General info for: Frightmare
Original Release Year:
Original Publisher:
Rod Ashley, Sean Conran
Message Language:
Machine Type:
ZX-Spectrum 48K/128K
Maximum Players:
Original Price:
Spanish Price:
1200 ptas.
Known Errors:
Bugfix provided by pushHL:
  • The player is supposed to wake up at 7:54 after visiting 79 rooms, but it never happens due to a bug in the dream state routine. At 39% the second word should update to 'vision' but stays the same. It's very lucky that the game doesn't crash at this point which is down to the program reading $ff, one is then added to it to get $00 and this value points to the second word. $00 obviously points to first option of second word which is 'dream' and is why it stays the same. Here's the bug:
    b102: ld a, (iy+$05) ;first word
    b105: inc a ;move to next word in list
    b106: cp $0f ;gone past last word (nefarious)?
    b108: call nc, $b110 ;yes
    b10b: ld (iy+$05), a ;no, so preserve word and continue
    b10e: jr $b0de
    b110: ld a, (ix+$06) ;second word <----Here is bug should be ld a, (iy+$06)
    b113: inc a ;move to next word in list
    b114: cp $07 ;gone past last word (frightmare)?
    b116: jr z, $b11d ;yes
    b118: ld (iy+$06), a ;no, so preserve second word,
    b11b: xor a ;set first word to beginning of list and continue
    b11c: ret
    ;player reaches ultimate dream state (nefarious frightmare)
    ;in normal game this code never runs due to bug
    b11d: ld a, $13 ;length =19 (nefariousfrightmare)
    b11f: ld (iy+$07), a
    b122: ld a, $06 ;set second word to frightmare
    b124: ld (iy+$06), a
    b127: ld a, $0e ;set first word to nefarious
    b129: ld (iy+$05), a
    b12c: ld a, $01 ;disallow any further changes to dream state
    b12e: ld ($b0cb), a
    ;message update
    b131: ld de, $5801
    b134: ld hl, $5800
    b137: ld (hl), $00
    b139: ld bc, $003f
    b13c: ldir
    b13e: call $a6f5
    b141: pop ix
    b143: ret
    There's also a problem with stack so we need to find two bytes to get the extra POP in. The following patch fixes the problem:
    org $b110
    defb $fd ;fix original bug, iy not ix

    org $b0f9
    defb $32 ;update normal jump (jp $b132)

    org $b11d
    dec a ;a=7 at this point so 1 byte saved here
    ld (iy+6),a
    ld a,$13
    ld (iy+7),a
    ld a,$0e
    ld (iy+5),a
    ld a,1
    ld ($b0cb),a
    pop ix ;now lose 2 bytes to clear stack with extra pop
    ld de,$5801
    ld hl,$5800
    ld (hl),l ;2nd byte saved here

Modified "BUGFIX" file provided by pushHL (48K version) and Metalbrain (128K version compatible with +2A).
Other platforms:
Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64
Original WoS Score:
6.89 (18 votes)

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