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Nice Code Software, called 西安东信软件公司 (Xi'an Dongxin Software Co.) in Chinese and formerly known as Nature Color Game, is a company based in Xi'an, China that used to develop video game software, primarily for Famiclone-based "plug & play" hardware.

Nice Code was closely tied to Trump Grand Manufacturing, the producers of the Power Joy plug & play series and many earlier consoles by dreamGEAR (now known as "My Arcade"). The company held a now-defunct U.K.-based subsidiary(?) known as "Power Joy Ltd.", and Nice Code appears to have developed many of their Famicom-based output for the later Power Joy plug and play systems. Nice Code also appears to have been contracted to produce games for several American plug & play consoles (particularly Techno Source systems), and would later license its games to further companies such as Waixing, JungleTac, and Qi Sheng Long.

The company was founded by an artist, and a lot of its early staff were from Dragon Co.; they took their resources when they moved to Nice Code, and it led to a number of platform games designed with Dragon's engine. It is currently unclear if Nice Code is still active as a business, but it appears that they stopped developing new games some time in the 2010s, and their game-nc.com website would stop being maintained after 2013 before going offline some time after the start of 2014.

Games overview[]

Most of Nice Code's games are simple and were designed for plug & plays, handheld systems, and multicarts. For their 8-bit games, the former two are generally based around the VTxx/"OneBus" architecture. Most of their games are based on VT02 (8-bit color) and VT03 (16-bit color), and many of them have both a VT02 and VT03 variant. Some later 2010s releases are based on VT32 hardware.

Other companies, most prominently Waixing and Qi Sheng Long, have made their own versions of Nice Code's games; because of this, many different versions of each title exist, sometimes upwards of 20 per game. Typically only one set is used per console, which is most commonly Nice Code's original selection in the U.S., and Qi Sheng Long's versions in Japan; both the Nice Code and Waixing sets are equally common in China.

Nice Code is also known to have made some of Nanjing's RPGs, including Alien vs Predator and Tomb Raider. Nice Code and its affiliates are also credited in a handful of ROM hacks, based on both commercial NES/Famicom games and older unlicensed releases.

Nice Code would later develop games for more advanced platforms. These include but aren't limited to VT168, 16-bit and 32-bit Sunplus SPG, and Generalplus GPL162xx systems (classified on Nice Code's website as 32-bit). These games compared to most of Nice Code's 8-bit offerings tend to have more depth in terms of gameplay mechanics and/or presentation, and are also very hard to find, with the 16-bit and 32-bit games typically only appearing on uncommon multi-game systems from Qi Sheng Long, and in the case of most of Nice Code's known VT168 games, certain vertically oriented handhelds produced by JungleTac.

8-bit games (NES & VT-based)[]

The below lists feature the following notation:

  • "[a]" indicates a game credited to Power Joy Ltd.; Nature Color Game is also credited in the games' secret credits screens (when one is present).
  • "[b]" indicates a game with a legal notice of "Copyright 200[x]"; this is sometimes accompanied with a notice reading "Licensed by Gameventer" or, in Intellivision hacks, a logo reading "TWLS".
  • "[c]" indicates a game directly credited to Nature Color Game (or credits under the name "Dongxin Soft").
  • "[d]" indicates a variant released by Waixing. While a handful of these releases are fully customized by Waixing, the majority are based on preexisting variants from numerous other companies (see the Waixing article's Nice Code section for more information).
  • "[e]" indicates a variant released by Qi Sheng Long. Note that VT03 games featuring this tag are somewhat speculative.
  • "[f]" indicates a variant released by BBG, an alias of Inventor.
  • "[g]" indicates a variant released by Shenzhen Niutai (as indicated by a legal notice of "© All Rights Reserved").
  • "[x]" indicates a basic title screen hack of a preexisting variant; the game is otherwise identical to another version. Games may or may not retain credits from their original form.
  • "[y]" indicates a specific, earlier set of VT03-based games; their development is likely tied to Nice Code, but may also be connected to Qi Sheng Long (?).
  • "[z]" indicates a specific, later set of VT03/VT32-based games; while this game set is common, the developer is uncredited and unknown (though is likely directly tied to Nice Code/Power Joy).

Nature Clan Series[]

The Nature Clan games are part of a small series featuring the red-sphere, titular character Nature Clan. The Nature Clan character also makes cameos in other Nice Code titles, like Magic Jony. Most of the VT03 versions remove every reference to the series, possibly suggesting some form of legal issue (it has been theorized that the Nature Clan series was commissioned by DreamGEAR directly, possibly resulting in other manufacturers being unable to use the IP).

Screenshot Name Description Hacks
Nature Clan - Escapeway (Unl)-0 Escapeway[a] The player controls three Nature Clans, whose goal is to go through levels and jump over obstacles such as bombs.
While not directly connected to the Nature Clan series, the game Brother Ball is seemingly a follow-up to this title.
Rushing Brothers[e] (VT02)
Experiment Experiment[z] A gameplay clone of Bug Catcher (see "other titles" below), except that it stars Nature Clan, and it takes place in a science lab. It is the only VT03-exclusive, and likely the final Nature Clan title, ever released. N/A
Nature Clan - Forest Adventure (Unl)-0 Forest Adventure[a] A generic 2D platformer where Nature Clan must reach the end goal. Adventure Robot[g] (VT03)
Caper Alone[e] (VT02)
Jumping Weald[z] (VT03)
Little Krishna (VT02)
Nature Clan - Island (Unl)-0 Island[a] Nature Clan must kick eggs off an island. Kicking Now[e] (VT02)
Nature Clan - Mirror Devil World (Unl)-0-0 Mirror Devil World[a] Clone of Kickle Cubicle for the NES/Famicom. Cursed Pond[e] (VT02)
Nature Clan - Pindable Crystal Ball (Unl)-0 Pindable Crystal Ball[a] Nature Clan has to go around a level and pick up items while avoiding obstacles. A purple Pac-Man appears on level 2. Adventurer[e] (VT02)
Worm Dream[z] (VT03)
Nature Clan - Sky Dreamer (Unl)-0 Sky Dreamer[a] Another platformer, this time taking place in the skies. Nature Clan's goal is to reach the end of the stage. He can also find fairies to collect apples, which in turn can be taken to statues that either grant health or a shooting power up.
The game uses a rendition of the Pitfall II theme in gameplay. Curiously, the game's engine itself seems somewhat reminiscent of Pitfall II, potentially suggesting a scrapped port; though no true elements of the original game remain intact.
Sky Dreamer[z] (VT03)
Sky Zone[e] (VT02)
Nature Clan - Spring World (version 2) (Unl)-0 Spring World[a] The gameplay is similar to Pindable Crystal Ball: Nature Clan has to navigate a maze and pick up items and avoid obstacles. For unknown reasons, some versions feature different background music. Cool Baby[e] (VT02)
Spring World[g] (VT03)
Swing[z] (VT03)

Intellivision and Atari ports[]

Nice Code is believed to have programmed officially licensed ports of Atari 2600, Atari 7800, and Intellivision games to the Famicom for use in plug & play systems. The original Intellivision ports were included on two of Techno Source's Play Power plug & plays, while the Atari ports were most prominently featured on the first Atari Flashback console. Many of these ports were later modified to remove copyrighted material; Nearly all of the Intellivision ports were hacked, but only the ports of the obscure Atari games received later alterations.

Several of these ports are still released to this day, mostly Atari ones; of note, however, is some of them appear to become more accurate to their original counterparts in later revisions. Additionally, while the known variations of the titles are clones, a fully-coded Intellivision emulator on NES hardware exists, credited to Nice Code partner Trump Grand.

There are several other Intellivision ports to Famiclone hardware as well, but they do not seem to be affiliated with Nice Code. These are found on the Intellivision X2 plug & plays, and were produced by the unknown JungleTac-affiliated company.

Atari games[]

  • Adventure
  • Air Sea Battle
  • Asteroids
  • Battlezone - Hacked to create Sudden Strike[b] (VT02). This version was later extensively re-hacked to create Final Blood[b] (VT02), Final Fighter[d][e] (VT02), Final Fighter[d] (VT03), Final Shot[x] (VT02), and Frontal Fire[z] (VT03).
    • Due to Atari selling the Battlezone IP rights (in a 2010s bankruptcy proceeding), this game is not found on newer licensed plug & plays; while ironically, the generic hacked versions are still common to find.
  • Breakout
  • Canyon Bomber - Game B was hacked to create Coast Guard[a][b] (VT02) and Pounce[e] (VT02).
  • Centipede (2600 version)
    • Only known to appear on an "Atari Mini Arcade" tabletop by Blaze; it was not included on the Atari Flashback.
  • Centipede (7800 version)
  • Crystal Castles
  • Desert Falcon - Hacked to create Aerial Warfare (VT02).
  • Food Fight - Hacked to create Nut Cracker[x] (VT02) and Nut Cracky[a] (VT02).
  • Gravitar
  • Haunted House
  • Millipede
  • Missile Command - Notably a port of the arcade version rather than the 2600 port.
    • This port appears on several recent consoles, such as the Atari Plug & Play Joystick by Basic Fun; it was not included on the Atari Flashback.
  • Planet Smashers - Hacked to create Aether Mission[a] (VT02), Aether Mission[g] (VT03), Cruiser (VT02), and Impossible Mission[z] (VT03).
  • Saboteur -
    • Level 1 was hacked to create Clown's Mission[e] (VT02), Danger Mansion[c] (VT02), Ghost Castle[b] (VT02), Hell[d] (VT02), and Hell[d] (VT03).
    • Level 2 was hacked to create Butterfly[e] (VT02), Contest 2004[b][c] (VT02), Masked Man II (VT02), Spider-Man 2[a][b] (VT02), and Unwonted Space[z] (VT03). It was extensively altered to be much easier. Some versions alter the controls so the player can only move in four directions as opposed to eight.
  • Sky Diver
  • Solaris - Hacked to create Aether Cruiser[a][b] (VT02), Galaxy War[d] (VT03), Space Shuttle (VT02), and Through Lonely[e] (VT02).
  • Sprintmaster
  • Warlords
  • Yars' Revenge

Intellivision games[]

