The original version of Jet set Willy written for the Amstrad, and was subtitled "the final frontier". It was only at a later date that this was reduced back into Jet Set Willy. (e.g. removal of around 77 rooms from the 137 rooms. And the reduction to the mere 60 of the original) The reason for the re-write was that is was going to be included in a compilation tape, and the original 60 room (short version) was deemed to be more in line with the original spectrum version.
The original Amstrad version was undertaken on a 464 and at that time the 664 and all the subsequent versions were not known about.
Weeks (perhaps days) before the release of the Amstrad version of JET SET WILLY the 664 was released. A version of the 664 was obtained and the game was checked to see if it would run. It was found that Amstrad had moved the location of data concerning the keyboard. This change made the keyboard inoperative from a games perspective. This was easily solved by modifications to the games code made from basic. This is the reason that the question is asked before the game is run.
The above is the time frame of the game game in relation to its release onto the market. The point of interest is the statement that the 664 was not available at the time of writing the game. This shows that discs and disc drives were not considered in the games writing.
*** The above (two paragraphs) was edited to be crossed out. The reason it was crossed out was the assumption I was incorrectly thinking about Manic Miner. Since then I have loaded the game and it does indeed ask for the machine type.
The game, loads from tape and the tape version (original) has a full cheat code and cheat routine built into the game. When a disc drive is added to the operating system, The disc drive is allocated a chunk of memory just for disc operation. The allocation of the disc drives and the memory allocation of the game clash. The memory allocation that is overwritten by the disc drives and the disc routines (especially the loading from disc) is crucial to the cheat code and the way it works.
Unfortunately the memory overwritten seems to have no effect on the game. So every copy since the original tape version seems to work fine with the data missing. However the very extensive cheat code relies on the missing data, and it seems that for many the cheat code was a mystery, and therefore it's omission was not noticed.
The cheat data is a small table of values (around 150), whose purpose is to index into the data from the cartography room. Since this data is ommited from all disc and subsequent versions, when the cheat is invoked the translation from a position on the cartography room map into a real room number does not happen. This makes invoking of the cheat pointless. ( another reason most people do not know of its existence- once cheat is invoked, it does not seem to do anything worth having)
Anyone familiar with the Tandy and its operating system will be aware that a similar problem was occurring on that machine. Through its evolution and need to be backward compatible, the machine also needed to allow programs to load via tape, and run. But be able to load the same programs from Disc. The conflict in memory was overcome by the simple addition of another routine to the games loading routine. This routine would load the game into memory that was NOT occupied by the disc system. Once the game had loaded it would, shut the disc system down and then move the game into the area used by the disc system and then run the game.
The game Jet Set Willy could be fixed in a similar way. In this case it does not need the whole game moving, It needs just the data from the area that is missing from all the games since the original.
If the game is loaded (as normal) from disc, and at the point of normally entering the machine code from basic, we instead load the missing data to the screen. The missing data around 150 bytes can have a very simple LDIR routine appended. The procedure then is to run the code and move the data over the area used by the disc operating routines and directly enter the game. The area overwritten by the LDIR copy will be corrupted by the game anyway, and doing this will have no impact on the machine. But it will fix the cheat. Loading such a small amount of data should be so rapid that it would hardly noticeable.
In JSW Amstrad the cheat code is Invoked by typing hiemmraidnaprrrtt. This will bring up the cartography room and from there you can select a room. Then you can select a position to start the room.
The finer details of the cheat invocation and usage are not listed here. It is such a long time since I have looked at the CPC Amstrad version, I can not even remember what exactly is done to invoke cheat, (it might be pressing the break key)
It is a shame no has looked into doing this. At present I do not have the CPC set up and Emulated. (deleted many years ago) and the set up. emulation , modification, save etc needed to do this modification is not something I plan on doing.
Edited by Norman Sword, 23 January 2019 - 10:51 AM.