Dynamite Dux

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  • System 16
  • Master System
  • Amiga
  • Amstrad CPC
  • Atari ST
  • Commodore 64
  • ZX Spectrum

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Dynamite Dux
System(s): Sega System 16, Sega Master System, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Publisher:
Arcade (System 16)
Sega Master System
Sega
Commodore Amiga
Amstrad CPC
Atari ST
Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
Activision (UK)
Amstrad CPC
ZX Spectrum
MCM Software (ES)
Developer:
Genre: Action[1]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (System 16)
JP
¥? ?



























Commodore Amiga
UK
£19.99[2] ?
Atari ST
UK
£24.99[2] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Cassette)
£9.99[2] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Disk)
£14.99[2] ?
Amstrad CPC
ES
(Cassette)
? ?
Amstrad CPC
ES
(Disk)
? ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Cassette)
£9.99[2] ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Disk)
£14.99[2] ?
Commodore 64
ES
(Cassette)
? ?
ZX Spectrum
UK
(Cassette)
£9.99[2] ?
ZX Spectrum
ES
(Cassette)
?Ptas ?



Sega Master System
EU
7029
Sega Master System
FR
329F329[5] 7029
Sega Master System
PT
Sega Master System
UK
£24.9524.95[3][4] 7029
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
BR

Dynamite Dux (ダイナマイトダックス) is a video game developed by Sega's AM2 division for their Sega System 16 arcade platform. It follows two anthropomorphic blue and red ducks named "Bin" and "Pin" respectively as they attempt to rescue a girl called Lucy from the clutches of the evil Sorcerer Achacha.

Gameplay

Dynamite Dux is a beat 'em up game, though rather than relying purely on one-on-one combat the ducks can equip themselves with a variety of weapons, from water pistols to bazookas. The game is also populated with a variety of odd looking enemies and bosses. Colonel Sanders, for instance, can be seen at the very beginning of the first level.

Stages

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Stage 1: Down Town

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Stage 2: Japan

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Stage 3: Jungle

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Stage 4: Chicago

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Stage 5: Texas

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Final Stage: Achacha

History

Legacy

Dynamite Dux was ported to Sega's Master System in 1989 for European and Brazilian markets. This version removes Pin entirely, claiming Bin (renamed "Mickael Bin") was the boyfriend of Lucy, transformed into a duck (rather than in other versions, where Bin and Pin are Lucy's pets). The Master System version also lacks two player co-operative support and omits stage 3 (Jungle) due to cartridge size limitations.

Activision, under license from Sega, brought versions of the game to several home computer platforms in Europe, including the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum.

Bean the Dynamite, a character from AM2's later Arcade title Sonic the Fighters is based off Bin and Pin. He also appeared in the Sega Saturn title Fighters Megamix, and there is an unlockable Bin costume for him in that game.

Versions

None of the 8-bit (including the Sega Master System) versions include the bonus rounds from the arcade.

With the exception of the Commodore 64 version which supports mapping this feature to a second joystick, jumping in all home computer versions requires the use of the keyboard's space bar, as the standard joystick layout for computers at the time was only to include one button.

An issue possibly affecting multiple versions of the game (but only definitely confirmed for the Amstrad CPC) is that should the player take damage while holding a water pistol (for the fire boss), there is a chance that the pistol will be knocked off screen, making the fight unbeatable.

Amstrad CPC version

The Amstrad CPC port lacks any in-game music and runs in a much smaller window than its siblings. While it retains the forks in the road, the user always has a choice of taking the upper or lower paths - neither are blocked off at any point, as is the case in the arcade original.

Amiga and Atari ST versions

The Amiga and Atari ST versions are the only ports of Dynamite Dux to support co-operative play. Both were created simultaneously by Core Design, and save for differences in audio, are nearly identical.

These versions of Dynamite Dux are infamous for hidden nudity. One such example is if the player types "NUDE" during the bonus stages, the dancing rabbits will reveal their breasts.

More controversial is a hidden introduction sequence, in which a naked Lucy is carried off to a brothel. While reported by numerous magazines at the time, none sought to check their facts, as the code provided does not work. This "dirty" cheat soon became an urban legend, until several decades later when hacking revealed the hidden intro.