  • Astrosmash - Hacked to create Aether Fighter[d] (VT02), Air Alert[b] (VT02), Cannonade[a][x] (VT02), Defend Homestead[b] (VT02), Earth Fighter[y] (VT03), Star Fighter[b] (VT02), Trooper[d] (VT02), Trooper[d] (VT03), and War of Space (VT02).
  • Buzz Bombers - Hacked to create Archer[d] (VT03), Fighter (VT02), Hexapod[b] (VT02), IQ Champion[b][c] (VT02), Little Indian[e] (VT03), Man in Red[a] (VT02), Man in Red[a] (VT03), Orchard[d][x] (VT02), Orchard Kavass[d] (VT02), Scuba Hunt[e] (VT02), Sniper[d][x] (VT02), Sniper[d] (VT03), and Weald Gunman (VT02). IQ Champion has three variants with different player sprites. There are two revisions of Orchard Kavass with different music.
  • Body Slam: Super Pro Wrestling
  • Chip Shot: Super Pro Golf - Hacked to create Top Golf[b] (VT02).
  • Hover Force - Hacked to create Air Power (VT02), two games called Airial Hero[a][b] (VT02), and Attacking[d] (VT02). The TWLS version of Airial Hero retains the difficulty screen and opening intro, while all other hacks remove it. Some versions of Attacking feature custom music while others do not.
  • Motocross
  • Night Stalker - Hacked to create Battlefield[d] (VT02), Battlefield[d] (VT03), Devildom Doom[a] (VT02), Devildom Doom (VT03), Hobbs Voyage[x] (VT02), Robot Maze[x] (VT02), Warrior[b] (VT02), Warrior[d] (VT03), and Warrior Lemon[e] (VT03). Devildom Doom features an altered maze layout. Warrior has an additional variant with altered graphics.
  • Pinball - Hacked to create Pinball[b] (VT02), Pinball[d] (VT03), and Polk[b][d][x] (VT02).
  • Shark! Shark! - Hacked to create Exist (VT02), Exist[d] (VT03), two games called Fish War[b][d] (VT02), Hexapod War[b] (VT02), Hungry Fish[x] (VT02), Inkfish[b] (VT02), and Shark[y] (VT03).
  • Slam Dunk: Super Pro Basketball - Hacked to create Basketball[b] (VT02) and Basketball (VT03).
  • Slap Shot: Super Pro Hockey - Hacked to create two VT02 games under the original Slap Shot! name[b][d], as well as a VT03 version titled Ice Hockey. The credits screen is retained in the hacked versions, albeit with references to INTV Corp. blanked out.
  • Snafu - Hacked to create Chain Star[x] (VT02), two games titled Shrew Mouse[b] (VT02), Star[d] (VT02), and Star[d] (VT03). While the actual Snafu port only has one CPU opponent, the hacked versions have two opponents. Some versions feature player life indicators in the top-left corner, which the player/opponents can bizarrely crash into; these are removed in later revisions of Shrew Mouse.
  • Space Armada - Hacked to create First Defender[b] (VT02), Icarian[x] (VT02), Icarian[y] (VT03), M-Day[d] (VT02), M Day[d] (VT03), and Sea Monster[e] (VT03). Many of hacked versions feature a glitch that messes up the bases at the bottom.
  • Space Battle - Hacked to create Aimless[b] (VT02), Airial Hero[d] (VT02), Base (VT02), Close Quarters[b] (VT02), Close Quarter[g] (VT03), Close Quarters[d] (VT03), Fighter Jet (VT02), Harbor[x][y] (VT03) Pearl Harbor[y] (VT03), and Space Hero[x] (VT02). All hacked variants, with the exception of Base, remove the map screen.
  • Space Hawk - Hacked to create Dune War[a][b] (VT02), Dune War[d] (VT03), Sand Shot[x] (VT02) Star Attack[b][d][e] (VT02) and Star Attack[d] (VT03). Qi Sheng Long's version of Star Attack features altered graphics.
  • Spiker: Super Pro Volleyball - Hacked to create two games under the name Volleyball[b][d] (VT02) and Beach Volleyball[e] (VT03). Beach Volleyball uses an image traced from Volume 1 of the manga "Love Hina".
    • Ironically, an official Atari plug & play mistakenly uses this game, listed as "Realsports Volleyball" (a proper Atari 2600 game) in the menu.
  • Star Strike
  • Sub Hunt - Hacked to create Silent Hunter[b][d] (VT02) and Silent Hunter[d] (VT03).
  • Super Pro Football - Hacked to create Foot Ball[b] (VT02) and Football[b] (VT02); despite the near-identical titles, both versions have entirely different graphics.
  • Thin Ice - Hacked to create Horrible Area[d] (VT02), Horrible Area[d] (VT03), Lemon Brat[e] (VT03), Snow Day (VT02), Thinice[b] (VT02), Thinice[y] (VT03), and Zombie[x] (VT02). The hacked versions under the Thinice name feature a rabbit being chased by a wolf.
  • Thunder Castle - Hacked to create Dark Castle[b][d] (VT02) and Mad Tank (VT02). Waixing's version of Dark Castle features music while the TWLS version does not. The music in the Waixing version of Dark Castle is the title screen music from Smart Mouse.
  • Tower of Doom - Hacked to create Tower[b][d] (VT02). Waixing's version of Tower features music while the TWLS version does not. Oddly, most of the hacked variants retain copyright notices to "INTV Corp."; despite that the unhacked Tower of Doom ROM only denotes this as "INTV".
  • U.S. Ski Team Skiing - Hacked to create Skiing (VT03), Sur LC[d] (VT02), Sur LC[d] (VT03), Surfer[x] (VT02), and Surfg Sport[b] (VT02). Surfg Sport was originally produced with a title screen, though most releases remove the screen entirely.
  • Vectron - Hacked to create Vectron[b][d] (VT02) and Vectron[d] (VT03).
  • World Championship Baseball - Hacked to create Baseball[b][d] (VT02) and Baseball[d] (VT03).

Advanced titles[]

Unlike the majority of Nice Code titles, which are designed to be small and easy to reproduce, these games are more advanced, and as such are less common than others. Many of these games are hacks of Dragon Co. titles, due to early Nice Code staff being from said company. Several of these were also released on actual Famicom cartridges by Nanjing; the Nanjing versions often add additional cutscenes between levels.

  • Commando[z] - A Contra-style game. It is VT03 only.
  • Crash Bandicoot - An unauthorized adaption of one of the Crash Bandicoot games (likely a Game Boy Advance one). Originally commissioned exclusively for the Family Karaoto system.
  • Curly Monkey[z] - You play as a monkey that has to jump from platform to platform, while simultaneously collecting items and shooting at enemies with a boomerang. It is VT03 only.
  • Curly Monkey 2[z] - The sequel to the first title; the gameplay premise is the same, but it is faster paced and has higher quality graphics. There are also portals that can take you to new areas. It is VT03 only.
  • Felix the Cat Hacks - The Hacker[b][c], Little Blackmask[d], and Super Hero[a] are all hacks of Dragon Co.'s Felix the Cat. They originally changed the graphics only, but they later featured alternate levels. The Hacker stars Neo from The Matrix with a ponytail; Super Hero features a character vaguely resembling Buzz Lightyear.
  • Fishing - A fishing game, featuring two unique gameplay modes - Freedom and King Fish. Many advanced options are available, such as changing the location or time of day. Some versions open with a splash screen reading "Sandai".
    • This game shares many similarities with King Fishing, a separate plug & play game developed by Hummer Team. However, the "Sandai" version appears to possibly be reprogrammed in comparison, as well as featuring an entirely different soundtrack.
  • Frontline Gallop[a] - This is a scrolling, top-down war game. The player controls a tank armed with soldiers, and must shoot enemy tanks and bases while also strategically releasing soldiers so they can attack.
  • Justice - A clone of the Batman NES game. The player controls a character resembling the Green Lantern; beating enemies up, collecting power-ups and jumping on platforms to complete the level. Also called Thunder Man[z] (VT03).
  • The Lion King III Hacks - Howling Killer[a], Mongoose Story, and Super Warthog are all hacks of Dragon Co.'s The Lion King III. These separate the three playable characters (Simba, Timon and Pumbaa) among three different games, which are likely level hacks. The graphics are from the later Lion King V rather than the third installment.
  • Metal Slug - An unauthorized adaption of the Game Boy Advance version of Metal Slug. Originally commissioned exclusively for the Family Karaoto system.
  • Pet Dog - a virtual pet game where you must raise one of three puppies, likely released amidst the Nintendogs craze. A Chinese-language version was released as a Nanjing cartridge, which contains a battery to save progress; an English version was included on several plug & plays, but it cannot save progress.
  • Pikachu - Also referred to as "Pikachu5", Pikachu is a Pokémon-themed platforming-adventure game. The player controls five characters, each of which have different abilities: Pikachu can shoot, Nuzleaf can climb, Combusken can fly, Marshtomp can swim, and Hariyama can punch. The player must use a combination of said abilities in attempt to find a key hidden in the stage; when it is found, a locked door is opened, where the player has to fight a boss. The game uses music from Devil World, and graphics from Super Mario Bros. 2 and Bubble Bobble 2.
    • Variants of the game include Diveman[a] (VT02), Five Kids[d] (VT02), Gardman[c] (VT02), Monster Brother[d] (VT02), Team Boys[e] (VT02), and Wonder Rabbit[a] (VT02). For unknown reasons, all variants save for Gardman only feature two levels, while the proper Pikachu version has four levels.
    • The original Pikachu variant of the game, while known to exist, had not been properly found for many years. However, the game would eventually resurface on an 1280-in-1 plug & play.
    • While unconfirmed, it is possible that Pikachu5 was based on an unreleased (and possibly unfinished) Dragon Co. production. This is evident by several factors regarding the game; however, none are truly conclusive.
  • Ping Pong - A first-person table tennis game likely intended for Wii clones, with multiple game modes, difficulty settings, and characters; also released as Table Tennis (VT02). Likely originates from Inventor.
    • A cut-down version appears on Waixing systems called Table Tennis 2006[d]; it removes all of the special features, but adds an opening intro advertising a Chinese table tennis tournament.
  • Racing Guy[b] - The player must build one of four toy cars by installing preset parts onto it; after this, they can compete in "Power" (a game of Tug-of-War with two cars), "Championship" (a "race" that literally does nothing and controls itself), and "Distance" (inexplicably, a hack of Javelin Throw from Track & Field).
  • Street Dance - A Dance Dance Revolution clone, originally released by Inventor in 2000. An alternate version, using PCM samples of actual songs (such as "Butterfly" and "Barbie Girl"), was released in 2008; it is theorized, albeit unconfirmed, that the 2008 release was produced by Nice Code. Later hacked to create Dance Gangnam Style (VT02), which features a PCM-sampled cut of Gangnam Style as the only song.
    • The 2008 version of Street Dance is commonly bundled with Nice Code's Hit-Mouse in a 2-in-1 multicart. The menu selection music is reused from the generic hacked versions of Astrosmash.
  • Titanic - Also known as "Titanic 2005", and released on dedicated cartridge by Nanjing. It is an action game based on the 1997 film; both Jack and Rose are playable characters. Infamously, the ending of the game has Jack survive, and the Titanic itself is "fixed". A variant was released for plug & plays titled Sunken Ship; some Sunken Ship releases remove Rose as a playable character.
    • As with Pikachu5, Titanic may have been a scrapped Dragon Co. project. Given that Dragon seemingly closed around 1998, it would also make sense as a property for them to use (while 2005 was long past the film's peak).
  • Tom and Jerry 3 Hacks - Primitive Man[a] and Primitive Woman[a] are hacks of Dragon Co.'s Tom and Jerry 3. Primitive Man separates Jerry's levels from Tom's, while Primitive Woman does the opposite. There is a glitch in Primitive Woman where after getting a game over, the game switches to Primitive Man. Both games received Nanjing cartridge releases as "Primitive" and "Primitive II" respectively.
  • Wait and See! - A Dragon Co. game; the game sometimes appears unhacked alongside the Nice Code catalogue.

Disney's Math Quest with Aladdin clone games[]

Rudder (Unl)-0

"Rudder", a clone of a level in Disney's Math Quest.

A rather large "set" of Nice Code games are clones of levels from the PC game Disney's Math Quest with Aladdin; however, most visual references to Aladdin are removed, with the graphics in general being greatly simplified. These games often have no music, feature what appears to be Nature Clan in the corner (though a few do retain Genie from Aladdin), and a strange "foot" icon that resets the game. The following Nice Code games are based on Disney's Math Quest levels:

  • Level 2, "The Secret Brick", was cloned as Addition (VT02).
  • Level 3, "The Mosaic", was cloned as Pintu (VT02). This game is considerably less common than the others in multicarts, likely due to it featuring Genie's head in the top-left corner.
  • Level 4, "The Monkey", was cloned as Fruit Logic (VT02).
  • Level 5, "The Vortex", was cloned as Crystals (VT02).
  • Level 6, "The Escape Tunnel", was cloned as Rudder (VT02).
  • "The Forbidden Temple" was cloned as Build Pillars (VT02) and Pillar (VT02). The Pillar version features Genie's head in the CHR data, but he is not present in the actual game.
  • "Bug Out" was cloned as Counting (VT02).
  • "The Magic Number" was cloned as Salver Balance (VT02).
  • "Think Fast" was cloned as Numbers (VT02).

The first level, "GeoMin", "Square Up", and all subsequent stages in Disney's Math Quest are not known to have a cloned Nice Code version.

