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Date Posted: Sunday, Oct 29
Author: ATMachine (Swami)
Subject: Lotto in Zak, C64 vs PC EGA, and shirt colors

Just a couple of notes I thought I'd share with you for your fine site.

I went through the game scripts and found a line where Lou refuses to let you play the Lotto again after you've won it a bunch of times. I didn't check to see if it ever happened in-game, though. Have you checked that out?

Also, something you may be interested to know: The original C64 version of Zak had a somewhat different palette than the PC EGA versions, such that the characters' skin tone wasn't the same as any other color used in the game and thus stood out more from the background.

When the original low-res EGA PC version (backgrounds of 160x200 res) was ported from the C64, they had to drop the special skin tone color and make it the same as the pale red color used in backgrounds. This is because the PC palette assigns that color slot a much different value (it's either pale blue or bright purple, I'm not sure which).

Also, in the low-res EGA PC version of Zak, Zak wears a green shirt. Early screenshots, though, show his shirt in two different shades of blue. I've managed to basically reconstruct these screenshots based on scans--if you want me to post them I'd be glad to.

BTW, I have a bunch of new Zak FM Towns screenshots covering basically the whole game--if you're interested in hosting some of them on the site I'd be glad to let you.

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