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PALPS [NES - Cancelled]

December 5, 2012 by
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PALPS is a Nintendo unreleased Disk System exclusive game that many don’t know about. It was a very novel game. Basically it was an action game, where the player could not control the hero’s movement during play. The hero moves according to the player’s programmed movements. You defeat enemies with bullets and sometimes there will be an obstacle to deal with. As you advance through the game, the variety of icon tips increases.

The hero’s movement was programmed exclusively with the simplified language part that was said to be more intuitive and advanced than Family Basic. When it appeared on japanese magazines the game was said to not be ready to be seen at all and you can see below some screenshots from an early build. It was so early in development that the genre was still largely undecided. It’s still unknown why Nintendo decided to never release this piece of software.

Very grateful to Susumu for the translation from japanese.

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Pairuappu Machi (Pile Up March) [PSX - Cancelled]

November 11, 2012 by
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Pairuappu Machi (aka Pile Up March) is a cancelled strategy game set in a fantasy world, that was in development  in 1995 by Proceed Yuni for the original Playstation. We dont know much about this project or its developer / publisher, but Celine was able to find a short article about the game in GameFan magazine 3-10.  It’s currently unknown why Pairuappu Machi was never released.

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Iris Angel [Dreamcast - Cancelled]

July 29, 2011 by
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Iris Angel, also known in japanese as Nijiiro Tenshi, was a strategy game for Dreamcast, to be published by Japan Corporation at the end of the last century, which was cancelled before it was released for unknown reasons. In the game you would have played as Shujin, the blue haired knight you can see below, who has the goal to stop the evil witch Myure (the woman with the long silver hair) that threatens the world of Tiran.

To do so Shujin had to train and command a group of seven magic-knight girls, and even to boost their relationship in a way that resembles Red Entertainment cult classic Sakura Wars (Sakura Taisen).

Below you can look at some original artworks, portraits, in-game screenshots, SD comics, small animations and sample from the FMVs all taken from the official japanese site, by now long dead.

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Hogs Of War [PSX PC - Beta / Unused]

May 31, 2011 by
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Hogs Of War is a great turn-based tactics game developed and released in 2000 by Infogrames for Playstation and PC. Below you can see an old trailer of this game with some beta stuff in it (thanks to HigherPlainGames for the video):

  • 0.41 the hud in top right of the corner is different than the final version also Frost Fight is different than the final version.
  • 0.48/0.53/1.34 Cratermass has different textures.
  • 1.21 Different viewfinder.
  • 1.41 FR feature (Cancelled)
  • 1.56 Beta pig animation.

Also (Thanks to VADIM567) Herman07 found 2 unused items:

An binocular (Removed because was useless due for the viewfinder on certain weapons) and a Retire Feature (like in Worms series).

Thanks to Herman07 for the contribution!

X-COM Alliance [PC - Cancelled]

January 20, 2011 by
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X-COM: Alliance is a cancelled FPS / Strategy game that was in development in 1999 / 2000 by Hasbro Interactive’s Chipping Sodbury office in the UK and later by their studio in Hunt Valley, USA. As we can read in Wikipedia, unlike other games in the X-COM series, most of which were turn-based strategy, the game had the player assume the role of a trooper in an X-COM squad and through the first-person perspective of a squaddie, to fight the hostile alien invaders. At the end of 1999, the Hunt Valley studio survived the first round of studio closures enacted by Hasbro Interactive when they decided to scale back their efforts in the video game industry. Later in 2000, however, the Hunt Valley studio was also closed down and the game was “shelved”.

Thanks to Leo(T.C.K.) and derboo for the contributions!

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Monster Island [XBOX PS2 GC - Cancelled]

November 6, 2010 by
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Monster Island is a game project that was pitched in 2001 by Irrational Games for the Playstation 2, Xbox and Gamecube, described as “Rampage meets Black and White Creatures in a Fully Destructible Environment”. Monster Island was meant to be a fast paced action / strategy game in which the player would had assumed the role of either a giant monster out to eat a city for dinner or the authorities pledged to protect the innocent citizenry.

In october 2010, the studio revealed this cancelled project from their official blog and shared some concept arts and a short document that explains the main features of the game. The pitch promised some 20 monsters, a living city, heavily destructible environments, and a dynamic civil defense network.

The monster’s goal is to cause as much destruction as possible while simultaneously quelling its own hideous appetite with tasty, human morsels. The monster might also receive unique goals in a particular mission, such as climbing a skyscraper, locating an enemy hidden in the city and destroying him, or defeating a rival monster! [...]

Monster Island will also let the player take on the role of the good guys, protecting the city from the horrible creature. The player will have control of five key units: the Scientist (who gathers information on the monster to help defeat the behemoth), the Girl (who can lure the monster away from its intended target), the Engineer (who can direct rebuilding of the city), the General (who can direct the forces of the army fighting the monster), and the Hero (who can personally fight the monster when the going gets desperate).

The description sounds interesting, but sadly the game was never green-lighted.

Thanks to Robert Seddon for the contribution!

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Alien Intelligence [PC - Cancelled]

October 12, 2010 by
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Alien Intelligence is a cancelled turn based strategy game that was in development by Flatline Studios and it would have been published by Interplay in 1997. Thanks to derboo we were able to preserve some screenshots from this lost game, found in Power Play 4/98 magazine. As we can read in this old preview, the game promised space conquests in a huge universe full of planets, space ships and evil aliens in the style of Master Of Orion with state-of-the-art realtime chic.