Hacks[]

A handful of hacked games were created, or at least distributed, by Nice Code; many of these share similarities with Inventor hacks, and likely have some level of connection with the company. Curiously, two games (Atomic Blast and Fish War) are seemingly part of a "set" of Inventor-developed games; but only those two games specifically were published in Nice Code's license package. The known Nice Code hacks include:

  • Alienis[a][d] - Originally released by Shanghai Paradise, a predecessor to Inventor, Alienis is an advanced hack of Battle City with scrolling levels. Also released as Alienis[d] (VT03), Beetle[x] (VT02), Bugs[b] (VT02), Engine Power[c] (VT02), Ice Age[c] (VT02), Monster War[c][d] (VT02), Monster War[d] (VT03), Pulver[d] (VT02), Pulver[d] (VT03), Pulveration[a] (VT02), Pulveration (VT03), Pulverize[x] (VT02), Tank 2002 (VT02), and Warship[x] (VT02).
  • F-22 - An advanced hack of 1943 by Shanghai Paradise; Power Joy redistributed the game as Navigator[a] (VT02).
  • Pet 4-in-1 - A basic hack of Pokémon 4-in-1, an unlicensed game developed by Mars Production. All instances of Pikachu are modified to make him resemble a cat (or a bear for the main menu graphic), among other cosmetic changes; the Pac-Man game is renamed to "Bean".
    • The game is only known to appear on the Power Joy Supermax 30-in-1, separated into two of its included games (Pet Dance and Pet Slot) in the multicart menu. The other two games (Pet Click and Bean), despite not being linked, can be accessed by pressing "B" on Pet Dance's title screen.
  • Balloon Fight hacks - Hacked to create Fishwar[c][f] (VT02). The game features fully replaced music (albeit with no sound effects); some versions have a different music track. The "Balloon Trip" mode is removed in most versions, though some releases retain it (labeling it in the selection menu as just "Press Start").
  • F1 Race hacks - Hacked to create several VT03 games: including Ardent Rally[z] (VT03), Motor Race[z] (VT03), Super F1 Race[g] (VT03), Super Motor Race[g] (VT03), and Super Rally[g] (VT03). Seemingly no VT02 version was created originally; however, the game would later be reworked into Mario Kart (VT02), a game commissioned for the Family Karaoto system.
  • Fire Dragon hacks - Hacked to create Shunting[a] (VT02), which replaces the dragon with a train. Power Joy is also credited in some revisions of Dragon[a] (VT02).
  • Star Gate hacks (Defender II) - Hacked to create Star (VT02) and Starattack[a] (VT02); Starattack was later re-hacked to create Atomic Blast[a] (VT02), which has fully replaced audio. There are two variants of Star with different graphics.
    • Notably, all of Nice Code's Star Gate hacks are usually absent from plug & plays using Inventor's game set, which instead use a simpler Star Gate hack titled Levin Action.

Other titles[]

These are simple, small titles, used exclusively for multicarts.

