|Atari 5200 Super System|
· EASTER EGG: Next to the spider’s lair are the initials “RWM” (for programmer Robert Matson – picture #1).
· EASTER EGG: When starting, let the opening music "demo" play completely though (if you don’t, the message won’t be there). Start the game and go down to the spider’s lair. Start by standing over the “M” initial (picture #1), and jump LEFT onto the thin blue line. Stand near the very right edge of this (just before falling off) and move DOWN. You will drop down a little bit (up to the top of your legs). If you then walk to the left of the blue center, you’ll fall down the rock wall (picture #2). At this point you can exit the lair either by going left or by climbing up the blue center (note that the spider can still get at you in the left rock area), but you’ll want to go over to the right rock wall, at which point you’ll drop down a bit. Walk either left or right and you’ll start falling and eventually land on top of huge letters that comprise the message: “MOUNTAIN KING BY BOB MATSON” (picture #3). If you walk off these letters, you’ll start falling again and land on top of a huge mountain of sprite graphics (picture #4). Touching any yellow chests or fire graphics is deadly. In certain areas you’ll also be able to grab diamonds, get the flame spirit, and even increase (or decrease) your time and score! If you move down through this mountain, you’ll start falling again and land on another, more-difficult “graphics” mountain. You’ll need to increase your time to get through this one, but if you do you’ll land back on the real mountain (except things will be a little different). Steve Marcovici was the first to (publicly) deduce that the spider’s lair held a secret, via an old usenet posting dated February 6th, 1984 (http://tinyurl.com/2tl2of).