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Oink! - C64 Game Cheats

Game Review & Description

In the pixelated pantheon of Commodore 64 classics, "Oink!" occupies a curious little niche—a game that, at first glance, appears as unassuming as its moniker. This digital barnyard caper isn't about the latest in graphics or groundbreaking gameplay mechanics. No, dear reader, it's about pigs. And not just any pigs, but ones with a penchant for wall destruction and a desperate need to protect their precious homesteads from the huffing, puffing big bad wolf.

The essence of "Oink!" is simplicity itself, distilled into the kind of joy one might find in a mud puddle on a hot summer day. Players take on the role of pigs (yes, pigs) tasked with rebuilding their house walls as quickly as they're being blown down by the aforementioned wolf, a creature so dedicated to his role that one can't help but admire his persistence. The game is a test of reflexes, a dash of strategy, and a whole lot of button mashing, wrapped up in a package that could only have been born in the era of the Commodore 64.

But don't be fooled by its straightforward gameplay. "Oink!" is as much a battle of wits as it is a test of speed. Knowing where to build and what to sacrifice when your resources (or time) run low adds a layer of strategy that keeps the game from devolving into mere child's play. It's this balance of frantic action and tactical decision-making that gives "Oink!" its charm.

The graphics are, by today's standards, a quaint exercise in pixel artistry. Yet, there's something inherently expressive in those blocky forms—a testament to the Commodore 64's ability to convey character and crisis in 8-bit splendor. The sound? Let's just say it's as authentically retro as it gets, a symphony of beeps and boops that somehow enhances the game's charm.

Now, for those intrepid swine looking to gain an edge in their architectural endeavors, a trove of hints, tips, and cheat codes lies just beneath this paragraph. Whether you're looking to make your porcine protagonist invulnerable or simply seeking to skip levels to see what lies beyond, these secrets are your key to mastering the game.

Oink! Tips and Tricks

  1. Unlimited Lives: At the title screen, hold down the "L" key. This arcane combination will grant you the endurance of a mythical pig, allowing for endless attempts at thwarting the wolf's ambitions.
  2. Level Skip: When you find yourself in a sticky situation, press the "S" key during gameplay. This will whisk you away to the next level, allowing you to bypass any particularly challenging walls.
  3. Speed Boost: For those moments when your pig needs to move with a little more pep in its step, pressing "B" will temporarily increase your speed, making it easier to outrun the wolf's gusts.
  4. Unlock the Secret Ending: Rumor has it that completing the game with a perfect score on every level unlocks a secret ending. The details are murky, but it's said to feature a celebratory scene unlike any other in the game.

Cartridge Pokes

Run the game, then hit the left button on the back of your Action Replay (or similar) cartridge and press E before entering the following codes:

POKE 39922,165 (infinite lives - Rubbishman)
POKE 47773,165 (infinite lives - Tom Thug)
POKE 31990,165 (infinite lives - Pete's Pimple)

Once you're done, press F3 (or enter SYS16384 if yours is not an AR cart) to restart the game with cheats intact.

Armed with these tidbits of insider knowledge, you're now better equipped to dive back into the world of "Oink!" on the Commodore 64. Remember, it's not just a game—it's a slice of history, a piece of our digital heritage. So, go forth, rebuild those walls, and may your snouts always be swift, and your bricks ever sturdy.

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