The speciality of Alien Intelligence were the simultaneous space- and ground fights, colonizing and managing, fending off pirates and the trade and science in the well known manner. The research tree alone had a whole 150 pages in 8 categories and there were overall more than 10.000 possible ship designs. A myriad of possible catasprophes from storms and asteroids swarms to wandering black holes enriched the action.

Also the characterization of the races promises fun: The Arkanians are thievish insects with excellent technical skills. Huge warriors without any humor are the Munzoids, who in lack of any other talents try to solve everything with violence. The Drache, of lizard like statue, are honorable until death and gifted industrials. The Metalloids are actually a robot race with a special hand for all electronics. the Strixthes have an insect-like state form and reprodudction rate, but are otherwise rather unpleasant contemporaries. The Psionids are, of course, arrogant geniuses who strife for control over everthing and everyone through their mental strength (and a little war).

In the end Interplay decided to kill the game for unknown reasons.

Thanks to derboo for the contribution!

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The great superbad, found a video of AI:

I have found a video add of AI on a cd and liked it.
The 1st thing was to look on ebay wich no real result.
Than came google, witch gave a lot of link’s.
This is one of them.

Origin/Source: disc 1 othe the game comlilation ‘Ultimate Strategy Archives’, folder DEMOS.

Download link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=YKFXPCZJ

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Offensive [PSX SAT - Cancelled?]

May 30, 2010 by
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Offensive is a strategy war game that was in development by Ocean for the original Playstation and Saturn. It seems that the project was never finished, as it does not appear in any release list of titles published by Ocean, but maybe it could have been released with a different title on a different console or PC. Sadly we dont have any more info about Offensive and only few  screenshots were found in Electronic Gaming Monthly issue #86 and in PlayerOne Magazine issue #62.

Thanks to Celine for the contribution!

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Heroes of Might and Magic 3: The Forge [PC - Beta]

January 17, 2010 by
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So there is this game, you might’ve heard about it: Heroes of Might and Magic 3. You might have heard of it’s expansion Armaggedon’s Blade. You might also have heard of Conflux, one of the “towns” (town = faction) that was added with the expansion.

Oh yeah, you might say, what’s so special about that town?

Well, here’s the deal: The Conflux was not supposed to be there in the beginning. There was no Conflux. Only Zuul- I mean Forge.

Omgzorz, what is Forge? Why was it removed? Well, Forge was a town that was supposed to be in the expansion but got removed due to poor fan reactions. The Forge was to be a town with a sci-fiction theme (like zombies with razorsaws as hands or humans with flamethrowers).

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Fire Emblem: the Sacred Stones [Beta / Debug - GBA]

December 13, 2008 by
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Recently a beta version of Fire Emblem the Sacred Stones has been found. It is a very early version of the Sacred Stones and contains many differences. This pre-alpha ROM uses many things from the previous game as placeholder; even the title and menus from the Blazing Sword are still there. The game opens up with a debug menu that is identical to the one from the Blazing Sword prototypes. Although the game does have some of the stages programmed in it many of these still need much work. Some do not yet have enemies and have a level two Cavalier as the only enemy. The game’s own music has not been implemented and certain moster enemies are missing battle artwork. Many character portraits are absent; those that do exist were changed in the final. These alterations are mostly minor but some characters were changed quite a bit. Also Ephraim’s name was originally Izark.

Alpha on the left. Final on the right.

Alpha on the left. Final on the right.

Debug Title Screen

Debug Title Screen

Additional information from Serenes Forest:

  • Amelia has Tana’s role; her class was planned to be a flying Trainee.
  • L’Arachel has a variation of Tana’s portrait, while Tethys has a variation of Neimi’s portrait.
  • There was a Wyvern Rider called Nate planned Ephraim’s name was planned to be Irzark (seen in the debug menus).

These characters were changed drastically in the final.

These characters were changed drastically in the final.

  • Many of the World Map locations have different names. Some of the battle map layouts are slightly different.
  • In Chapter 6, after Eirika hands over her bracelet, the Grado soldiers kill the civilians in front of her eyes.
  • At the end of Chapter 6, Saleh appears and kills the boss with a critical attack. Chapter 6′s battle map is the same as Chapter 11′s (Eirika’s route) in the retail version.
  • The boss of Chapter 8 is Dyude Rubarth, one of Grado’s Seven Generals, also known as the Black ?-stone.

By using the debug options one can remove an enemy's weapon. By doing this one can find sprites that are not normally viewable.

By using the debug options one can remove an enemy’s weapon. This shows sprites that are not viewable in normal gameplay.

  • Eirika promotes at the beginning of Chapter 17 The Final Chapter is comprised of just one map.
  • The Tower of Valni has two extra stages- seen in Floor 2 and 3.

You can find even more infos at Serenes Forest! Props to them

Below you can see a bunch of scans from Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones beta, before it came out. You can see its earliest scans (first reveal scans) where the first couple chapters are different and there are different animations and mugshots for some characters. The stolen prototypes (they were stolen from Intelligent System’s network) seem to have some content from this earliest version, but also content that wasn’t present in the earliest OR the final version.

Thanks to Iven Allen for the scans!

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