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Any way to speed up Automania?

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:37 pm
by zxbruno
Automania was one of the first games I enjoyed playing back in 1987, but always thought the game was a bit slow. Turning the music off doesn't really make a difference. Does anyone know if the game was slowed down on purpose? If yes, a few POKEs could do wonders.

Re: Any way to speed up Automania?

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:58 pm
by Rev_Stuart_Campbell
Just play it at 2x speed in an emulator...

Re: Any way to speed up Automania?

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:04 am
by djnzx48
Yes, the game is deliberately slowed down. To increase the speed, use:

POKE 62231, lo
POKE 62232, hi

where 'lo' and 'hi' are the low and high bytes of the delay value to use. For example, try POKE 62231, 1: POKE 62232, 0.

This change is more noticeable when the music is disabled. To speed the game up with music enabled, use these additional POKEs:

POKE 34809, 29
POKE 34823, 29
POKE 34824, 179
POKE 34825, 200
POKE 34826, 248
POKE 34827, 24
POKE 34828, 236

EDIT: corrected a mistake.

Re: Any way to speed up Automania?

Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:02 pm
by zxbruno
Thank you! Speeding it up on real hardware is what I was hoping for. There are probably dozens of games who were slowed down on purpose, and would benefit from the extra speed.

Re: Any way to speed up Automania?

Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:23 pm
by Morkin
djnzx48 wrote:
Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:04 am
This change is more noticeable when the music is disabled. To speed the game up with music enabled, use these additional POKEs:
Anyone who plays Automania with the music on must be a serious masochist.