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Dokafli (in Aleste Collection's GG White Micro) credits game information
Post Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:42 pm
The recently-released Aleste Collection contains a Master System ROM for the credits, and this contains a not-very-secret game (just press a button to start) where you destroy the credits and try to get a high score. There are various other secrets in it which this thread is about.

Note that there are many spoilers here. Don't read if you don't like spoilers.
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Ending screens
Post Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:15 pm
The secret game shows you a screen at the end based on your score. These screens are stored uncompressed in the ROM, contributing a lot to the size of it.

If you get a score under 30,000 points, you get this:



If it is between 30,000 and 40,000, you get this:



If it is between 40,000 and 70,000 then you get a picture depending on the sum of the thousands and hundreds digits of your score, modulo 10. For example, if your score is 56780 then the sum of the digits 6 and 7 is 13, and you get picture 3.

0: 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9:

Scores between 70,000 and 80,000 get just this one picture:



80,000 to 100,000 and you get one of two pictures, depending on if the hundreds digit is even or odd:

Even: Odd:

Scores over 100,000 get another two pictures, depending if the tens digit of your score is even or odd:

Even: Odd:

Transcriptions and translations of the text on these is welcome!
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Secret ciphered messages
Post Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:20 pm
The ROM is padded out with lots of extra information. There is a message encoded using off-by-one ASCII:

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HELLO KONBANHA XIAOZIE NI HAO MA. ASHINO MIZIKAI NECN HA AON-AON TO NAKI, CHATORAHA INU GA KITAKARA KOTATSU NI MOGURU. SINBALAM MIDNIGHT OSUNECO ZYOUHOU-KYOKU NO OZIKAN DE GOZAIMASU. KOYOI MO ZYANZYAN BARIBARI DAIKAIHOU. MAZUHA KOCHIRA WO OKIKI KUDASAI. THREE CATS DE XIAOMOSHOJIAN.


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IKAGA DESHITADE SYOUKA. DEHA OTAYORI GO GOSYOUKAI ITASHIMASU. "Y" KEN NI OSUMAI NO PN "HISZAM" SAN KARA NO OTAYORI DESU. "OSUNECO ZYOUHOU-KYOKU NO MYNASAN KONBANHA.!TOTSUZEN DESUGA MONDAI DESU. TURU TO KAME TO T^MBO GA SOREZORE ITARI INAKATTARI SHIMASU. ATAMA NO KAZU HA 33KO, ASHI NO KAZU HA 1*2 HON, HANE NO MAISU HA 66 MAI DESU. TURUTO KAME TO TOMBONO KAZU HA NANDESYOUKA


There is more text that seems to have a more complex cipher with characters switching between 0, -1 and +1 offset which is harder to decode. I'm not including it here.
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A photo
Post Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:22 pm
Next we find a JPEG photo of Komabayashi, one of the developers...
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Another secret message
Post Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:27 pm
Finally we have another textual message. Here I have added some line breaks to make it more readable.

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(=ФェФ)

My name is Cat Hui. I have planned this game with Fujishima-San. Tokorode kono game niwa seishiki meishou ga arimasen. "DokaFli" toka "Carry-Kun no mini game" tokade yondemasuga, nanika ii onamae wo omoitsukimashitara "Osuneco Jouhou Kyoku" made otayori wo kudasai. Suteki na namae wo kangaeta kataniwa "soshina" wo sashiagemasu. Carry-Kun wa GGA3 no item carrier wo deformer shita chara nanode original character desu. Kesshite GA***S wo P*-*8 ni ishoku shita ano kaisha sama towa kankeiga gozaimasen.
最緊要好玩

(´・ω・`)
Yah, watashi wa G-toniumu Hakase da. Korewo miteiiru kimini "Carry-Kun" no himitsu wo oshieyou.

Carry-Kun SPEC
Pilot:
Hakobi Masuyo
Mechanic:
Un Sawyer
Ookisa:
Forklift gurai
Omosa:
Bulldozer gurai
MAX Power:
1,000,000,000ps
MAX Output:
746,000,000kw
Cost:
Nihontei no
Mkara bentou
Equipment:
P-chip
Taste:
Ichigo flavor

Korede kimimo "Carry-Kun" hakase da! HaHaHa....


This is it describing how the game has different names; the credits game ship is the one giving bonuses in GG Aleste 3; and specs for the ship.

The Chinese text says "the most important thing is fun".
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 5:13 pm
Thank you for all this information, didn't know there was so much image to see! Here a little gameplay:

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Post Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:56 am
Thanks Revo for the video!