  • 2002 World Cup P.K.[a][b] - A soccer game featuring three modes: World Cup, Challevge [sic], and All Star. In World Cup and Challevge mode, the player must select the players to be on their "team"; which is effectively pointless, as the game only features goalkeeping. All Star mode, among actual soccer players, allows the player to select Harry Potter. The intro features imagery of the actual 2002 World Cup, including the official "mascots", The Spheriks. Also released as World Cup P.K. (sans the 2002; VT02), Football (VT02), and Football[d] (VT03).
    • The original 2002 version seems to frequently crash in the menus when played on conventional NES hardware, either NTSC or PAL; the game only runs correctly in a "Dendy"-like combination of PAL and NTSC. The non-2002 version fixes this by removing the scrolling effect on the menus; while the "Football" versions remove the menu system entirely.
  • Abscondee[a] - A game where the player controls an alien, who must collect items in the level while avoiding obstacles along the way. Also called Adventurer (VT03), Abscondee[z] (VT03), Panda[d] (VT02), Panda[d] (VT03), and Super Mohica[e] (VT02).
  • Across River[a][b] - Clone of Frogger. Some versions star a pink rabbit, while others feature a puffball creature (who vaguely resembles Jigglypuff from the Pokémon series). Uses music from the bootleg NES port of Pokemon Gold; this suggests a connection to Mars Production, though the exact link is unclear. Also called Rabbit[a] (VT02).
  • Aim Cruise[a] - Shoot the spaceships in an open playfield. There is a variant under the name Aether Copter[e] (VT02).
    • Aim Cruise seems to be partially derived from Activision's Seaquest for the Atari 2600; however, multiple mechanics of the game are heavily altered, with only the player/enemy movements and the scoring system being retained.
  • Amusement Park: Jumping Kid[a] - A game where you play as a boy that must jump over enemies along the way. Also called Amusement Park: Jumping Kid[z] (VT03), Shaun the Sheep 2 (VT??), The Training Camp of Worms[e] (VT02), and The Worms[e][x] (VT02).
    • The VT03 version of Jumping Kid seems to utilize the VTxx's extra sound channel in its music track; however, the majority of consoles do not play the extra audio track for unknown reasons.
  • Amusement Park 2[z] - Likely intended to be the sequel to Jumping Kid; it is a clone of Circus Charlie. It is VT03 only.
  • Angry Birds - An unauthorized adaption of the mobile game. Also called Anger Birds (VT02) and Angry Duck (VT02).
  • Animal Blockes - A Mahjong matching game with simpler characters. Also known as Animal Blocks[x] (VT02) and Symbol Puzzle[z] (VT03).
  • Animal Contest[a] - Two animals are hidden behind a curtain; the player bets on which one weighs the most.
  • Antiquarium[a][d][e] - Fishing game with intentionally bizarre "fish" graphics, featuring characters like Batman and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The player can select from six kinds of "bait"; including the likes of a Visa credit card, a cat, and a roll of toilet paper. There are two later VT02 revisions - often still labeled as Antiquarium - which feature actual aquatic life, but use strange species to "fish" for (such as snakes, hippos, and jellyfish). Variants include Cute Fish[d] (VT03), Fishing (VT02), Fishing[e] (VT03), Magic Pond (VT02), and Magic Pond[y] (VT03).
    • Waixing's version of Antiquarium has bugs for lures, while Qi Sheng Long's has stranger lures, including a dumbell and a grenade. However, the "fish" graphics are the same between both versions.
  • Aquarium - The player controls a fish and must only eat the safe food thrown into the fish tank, while avoiding dangerous food and rocks.
  • The Archer[a] - The player controls an archer who heavily resembles Green Arrow, and has to shoot at goblins from below. Also called Dragon Den[d] (VT02), Dragon Den[d] (VT03), Happy Adventure (VT02), Hunter Alone[z] (VT03), and Phantom Archer[a] (VT03).
  • Assart[b] - Find the correct path to move across the entire field without getting stuck. The original game featured somewhat racist undertones, featuring a black man effectively doing plantation work; in later revisions, this was changed to a cartoonish miner character. There are two VT03 versions titled Assart[d][e], alongside Burger Field (VT02), Crystal[a] (VT03), Miner I[b] (VT02), Pathway (VT02), Radish Farm[x] (VT03), Radish Field[b][d] (VT02), and Radish Field[d] (VT03). Burger Field is a McDonald's-themed hack seen on the Subor x McDonald's console.
  • Atlantic Fishing Tournament 2005[a] - A fishing game, with a more serious approach compared to Antiquarium. Some versions change the 2005 in the title to 2009, or remove it completely. Also called Fishing[z] (VT03) and Fishing Challenge (VT03).
  • Balloon Shoot - Shoot balloons before they reach the top of the screen. The game features heavily corrupted music; in actuality, the music is intended to be the same song used in Memory Test, but was overwritten by a few bytes, breaking the song.
  • Bar Room Shootout[a] - A lightgun game where you shoot criminals who planned a shootout at a bar.
  • Beach Ball - A game where you play as a bubble that needs to grow bigger by collecting water while avoiding obstacles. Also called Star (VT02), UFO[z] (VT03), and Water Ball[x] (VT02).
  • Bird Eggs[z] - The player controls a bird from a top-down view, and must collect eggs while avoiding bald eagles. It is VT32 (?) only.
  • Blocks World[a] - A game similar to Daedalian Opus or Wisdom Boy. The player must put the matching Tetris-like pieces in the correct slots. Also called Aether Puzzle[e] (VT02), Bubbles Puzzle[e] (VT02), and Puzzle Blocks[z] (VT03).
  • Bomberman[b] - An original Bomberman game, somewhat based on Bomberman '93. As in the original games, the player must bomb all enemies on the playfield before escaping through a door. There are three playable characters (two of which are seemingly original), boss battles (against what appears to be a banana), and a map screen shown in between levels. The game's music is a rendition of "Jammin' Jungle" from Bomberman '94.
    • A more common, alternate version of the game was produced titled Bomber Man 2002[c]. This version is heavily reduced (the original is 384KB in size while "2002" is only 40KB), lacking many features of the prior version. The enemies and most visuals are unique, however, taking place in the snow.
    • Several variants of the Bomber Man 2002 version were produced: including Bomb Kid[g] (VT03), Bomb Time[d] (VT03), Bomb Time 2004 (VT02), Dejectil[x] (VT02), Dejectile (VT02), Detonation[x] (VT02), two versions called Parkinof (VT02), Undersea[d] (VT03), and Undersea 2004[d] (VT02).
  • Boxworld[b][d] - Clone of a 1992 Windows 3.1 shareware game of the same name, which in itself is a close clone of Sokoban; the graphics are closely modeled after the Windows game. Two alternate versions (still under the Boxworld name) change the graphics; one redrawing the player while retaining similar animations, and the other replacing him with a green bear. Other variants include Boxes World[d] (VT03), Boxes[x] (VT03), Hammal[d] (VT02), Hammal[d] (VT03), Ranchboy (VT02), Snowball[a] (VT02), and two different versions titled Snowball[a][g] (VT03).
    • Some variants of the game (mainly the "bear" version and certain revisions of Snowball) are reduced in file size from 40k to 24k. To accommodate for this, numerous levels are either removed or have their patterns simplified (e.g. removing some of the boxes).
  • Brother Ball[a] - The player controls three balls stacked on top of each other, which must rescue other balls and collect items along the way. One of the balls will get taken away if they get hit by an enemy. Also called Ellipsoid[e] (VT02) and Team Star[z] (VT03).
  • Bubble[b] - A game similar to Astrosmash (but not actually based on Nice Code's Intellivision port). Also known as Archer[x] (VT02), Burbles[a][x] (VT02), Danger Zone[d][x] (VT03), Denger Zone (VT02), Denger Zone[d] (VT03), Falling[b] (VT02), Falling[b] (VT03), Surface to Air[x] (VT02), and Undersea Base[e] (VT03).
  • Bug Catcher[a] - In this game, a creature must collect worms of the same colour as its skin. Also called Blob Man[a][d] (VT02) and Experiment[z] (VT03).
  • Bug's War[b] - A game similar to Battleship, except you are only attacking a computer and do not have your own "ships". Also called Undersea Arena[a] (VT02).
  • Burrow Explorer[a][b] - Navigate through a dark maze, which is only partially visible from the character's helmet light. Also called Angler Fish[b] (VT02), Burrow[d] (VT02), Burrow[d] (VT03), Labyrinth[d] (VT02), and Labyrinth[d] (VT03). The player sprite in Burrow Explorer is lifted from the NES port of Boulder Dash; Labyrinth uses the mouse character from Little Samson. One variant of Angler Fish has a different title screen and font.
  • Busy Bar[a] - Serve the bar customers the drink they request. Also called Soda[x] (VT02).
  • Candy Workshop[a] - Clone of Activision's Pressure Cooker for Atari 2600. Also called Hamburger[z] (VT03).
  • Circle Racing[a] - A game similar to R.C. Pro-Am, but at a top-down angle. Also known as Champion Boat[z] (VT03), Fuel[a] (VT02), and Track Racing (VT03).
  • Climbing[a] - Climb to the top of the tower while avoiding obstacles. Also called High Tower[e] (VT02) and Tower[z] (VT03).
  • Colliding[a] - The player controls a tiny car in a top-down city, and must run into other cars; this leads to a battle segment where you must bump into the car until it catches on fire and disintegrates.
  • Cookies Labyrinth - The player guides a mouse through a maze, and must collect all cookies before the timer runs out. An uncommon variant replaces the mouse with something resembling Nature Clan with long hair. Also known as Mike Pig[z] (VT03).
  • Crystal Blast - The player controls a plane who must destroy crystals from above. A variant exists under the name Gem Game[e] (VT02).
  • Cub Adventure[a] - The player controls a polar bear that has to collect all the objects in the level while avoiding enemies. Also called Devil Palace (VT03), Grot Kid[b] (VT02), and Polar Cub[x] (VT02).
  • Danger Bridge[a] - A game where you try to guide characters across by using the 2 sets of direction keys and switching between them when appropriate. Also called Homing Chicken[z] (VT03) and Tadpole[e] (VT02).
  • Deerstalking - A first-person shooter where you hunt for deer. Some versions use lightguns, while others feature a joystick-operated crosshair.
  • Defier[z] - Climb up a series of ropes while avoiding moving, spiked balls. It is VT03 only. The player character heavily resembles Terry Bogard from The King of Fighters/Fatal Fury.
  • Depth Bomb[b] - A Battleship clone. Also called Bomb King[b] (VT02), Ghost Ship[d] (VT02), Ghost Ship[d] (VT03), Sub Attack (VT02), and Submarine Bomb (VT02). Two versions of Depth Bomb exist with slightly different graphics.
  • Diamond - An Arkanoid clone coded from scratch; the goal is now to hit the diamond at the top instead of destroying all of the bricks. Three different graphic hacks of Diamond exist, all under the same name, alongside a VT03 version[d]; additional variants include Blocks Array[e][x] (VT02) and Dungeon Escape (VT02).
    • For unknown reasons, Waixing distributed a separately-coded Arkanoid clone titled Diamond (developed by the unknown Jungletac affiliate), which was used in most Waixing releases (as opposed to the Nice Code version). Despite this, the uncommon VT03 hack of Nice Code's Diamond was also produced by Waixing.
  • Dice[b] - Match your die with the die in the middle of the playfield by rotating it correctly. Also called Dice Legend (VT02), Play Dice[d] (VT02), Play Dice[d] (VT03), and Snaffle[f] (VT02). The Play Dice variation features Hwang Shinwei music.
  • Difference[a] - A game where you are shown two pictures side by side and have to spot the differences in both of them. Also called Difference Picture[e] (VT02) or Distinction[z] (VT03).
  • Dolphin - The player controls a pink dolphin, and seemingly has to catch eggs laid by a turtle. Appears to feature an "Exit" screen that merely softlocks the game.
  • Dringle[c][d] - Clone of Shikinjoh for Sega Genesis; the graphics are retained from the original. Roughly five different variants under the Dringle name exist; all of which feature the same graphics, but often use different music (or have no music at all). Later hacked to make Carrier[d] (VT03); Carrier uses graphics of Lakitu's cloud from Super Mario Bros.
  • Egg Contest[b] - A chicken is laying eggs onto a conveyor belt, and a rat must catch them. The direction the conveyor belt goes can be changed via a switch. Some graphics are used from Alfred Chicken. Hacked to make Bear vs Thief[e] (VT02).
  • Eggs - Nice Code's most infamous title. A robot collects eggs laid by a bird; each time an egg is caught, a picture of what was inside the egg is shown. The majority of these pictures make no logical sense by either not coming from eggs (ex: House and Camera), having a nonsensical name (ex: Bleb), or both (ex: Saturn being referred to as "Earth"). There is a rare alternate version (possibly the original?) where the robot is replaced with Pikachu wearing a Santa outfit, and another variant with slightly different robot and bird graphics. The game's music is stolen from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
  • Extreme Rally - A racing game at a side angle, with two car lanes. Also called Highway Rider[a] (VT02) and Racing Rivalry (VT03).
  • Fairy's Treasure[a] - A Gold Miner game. The fairy must collect a specific amount of money or above within a time limit.
  • The Farmer[b] - A farmer has to herd up a specific color of sheep. Also known as Arena[a] (VT02), Fisher (VT02), and Trojan[a][x] (VT02).
  • Fated Pirate - A cut-down version of Age of Sail. It is a strategy-based game where you must shoot your missiles at other ships before they land on the grid space where your ship is located. Also called Corsair[e] (VT02).
  • Fish Story[a] - A Shark! Shark!-like game, but the goal is to eat three of a specific kind of fish to turn into a fast-paced green fish. Also called Aether Captor[e] (VT02) or Eating[d] (VT02).
  • Five Days[a][d] - Shooting game with a still soldier who cannot move, only aim. Also called Armor Hero (VT02), Final Man[b][d] (VT02), Final Man[b][d] (VT03), Five Days[z] (VT03), Last Man Standing[x] (VT02), Penta Base[b] (VT02), and Strafe[b] (VT02).
  • Fling Ball[a] - A game where you compete against a robot trying to get the highest score by shooting past the robot. Also called Doll[e] (VT02) and Puppet Show[z] (VT03).
  • Football 2006[z] - A full soccer game. Also called Soccer 2009[z] (VT03) and World Cup 2006[g] (VT03); No VT02 versions have been found.
  • Forest Kid[a] - You play as a boy that has to swing on ropes and jump on platforms to finish the level. Additionally, captured gorillas can be saved for bonus points. Also known as Kong King[z] (VT03) and Forest Kid[g] (VT03).
  • Frantic Fishing[a] - Catch fish with your lure.
  • Frantic Mouse[a][b][c] - Jump from the cloud you are standing on to the cloud above you. Also called Jumping Kid[e] (VT02), Penguin[d] (VT02), and Penguin[d] (VT03).
  • Fruit Dish[a] - Get the fruit that appears on the pipe to fall inside it. A variation exists called Falling Fruit[e] (VT02).
  • Fruit Gift[a] - Match the top-half of the fruit with the bottom. Also known as Pattern Maker (VT02) and Patternmaker[z] (VT03).
  • Gallagant[a] - A generic shooting game. There is an uncommon variant with alternate music.
    • This game was ridiculously re-released at least 19 times, with known variants including Aether Fighter[d] (VT03), Alone[a] (VT03), Angel Area (VT02), Archer[b] (VT02), Crisis[b] (VT02), Cryptic Base[e] (VT03), two versions titled Defensive[b][d] (VT02), Defensive[d] (VT03), Firebase[b] (VT02), Gallagant[z] (VT03), Garden War[b] (VT02), Jet Defender[x] (VT02), Lunarian[a] (VT02), Resistant[b] (VT02), Robot[d] (VT02), Robot[d][e] (VT03), Space War[b][x] (VT02), and Woo Fire (VT02). Some variants start at a different level of the game, and add a limited amount of bases that can protect the player's ship. Some titles have further variants with alternate music.
  • Gate[b] - There are hearts placed around the maze which the player needs to collect, but there are teleporters scattered around which have to be used to access the majority of hearts. Also known as Bean Kids (VT02), Convection[b][c][d] (VT02), Convection[d] (VT03), Convection Crossing (VT02), Cute Kids[x] (VT02), Exchange[b] (VT02), Teleport[a] (VT02), Teleport[b] (VT03), Trans-Mission[b] (VT02), and Transmission[e] (VT03).
  • Goal Keeper - A game where you play as a boy that has to try to block the ball the other person is trying to shoot into the net. Two versions with different music exist, as well as one with no music at all.
  • Goblet Tower and Move Box - two separate games which are effectively a pair to each other. Both are Tower of Hanoi-like games, with Goblet Tower having stacks of wine glasses and Move Box using boxes that overtop each other (making boxes underneath invisible until lifted). Some versions have music while others do not. Goblet Tower has two variants, Stub Game[d] (VT02) and Stub Game[d] (VT03); some versions of Goblet Tower also use soda cans instead of wine glasses. Move Box has a title hack called Box in Box (VT02). Some versions of Stub Game have music while others do not. At least one version of Stub Game is known to use a rendition of the title screen music from 777 Casino for its music.
  • Golden Bird[a] - A game similar to the final level of Donkey Kong, without a jumping ability; you must climb up ladders and rescue birds from cages while avoiding enemies.
  • Greedy[a] - A Snake game, where the snake's body is made of money bags. There are two versions called Greedy[g][z] (VT03), alongside Greedy Snake[x] (VT02), One By One[e] (VT02), and Snack Dominose[x] (VT02).
  • Hallihoo[a] - A game where you play as an owl that has to pass through all the obstacles in the level and collect all the items. Also called Balloon Labyrinth[z] (VT03), Ghost Collector[x] (VT02), Hallihoo[g] (VT03), and Magic Place[b] (VT02).
  • Hammer & Nail[a] - You control a hammer and must hit nails when they hover over holes on the playfield. Some versions feature different music. Also called Eidolon's Revenge[e] (VT02) and Irrigate[z] (VT03).
  • Happy Match - Matching game with six cards. Also called Match Cards[e] (VT02).
  • Heroes Mice II[z] - Sequel to the VT03 version of Mouse Hero. A cat is dropping mice from above, and a mouse must put the falling mice on the ground and throw bombs up at the cat. It is VT03 only.
  • Hit-Mouse[b] - Whack-a-Mole game with four holes, controlled with the joystick. Also known as Hit-Mousee[b][x] (VT02), Knocking[y] (VT03), Monster Trouble (VT03), and Pigs & Bird (VT03). The Pigs & Bird variation is Angry Birds-themed.
  • Hot Racing[b] - A Road Fighter clone. The player can choose a variety of vehicles and ride them in different levels; infamously, one car is labeled as a "Farreri". The bottom-left corner of the selection menu misspells the game as "Hot Rucing". An uncommon variant uses motorcycles instead of cars. Variants include Metro Mania[a] (VT02), Super Racing[d][x] (VT02), and Super Racing[d] (VT03).
  • Hunter - Either a clone or advanced hack of Duck Hunt.
  • Hurry Burry[a][c][d] - Clone of Zeek the Geek; the graphics are retained from the original. The Power Joy revsion features no music and a simpler title screen; the other variants use a rendition of the main theme to Adventures of Lolo 2. Also known as Soy Bean Story[d] (VT03).
  • Ice Ocean[a] - Clone of Imagic's No Escape! for the Atari 2600. A mermaid must hit fish by bouncing a ball on top of their heads; in order to do this, the ball has to bounce off a fragile wall. Hitting a fish from the bottom will cause a destroyed fish to respawn. Also called Icecap[e] (VT02) and Invincible Girl[z] (VT03).