In order to activate dirty mode, the disk images need to be opened with a hex editor, replacing a string of five dots (.....) with "DIRTY". Sega were never made aware of this Easter egg, and it is not known if publishers Activision had any more knowledge than the end user.

Commodore 64 version

On the C64, Dynamite Dux has some unexplained music issues, in which some audio channels can't be heard during normal play.

ZX Spectrum version

The Spectrum port also lacks music, and the gameplay (minus the HUD) is presented entirely in two colours.

Production credits

System 16 version

  • Main Program: bin_chan_san
  • Assistant Programmer: duke
  • Ranking Program: oka_chan "punk boy"
  • Character Design: kiyo_chan
  • Back_Ground Design: "fixed_time_man"
  • Sound Design: hiro
  • Game Check: Ji_san "senior citizen"
  • "Achacha's Model": match
  • Special Thanks: sada "monster of marsh"
Source:
In-game credits [6]


Source:
List of Yu Suzuki works [7]

Magazine articles

Main article: Dynamite Dux/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Dynamite Dux Arcade JP Flyer.jpg
System 16 JP flyer
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Home computers IT print advert
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Master System print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #100: "March 1990" (1990-02-16)
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Master System print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #101: "April 1990" (1990-03-16)
also published in:
  • ACE (UK) #32: "May 1990" (1990-04-xx)[8]
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Home computers print advert in Commodore User (UK) #72: "September 1989" (1989-08-xx)
also published in:
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Home computers print advert in Power Play (DE) #1989-11: "11/89" (1989-10-09)

Physical scans

System 16 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Sinclair User (UK)
90
[11]
Arcade (System 16)
90
Based on
1 review

Dynamite Dux

System 16, JP
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Instuction card(s)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
79
[12]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) PAL
79
[13]
Console XS (UK) PAL
86
[14]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
90
[15]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
33
[16]
The Games Machine (UK)
85
[17]
Joystick (FR)
85
[18]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
80
[19]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
79
[20]
Player One (FR)
70
[5]
Power Play (DE)
73
[21]
S: The Sega Magazine (UK)
64
[22]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
50
[23]
Sega Pro (UK)
86
[24]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
58
[25]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
86
[26]
Sega Master System
74
Based on
16 reviews

Dynamite Dux

Master System, EU
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Cover
Master System, EU (Sega®)
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Cover
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Cart
Dynamite Dux SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, PT
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Cover
Master System, AU
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Cover
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Cart
Dynamite Dux MS AU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
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Cover
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Cart

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
ACE (UK)
84
[2]
Amiga Computing (UK)
71
[27]
Amiga Format (UK)
64
[28]
Amiga User International (UK)
50
[29]
Commodore User (UK)
71
[30]
The Games Machine (UK)
83
[31]
Games Preview (DK)
73
[32]
New Computer Express (UK)
100
[33]
The One (UK)
65
[34]
Zero (UK)
72
[35]
Zzap!64 (UK)
65
[36]
Commodore Amiga
73
Based on
11 reviews

Dynamite Dux

Amiga, UK
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Cover

Amstrad CPC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Amstar (FR)
70
[37]
Amstrad Action (UK)
88
[38]
The Games Machine (UK)
84
[39]
Zzap! (IT)
85
[40]
Amstrad CPC
82
Based on
4 reviews

Dynamite Dux

Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette)

Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)

Amstrad CPC, ES (cassette) (MCM)
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Amstrad CPC, ES (disk) (MCM)
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Cover
Amstrad CPC, ES (cassette)
(The Hit Squad)
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Cover
Amstrad CPC, ES (cassette) (Erbe)
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Cover

Atari ST version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
58
[41]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
82
[42]
The Games Machine (UK)
83
[43]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
70
[44]
The One (UK)
65
[34]
Power Play (DE)
68
[45]
Zero (UK)
71
[35]
Atari ST
71
Based on
7 reviews

Dynamite Dux

Atari ST, UK

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Disk 1
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Disk 2

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 [46]
Commodore 64
91
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Zzap!64 (UK)
57
[36]
Zzap! (IT)
72
[40]
Commodore 64
65
Based on
2 reviews

