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The "J cheat"

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#1 Saga Musix

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 07:41 PM

I'm not sure how widely this is known, or how useful other people find it, but I couldn't find any cheat sites mentioning what we have found out well over 20 years ago.

Pressing the J key should re-calibrate your joystick in Jetpack 1, but if you do not use a joystick, all it does is fading out the screen and then returns to the game... or does it?

When the screen fades back in for the split of a second, you can see the jetman even if it would normally be concealed. In particular, you can see the jetman if it's behind an mirage stone wall.
We used to use this "feature" or "cheat" to see our location within mirage stone wall mazes.

Did anyone else know and use this trick?


#2 InsaneJetman



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 08:17 PM

I never new that! I'm pretty sure I pressed J, saw it fade out and back, said "meh" and never bothered again.


What I remember doing when lost behind opaque stone is phasing all the time. If you came up against a wall, you could see a little of the lightning and get a fix on your position.

#3 Chaostorm



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 11:39 PM

Ha, I never knew about that.

#4 Saga Musix

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 01:00 PM

I really didn't think this would be such an unknown "cheat". :D

#5 McBeall



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Posted 30 August 2017 - 05:03 PM

I didn't know about that either. I always did what InsaneJetman said.

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