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Adventures of Captain Comic, The

Class: Unlicensed
Publisher: Color Dreams
Developer: Oetinger
Region: United States (USA)
Rarity:
3  Cart: Very Common
4  Box: Common
4  Manual: Common
Peripherals: Standard or Compatible Controller
# of Players: 1-Player
TV Format: NTSC
Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Released: January, 1989 (01/01/1989)
UPC Code: 0-96962-81001-6
Pak Type:
Blue Cart
Collector Stats & Tracking:
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Sources of Information

Hardware Profiles
1 - REV A
PCB
REV A
UNIF Board
UNL-CDREAMS
INES Mapper
11
Mirroring
Vertical
Battery-backed
No
WRAM
0
VRAM
0
CIC Type
CIC Stun

Rom Sets
Type Name Size CRC32
PRG0 WR259321-20 64 KB 3D8C4A06
CHR0 WR259322-20 64 KB A868E20C
ROMs Combined: 128 KB A5E89675
2 - REV C
PCB
REV C
UNIF Board
UNL-CDREAMS
INES Mapper
11
Mirroring
Vertical
Battery-backed
No
WRAM
0
VRAM
0
CIC Type
CIC Stun

Rom Sets
Type Name Size CRC32
PRG0 WR259321-20 64 KB 3D8C4A06
CHR0 WR259322-20 64 KB A868E20C
ROMs Combined: 128 KB A5E89675

Major Variations for Adventures of Captain Comic, The:
Title Code
Adventures of Captain Comic, The (Upside Down Label)
Adventures of Captain Comic, The (Black Version)

Associated Releases:
Reg. Title Code
Captain Comic

Additional Images
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From NintendoAGE

Captain Comic is probably the most available Color Dreams game on the market. It has five (5) known variations:

  • Light blue case with upright label, blue back-label
  • Light blue case with upright label, grey back-label
  • Light blue case with upside-down label, blue back-label
  • Black case with upright label, black back-label
  • Black case with upright label, grey back-label
Prototype Information, previously from The Warp Zone

People often remember Color Dreams for their sub-par (or just plain awful) Nintendo games. They also might remember the funky blue and black cases the games had. However, did you know that Color Dreams originally had plans to release their games in gray cartridges? Yes folks, you've read this correctly, gray cartridges. This design infringed on Nintendo's patents so the cartridge design was changed, and the final cartridges were made blue (and later black). This all occured in 1989.

The only game which seems to have been made with this type of case is Captain Comic. Three of these prototype cartridges have been found. One has a non-production label on the front, while the other two are labeless. All three cartridges seem to be the final version of the game, on retail circuit boards. How many of these freaks were made? I am not sure of the number, but I doubt that many of them exist.

The one thing which surprises me is the fact that a cartridge of similar nature hasn't turned up for one of Color Dreams' other releases, Baby Boomer. I bet that it is only a matter of time before collectors discover a stash of Baby Boomer cartridges, gray cartridges :)

Codes, Cheats & Spoilers
 =>Game Lock-up: When you reach Space World, turn left and jump to the top
of the wall on the left side of the screen, right next to the ship.
While standing on the very top girder, press U and you will go through a
door, making the game crash.

=>Staying Alive: When Captain Comic loses all his energy, if you jump while
moving and don't stay still, you can move several screens, even enter into
new areas before it counts you as dead.
Screenshots