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Agent USA

MobyRank MobyScore
PC Booter
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Apple II
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3.5
Atari 8-bit
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3.3
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Description

Agent USA is a geography enhancement game that centers around a character that travels by train to different U.S. cities. The object of the game is to find the "FuzzBomb" which turns ordinary people into "FuzzBodies". You plant crystals which regenerate into newer crystals, and when you build up 100 of them and touch the FuzzBomb, the nation is saved!

Screenshots

Agent USA Apple II Trying to grow some crystals...
Agent USA Apple II Where would you like to go?
Agent USA Atari 8-bit The map helps analyze the fuzz menace, learn about cities, etc...
Agent USA PC Booter A train arrives at the station... (CGA with RGB monitor)

Alternate Titles

  • "Agent U.S.A." -- PC Booter in-game title

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Trivia

Copy protection

Part of the copy-protection routine for the PC port of Agent USA relied on a clever attempt to socially-engineer crackers: The program attempted to see if sector 0 was writable, and if so, proceeded to write junk all over it, rendering the diskette unbootable. Why is this clever? Because the original factory diskette was write-protected (in fact, it lacked a notch completely) and the check would always fail on a factory original.
Contributed to by Brian Heise (10) and Servo (55897)