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Old 06 August 2017, 15:12   #1
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Pango - needs cracking

Heya guys,

In TOSEC there are these files:

... Pango Fun (1989)(Proxxima)(beta)(Disk 1 of 2)[cr Heresy].adf
... Pango Fun (1989)(Proxxima)(beta)(Disk 2 of 2)[cr Heresy].adf
... Pango (1990)(Proxxima)(Disk 1 of 2)[cp manual code].adf
... Pango (1990)(Proxxima)(Disk 2 of 2).adf

Unfortunately the proper release isn't cracked

In this thread there are the required codes from the author: Pango - amiga game

Would be cool not to have to refer to these though and be able to type in anything...

Any coder / cracker willing to undertake this; should be quite simple I'd imagine?
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Old 07 August 2017, 11:18   #2
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zoned a crack test. I only try to use the whdload way to make a patch in boot only. I used the Stingray version : thanks for the source.
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Old 07 August 2017, 11:57   #3
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Thank you kindly dylandog

Sir Galahad also sent me a file this morning

...will test both tonight once home from work.
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Old 07 August 2017, 12:01   #4
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I used the Stingray version : thanks for the source.
My pleasure.
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Old 07 August 2017, 12:16   #5
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zoned a crack test. I only try to use the whdload way to make a patch in boot only. I used the Stingray version : thanks for the source.
Sorry dude, but you've got quite a bit more work ahead of you

1). The game reinstalls the game loader, which knocks out all of your crack code. Try playing the game and then exiting back to the start and you'll find the "piracy protection" screen is now back.

2). Pango does a checksum on track zero for disk identification purposes, your version will correctly load up disk 2, but when it needs to swap back to disk 1, it will fail because obviously you've modified the bootblock which the game checks.
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Old 07 August 2017, 12:27   #6
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My version disk 1 in the zone, just use the disk 2 as provided by the programmer of the game.
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Old 07 August 2017, 12:53   #7
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Many thanks Sir Galahad; will test tonight
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Old 07 August 2017, 13:49   #8
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Hi, this game have some interesting protection/encryption routines.

You can find embedded some source code fragments with amusing comments/variables (in italian language).

Well, a DOS file version can be made with all files decrypted..
(the second loader, for the levels, use sectors tables at $7e8c, $b942 and $b796).

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Only the encryption used to hide the first loader is somewhat interesting yet still very easy to defeat (and works on 68000 only), rest of the protection isn't anything special at all.
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Only the encryption used to hide the first loader is somewhat interesting yet still very easy to defeat (and works on 68000 only), rest of the protection isn't anything special at all.
Hi StingRay, I think that the rest is not for really 'protection' but only for 'hide' data from ripping.
This encryption routine is really oversized (and slow..).

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Old 07 August 2017, 19:54   #11
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Home now and have tested your cracked Disk 1 Galahad.

...used the level code to access Disk 2, died, went back to the main menu and then started a new game.

Code:
LEVEL           CODE
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LEVELS 7-12     atabaques
All is working perfectly as expected
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Home now and have tested your cracked Disk 1 Galahad.

...used the level code to access Disk 2, died, went back to the main menu and then started a new game.

Code:
LEVEL           CODE
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LEVELS 7-12     atabaques
All is working perfectly as expected
Lovely, another one done
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Old 08 August 2017, 00:40   #13
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Yes indeed; muchas gracias amigo!!!
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Nice to finally have a cracked version of one of my favorite games. Thanks!
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