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Coin-Op, Video Game, and Arcade – Cheats, Easter Eggs, and Bugs

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Name Manufacturer Year Type Genre Text (See Game for Complete Cheats, Easter Eggs, and Bugs)
T-Mek Atari Games 1994 Videogame Simulator
There is a special hidden arena for fans of old Atari classic games, but only two ways to enter this area (in solo mode only):<P>1- Find and destroy all three hidden Saurons (the character from Primal Rage) on your way up the Tournament ladder. When you destroy Nazrac and finish the game you will enter the special arena. The three Saurons are found in the following locations:<P>- In Storm Rift, blow out both rocks in the squared-off crevice. Go through the false left wall. Stick to the right wall and go down the corridor.<P>- In Stone Web, at one of the gentle bends in the outside wall, there is a false section of cliff wall. Go through it.<P>- In Alien Nest, you can squeeze between two of the watchers (the big green eyeball things that form the outer edge of the arena). You will first have to destroy a bunch of the long thin tubes. Close beyond that passage is a Sauron.<P>2 - Finish the game on a single credit. If you are able to work your way up the tournament ladder and defeat Nazrac, all on a single credit(!), you will enter the special arena.<P>Venusiva Express- when the tournament ladder screen appears, hold your left-hand control to the left and your right-hand control to the right. At the same time press both thumb buttons. This enables you to challenge Venusiva without working up the tournament ladder.<P>Hidden Arenas- While you are choosing the next arena, do one of the following things:<P>- Choose the Killing Floor while holding your left control to the left (enter Nazrac's Attic).<P>- Choose the Stone Web while holding your left control to the right (enter the Abyss).<P>Arena Conditions- Do the following control combinations while the "Waiting for Others" countdown is happening. A sound will be heard when it is done right.<P>- Hold your left control to the right and your right control to the left (no radar).<P>- Hold your left control to the left and your right control to the right (fog in the arena).<P>- Pull your left and right controls in a backwards direction (alternate colour phase for the arena).<P>Extra Power-ups: If your controls are outward when going through a reload platform, you get five special weapons. If your controls are inward when you run over a energy core, you get more energy and defense.<P>Special Names: By typing in the name of Nazrac or the name of his arena bosses, as your own name, you will be able to drive their super MEK. Names are BAKED, SHOCKA, VENUSIVA, PHANTOM, BRK'OTH, and NAZRAC.<P>Baked's AssaultMEK is a little slower than the standard AssaultMEK, however, it fires its connon and missiles faster.<P>Venusiva's StealthMEK is not harmed by the volcanic fire in Inferno nor stopped by the spikes.<P>Shocka's HyperMEK is even faster than the standard HyperMEK and has even less armor. Her MEK hops over the boulders in Storm Rift.<P>Phantom's SuicideMEK does not show up on the radar and can go through the walls inside the Stone Web. It has less armor than the standard SuicideMEK and has no defense.<P>Brk'oth's LurkerMEK can ooze throught the vines and valves in the Alien Nest without slowing down. Its colour makes it well camouflaged in its home arena as well.<P>Nazrac's SpeedMEK has an entirely unique look, made to strike terror at his opponents. His MEK is not harmed by the fire roaring from the gates in the killing floor and Nazrac's Attic.<P>If you type in the last names of any of the people appearing in the game credits, there is an audio response.
Taisen Puzzledama Konami 1996 Videogame Skill
Four extra characters can be chosen by entering in various joystick and button combinations while the "?" square is highlighted on the character select screen.
Taisen Tokkaedama Konami 1996 Videogame Puzzle
If you use the second button to select the difficulty level, you will have three additional characters to chose from (with more devastating attack styles).
Tapper Bally Midway 1983 Videogame Platform
Holding down the joystick and both tappers and pressing both start buttons on the title screen will reveal a credits screen in both Tapper and Root Beer Tapper.
Tazz Mania Stern Electronics 1982 Videogame Shooter
There was a bug in at least some versions of the game. Just before the walls finally meet and crush the player, all the mushrooms get removed from the screen. If your player is at the bottom of the screen stamping his feet i.e. trying to move downward it lets him escape the level. This was clearly an algorithmic bug in the game. It checked whether all the mushrooms were removed and they were so the player could exit.