  • Indreak in the Conduit[e] - A game that is, strangely, a clone of Magic Egg, another Nice Code game (see below). Said version is also a Qi Sheng Long variation, so the original game's title is unknown; judging by its glitchy credits screen, a Power Joy variant was also produced. Also released as just Indreak[e][x] (VT02).
  • Jig Chick[z] - Clone of Q*bert. It is VT03 only.
  • Jumping Fish - A Duck Hunt clone, with unique physics, where you shoot fish that jump out of the water. Also called Burry[a] (VT02) and Fishing (VT02).
  • Jump-Jump[a] - Jump on the logs falling down the waterfall until you reach the top. Some versions have music while others do not.
  • Lightning[a] - A clone of Street Racer for the Atari 2600, with identical levels. Possibly an Atari plug & play title that didn't make the final cut. Also released as Deformable[a] (VT02), two versions called Deformable[g][z] (VT03), two versions titled Gallop (VT02), Road Hero[d] (VT02), Road Hero[d] (VT03), and Transform[x] (VT02).
  • Little Witch[a] - Clone of Activision's Chopper Command for the Atari 2600. The player controls a witch on a flying broom and must shoot oncoming enemies. The game is set up like a side-scrolling shooter, but you are stuck on a single screen.
  • Mad Xmas[a] - A clone of Kaboom! for Atari 2600 (though much looser than the other Activision clone games). An evil Santa Claus throws "presents" down at an elf; the elf must collect the good presents and avoid bad ones (such as bombs), which will infamously blow him up into a skeleton. Some versions feature a fast-moving elf while others have slow movement. Also called Angel[a][x] (VT02), two versions titled Care Bear[b][e] (VT02), Cute Bear[b] (VT02), Lucky Time[d] (VT02), Lucky Time[d] (VT03), Mad Xmas[z] (VT03), Max War 2[x] (VT02), Mummy[b] (VT02), Santa Claus[b] (VT02), Santa Claus[d][e] (VT03), and Small Dinosaur[b] (VT02).
    • As with Diamond, Waixing distributed a uniquely-coded clone of Mad Xmas titled Xmas Gift (or "Gift Xmas"), developed by the unknown Jungletac affiliate; the game(s) directly reuse sprites from the original Mad Xmas.
    • Despite the names, Care Bear features generic bears, while Cute Bear features proper renditions of the Care Bears characters (particularly the top pink bear, who appears to have a rainbow on its stomach like Cheer Bear). Strangely, some Qi Sheng Long consoles feature a variant where the game is titled Care Bear, but the background assets are taken from Small Dinosaur.
  • Magic Bubble - Clone of Tetris. Also called Bubbles[y] (VT03), Russia[e] (VT02), Tetris (VT02), Tetris[d] (VT03), Triple[d] (VT02), and Triple[d] (VT03). Some VT03 variations feature a modified version of Sanrio's Cinnamoroll on the title screen.
    • Waixing's variants (the versions titled Tetris and Triple) feature improved controls over the original version(s); making the game much easier to play.
  • Magic Egg[a] - Destroy the evil creatures while letting the innocent stars pass through a funnel. Also called Hitting[d] (VT02) or Hitting[d] (VT03).
  • Magic Jony[a] - A game similar to Lode Runner, where the titular Magic Jony must use his plant to eat enemies. Also called Enchanter[z] (VT03).
    • Funnily enough, one of Nice Code's programmers is named Jony, and he was both the director and art designer for Magic Jony.
  • Matching - Simple matching game with 16 cards. Variants include Beaver (VT02), Memory Test[d] (VT02), Memory Test[d] (VT03), and Partner (VT02). Matching uses a modified sprite of Cotton from Panorama Cotton (seen in the options menu), and plays a rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star; all other variants use the unglitched version of the song used in Balloon Shoot.
  • Maze Maid[b] - A girl automatically walks until she stops at a sign. The player must navigate the girl through the maze according to the signs to get to the exit. Also called Girl[y] (VT03), Labyrinth[a][x] (VT02), Robot[b] (VT02), Way Out[b][d] (VT02), or Way Out[d] (VT03).
  • Meccano - Place the shapes where they fit on the grid to form a picture. An alternate version exists with different picture layouts.
  • Mine - A clone of Minesweeper. The player is allowed to hit four mines until the game is over, rather than instantly losing upon hitting one mine. Also released as Bomb (VT02) and Mouse Snare (VT02). Mouse Snare uses Jerry's life icon from Tom & Jerry 3 on the title screen, surrounded by the Dr. Mario options menu border.
  • Mini Movies[a] - A collection of eight 8-bit animated cartoons. You can choose to watch the cartoons normally or play a minigame, in which the player must put the filmstrip in the correct order. There is no voice acting, only captions explaining the scene.
  • Mouse Hero[a] - A game where you control two mice holding a parachute that have to catch all the mice falling in the level and let them fall down to safety. Also called Heroes Mice[z] (VT03) and Mice Mission[e] (VT02). The Mice Mission variation features Jerry from Tom & Jerry on the title screen.
  • Mowing[a] - A lawn mower must fully mow every inch of the lawn. Uses graphics from Wacky Races, including featuring Muttley as an enemy. Some versions feature different music. Also called Agile Mice[z] (VT03), Gem[d] (VT02), Gem[d] (VT03), and Lawn Mower[e] (VT03).
  • Music Moment - The goal of this game is to collect music notes to form a song (which is a rendition of the music used in Octopus and Twin Fish); this task is actually impossible to do, as the player has nowhere near enough speed to reach one of the last notes.
  • Octopus - Clone of "Too Cool!" from the PC game The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea; the graphics from the original are retained. The player must collect coins scattered throughout a maze, in order to unfreeze and collect a trident in the center of the screen. Also known as Brave Boy[d] (VT02), Brave Boy[d][e] (VT03), Octopus[a] (VT03), and Skateboard (VT02).
  • Olympic - A clone (or possibly advanced hack) of Konami's Track & Field. Each event from the original - 100 Meter Dash, 100 Meter Hurdles, Archery, High Jump, Javelin Throw, Long Jump, Triple Jump, and Skeet Shooting - is featured. In addition, several new events were created - Discus Put, Shot Put, and several swimming events (which are really just modified 100m Dash).
    • Practically every multicart splits each Olympic event into separate, individual games. These versions are simple mapper 0 roms, stripped of everything pertaining to the original Olympic release or other events. Both VT02 and VT03 versions of each event were produced this way.
    • Some versions use graphics from Capcom's Barcelona 92 and Nice Code's Primitive Man. Nice Code's VT03 variants have you play as pandas, and Waixing rereleases add title screens and/or music.
    • There is an obscure hack of Track & Field (by an unknown developer) titled Exciting Sport Turbo, which notably adds a swimming event. It is possible that Nice Code's Track & Field clones were derived from this hack.
  • Out Run[z] - A game similar to Frogger (although not a direct clone). The goal is to get to the bottom from the top. Some graphics are adapted from the original Frogger arcade game. It is VT03 only.
  • Pikachu (2) - Also referred to as Poke Tetris. A clone of Tengen's NES version of Tetris featuring Pikachu as player 1 and Jigglypuff as player 2; the player can choose from a selection of alternate block shapes and designs. All of the music is taken from the Pocket Monster NES bootleg. There is an alternate version, still titled Pikachu, in which Pikachu lacks ears, and is wearing a hat and pants.
    • Additional hacks include Elf[a] (VT02), Falling Blocks[a] (VT02), Harry Potter (VT02), Rabbit's Triple (VT03), and Russia[b][d] (VT02). Falling Blocks and Russia remove the selection menu, and use nontraditional-shaped pieces by default. All non-Pikachu variants use music from Kero Kero Keroppi rather than from Pocket Monster.
  • Pizza Boy[a] - A game where you have to deliver pizzas to customers, while navigating a maze. Uses the Clu Clu Land theme. Also released as Hen & Sons[e] (VT02) and Merry Christmas[z] (VT03).
  • Plants vs. Zombies - An unauthorized adaption of the mobile game.
  • Pobble[a] - A fast racing game where the player must dodge obstacles. The player will die immediately if the vehicle hits an obstacle, and there are no enemy cars.
    • This game was ridiculously re-released at least 23 times, with known variants including Awful Rushing[b] (VT02), Awful Rushing[e] (VT03), Corridor[b] (VT02), Corridor[d] (VT03), Crary Motor (VT02), Devil Rider (VT02), Dream Way[b] (VT02), Fish Joumey[e] (VT03), Fly on Cloud[b][x] (VT02), two versions titled Hot Speed[b] (VT02), Hot Speed[d] (VT03), Lunation[a][x] (VT02), Lunation[a] (VT03), Moto Rushing[b][x] (VT02), two versions titled Motoboat[b][e] (VT02), Motorboat[z] (VT03), Road Block[x] (VT02), Speed Man[a] (VT03), Swift Rider[z] (VT03), Turbulence[x] (VT02), and Wild Rider[x] (VT02). Some versions feature time limits while others feature a fuel meter. Some titles have further variants with alternate music.
  • Polar Bat[a] - The player controls a character that strongly resembles Kunio-kun; the player must shoot upward at enemies flying along the screen, while simultaneously avoiding snowballs. Some versions feature music while others do not. The game runs on the same engine as The Archer. Also called Enchanter[d] (VT02), two versions titled Enchanter[d][e] (VT03), Ghost Palace[c] (VT02), two versions titled Ghost Palace[d][z] (VT03), and Panzer Attack[a] (VT02).
  • Police Dog Lasy - A burglar buries stolen goods and dynamite in the ground. As a police dog, you sniff around for the buried goods, while avoiding dynamite. Somewhat infamously, the stolen goods include bags of cocaine. Some versions feature music while others do not. Also known as Sleuth[e] (VT02).
  • Police vs Thief - Violent Chasing[a] - A game where you are in a police car and you have to catch the thief by running your car into the thief's car; you can't go backwards when driving. Also called Cell Competition[e] (VT02) and Monster Hunter[z] (VT03).
    • Many releases of Monster Hunter remove the title screen and are intentionally mislabeled in the multicart menus, likely due to it sharing its name with a popular Capcom video game series.
  • PongPong[a] - A game where you push enemies into holes. Also called Afoul[e] (VT02), Autoboat Contest[d] (VT02), Autoboat Contest[d] (VT03), Bump (VT02), PongPong[z] (VT03), and Ramming[e] (VT03).
  • Power Robot[a] - A game where you are a robot operated by a spring that needs to jump on platforms so the robot can collect all of the items. Also called Kangaroo[e] (VT02) or Spring Jester[z] (VT03).
  • Puzzle[d] - A basic slide puzzle with number tiles; designed to resemble a Windows program, likely a carry-over from an "educational computer" system. Some versions feature music while others do not. Also released as Mathsort[e] (VT02).
  • Qiao Qiao Pin (巧巧拼) - A slide puzzle game, featuring proper artwork on the pieces. The game features no music and minimal sound effects.
    • This game is only known to appear on a specific 300-in-1 game set used on several 2020s plug & plays (e.g. the Nyko Game Console), and is usually listed as "Clever Puzzle". Due to the game's obscurity, its link to Nice Code cannot be 100% verified.
  • Quiz[a] - A quiz game, with questions on various subjects. Notably features many dated questions (circa 2002) and several "correct" answers that are, in reality, wrong (Ex: a question saying green is a primary color, while yellow is not).
    • Judging by the CHR data, the game was originally called The Way to Millionair [sic], and was released in 2001, but this version has not yet been found.
  • Rabbit Village[a] - Rescue rabbits from a burning building using an elevator, while avoiding bullets shot from wolves in planes. The wolf sprites appear to be modified from Pooyan. Also called Rabbit's Crisis[e] (VT02). The Rabbit's Crisis variation originally featured Bugs Bunny on the title screen (lifted from Wait and See!), but most releases removed him.
  • Racing Fighter[a][b] - Clone of Spy Hunter. Also called Galaxy Killer[d] (VT02) and Racing Fighter Moto[a][b] (VT02).
  • River Jump - Elmo (from Sesame Street) must cross the river when the shape he is standing on flows down the stream. Later versions replace Elmo with a generic human protagonist in a grass skirt; another version (rather poorly) replaces Elmo's head with an alien, while retaining his body.
  • Road Worker[a] - Repair the broken parts of the road using the selection of parts at the bottom. Uses a rendition of the music from Adventures in the Magic Kingdom. Also called Repair Urgently[z] (VT03) or Road Man[e] (VT02).
  • Rural Goblin[a] - Whack-a-Mole game with twelve holes, controlled by pressing the A button. Also called Knock Time (VT02) and Slap Goblin[e] (VT02).
  • Sea Wolf[a] - A first-person shooter. Attack enemy ships (who can be seen on a radar) with your bullets. Also called Warfront[e] (VT02).
    • Sea Wolf shares some similarities with the (Tele-Games) Atari 2600 game Submarine Commander, including what seem to be imitation sound effects based on said game. This may suggest that it is based on the coding of a scrapped Atari-licensed title.
  • Sea-Maid[a][b] - Clone of "Melody's Daring Dive" from the PC game The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. The player dives for gems under the ocean; the player must take breaks to grab air from above the surface. The game uses music from Shoukoushi Cedie. In earlier versions of the game, the levels are very small and take place on one screen; in later revisions, the screen scrolls downward and as such features larger levels. Also called Frog[b] (VT02), Jewel Dive[x] (VT02), Sea Man[d] (VT02), and Sea Man[d] (VT03).
  • Seaport Guarl - This is a game where you play as a tank that has to shoot at a ship that is also constantly shooting at the tank. Also called Fateful Battle[z] (VT03) and Revenge of the Flyer[e] (VT02).
  • Season Garden[a] - Whack-a-Mole game with nine holes, controlled with a virtual hammer; the seasons change as the game progresses. Also called Knock It[z] (VT03).
  • Seething - A top-down racing game. Also called Extreme Racing[z] (VT03) and Speed Crisis (VT03).
  • Sky Wing - A shooting game where you control a airplane shooting enemies in the level and collecting items along the way. Also called Battle Plan[z] (VT03) and Sky Wing[z] (VT03).
  • Space Base[a] - Defend your base from oncoming objects. Also released as Aether Base[e] (VT02).
  • Speed Challenge[a] - Racing game similar to Micro Machines. Also released as Speed Challenge[g] (VT03).
  • Spider-Man[a][b] - Shoot webs at enemies while swinging up a building; somewhat similar to Saboteur, but with greater control over the player. Also called Cowpoke[e] (VT02), Masked Man (VT02), Rocketman[d] (VT02), and Warrior[z] (VT03). Warrior uses a modified image of the Mission Impossible 2 film poster as its title screen.
  • Spider-Man 2[a][b] - A "level 2" variation of the aforementioned Saboteur Atari port. Some versions feature Dr. Octopus, while others have a generic bug. Also called Masked Man II (VT02).
  • Spider-Man 3[a][b] - Save people in a burning building by climbing up the building and rescuing them through the window. Also called Masked Man III (VT02).
  • Story Box[a] - Features four animated shorts, all of which star the Big Bad Wolf, and four 8-bit renditions of children's songs (ex: "If You're Happy and you Know It"). Unlike Mini Movies, there is no gameplay portion.
  • Strong Pill[a][d][f] - The player must push tiles out of the way to reach the orb on the other side of the screen. Some versions use different music (or have no music at all). Possibly built off of the same engine as Dringle. Also called Strong[d] (VT03).
  • Submarine[b] - The player controls a submarine, shooting down at enemy submarines while avoiding the other enemies' missiles. There are two variants with different color palettes. Also called Prey![z] (VT03), Target Submarine (VT03), and Whale[e] (VT02).
  • Tactful[d] - Place landmines in front of enemy soldiers so they step on them and explode. The game runs on the same engine as Cub Adventure. There are two variants with different color palettes. Also released as Jungly Guy[a] (VT02).
  • Tennis Ball[b] - First-person tennis game; very similar to Ping Pong, even using the same music on the title screen. Also released as just Tennis (VT02). Likely originates from Inventor.
  • Tennis (2) - Another tennis game in a first-person perspective. Uses music from Gekitotsu Yonku Battle.
  • Through-Man - A superhero must shoot enemies while avoiding obstacles. Some levels are set up like side-scrolling shooters, while others are top-down. Also called Aviator[z] (VT03).
  • Toad in the Hole - Whack-a-Mole game with nine holes, controlled with a virtual hammer; despite the name, the graphics are retained from Hit-Mouse. Also known as BugBear[b] (VT02), Hit-Mouse[e] (VT02), Pa-Pa Zuma[d] (VT03), and Plush Dog[b][d] (VT02).
  • Toy Bricks[b] - A painting program. Possibly among Nice Code's first titles, dated 2000.
  • Toy Factory - This is a game where you must line up coloured pots correctly so that the item falling from above of the same colour falls in the pot. Also known as Fruit Tree[e] (VT02).
  • TV Baseball - A somewhat advanced, first-person baseball game; oddly, it has no sound whatsoever. Also released as Base Ball Sports Game[d] (VT03); this version adds music and sound effects.
    • TV Baseball is very similar to the "World Series" baseball game found on some VT168-based systems (such as the NJ Pocket), a set of games which were seemingly not Nice Code-developed originally.
  • Twin Cards[b] - Matching game with an increasing amount of cards as the game continues. Some VT02 revisions feature Pikachu flying at the bottom of the screen, while others replace him with a plane. Three different versions under the name Twin Cards exist, alongside Brave Boy[x] (VT02), Ilk Cards[e][x] (VT02), Twin Cards[b][d] (VT03), and Two Cards (VT02). Waixing's VT03 release uses a rendition of the Peter Gunn theme.
  • Twin Fish - Find the fish that matches the one swimming at the bottom. Also called Piranhas[d] (VT03), Mask[e] (VT03), Twin Boar (VT02), Twin Copters (VT02), Twin Copters[d] (VT03), and Twin Fish[a] (VT03).
  • Utmost Warfare[a] - A top-down space shooter, with a slight 3D perspective. Variants include Interstellar[e] (VT02) and Planet Race[x] (VT02).
  • Vanguard - A game similar to Jackal, but with more Battle City-esque tank control. Also called Tank[x] (VT02) and Vanguard[z] (VT03).
  • Vigilant[a] - A side-scrolling shooter. Also called Assault Force (VT03), Fairy[e] (VT02), and Poleaxe[z] (VT03).
    • A somewhat advanced VT32 (?) hack of Vigilant was produced titled Bumbee[z], in which the ship is replaced with a bumblebee. In this variant, the outer walls no longer kill the player upon contact, and the "Gas" meter is removed. Artwork of Maya the Bee is used on the game's title screen.
  • War Zone[a] - The player can choose to either attack or defend, while the computer will play the other side. When attacking, you send out soldiers to attack a base from a plane; when defending, you shoot at the soldiers from tanks. Also called Robot Tank[x] (VT02).
  • Water Pipes[a] - Clone of Pipe Mania. Also called Pipe Link[e] (VT02) and Road Mould[z] (VT03).
  • Wild Worm[a] - A game where you play as a worm that goes around the level eating food. When the worm has become full the food will disappear.
  • Wonder Ball[a] - Get the cheerleader ball's respective color into the designated hole. Also called Monster Ball[e] (VT02).
  • Zoom[a] - A game where you play as a robot that needs to dodge enemies. Also called Zooming[z] (VT03).

