Hidden Parts in Diskmags
Back in Hugi #12 (summer 1998) I wrote: "Like Phoenix/Hornet maintain 'The Quasi-Official List of Demo Hidden Parts, Keys, and Tricks', I want to make you happy with a little list of hidden parts in diskmags. This list is pretty small because hidden parts aren't very common in PC diskmags, and it's the first list of its kind on the PC so that I couldn't simply rip-off the hidden part descriptions from another list like some other diskmags' main editors would have done. ;)"
Nowadays the list of demo hidden parts is maintained by Rod/Mandula and irregularly updated. Well, this list is updated on an even less regular basis: This is just the third version. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are back after a break of three years. In fact it was mados of WildMag who suggested updating this.
Credits for this third version go to:
for WildMag, IMAgE #2, CFX News, Defcon #1, Affinity, RCN
for X-Ray #0
for Dragon #2, #3
for Imphobia #11
for Armor of Gods #4
for Budyn #3, #4
I am still searching for the hidden part in Bad News #4. Unreal, the coder of that magazine, has told me that he no longer knows where it is located. If you know this, or any other hidden part in a diskmag, just contact me and you will be credited in the next version of this hidden part list. Thanks in advance.
Affinity #8 (1996, English)
Start the mag and type "billgates" in the main menu. You will see a photo of Mr. Gates and another guy and the text "I am gay. Love, Bill Gates".
Affinity #9 (1996, English)
Start the mag and type "unabomber". You will see a photo of Ted Kaczinsky cached by the FBI.
Armor of Gods #4 (1998, Russian)
Simply start armor#4.exe with the parameter -wojtek. A birthday greeting dedicated to Unreal/Pulse will appear. This is Programmer's response to the -programmer key in the Pulse-demo Sunflower.
Budyn #3 (2001, Polish)
Press F7 and type "hidden part" - you'll find a hidden section with articles. Click on the cover of "Playboy's" and you'll get an additional music. There is another hidden part: Go to "Scene" section and click on the clipart (scene) on the right - you'll get another extra music tune.
Budyn #4 (2001, Polish)
Press F7 and type "bill gates" - you'll find a hidden section with some articles and a few music tunes. Also, view the EXE file to find additional greets.
CFX News #32-#34 (1998, English)
Place a file called BSP.SUX into the directory, then the list of hidden parts will be displayed as the last article. One of these easter eggs can be executed by typing "CFXVIEW YO!". This will extract a modified version of Future Crew's second demo "Yo!".
Cream #1 (1996, German)
Go to "Seite 6", "Internes" and select "...". Now you get to a little Tic Tac Toe game. You can also find this game in Cream #2 in the games section.
Defcon #1 (1998, French and English)
Start defcon.exe with the parameter "/Hidden". You must use DOS, Defcon won't run under Windows. Now you can see what Arakis looked like when he was a young boy.
Dragon #2 (1997, Polish)
Select "fading" from the Setup menu for the case that you have changed it ("fading" is default). Go to the "scena" section and select the last article, "sorry agi". Scroll to the right once, then scroll to the left once. Wait some moments, and you will get into a Raptor-like shooting game called "Craptor" in Win95-look.
Dragon #3 (1998, Polish)
Select "Polska scena" and click on the eye icon on the top right screen edge. The hidden part is called "Shoot the asswipe". You can shoot at pictures of Bill Gates in a shooting gallery.
Fleur #3 (1999, English)
You can extract the original program used for formatting the articles of Fleur by starting Fleur with the command line parameter "/kellettnekedsecret?" (Hungarian for "whydoyouneedsecrets?"). This hidden part is dedicated to Rod/Mandula, the coder of this tool. There is also a hidden article for D-lee, which can be accessed by starting the mag with the parameter "/schumi".
HotMag #1, #2 (1994, German)
Click on the name "Hawke" in the middle of the screen to see a hidden screen containing some greetings and thanks.
HotMag #3 (1994, German)
Click on the hyphen on the HotMag-Logo at the top of the main menu. You will get to a secret part which shows some shadebobs and displays the text "Zehn kleine Nazischweine" ("Ten little nazi pigs"), a parody to the song "Zehn kleine Negerlein".
HotMag #5 (1995, German)
Again, click on the hyphen on the HotMag-Logo at the top of the main menu. You will get to a "Helmut Kohl" hidden part which shows a drawn face of the former German Chancellor, two colour bars and some fictional newspaper headlines.
Hugi #7, #8 (1997, German)
It's not a secret part but a secret key: With "C" you can change the background color of the text windows from black to red, green and blue. Strange that nobody has found this one before! :)
Hugi #13 (1998, English and German)
The first of a series of uncreative hidden parts just included to organize "races" for the hidden part. Enter the International Section, scroll down until you see the article "Upgrading Demo Parties - Movement '98" by Civax, then move your mouse to the right of this headline or press TAB until just one block is marked. Click or press Enter and a nice screen saying "Hidden Part" will appear, along with some birthday wishes for Civax.
Hugi #14 (1999, English and German)
The hidden part is in the Diskmags corner, in the bottom right block of the list of headlines.
Hugi #15 (1999, English and German)
Enter the German Section, go to the Szene corner - the bottom right block of the headlines is the entrance to the hidden part.