Some precision:
- The game is only inside the Game Gear White Micro, not inside the PS4/Switch Aleste Collection software.
- The main name of the game is "DokaFli" (spelling varies), but one of the hidden text blurb above explain is has other names such as "Carry-Kun no mini game". Carry-kun is the power-up carrying ship in GG Aleste 3.

I renamed the thread title with some those clarification.
And added a simple page for it:
https://www.smspower.org/Games/Dokafli-SMS

There was a score contest on Japanese twitter, with hashtag #dokafli_score, and the 20 best score won the box for GG Aleste 3.

For reference here's the complete ciphered text in ASCII: (pasting here is slightly destructive as some of the bytes are 0x19)

IFMMP!LPOCBOIB!YJBP[JF!OJ!IBP!NB/!BTIJOP!NJ[JLBJ!OFDO!IB!BPO.BPO
!UP!OBLJ-!DIBUPSBIB!JOV!HB!LJUBLBSB!LPUBUTV!OJ!NPHVSV/!TJOCBMBN!
NJEOJHIU!PTVOFDP![ZPVIPV.LZPLV!OP!P[JLBO!EF!HP[BJNBTV/!LPZPJ!NP!
[ZBO[ZBO!CBSJCBSJ!EBJLBJIPV/!NB[VIB!LPDIJSB!XP!PLJLJ!LVEBTBJ/!UI
SFF!DBUT!EF!YJBPNPTIPKJBO/


                 [email protected]HJSO!GA!!OTTNEDN [XOVWOV,KZP
KU#MBCE!NTBXOQP WP[email protected]/[email protected] WP[email protected]
[email protected][email protected]

KMOUKNOCMHAKDIEN  YNOOM EDTOAR AACNHAATNA.H AA STHIIA NNCOH AMII?Z ISKOARIE TKOAMWOA IBIA INCEHCIO?-?C H A N .


In hexadecimal:
20 48 4A 40 46 40 19 43 44 52 47 48 53 40 43 44 19 52 58 4E 54 4A 40 2D 19 43 44 47 40 19 4E 53 40 58 4E 51 48 19 46 4E 19 46 4E 52 58 4E 54 4A 40 48 19 48 53 40 52 47 48 4C 40 52 54 2D 19 21 58 21 19 4A 44 4D 19 4D 48 19 4E 52 54 4C 40 48 19 4D 4E 19 4F 4D 19 21 47 48 52 59 40 4C 21 19 52 40 4D 19 4A 40 51 40 19 4D 4E 19 4E 53 40 58 4E 51 48 19 43 44 52 54 2D 19 21 4E 52 54 4D 44 42 4E 19 59 58 4E 54 47 4E 54 2C 4A 58 4E 4A 54 19 4D 4E 19 4C 58 4D 40 52 40 4D 19 4A 4E 4D 41 40 4D 47 40 2D 20 53 4E 53 52 54 59 44 4D 19 43 44 52 54 46 40 19 4C 4E 4D 43 40 48 19 43 44 52 54 2D 19 53 54 51 54 19 53 4E 19 4A 40 4C 44 19 53 4E 19 53 5E 4C 41 4E 19 46 40 19 52 4E 51 44 59 4E 51 44 19 48 53 40 51 48 19 48 4D 40 4A 40 53 53 40 51 48 19 52 47 48 4C 40 52 54 2D 19 40 53 40 4C 40 19 4D 4E 19 4A 40 59 54 19 47 40 19 32 32 4A 4E 2B 19 40 52 47 48 19 4D 4E 19 4A 40 59 54 19 47 40 19 30 29 31 19 47 4E 4D 2B 19 47 40 4D 44 19 4D 4E 19 4C 40 48 52 54 19 47 40 19 35 35 19 4C 40 48 19 43 44 52 54 2D 19 53 54 51 54 53 4E 19 4A 40 4C 44 19 53 4E 19 53 4E 4C 41 4E 4D 4E 19 4A 40 59 54 19 47 40 19 4D 40 4D 43 44 52 58 4E 54 4A 40 3E 21 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 4B 50 42 48 4A 51 41 21 46 41 21 56 41 4C 40 54 54 42 19 48 4A 53 4F 21 47 41 21 21 4F 54 54 4E 45 44 4E 20 5B 58 4F 56 57 4F 56 2C 4B 5A 50 4B 55 23 19 4D 42 43 45 21 4E 54 42 58 4F 51 50 20 57 50 19 4B 56 43 41 54 40 49 2F 19 53 46 4D 43 48 42 4A 55 21 43 45 21 52 4F 54 49 49 4F 40 20 57 50 19 50 51 44 53 46 4F 54 21 52 48 4A 40 52 49 21 42 49 4F 40 4B 42 53 54 42 41 49 21 52 48 49 4E 40 53 56 2D 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 4B 4D 4F 55 4B 4E 4F 43 4D 48 41 4B 44 49 45 4E 20 20 59 4E 4F 4F 4D 20 45 44 54 4F 41 52 20 41 41 43 4E 48 41 41 54 4E 41 2E 48 20 41 41 20 53 54 48 49 49 41 20 4E 4E 43 4F 48 20 41 4D 49 49 3F 5A 20 49 53 4B 4F 41 52 49 45 20 54 4B 4F 41 4D 57 4F 41 20 49 42 49 41 20 49 4E 43 45 48 43 49 4F 3F 2D 3F 43 20 48 20 41 20 4E 20 2E 20