Generic casual and casino games[]

Nice Code has produced numerous adaptions of basic, real-world games - such as board games, card games, casino games and the like. These were originally developed for various dedicated plug & plays (mainly from Techno Source and Excalibur); these include the TV Casino System(s), Bicycle TV Playing Card System, and the Excalibur Family Fun console, among others. However, several titles do not have a clear source. The majority of casino games have both a VT02 and VT03 variant; some of the board games (namely Backgammon, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Dominoes, and Reversi) have a VT03 release with an added title screen. The other listed games are generally VT02 only. Several of these games use music and sound effects ripped from Captain Tsubasa or Gomoku Narabe Renju.

Due to the ubiquity of the games itself, information is kept at minimum; the majority of variants are not listed. While separated into "casino" and "other" games below, there is some overlap between both categories; for consistency, the games labeled "casino games" feature faux-gambling or betting mechanics. The known games of this type include:

Casino games[]

  • 5 Card Draw
  • 7 Card Stud
  • Acey-Deucey - Referred to as "Red Dog" in most multicart menus.
  • Baccarat (two distinct ports)
  • Big Six
  • Blackjack (three distinct ports)
  • Caribbean Poker
  • Craps
  • Deuces Wild Video Poker
  • Keno
  • Paigow Poker
  • Roulette
  • Slot Machine[a] - Uses music from Destiny of an Emperor. Also called Slots[d] (VT02) and Slots[d] (VT03).
  • Slots - Different than the previous title. Uses music from Don Doko Don 2. Also called Slots Casino (VT03).
  • Texas Hold'em (two distinct ports)
  • Video Poker

Other casual games[]

  • Apple Chess - An Othello/Reversi game; variants include RB Chess (VT02) and Reversi (VT02). Likely originates from an "educational computer" Famiclone.
  • Backgammon
  • Card Match - Different than any previous card-matching games.
  • Checkers
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Crazy Eights (two distinct ports, the other being titled "Crazy 8s")
  • Dominoes
  • Freecell - Largely modeled after the classic Windows version(s); likely originates from an "educational computer" Famiclone.
  • Gin Rummy (two distinct ports) - Judging by CHR data, a "family" version featuring a hamster was also produced; though this version has not been found.
  • Go Fish (two distinct ports)
  • Hangman
  • Highcard - Reuses graphics from Hit-Mouse.
  • Lattice Winner - A game of Dots and Boxes. Variations include two versions titled Boxes (VT02), Boxes Game (VT02), and Fruit Boxes[z] (VT03); the Fruit Boxes variation uses modified Kirby's Adventure graphics.
  • Old Maid (two distinct ports)
  • Mahjong - A tile-matching game; does not play by proper mahjong rules.
  • Poker War
  • Reversi - Different than the Apple Chess version.
  • Slapjack
  • Snaffo[a] - A game of hearts featuring dogs; a more general version just called Hearts was also released, of which there are two distinct ports.
  • Solitaire - Largely modeled after the classic Windows version(s); some versions are based on one-card draw while others are three-card draw. Likely originates from an "educational computer" Famiclone.
  • Spades
  • Sudoku (three distinct ports, one of which is VT03-exclusive)
  • War

Educational computer games[]

A few of Nice Code's games were seemingly designed for "educational computer" Famiclones. While quite uncommon today, keyboard-based Famiclones bundled with "educational" software were somewhat common in the early 2000s, and were based on Family BASIC or Subor-like technology. It is possible that several aforementioned titles, such as Eggs and the Nature Clan "Brain Games", were also designed for educational systems. In terms of standard NES-based software, however, the Nice Code educational games are rarely seen; potentially due to some holding particularly poor educational value.

In the early 2010s, a set of educational software for VT32-based hardware would appear on several mid-2010s handheld systems, such as the DreamGEAR "Learning Pad" and several PVP consoles. These titles are notable for using entirely sampled audio (including voice narration). Some of these games use music from MapleStory, particularly the "Henesys: Floral Life" theme. It is believed that Nice Code may have developed these titles as they typically appear alongside Nice Code games on the consoles they're included on, but no concrete evidence linking them to Nice Code has surfaced as of writing.

Educational games, 8-bit[]

  • Calculator - a four-function calculator; notable for literally providing incorrect answers when entering high equations (e.g. 9,999,999 x 999 shows an answer of "7775406489").
  • Add and Sub - two calculators (for addition and subtraction) programmed on the same engine; it only allows up to three digits per number. The game visually shows how to "carry the 1" using a bumblebee, as traditional problems would be solved on paper.
  • Multiplication - a multiplication calculator that only allows up to two digits per number; some graphics are reused from the hacked version of Thin Ice.
  • Mul - a multiplication game where, oddly, the player shoots the correct answer with a gun as it appears on a row of snowmen's bodies.
  • Dev - merely provides visuals of various, pre-chosen division problems without the option of being used as a calculator.
  • Plane - shoot the plane carrying the correct answer to the equation. Uses the same music as some early Nice Code titles (e.g. Twin Fish and Octopus).

Educational games, VT32 (unconfirmed)[]

(Note: Due to a particularly high amount of generic educational software of this type, only the more notable and "game-like" titles are listed.)

  • Animals Rescue - guide the animals to their correct habitat.
  • Catch the Apples - catch the apples of the corresponding letter requested.
  • Cut Fruit - a game based on Fruit Ninja conceptually, but the player controls a visible ninja who can only move/slice the fruit across the bottom of the screen.
  • The Frog Home - a math game based on Frogger. To enter the home at the top of the screen, the frog must land on the log with the equation equal to the answer.
  • Got On - guide the dragons onto the train in numerical order.
  • Guard Radish - clone of the tower defense Flash game Game Over Gopher; the graphics are virtually identical to the original.
  • Jan Ken Punch - answer which player would win (or if both players draw) in an automated game of rock-paper-scissors.
  • Merry Christmas - catch the presents and throw them down the chute.
  • Small Sketchpad - a virtual coloring book. Some versions feature a page of Tweety Bird.

Nanjing games[]

The following Nanjing RPGs are known to have been developed by Nice Code:

  • [NJ065] Zui You Ji Zhi Tang San Zang 最游记之唐三藏
  • [NJ066] Gu Mu Li Ying 古墓丽影 (Tomb Raider)
  • [NJ072] Dong Fang De Chuan Shuo Zhi: Feng Yin Dao 东方的传说之-封印岛 (Link's Awakening)
  • [NJ073] Wu Lin Wai Zhuan 武林外传 (My Own Swordsman) (modified/hacked version released by Hengge Dianzi as Sai Er Qi Xia Zhuan)
  • [NJ074] Yi Xing: Zhi Tai Kong Tan Xian Zhe 异形-之太空探险者 (Aliens vs. Predator)
  • [NJ100] Da Hua Shui Hu 大话水浒
  • [NJ101] He Jin Feng Bao 合金风暴
  • [NJ102] Mo Dao Jie 魔道劫

Unconfirmed games[]

This series of simple VT02 games commonly appears alongside Nice Code's titles, but the games are not 100% confirmed to be from them. All of them have similar menu layouts, and use music from the Famicom game Parasol Henbee. Some games appear to have VT368 variants, which are only found on certain revisions of the "Exeq Toy" Russian handheld.

  • Echo Chamber - A clone of the 1970s electronic board game Simon.
  • Eeeck! A Mouse - Whack-a-Mole game; very similar to Hit-Mouse. There is a VT368 (?) variant called Crazymouse.
  • Fruit Pig - Move the pig to catch the right amount of falling fruit. The title screen just says "Fruit", but most multicarts refer to the game as Fruit Pig. There is a Cube Technology (?) hack of the game where the player controls a penguin.
  • Sudoku - Different than the aforementioned version.
  • Trounce - Clone of Popira, a Japanese plug & play.

There is one odd connection between these games (save for Sudoku) that may hint at their origin; the games only use D-pad control in gameplay, not using the A or B buttons. This may indicate they were originally designed for some sort of special controller setup, possibly a Dance Dance Revolution clone pad. The first version of Senario's Double Dance Mania features Echo Chamber and Trounce, but not the remaining titles.

VT168 games[]

Classic Max Pocket 30 in 1 Dingle Hunt Title Screen

Classic Max Pocket 30 in 1 displaying the title screen of Dingle Hunt, which includes a 2007 copyright to Jungle Soft.[2]

Nice Code has claimed to develop for VT168 hardware and offered a list of games they developed for it on their website. The only archive of this list is from an earlier iteration of their website in 2011.[3] At least some of the games were developed for JungleTac as the games Abey's Dream and Dingle Hunt, which are both listed on Nice Code's VT168 page, have 2007 copyright notices crediting Jungle Soft on their title screens. Nice Code's VT168 games are very uncommon and most are only known to have appeared on two vertically-oriented Classic Max Pocket handhelds from JungleTac (specifically 12-in-1 and 30-in-1 models). Most of Nice Code's VT168 games use a pixel art aesthetic, notably in their title screens[4], and some feature high score tables with default names, with some names likely being references to Nice Code staff.

