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Help reddit crack the Treasure Master password

In 1991, Nintendo claimed its Treasure Master password couldn't be cracked. Reddit aims to prove it can, and you can help.

According to Games that Suck - Treasure Master, a probably NSFW (because of verbal profanity) video review of a 1991 Nintendo game, Treasure Master may well be one of the worst video games ever made. Five days ago, though, the official reddit Weblog is asking people to play it again in Help reddit hack the world's worst Nintendo game.

The reason for this is that the game came with a contest that, as far as reddit Weblog contributors are aware, has never been completed. Even better, Nintendo claimed that MIT and the CIA couldn't crack it. As the blog.reddit puts it:

As advertised on the box (and in Nintendo Power), players had several months after the 1991 release to practice playing it. Then, in a live and much-anticipated MTV event, a secret password was revealed. Entering this password opened up a bonus level at the end of the game, and at the end of the level was another secret code that was worth thousands of dollars in cash and prizes: You had twelve hours to race through the game, reach and beat the never-before-seen final level, and call into a special 1-900 number. If you were the first to do it, they'd send your family to the Superbowl. If you were one of the next 250 people, you'd get the brand-new, just-released Super Nintendo. But you only had until midnight to claim it!

If you want to prove your chops as an extraordinary nerd, you can help trying to crack the game. Even if you don't have that kind of mad leet ninja skillz, though, you can still help:

Right now, what we desperately need is a savegame from each of the five levels. So if you like video games (or if you hate them but are willing to make a sacrifice for the sake of reddit), get a copy and send in your savefiles.

If you get involved, let us know how it works out. Unfortunately, the twelve hour deadline has passed, so you'll never get the free SNES or Super Bowl tickets, but you can still win the acclaim of the reddit community.

About

Chad Perrin is an IT consultant, developer, and freelance professional writer. He holds both Microsoft and CompTIA certifications and is a graduate of two IT industry trade schools.

14 comments
Jaytmoon
Jaytmoon

I suppose the next game you need saves for is Zork?

.Martin.
.Martin.

he really enjoyed that game :D

michael.rattenne
michael.rattenne

The link you have to Games that Suck - Treasure Master video has this guy commenting on the game while playing and every other word is the F-bomb. Not a good link.

michael.rattenne
michael.rattenne

THe link you have to Games that Suck - Treasure Master video has this guy commenting on the game while playing and every other word is the F-bomb. Not a good link.

apotheon
apotheon

If you decide to help out, I hope you'll report back here.

Rythan
Rythan

NK3SJ00000K40746N32NGJ2

seanferd
seanferd

...probably NSFW (because of verbal profanity)...

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

TR members will not assist in cracking passwords.... I nearly hit the spam button!. :D

seanferd
seanferd

The call is to crack the password, not to get the codes via normal game play. I'm sure the CIA could have managed that, right? (OK, maybe not.) But what Reddit wants to to see the encryption cracked.

apotheon
apotheon

Did you read the article? Is this supposed to be sarcastic comedy?

Spitfire_Sysop
Spitfire_Sysop

Don't be such a prude. As a game geek I found the article interesting.

santeewelding
santeewelding

A course in endrocrinology, after or in concert with theology.