Hugi #16 (1999, English and German)
There are several hidden parts with messages supposed to be funny. The first is accessible through "Where to get Hugi?" - click the orange and be sure to say that CoaXCable is the guy in the photo. The second, dedicated to Unreal/CNCD, is located in the Demoscene Forum, right to the link to the Most Popular Coders. Finally, there's a message saying you haven't found the hidden part hidden in the German section - click Scamp's body.
Hugi #17 (1999, English and German)
Lotsa hidden parts in this issue, this time maybe a bit funny indeed. Two are in the German section, "Szene" corner: the easiest way to access them is to press TAB a couple of times, and then Enter when a single block is highlighted. One is a stupid story about C-Storm, the other greetings of even greater silliness. There are also hidden parts in the "Where to get Hugi?" (first the orange, then the link to the Hugi website), the Demoscene corner (to the right of the Demoscene RPG Manual) and the adverts (go to the Israeli advert for Hugi and click the link to he Hugi website).
Hugi #18 (1999, English)
Finally something sensible: a hidden tune by Ciccilleju!/Apocalypse Design. Just enter the music corner and then click the headline "Music Corner".
Hugi #20 (2000, English)
It's really easy: You just enter the Options screen, press END and then Enter. That way you'll get to the hidden tune in this issue - a chip by Loxley/Calodox.
Hugi #21 (2000, English)
And this one, ladies and gentlemen, is extremely hard. You have to search for "milky_way" using F7. How should you guess that "milky_way" is the key? There are hints at a few places. For example, you can click the Goblin's face in the Misc corner and then save the article to disk using F2. If you open the saved article with a text editor, you'll see a weird remark on that milky way stuff on the bottom. Rather hard stuff for which you get a chip tune composed by a 2d graphician.
Hugi #22 (2001, English)
Too easy: It's the "u" in "Music" in the "Art & Music" corner. Well, at least many people managed to get to listen to a chiptune by Ciccilleju! this way.
Hugi #23 (2001, English)
Zalza's tune "tea drinkers" is hidden in the electronic kindergarten report located in the demoscene corner. Click the words "outward appearance" - it's easier to find if you just keep scrolling down with Cursor down until the words are selected.
Hugi #24 (2002, English)
Select the third background by pressing CTRL+3 and enter the Support article in order to listen to a "Soviet revolutionary march" remixed by iliks.
IMAgE #2 (1998, German)
Go to the third screen in the main menu. Then you'll see a button "goto GAG" on the top-right corner. Clicking it will display a picture of the young man who created this magazine.
Imphobia #11 (1995, English)
Phoenix' Demo-Hidden-Part-List says that with the key "F5" an XMas-chiptune gets played. Probably this applies for GUS. Soundblaster users can play this chiptune by pressing "F3".
M*A*R*S #1 (1998, German)
Go to the directory ARTIKEL\EDITORIA and view intro.txt. That's a hidden article in which main editor Cityhunter/Cyberdream gives you a piece of his mind about Hugi and the other German diskmags. This article was actually intended to be the editorial of M*A*R*S #1, but as co-editor Muffin had refused to put it in the mag City Hunter wrote a more peaceful editorial. However, he forgot to delete the original editorial from the M*A*R*S archive.
Reality Check Network #14-#37 (1996/1997, English)
You have to play a game included in the magazine to get a password needed to enter the secret articles. Here are all these passwords. RCN #14: TKRP, 15: HITAX, 16: DEFACTOE, 17: DEXTROMETHORPHAN, 18: EMILY, 19: 504-3066, 20: COREFART, 21: ENTROPHY, 22: HEATHER, 23: MK3, 24: PRESBUDGET, 25: RISC, 26: FOX, 27: CAT, 28: MOJO, 29: ARCH-VILE, 30: KIKI, 31: RCN, 33: MACE, 35: BLUEPHUZ, 36: RCN4EVER and 37: RBLC_IN_HK.
Shine #1 (1997, English)
Press the "U" key and you'll see a picture made by Lazur.
Shine #5 (1999, English)
Go to the charts section, click on the bottom left corner, type "laser", press Enter, and you will get a sun eclipse effect.
Suicide #1-#3 (1994, German)
In the main menu, click on the pixel in the center of the screen. This will lead you to a picture with some contorted faces of the Suicide diskmag staff. Unfortunately, this picture fades out after a few moments, so you have to click on the central pixel again.
TAP.MAG #1 (2000, German)
Press TAB in the main menu to read some bad joke.
TAP.MAG #2 (2000, German)
Use the command line parameter "könnenunsichtbareunsichtbaresehen?" ("Can invisible ones see invisible ones?") to see the message "..könnte stundenlang darüber nachdenken ;-))" ("I could think about it for hours.").
WildMag #2 (2000, German)
Enter the article "Virtueller Sex" and click the first picture in order to get to a hidden fun article - in English language.
WildMag #5 (2001, German)
Enter the article "Hidden Parts in Diskmags" and click on the headline "WildMag #2". You will get to a hidden tune by Vhiiula. Another hidden part is located in the "Dialogos 2001 official Results". Click the group name "Elitegroup" beside the last entry in the "PC Demo" section and you'll get to a fun picture and a little story.
X-Ray #0 (1998, Russian)
Moving the mouse to the upper right of the screen activates a screen saver. This screen saver is a documented feature. The hidden part is very easy to find once you know how to get to this screen daver: Simply move the mouse into the lower left screen corner and click with the left mouse button. You will get to a plasma-like screen with a blurring text (greetings) on it.