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles - Style 2 Konami 1989 Videogame Scrolling Fighter
Trick: On level two part two, the sewer, if you stand right on the very edge of the platform, no one can hit you, but you can hit them.<P>Bonus: Hit The skate boarding lady on Level 2 to gain an additional point.<P>Bonus: On Level 2 Part 2 (Sewer) the end of level boss is Baxter in his Flying Mouser Machine. If you use the edge of platform trick (so you wont get killed), kill all the mousers that are dropped (one mouser = one point). Just keep killing them and Baxter will fly away. If you kill Baxter you only receive one point, but killing all the mousers yields many more.<P>Bonus: Walk along so that a Yellow Foot soldier (boomerang man) gets stuck behind an obejct (e.g. a fire hydrant). Move close enough to the enemy so that he begins to throw his boomerang and contine to hit the projectiles to gain points.<P>Trick: On the next to last level (the end boss is Granitor), when a module (the big drill that Rocksteady comes out of on Level 1) comes up out of the ground lots of Blue Papela bugs will be released. As soon as the door opens, jump into the air as high as possible and then drop down performing a heavy swing. If you time the move right you will destroy all the bugs at the same time.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game Konami 1990 Videogame Platform
Enter the following codes quickly on title screen before it flips to demo mode:<UL><LI>Stage Select: Down 5 times, Right 7 times, B, A, Start.<LI>Ten Man Code: Up, Right 2 times, Down 3 times. Left 4 times, B, A, Start.<LI>Double code: B, A, B, A, Up, Down, B, A, Left, Right, B, A, Start.</UL>
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III - The Manhattan Project Konami 1992 Videogame Scrolling Fighter
Stage Select: Up (2) Down (2) Left, Right, Left, Right, A, B, Start.
Tekken 2 Namco 1995 Videogame Fighting
If you can get a "Great" win with only 50 percent your life bar left on the last round of the third stage, you can fight Roger or Alex in the fourth round.
Tekken Tag Tournament Namco 1999 Videogame Fighting
If you can get ten wins in a row, Tetsujin will be gold.
Tempest Atari 1981 Videogame Space
TRICK: On a level that is not a fully enclosed shape, you can often sit at one of the far ends, and when an approaching enemy is right next to you, hold down your fire button, and they will be destroyed.<P>TRICK: Get a score in the form of XXYYZZ, where XX > 16, 29 < YY < 60, and ZZ is a code. Some codes are:<UL><LI>01 - Test mode.<LI>06, 11, 12 - 40 free games.<LI>46 - Start at any level you like up to level 81.</UL>In the test mode, you can zero the high score table and examine the game parameters, but not modify them.<P>BUG: Scores beyond 999999 are not possible, as the score will roll-over to 000000.
Tempest Tubes Atari 1981 Videogame Shooter
TRICK: On a level that is not a fully enclosed shape, you can often sit at one of the far ends, and when an approaching enemy is right next to you, hold down your fire button, and they will be destroyed.<P>TRICK: Get a score in the form of XXYYZZ, where XX > 16, 29 < YY < 60, and ZZ is a code. Some codes are:<P>01 - Test mode. 06, 11, 12 - 40 free games. 46 - Start at any level you like (up to level 81). In the test mode, you can zero the high score table and examine the game parameters, but not modify them.<P>BUG: Scores beyond 999999 are not possible, as the score will roll-over to 000000.
Test GM Unknown 1973 Arcade Ball and Paddle
Tetris Atari Games 1988 Videogame Puzzle
If you tap the "rotate" buttons when the guy in the doorway is doing his "victory dance" a hook will reach out from the side and drag him away by the neck. If you do it when he is just dropping down to do the "Cossack Kicks", he'll dodge the hook the first time, but get caught by it on the return!
Thayer's Quest RDI Video Systems 1984 Videogame Adventure
When prompted to type in your name, do nothing. After intervals of one minute or so, the game speaks out saying things like Do not be shy, enter your name, Have you gone to the toilet, Do not be a stranger now, enter your name, Look lively now and a whole host of other funny comments.
Tiger-Heli Taito 1985 Videogame Scrolling Shooter
There are 16 targets between the start of the game and the first set of railroad tracks. If you fire exactly 16 32, 48, 64, etc. shots and keep the heli below the tracks, the race car will cross the tracks. It is worth 10,000 points.PNear the beginning there is a school house with a red drum on the top. If you hit the red drum enough times, youll get a 10,000 point bonus.
Time Pilot '84 Konami 1984 Videogame Space
There are several hidden targets to shoot and hidden static ground targets will appear when locked-on. The biplane and formations of the player's ship from <I>Time Pilot</I> occasionally appear. Shoot any formation of like ships for bonus points. Destroying the biplane from <I>Time Pilot</I> which occasionally appears will earn you an extra life.
Time Traveler Sega 1991 Videogame Adventure
By pressing both game buttons and pulling down on the joystick with a credit in the game you will see Rick Dyer dancing around with his son Cory on his back. By pressing both game buttons and pushing up on the joystick with a credit in the game you will see the games design team.
Toobin' Atari Games 1988 Videogame Racing
When you pick up a six pack of cans you can park yourself close to a non-player character and rack up points by hitting them with the cans. The faster you are the better, so the beachball speed-up helps a lot. When the alligator comes to chomp you (because you are stalling) just pop him with one of the cans. This also works for certain objects such as the floating mines (seeking or not). If you are quick enough you can re-destroy the same mine multiple times and release multiple goodies such as letters, treasures, sixpacks, etc. You can only throw one can at a time so any can already thrown will disappear once you press "throw" again.