The two first ones are decoded above in Maxim (simple +1/-1 offsets).
The remaining ones I have them partly decoded but couldn't yet find a suitable ruleset to decode them 100%.
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:22 pm
Bock wrote
- The game is only inside the Game Gear White Micro, not inside the PS4/Switch Aleste Collection software.


OMG!! While GG Aleste 3 is breathtaking, Doka-fli being GG micro exclusive is heartbreaking... Why...? Why are you so mean, M2? T_T
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:08 pm
It seems like we should be able to record the full credits for a credits game... but my Japanese transcription ability is very bad.
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:34 pm
Last edited by Bock on Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:48 pm; edited 1 time in total
They are long credits - credits for the whole GG White Micro & Aleste Collection projects, perhaps all to GG Micros in general.

I've typed the Japanese (MIGHT be some typos) and transcribed what I could. Proof readers would be good.

ゲームギアミクロホワイト
かいはつスタッフ
Game Gear Micro White
Development Staff

ゆうげんがいしゃエムツー
M2, Ltd.

ディレクター
こまばやし たかゆき
と スリーキャッツ
Director: Komabayashi Takayuki & Three Cats

リードプログラマー
いしくら しんたろう
Lead Programmer: Ishikura Shintarou

プログラマー
いがらし ゆう
Programmer: Igarashi Yuu

プログラマー
かすが たつひこ
Programmer: Kasuga Tatsuhiko

プログラマー
はらしの まこと
Programmer: Harashino Makoto

プログラマー
たかはし ともひろ
Programmer: Takahashi Tomohiro

プログラマー
ふくい まさゆき
Programmer: Fukui Masayuki

リードデザイナ
みしま よしみ
トロきかく
Lead Designer: Mishima Yoshimi (Toro Kikaku)

デザイナ
さとう けいいち
Designer: Satou Keiichi

デザイナ
あしづか もりを
トロきかく
Designer: Ashizuka Moriwo (Toro Kikaku)

デザイナ
ふじい あみ
トロきかく
Designer: Fujii Ami
Toro Kikaku

GGA3イラスト
たかやま きさい
GGA3 Illustration: Takayama Kisai

GGA3ごかくにん
なみき まなぶ
GGA3 Quality?: Namiki Manabu

サウンド
ミスターFBI
Sound: Mister FBI

サウンド
チビテク
Sound: Chibi-Tech

サウンド
くどう さくおき
Sound: Kudou Sakuoki

こうかおん
ふじしま さとし
フューパック
Sound effect: Fujishima Satoshi (Fupac)

きかくサポート
ガーツなかまつ
Planning Support: Gattsu? Nakamatsu

ウシのでてくる
ゲームは
いいゲーム🐄
Games where a cow appears are nice🐄

ミニゲームきかく
Cat Hui
Mini game planning: Cat Hui

ミニゲームうごきとおと
ふじしま さとし
フューパック
Mini game movement & sound: Fujishima Satoshi (Fupac)

ミニゲームえかき
ぜるた 68K
Mini game visuals: Zellta 68K

ミニゲームおてつだい
さくらい まさのり
フューパック
Mini game help: Sakurai Masanori (Fupac)