The games themselves were likely commissioned by JungleTac directly, and are rarely (if ever) seen on Nice Code-issued game sets. For information on additional games from the "vertical resolution" set, see JungleTac's VT168 games list and the Classic Max Pocket article.

The below lists feature the following notation:

  • "[12]" indicates a vertical-resolution VT168 game that is featured on the Classic Max Pocket 12-in-1.
  • "[30]" indicates a vertical-resolution VT168 game that is featured on the Classic Max Pocket 30-in-1.

Confirmed[]

Dingle Hunt Arcade Classic MX

Dingle Hunt gameplay screenshot (from the Arcade Classic MX manual).

Abeys Dream Title Screen

Title screen of Abey's Dream.

Names in bold are the official English names of the games given by Nice Code. Names in italics are rough translations from the Chinese name if no official English name is provided.

  • Abey's Dream[30]
  • Ardor of Riptide
  • Bubble World
  • Cloven
  • Dingle Hunt[12][30] - A TwinBee clone. The default high score table names are Angel, Lucia, Jony, and Wayne[2]; Lucia, Jony, and Wayne are known Nice Code staff members, and Angel is near identical to "Angell", who was credited as a programmer in various 8-bit Nice Code games. One of the sound effects used in this game is identical to the selection sound in Nice Code's 16-bit game Crazy Kart.[5]
  • Jig Chick[30] - This game's connection to the VT03 game of the same name is unclear.
  • Tennis
  • Drums (打鼓)
  • One stroke painting (一笔画)

Unconfirmed[]

The following games are known to be included in JungleTac's vertical Classic Max Pocket 30 in 1 handhelds and show strong signs of likely being developed by Nice Code, but are otherwise not confirmed to have been developed by them. The games are described as sharing common traits that suggest that Nice Code developed them, such as having music composed in a similar fashion to Nice Code's proper 16-bit games and sharing fonts with confirmed Nice Code games.[4] Some of the games listed are even remakes of Nice Code's 8-bit titles.

  • Dragon Tower[30] - An updated version of Nice Code's 8-bit game Climbing. This game adds a sword powerup that allows the player to attack.[2]
  • Egypt Legend[12][30] - Tetris clone with an Ancient Egyptian theme. The default high score table names used are Jason, Amy, Chris, Wayne, and Who; Jason and Wayne are known Nice Code staff members. Included on the vertical Classic Max Pocket 12 in 1 and 30 in 1 handhelds.
  • First Defense[30] - A Space Invaders clone.
  • Gem World[12][30] - A fantasy-themed puzzle game. It feature selectable characters that correspond to difficulty levels. Pieces in the game are made up of two components, which are either colored blocks or objects.[6] The default high score table names used are Peter, Sleet, Alex, and Leo.
  • Knocking Now[30]
  • Monster Hunter[30]
  • The Night Job[30] - A game where the player controls a burglar that has to steal files and videotapes from a building while not attracting the attention of a policeman. This game is notable for deviating from the pixel art aesthetic used in the rest of Nice Code's VT168 games on the Classic Max Pocket and opting to use a more cartoony look instead.
  • Pocket Crisis[30]
  • Stack Master[12][30] - A Tetris clone different from Egypt Legend. The "STAGE" font looks identical to one used in the 16-bit Nice Code games Crazy Kart and Flying Dream.[7]
  • Space Craft[12][30] - A Galaga clone (possibly closer to Galaga 3/Gaplus in gameplay) that adds the ability for the player to freely move in the bottom half of the screen as opposed to only moving left and right. A sound effect in the game that plays when enemies fly into the screen is identical to one from Nice Code's 16-bit game Crazy Kart.[8]
  • Tiger Across[30] - A game that plays similarly to Road Fighter.
  • Up to the Sky[30] - An updated version of Frantic Mouse featuring a monkey.
  • Wonder Ball[30] - This game's connection to the VT02 game of the same name is unclear.
  • Zodiac Dreamers[12][30] - A zodiac-themed Breakout clone. The "STAGE" font is near identical to one used in some of Nice Code's VT03 games, such as Commando and Curly Monkey 2.[9] The default high score table names used are Sting, Ann, Alex, and Wayne; Sting and Wayne are known Nice Code staff members, and Ann is similar to "Anne", who was credited for art design in some 8-bit Nice Code games.

16-bit games[]

These titles are full 16-bit games (as opposed to VT03 and VT168 hardware, which only have 16-bit graphics), and they run on unique proprietary hardware.

Wiii3[]

An uncommon "Wiii3" 205-in-1 console comes bundled with a 7-in-1 cartridge featuring the following games (the remaining 198 titles are on a separate cartridge and are 16-bit Sunplus SPG games developed by Shenzhen Niutai Technology Development, most of them being repeats):

  • 3-Point Shootout (3-Point Shot) - Basketball game.
  • Battle of Freekick (Freekick) - A football (soccer) game that plays in an angled view where the player sees the goalkeeper. The player (whose "team" is represented by the Nice Code logo) must kick the ball past goalies blocking their path. Re-released by two other companies with different graphics [citation needed]. Gameplay footage is available here.
  • Crazy Kart (Crazy Karts) - Also known as Kart Crazy. A loose adaptation of the Korean PC game Crazy Racing Kart Rider by Nexon. The gameplay is greatly simplified in comparison. Gameplay footage is available here.
  • Flush Ball - A single-screen game similar to Pang. The player controls a dinosaur that flicks its tail by pressing A. The player has to bounce balls off of the dinosaur's tail to make them change color a certain amount of times, which then leads to them flying away. Once all the balls have been removed, the game will go to the next level, which introduces one more ball into the playfield. If the balls are left bouncing on the floor too many times, then they'll eventually revert back to their previous color. If the balls bounce off the dinosaur's head, then they will turn grey and hurt the dinosaur if it touches them again.[10]
  • Flying Dream - A game where the player controls several dogs that have to pop all or most of the balloons tied to floating enemies by charging a meter. Each dog has their own quirk that affects how they launch in the air. A version of this game, Flying Pig, was featured on Nice Code's website that supposedly featured a pig instead of dogs. Gameplay footage is available here.
  • Kungfu - Boxing game that uses A and B buttons to punch and kick respectively.
  • Pop Cricket

Handhelds[]

A set of 108 in 1 handheld systems are known to contain 16-bit games that are versions of Nice Code's 16-bit games designed for a lower resolution display, or are otherwise unique games linked to Nice Code in some way. Currently, the only known versions of this type of system are the PocketGame, distributed by Orange, which uses a color scheme reminiscent of the one used for the controlllers of the original Famicom[11], and the "Play Portable Color" Game U and PSV108 handhelds released in Japan. Smaller count "Color Game Award 50" and "Color Game Award 88" models, and a 90-in-1 version of the Game U, were also produced for the Japanese market.[12][13] The PocketGame system uses a larger resolution display compared to the Game U, but still uses noticeably downscaled sprites in-game. Based off of the game list included with one of the PSV108 variants, some games either re-use names of known Nice Code games, or are direct versions of their games (usually their 16-bit output).

A seemingly separate, likely earlier set of games was produced for the Chinese market, which notably features more infringing game titles and gameplay concepts. For example, the Plants vs. Zombies clone is referred to by the actual Chinese game name (植物大战僵尸), whereas the Japanese consoles rename the game to Guard Garden. These versions are only known to appear on an obscure "HG-907" console under the "Ending Man" brand.[14] An additional Ending Man "HG-910" system features the games alongside Chinese-language educational software.[15]

The origin of these consoles is likely Qi Sheng Long, as at least one of the PSV108 handhelds look near identical to a 16-bit handheld listed on their website in the 2010s.[16] The hardware used on these handhelds is currently unknown, though may be loosely affiliated with the "1.8" Handheld Games.

(Note that the following is currently not a definitive list of Nice Code's known 16-bit games for these handhelds.)

  • Block Fall - Tetris clone.
  • Box - Soukoban clone.
  • Brave Panda/Step Step - Clones of NS-Shaft and NS-Tower, respectively, featuring a panda as the playable character.[17][12]
    • Step Step has two alternate versions: Chick Fly, in which the player is a baby chick, and Frantic Mouse - the latter is unrelated to the 8-bit game of the same name. Chick Fly is possibly the original form of the game, as all three titles seem to have bird squawking sounds when the player falls off-screen; though its presumed NS-Shaft form is unknown.
  • Crisis of Nuke - Generic shooting game. Uses the same name as a 32-bit game developed by Nice Code.
  • Crystal Blast - Loosely based on the 8-bit game of the same name.
  • F1 Race - A modified version of Crazy Karts that uses different, downscaled graphics, notably for the karts. The title screen on the version included in the PocketGame uses the same music as the original Crazy Karts. This game does not have the option to let you select a racer like the original Crazy Karts. Later hacked to create Mary Karting, Storm Motorcycle, and Water Scooter.
    • Mary Karting in particular changes the playable racer to a girl with a red hat and pigtails that vaguely resembles Mario from the Mario franchise.[18] The portraits that appear in the game when an item is used on a racer (which is also in Crazy Karts) only show them from behind, while in Crazy Karts, the portraits show the racers at a front-facing view. The podium that would appear in Crazy Karts after the end of a race is replaced with a trophy and 1-3 stars.[19]
  • Flush Ball - Uses the same name as the 16-bit game on the Wiii3 205 in 1.
  • Flying Sheep - A loose port of Flying Dream with low-resolution graphics and different music. The game starts with a sheep the player controls to launch in the air instead of a dog like in the original game. This game was listed on Nice Code's 16-bit games page under the Chinese name 飞翔羊. Later hacked to create Cat Dream, which features a cat as a playable character instead of a sheep.
  • Fruit Link - Matching game where you link two of the same fruit that have an unobstructed path to each other to clear them from the screen.
  • Fruit World (切水果) - A clone of Fruit Ninja with graphics closely modeled after the original game.[12] Later hacked to create Cut Fastfood, which features different graphics and items.[20]
  • Funny Fishing - Fishing game similar in gameplay and concept to some versions of the 8-bit game Antiquarium that feature aquatic life (i.e., Cute Fish).
  • Guard Garden (植物大战僵尸) - A direct clone of Plants vs. Zombies using downscaled graphics from the original game.[12]
  • Laying the Penguin - A defense game where the player has to defend a fish from oncoming hordes of penguins in an icy environment. The same setting and gameplay concept is present in Penguin War, a lightgun game included on the Wireless Hunting Video Game System.
  • Little Rabbit - A Pooyan clone where the player controls a rabbit instead of a pig.
  • Magic Tour - A platforming game.[21] A screenshot of a version of this game was displayed on Nice Code's website circa 2013[22], which is also used as the game's thumbnail in the PSV108's game list.
    • The HG-907 features a variant of Magic Tour where the player controls Mario; this version's title is currently unknown.
  • Mobile Blocks - A puzzle game that uses the same gameplay concept as JungleTac's VT3xx and Sunplus SPG game Puzzle Pop, where the player has to move blocks within a limited number of moves to match the same types of blocks and make all of them disappear. The first five levels are identical to the levels in JungleTac's game.[23]
  • Naughty Pets - The game, as depicted in the PSV108's game list, looks similar to Toad in the Hole.
  • Predator - A first-person military shooting game; shares its name and concept with a 32-bit lightgun game on the Wireless Hunting console.
  • Sea Wolf - An updated version of the 8-bit game Submarine.[24]
  • Snake - Snake game featuring an actual snake that has a body composed of multi-colored circles.
  • Supercar - Appears to be subtitled "Supercar: Road Racer"; it is a Road Fighter clone.
  • Tower of Hanoi
  • Weeding Machine - A lawn mowing game. The version on the Game U uses larger graphics in-game and has a camera that follows the player, while the version on the PocketGame is single-screen and the graphics in-game are downsized. Later hacked to create Digging.
  • Wonder Ball - Shares its name with an 8-bit game; it is unknown if the two games are connected.
  • Xmas Present - Loosely based on the 8-bit game Mad Xmas.