Dynamite Dux

Commodore 64, UK
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Cover
Commodore 64, ES

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Sinclair User (UK)
82
[47]
Your Sinclair (UK)
81
[48]
ZX Spectrum
82
Based on
2 reviews

Dynamite Dux

ZX Spectrum, UK
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ZX Spectrum, ES (MCM)
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ZX Spectrum, ES (The Hit Squad)
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 0e1cc1e0
MD5 5cb7ebaee5952ebfcdc42e7093072063
SHA-1 2a513aef0f0bdcdf4aaa71e7b26a15ce686db765
256kB Cartridge (EU)

References

  1. File:Dyndux sms eu cover.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 ACE, "November 1989" (UK; 1989-10-xx), page 71
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Computer & Video Games, "December 1989" (UK; 1989-11-16), page 157
  4. Computer & Video Games, "March 1990" (UK; 1990-02-16), page 56
  5. 5.0 5.1 Player One, "Octobre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 51
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNk12p9vIlg
  7. http://www.ysnet-inc.jp/#portfolio
  8. ACE, "May 1990" (UK; 1990-04-xx), page 12
  9. Commodore User, "October 1989" (UK; 1989-09-26), page 57
  10. Computer & Video Games, "October 1989" (UK; 1989-09-16), page 53
  11. Sinclair User, "November 1988" (UK; 1988-10-18), page 82
  12. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 95
  13. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 55
  14. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 140
  15. Computer & Video Games, "January 1990" (UK; 1989-12-16), page 116
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "March 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 16
  17. The Games Machine, "April 1990" (UK; 1990-03-15), page 56
  18. Joystick, "Avril 1990" (FR; 1990-03-20), page 42
  19. Micromanía (segunda época), "Julio 1990" (ES; 1990-0x-xx), page 48
  20. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 133
  21. Power Play, "2/90" (DE; 1990-01-25), page 64
  22. S: The Sega Magazine, "February 1990" (UK; 1990-01-04), page 18
  23. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 56
  24. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 55
  25. Sega Pro, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-08), page 24
  26. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 70
  27. Amiga Computing, "Volume 2, Number 7: December 1989" (UK; 1989-xx-xx), page 29
  28. Amiga Format, "November 1989" (UK; 1989-10-xx), page 41
  29. Amiga User International, "Volume 3, Number 11: November 1989" (UK; 1989-xx-xx), page 78
  30. Commodore User, "October 1989" (UK; 1989-09-26), page 47
  31. The Games Machine, "November 1989" (UK; 1989-10-12), page 85
  32. Games Preview, "8/9 1989" (DK; 1989-xx-xx), page 49
  33. New Computer Express, "October 7, 1989" (UK; 1989-10-05), page 60
  34. 34.0 34.1 The One, "October 1989" (UK; 1989-09-xx), page 91
  35. 35.0 35.1 Zero, "November 1989" (UK; 1989-10-12), page 50
  36. 36.0 36.1 Zzap!64, "March 1990" (UK; 1990-xx-xx), page 78
  37. Amstar, "Novembre 1989" (FR; 1989-xx-xx), page 100
  38. Amstrad Action, "December 1989" (UK; 1989-11-09), page 63
  39. The Games Machine, "December 1989" (UK; 1989-11-09), page 79
  40. 40.0 40.1 Zzap!, "Novembre 1989" (IT; 1989-xx-xx), page 20
  41. Aktueller Software Markt, "Oktober 1989" (DE; 1989-08-28), page 42
  42. Computer & Video Games, "September 1989" (UK; 1989-08-16), page 48
  43. The Games Machine, "October 1989" (UK; 1989-09-17), page 86
  44. Micromanía (segunda época), "Marzo 1990" (ES; 1990-0x-xx), page 41
  45. Power Play, "11/89" (DE; 1989-10-09), page 25
  46. Your Commodore, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-xx), page 36-37 (37)
  47. Sinclair User, "September 1989" (UK; 1989-08-18), page 12
  48. Your Sinclair, "October 1989" (UK; 1989-09-18), page 85


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