There have been cheat codes for games just as long as there have been games to play. Some of them were developed by gamers who wanted to get a leg up, which is also called a game hack. And others were actually designed by the game developers to hide specials areas or special items. The developers would let gamers know that the cheat existed and tasked them with finding out what was hidden in the game. It would become like a treasure hunt within the game.
The game Mortal Kombat 9 was a classic video game, and the cheat code for the game is just as classic in the minds of those who discovered it. The game had multiple codes that did a variety of different thing. For instance, enter in 911 911 into the verses screen and you would be able to fight your opponent armless. If you entered 666 666 into the same screen it would turn your character into a zombie character.
In the original Mortal Kombat game, there were two versions of the game, the SNES version and the Sega Genesis version. Sega had a cheat code for their version of the game that made it irresistible to players, kids and adults alike. If you entered the code, ABACABB while on the Code of Honor screen, you would see blood shoot out every time you would hit your opponent instead of the sweat that was intended.
Legend of Zelda is a classic Nintendo franchise. The very first Zelda game, for the original NES system, had an interesting game hack. When starting up the game, you are asked to name your character. You can name it whatever you want, but if you used the name “ZELDA,” you can get access to the Second Quest version of the game. Normally, you wouldn’t get access to this area until you completed the mains tory mode, but this cheat gets you access early.
The game Grand Theft Auto had a large amount of cheat codes attached to it. One of them was for access to all the weapons in the game. To implement this cheat, you would need to use the following code: R2, R2, L1, R2, left, down, right, up, left, down, right, up. There are other cheats that could give you foggy weather in the game, among many, many others.
While not a console game, but a PC game, The Sims franchise has a large amount of cheats attached to it. One of the more popular cheat codes is for money in the game. To access the cheat window, type in CTRL+Shift+C. In the dialog box type in “motherlode” and hit enter. You will automatically get $50,000 added to your family’s account. Typing in “testingcheats on” allows you to change your Sim’s needs.
Lastly, there is the Konami code. It is the most famous game cheat code in existence. It was created by Kazuhisa Hashimoto while he was making the game Gradius in 1985. While testing the game, he found the later levels to hard, so he created the code to help you defeat the levels. He forgot to remove the code from the game, and it was released with it intact. The code is included in every game made by Konami. The code is: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start.