2 i always found inferior to his prequel. The "choirs" and the heartbeat i mean, not the sfx. But many things are happening in populous 2 so maybe they took the decision to remove the choir ambiance to have more free sound chanels.

If someone says that there is a hidden music in barbarian haha, i don't know what i am doing, but sure i am doing this hahahahaha !! .
 
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Pause game, type VELOU, unpause and press F. Press R to turn on slow motion, press C to alternate score counter.
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Incredible mate ! I amngoing to try . Thanks a lot as always !
 
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I found another one, Elvira The Arcade Game starts with Sound FX only but has marvelous music if you turn it on by pressing "S"

As you can see here [ Show youtube player ] , some people may not even know how great Elvira sounds I knew that it has music from the original demo version of Elvira Arcade, it had no sound but only the music. The full game was different so I read the manual and it says "S" to toggle it
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It can't be considered as hidden though, like in populous II, if it is written in the manual. Many games are using the keys 'S' or and 'M' to enable/disable sfx/music.
 
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RIght, still it is strange that the music is disabled in the actual game unless you read the manual and press "S", maybe to prevent people who just copied the thing and never read the manual from hearing the game's music... xD
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Old 14 January 2012, 18:50   #14
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You know, to press 'S' or 'M' while playing is i think one of the first letter i always tried, just after the world record 'P' key lol . I don't think that to have the manual prevented much people to know how to disable/enable the sfx/music if it could be done with these keys.
 
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It can't be considered as hidden though, like in populous II, if it is written in the manual. Many games are using the keys 'S' or and 'M' to enable/disable sfx/music.
indeed... but i for one didnt have the manual
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This thread gave me hope I might find hidden music in Heimdall 2.. unfortunately not. Always loved the game but at times it just seemed too quiet.
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@lordofchaos: same here! I have to recommend you the CD32 version of Heimdall 2! I tried this one because it was exactly the same for me - great game but why all the silence? I usually prefer 4 channel tunes (mods etc.) in games but this CD soundtrack is really very good and fits the game perfectly There are several pieces that play during various parts of the game, there are no silent parts. The map screen has its own tune for example

There have to be more games where we can find a way to make some music play
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@dex: Thanks for the recommendation I never really thought to try the CD32 version.. I`m sure there's an ISO floating about somewhere
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Old 22 January 2012, 15:50   #20
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In Monkey Island 2, the music is a little too well hidden on the Amiga version. In fact, it's so well hidden it never made it to the game. Probably lurking somewhere in Michael Land's basement.
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