キャリーくんさくが
たかはし ごう
Carry-Kun design: Takahashi Gou

キャリーくんげんおん
ナカシマ カズユキ
Carry-Kun jingle: Nakashima Kazuyuki

イラストもかいた
じぇみに ひろの
He even drew illustrations(?): Jemini Hirono

グループウェアあらし
かわにし たかゆき
Groupware Arashi: Wakanishi Takayuki

グループウェアあらし
くぼた カズキ
チームM2STG
Groupware Arashi: Kubota Kazuki, Team M2STD

グループウェアあらし
こまばやし たかゆき
Groupware Arashi: Komabayashi Takayuki

てっぱんやき
ふくしま じゅん
Teppanyaki: Fukushima Jun

つねにだいかんしゃ
あべ てつや
Always big thanks: Abe Tetsuya

たすけてくれた
しのだ のぶひさ
Saved us: Shinoda Nobuhisa

おえかき
やまだつお
かおるちゃんP
Hand drawing: Yamada Tatsuo, Kaoru chan P

アドバイスをくれた
さくま あきら
こいずみ だいすけ
Give us advices
Sakuma Akira
Koizumi Daisuke

プロデューサー
ほりい なおき
Producer: Horii Naoki

うえとあいだをねらえば
こうとくてんのちゃんす❢
If you aim in the upper part, you'll have a chance to score high!

ありがとう
かぶしきがいしゃセガ
Thank you for Sega Corp:

まつだ あいこ
たかはし みつる
Matsuda Aiko
Takahashi Mitsuru

かじ ともさ
はっとり やすゆき
Kaji Tomosa
Hattori Yasuyuki

やすだ とおる
いまつ はるお
Yasuda Tooru
Imatsu Haruo

さくた よしひろ
やまぐち としき
おおさわ ひろき
Sakuta Yoshihiro
Yamaguchi Toshiki
Oozawa Hiroki

やまなか ゆうき
くりもと けんすけ
Yamanaka Yuuki
Kurimoto Kensuke

いつも おせわになってます
おくなり ようすけ
Always grateful to: Okunari Yousuke

(C)SEGA
(C) M2 Co.,Ltd.

See you again
in new Aleste.
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Post Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 2:42 am
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The ROM is padded out with lots of extra information. There is a message encoded using off-by-one ASCII:

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HELLO KONBANHA XIAOZIE NI HAO MA. ASHINO MIZIKAI NECN HA AON-AON TO NAKI, CHATORAHA INU GA KITAKARA KOTATSU NI MOGURU. SINBALAM MIDNIGHT OSUNECO ZYOUHOU-KYOKU NO OZIKAN DE GOZAIMASU. KOYOI MO ZYANZYAN BARIBARI DAIKAIHOU. MAZUHA KOCHIRA WO OKIKI KUDASAI. THREE CATS DE XIAOMOSHOJIAN.


Hello (English), good evening (Japanese) How are you, Miss? (Chinese). The "NECN" has short legs and is crying. Because the "CHATORAHA" dog came we went to the "kotatsu" (table with a heater under it). Its time for the "SINBALAM" Midnight male cat information radio station. The show is about to start, its going to be exciting. Well, please listen to this song first "3 cats [of] (chinese) xiao mo sho jian (chinese... I dont know that one)".

The closest I can get with my Japanese friend who is not into video games.
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Post Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:58 am
XIAOMOSHOJIAN isn’t valid pinyin. I guess it’s a name.
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Post Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:58 pm
Perhaps it's a slight typo of XIAOMOSHOUJIAN / 小魔兽剑 "little magic beast sword"? There's a manhua with a somewhat similar name...

Also I believe 最緊要好玩 is the name of a song from the 1980's. I have no idea whether this is just coincidence though

This is amazing detective work you have been doing, and I've also been playing and enjoying the mini-game quite a bit
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Post Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 6:08 pm
Also it's possible SINBALAM is 신바람 "excitement"
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Post Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 6:52 pm
The NECN probably stands for NECO its within the +/- and would make sense given the context. (the cipher may have been manually encoded with +1/-1 and therefore would have a few typos here and there)
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:44 pm
Bock wrote
The NECN probably stands for NECO its within the +/- and would make sense given the context. (the cipher may have been manually encoded with +1/-1 and therefore would have a few typos here and there)

Just for information, whan an encoding has + or - some value they are probably encoded using XOR and not + and - ; dunno if this can be of any help.
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:36 pm
We tried that... there’s evidence it was manually encoded and thus can have errors.
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Post Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:26 am
- The winner of the high-score contest received a custom cartridge from M2 (pictured). Here's the tweet:
https://twitter.com/bantam65535/status/1355793338310426626
ゴールデンカートリッジ、 届いてます。ありがとうございます(マークⅢは買いました) #dokafli_score


- M2 sent me a lossless picture of the label with signing. I have added it to https://www.smspower.org/Games/Dokafli-SMS

- M2 also sent me a cartridge for this (in black casing and signed). Will post pictures soon :)
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