Top Gunner Konami 1986 Videogame Shooter
High scores for this game are obtained through saving POWs. Make sure your jeeps is full eight men before letting them off at the helo pad. DO NOT move while the transfer of men happens. You will receive not only a huge score bonus but also be upgraded automatically to the best weapon possible. Also, pick up glowing POWs while at full power weapon and you will receive 10,000 each! These are the POWs that come out of the shooting bunkers.<P>A word of advice only keep seven men on board until you reach the helo pad area, as there is almost always a glowing POW bunker nearby and having only seven men on board will allow you to pick up that last man, get another level of powerup, plus fill your jeep to capacity.
Top Skater Sega 1997 Videogame Racing
At the character selection screen if you press the left button three times, then the right button three time, and finally continually push the left button untill the new Surfing character appears.
Tournament Cyberball 2072 Atari Games 1989 Videogame Sports
A twoplayer trick is to have your teammate pick a receiver and go out for a pass. While running have himher hit the button and the receivers arms will go up, yet you have not thrown the ball yet. The defender has more than likely used his thrust and is now vunerable It is possible to max the game score as well as complete gamebreakers
Tower Of Druaga, The Namco 1984 Videogame Labyrinth/Maze
When your sword is unsheathed, your shield moves from your front to your left side. You can use this to block projectiles coming at you while attacking. This takes a lot of practice to master, though! Also, be sure to get the wing boots on level two by killing all the enemies -- it is impossible to beat the game without them.
Track & Field Konami 1983 Videogame Sports
TRICKS<UL><LI>Javelin: Throw the javelin off the top of the screen to bring down a bird for a 1000 bonus.<Li>Javelin: Keep the 'run' button held down after throwing the javelin and it will travel another 20 or so metres further than not holding the button down.<LI>High Jump: Fail the first two jumps and then clear it. A mole burrows up for a 1000 bonus.<LI>Long Jump: Three jumps with same result will get a bird to scroll from right to left and award a 1000 bonus.<LI>100m Dash: the same time for player one and two will award a 1000 bonus. </UL><P>BUG: In Javelin, throwing over 100m will cause a counter wraparound, so a 100m12 throw will be logged as 0m12 and will <EM>not</EM> qualify you
Tron Bally Midway 1982 Videogame Other
In the Lightcycle stage, the cycles have a fixed behavior pattern for each stage and so, like IPacManI, it is possible to find a pattern of your own which will defeat the cycles every time on that level. In the Tanks stage, if no part of your tank is touching the white line running through the center of each corridor, the enemy tanks fire cannot hit you. If you are careful, you can move halfway into the central transporter diamond, just far enough to get off the white line, then pick the enemy tanks off at will. Note the tanks can still ram you, though. If a person holds down the player start button while another person switches the machine off and back on or unplugs and re-plugs the power cable into an outlet, the game will credit and start without having to insert a coin.
Turbo Sega 1981 Videogame Racing
When extended play is awarded and the gameplay restarts, you can drive right through other vehicles without penalty for a second or so. A couple of seconds after the yellow flag shows on screen, an ambulance will come up behind you. Drive right in front of the ambulance until it almost hits you, move to the right while it passes you no other cars ever show on the right side, although puddles do, then trail the path that has been cleared by the ambulance after it passes you to avoid any other oncoming cars for a couple seconds. Avoid the edges of the screen when a scene migration is coming up. All migrations from turns give a split second where the road becomes straight -- even if it migrates to a turn in the same direction. Migrations to and from turns are the most dangerous as the other cars on the road including yours sometimes typically jump to the other side of the screen right after the migration. Driving with a loose grip and spinning the wheel will give you much better control for getting out of the way quick as the car doesn't move much when gently steering.
Turtles Stern Electronics 1981 Videogame Labyrinth/Maze
Collect bombs early as the interval between the flashing stars appearances becomes longer and longer as the game progresses.
Twin Eagle Seta 1988 Videogame Shooter
Completely destroying the bunkers before shooting any of the men behind them almost always yields a shotmulitplier powerup. One can regularly have the maximum number of shot multipliers by the end of the first level by using this trick. Powerups seem to appear more frequently if you stay with your guns and do not pick up a missile powerup. Fire as often as you can when you are using the guns, and keep firing. Once you have maxed out your shot multiplier, it is good to start picking up missiles. Part of the trick to playing the game is to scroll the screen from side to side and to pick off the enemies that are placed on opposite sides to harrass you.PBy learning the pattern of when and where enemies appear, you can neutralize them before they can do you any harm. This is especially true with hitting the small helicopters as they come on screen, and nuking the screen just before the guided missile truck. It is best to use the screen nuke when your helicopter is positioned at the very EMbottomEM of the screen. Otherwise, it may only be partially effective.
Two Crude Data East 1990 Videogame Scrolling Fighter
Certain enemies can even be lifted and used as weapons!