Sega Genesis/Mega Drive[]

At least one Sega Genesis (Mega Drive) game was developed by Nice Code. The game in question is Fish Story, a port of the Famiclone game designed for Firecore Genesis-on-a-chip clones. This game is included on some AtGames Genesis plug-n-play systems, but later versions removed this game, seemingly for licensing reasons. A page on Nice Code's website had a Sega Genesis game listed that looked very similar to Fish Story.[25] This page was not archived before Nice Code's website shut down, so it's not entirely clear how similar Fish Story is to the game listed on the page. Regardless, the game itself show some signs of Nice Code's involvement, such as a sound effect used for confirming a choice being identical to the selection sound in Crazy Kart, a confirmed Nice Code game, as well as one in a few games from JungleTac's vertical Classic Max Pocket handhelds, which are also believed to have been developed by Nice Code. It is unknown if any other Genesis titles were produced.

Others[]

The following 16-bit games were listed on Nice Code's website circa 2013 and were reportedly developed for Sunplus SPG hardware. Some games only had their names written in Chinese. It's unknown if these games ever got released. Approximate English translations for games with names in Chinese only will be provided if possible (official English translations will be in bold).

  • Bomb Elf
  • Hot Batter
  • Javelin
  • King of Air
  • Upgrade
  • Thirteen Page
  • Three against one (三打一)
  • Find difference (找不同)
  • Weight judgement (重量判断)
  • Find the most (找最多)
  • Count gold coins (数金币)

Shenzhen Niutai ports[]

Several games clearly based on Nice Code NES/VT releases were produced by Shenzhen Niutai Technology on Sunplus SPG hardware; it is unclear if these ports were actually licensed by Nice Code or not. These include:

  • Base Defense/Trooper (based on Burbles, a Bubble hack)
  • Battleship (based on Seaport Guarl)
  • Beachwar (based on Five Days)
  • Deformable Car (based on Deformable, a Lighting hack)
  • Earth Defence (based on Gallagant)
  • Farmer/Rampart Guard (based on The Farmer)
  • Final Blood (based on Final Blood, a Battlezone hack)
  • Fish Journey (based on Fish Journey, a Pobble hack)
  • Hit Mouse (based on Rural Goblin)
  • Lightning (based on Extreme Rally)
  • Santa Claus (based on Mad Xmas)
  • Shark Story (based on Shark! Shark!)
  • Super Archer (based on The Archer)

32-bit games[]

Confirmed[]

CrisisOfNuke Title Screen

Title screen of Crisis of Nuke.

Waka Bong Title Screen

Title screen of Waka Bong, another 32-bit Nice Code game that also includes their logo at the top left.

The following list of games are general 32-bit games confirmed to have been developed by Nice Code. Some information on these games has been sourced from archived versions of webpages from their website, specifically from their 2013-14 homepages and 32-bit games page, while others are based on similarities they share in known gameplay screenshots with other games produced by Nice Code. Games that have known official English names will have them in bold and provided first, otherwise the Chinese name will be provided first along with an approximate translation that will be italicized. Pictures were provided for all catalogued games on Nice Code's website before it shut down, but all images for the 32-bit games except for the ones on the home page are now lost.

Nice Code claims to have developed games for the "GPL293" and "GPL16258" 32-bit platforms. It's not entirely clear what "GPL293" is supposed to be, although it may be referring to the Sunplus SPG293, an enhanced version of the SPG290 hardware (used in the Mattel HyperScan) that adds support for high-resolution 16-bit color sprites and sprite scaling and rotation. GPL16258, however, is a system-on-a-chip in the Generalplus GPL162xx family, an evolution of the Sunplus SPG series that uses upgraded hardware and an updated version of the µ’nSP architecture, µ’nSP 2.0. If these games were released, then they appear to be very uncommon even compared to other 32-bit plug and play games made by bootleg companies. The only known record of any of these games being included on a console is Qi Sheng Long's WiWi 65 console (original product page here), which is only known to have been sold in Crimea in early 2013.[26]

  • Checkers - This game is known to be included on the Qi Sheng Long WiWi 65 console.[27]
  • Crazy Penguin - Included on the Qi Sheng Long WiWi 65 console.
  • Crisis of Nuke (核子危机) - Included on the Qi Sheng Long WiWi 65 console.
  • Dingle Hunt - Shares a name with Nice Code's VT168 game. Included on the Qi Sheng Long WiWi 65 console.
  • Fling Ball - Included on the Qi Sheng Long WiWi 65 console. The game's title screen from the thumbnail of the WiWi 65 game list image (original image now lost) looks near identical to the title screen of a game with the same name on the "Play Portable Color" Game U 108 in 1, which contains 16-bit games developed by Nice Code.
  • Funny Fishing - Included on the Qi Sheng Long WiWi 65 console. A gameplay screenshot for the game from the thumbnail of the WiWi 65 game list image looks near identical to a gameplay screenshot of a 16-bit game in the manual for the Color Game Award 50 handheld with the same name.
  • Picture Puzzle - Included on the Qi Sheng Long WiWi 65 console. A game with the same name appears on certain 16-bit handhelds with games developed by Nice Code.
  • Waka Bong (哇塔蹦)
  • Xmas Present - Included on the Qi Sheng Long WiWi 65 console. Gameplay image from the thumbnail of the WiWi 65 game list image looks near identical to a screenshot of the title screen of a 16-bit game on the Color Game Award 50 handheld with the same name.
  • 哈密熊 - Hami Bear
  • 微笑收集者 - Smile Collector
  • 保龄球 - Bowling
  • 足球射靶 - Soccer Target
  • 高尔夫 - Golf
  • 打章鱼 - Hunting Octopus
  • 缉毒神探 - Narcotics Detective
  • 抢滩登陆 - Landing on the beach
  • 宝石方阵 - Gem Square
  • 跳酷 - Jump Cool(?)
  • 呼啦圈 - Hula Hoop
  • 太极 - Tai Chi
  • 瑜伽 - Yoga

Lightgun games[]

A set of 32-bit lightgun games were released on a handful of systems. They seemingly originated from the "Hamy Top Hunter" console, which was later republished as the Wireless Hunting Video Game System. It can be assumed that Nice Code produced these titles, as references to their logo appear in some of the games (namely Balloon Shoot).

  • Angry Pirate - Also named Angry Power on promotional images for a Qi Sheng Long lightgun system[28]
  • Avatair (stylized as AvatAIR) - Also named Avatar (stylized AvatAR) on promotional images for a Qi Sheng Long lightgun system[28]
  • Balloon Shoot
  • Be Careful
  • Delta Force
  • Dream Forest
  • Duck Hunt
  • Freedom Force
  • Ghost Shooter
  • Happy Darts
  • Net Power
  • Open Training
  • Penguin War
  • Predator
  • Secret Mission
  • Super Archer
  • Toy Land
  • Trophy Season
  • UFO Shooting
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Trivia[]

  • The majority of Nice Code's VT02 games originally had copyright bylines on the title screens; however, many releases (both official and unofficial) remove all copyright notices. The most common name used in these credits is "Power Joy Ltd", referring to the U.K.-based company connected to Trump Grand. Other common names include Nature Color Game, "TWLS" (exclusively on Intellivision hacked variants), or just "Copyright 200[x]" without a company listed; the Nice Code name is rarely, if ever, used.
    • Several Nice Code games (such as Burrow Explorer and Maze Maid) claim to be "Licensed by Gameventer" in their copyright information. It is unclear who Gameventer is, though it may be an alias of Inventor.
    • A handful of early games are credited to "Dongxin Soft" or "Dongxin Techno", a literal Chinese-to-English romanization of the company name.
  • On many of Nice Code's 8-bit titles, entering the code Up, Down, Up, Left, Right, Left, B on the title screen will show a hidden credits screen. There is a giant "PJ" at the top, which likely stands for Power Joy, and a Nature Color Game credit; along with the producer (typically listed as Robin Song), director, programmer, and art designer of the respective game.
    • This can also be used as a method to determine counterfeit/hacked Nice Code games, as these screens will often be messed up or removed entirely if it is not the original version of the title.
  • While some of Nice Code's games use their own sound engines, a few of them take sound engines from other video games by different companies, Micro Genius's Chinese Chess being the most common example. Some of the songs using Nice Code's own are 8-bit renditions of various other songs, either from a nursery rhyme, video game or an anime.
  • Nice Code games published by Waixing and Qi Sheng Long usually have different titles, music and graphics to the versions released by Nice Code themselves. This was seemingly done so that Waixing and Qi Sheng Long could register the copyrights separately from Nice Code. On more modern systems (from the mid-2010s onward), all three companies' games are often mixed together; possibly indicating the rights are now less enforced (the Nature Clan games on Dreamgear's consoles are an exception as the versions used on other consoles featuring the original titles are stripped of the Nature Clan name).
    • Among Waixing's copyright registries are the rights to both Hurry Burry and Dringle; which are actually the original Nice Code versions of the games. Seemingly because of this, both of these titles were absent in many plug & plays under the proper Nice Code (or Qi Sheng Long) licenses.
  • A few games included in the generic Nice Code game catalogue - such as Candy Workshop, Ice Ocean, and Little Witch - are close clones of Atari 2600 games produced by Activision and/or Imagic. Going by the licensed Atari and Intellivision ports produced by Nice Code, this may indicate that a plug & play with Activision/Imagic Famiclone ports was planned at some point; however, it does not appear that such a system was ever released.
    • An obscure "Activision" plug & play was released by Techno Source in 2005; however, this console reportedly uses actual 2600 emulation rather than NES-based hardware.
  • Techno Source also released a licensed "Elmo's World" plug & play. Despite the Elmo's World system seemingly not being Nice Code-developed, multiple of Nice Code's generic titles seem to effectively be more advanced versions of the Elmo's World games; River Jump being the most obvious (as it quite literally still features Elmo), though this also includes games such as Meccano, Aquarium, and Goal Keeper.
    • At least two further Nice Code games - Cookies Labyrinth and Happy Match - seem to curiously share some design formats only seen in the aforementioned titles (similar fonts/HUD, a "rainbow" title screen effect, etc.); potentially suggesting they were further (scrapped) game concepts for the Elmo's World system. Happy Match in particular features a character graphic that appears to be traced over Elmo's body.
      Nicecode-happymatch-character

      Appears after finishing a level, Happy Match.

  • The original releases of Gallagant and Pobble feature two game variants inside of the coding; Gallagant's coding features Defensive, while Pobble's coding features Hot Speed. Due to this code, multicarts could theoretically run two games off of one file; however, very few multicart menus actually did this, instead just using two separate files (presumably as it wouldn't save much ROM space anyway).
    • Despite the dozens of variants of Gallagant and Pobble, very few of the hacked releases feature a second game code (though leftover CHR graphics for the [unhacked] second game are generally present). There are two exceptions to this; Garden War is connected to Resistant, and Awful Rushing is connected to Motoboat.
  • Several Atari Flashback titles have "prototype" versions, which were leaked on the AtariAge forums in the mid-2000s; minor differences can be observed within them compared to the final releases (e.g. missing sound effects).

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Nice Code's website (archived)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Classic Max Pocket 30 in 1" thread on PGC Forums (archived)
  3. VT168 game list on Nice Code's website (archived)
  4. 4.0 4.1 https://museum.12bit.club/Classic_Max_Pocket_(vertical)
  5. https://youtu.be/2fOFsMGkaJM?t=90
  6. https://youtu.be/4AW-zb0jXCQ?t=242
  7. https://youtu.be/4AW-zb0jXCQ?t=340
  8. https://youtu.be/utHNiP-x4Z4?t=60
  9. https://youtu.be/4AW-zb0jXCQ?t=196
  10. http://bootleg.games/BGC_Forum/index.php?topic=118.msg1852#msg1852
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpaPyko9_NQ
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unBcIQi1OoA
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4HzJ0lgaag
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_R0JXZSG7c
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr5aLJcsjdM
  16. Image of a Qi Sheng Long HG-909 "1.8 inch 16-Bit pocket TFT game players" handheld (archived)
  17. https://youtu.be/yqEsT99drOw?t=461
  18. https://youtu.be/9SMOmWAROek?t=432
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FZYErtt8K4
  20. https://youtu.be/yqEsT99drOw?t=504
  21. https://youtu.be/yqEsT99drOw?t=389
  22. Nice Code home page gallery image (archived)
  23. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7bq_BM3zZg&t=15
  24. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1ZDR78lxsg&t=70
  25. http://bootleg.games/BGC_Forum/index.php?topic=307.0
  26. http://bootleg.games/BGC_Forum/index.php?topic=1298.0
  27. Thumbnail of an image gallery showing off games included on the WiWi 65 (archived)
  28. 28.0 28.1 Qi Sheng Long catalog with a lightgun system featuring 32-bit Nice Code games

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