IDDQD, HESOYAM, MOTHERLODE: cheats that have become legend

Those who saw the dawn of the era of video games have very similar memories: Dendy , computer clubs, the search for the coveted CDs with novelties on street ruins. And also – the leaves hidden under the keyboard with handwritten cheat codes for your favorite toy.

Initially, magical sets of characters or controller buttons served a utilitarian purpose: to make the game easier to test. By the time they were released, they were either forgotten, or decided to leave, so as not to go into the code once again. And at some point it turned out that the players were also not averse to feeling like gods and having fun from the heart! It’s no secret that some Russian gaming publications began their lives precisely as collections of cheat codes, and on the cover of the very first “Gambling addiction” passwords and codes take pride of place.

We decided to recall the most famous cheat codes – those that have become cult long ago and have gone into memes, anecdotes and legends. And let’s start, of course, with the “Konami code”.

In such collections, hundreds of often non-working codes for unknown games were published. So the necessary and active were kept as a relic

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start

Konami programmer and game designer Kazuhisa Hashimoto has worked on a number of games, but in history he will forever remain as the creator of the “Konami code”. The special keystroke sequence first appeared in the game Gradius , but became known as the “thirty lives code” in Contra more than thirty years ago.

The combination of ten commands was chosen so that it was easy to remember, but at the same time it was almost impossible to enter it randomly. And if something worked out well, why not use it again? And again, and again … The code is used in dozens of games, and not all of them are related to Konami. And its introduction does not always make the player’s life easier: for example, in BioShock Infinite and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, the Konami code unlocks the maximum difficulty, and in Anthem, after entering the code, the music in the menu changes to eight-bit.

A turkey in a hood can be seen in Assassin’s Creed 3 using the Konami code

Konami’s code, or UUDDLRLRBA, can also be encountered by those who have not launched a single game in their life: the popularity of the sequence has long spilled out beyond the scope of this medium. It is used on websites as Easter eggs. They sing about him (Deftones and The Gotsicles, for example). It is inserted into films, cartoons and programs. Even the virtual assistants of Siri, Alex and Google Assistant will react to the code.

In the animated series The Amazing World of Gumball, the Konami code is used by the cyber spider Oho, and the hero tries to reproduce it

IDDQD, with and without IDKFA

– Ask what you want, but consider: your worst enemy will get it twice!


In 1993, id Software released the shooter DOOM , which became famous at lightning speed. And after it the IDDQD code also gained popularity. After all, on the calendar, we recall, the beginning of the nineties: the Internet exists somewhere, but the same Chemax base will appear only years later, and in the very knowledge of cheats for a fashionable game there is something of omnipotence. Simple letters IDDQD could make the player a real god, because now he was not threatened with death. Fans of having fun to the fullest also added IDKFA – a code for full armament.

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In the follow-up, Heretic id Software also activated support for the famous cheat codes. But she made them a decoy easter egg: IDKFA took away all weapons from the player, and IDDQD killed the hero on the spot.

With cheats for life! A serious contender appears in the competition for the biggest DOOM fan

Everything in life is about money – a lesson that The Sims players learned quickly . And the developers themselves perfectly understood this feature of their virtual world, so cheat codes for money were made as simple and memorable as possible.

From the very beginning, you could get a thousand simoleons in The Sims by typing klapaucius in the console window. This was probably a reference to the great constructor Klapaucius from Cyberiada , but Lem’s piece was little familiar to The Sims and was soon changed to rosebud, the keyword from Citizen Kane.

True, Klapaucius, rosebud and later kaching added only a thousand simoleons to the family’s expense. This amount could be increased by prescribing additional signs … but it was easier to go the other way. In The Sims 2 came the famous cheat motherlode, adding to the budget just 50,000! Of course, fans of the easy life used it immediately and exclusively.

The very first addition to The Sims was called Livin ‘Large , and it was dedicated to the luxurious life. Which, as in reality, was not easy to achieve by honest labor

In prospecting myths, the word motherlode denoted the main gold mine, the source of all gold on earth. The magical generosity of the cheat code has made an underused word more popular – to the extent that World of Warcraft fans believe the name is Motherlode! owes exactly to The Sims series. In Russian, unfortunately, they called it simply: “Goldmine!”


 – Defendant, your last word?


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City , released in 2002, became the queen of computer clubs for a long time. Her style and atmosphere beat on the spot, arousing interest even among those players who considered the previous GTA as entertainment for a specific contingent. But two years later, she was replaced on the throne by San Andreas – a game that for many has remained a favorite in the series.

The advanced technical part of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas allowed it to be stuffed with hundreds of custom modifications, changing it beyond recognition. Craftsmen even managed to add a good multiplayer to it with the ability to rivet a variety of modes on the knee. And cheat codes were given to enjoy all this wealth to the full.

You enter AEZAKMI – and you can do any atrocities, the police don’t care deeply about them. AJLOJYQY – and the streets of the state turn into a battle arena. AIWPRTON – and you are in the middle of all this mess on the Rhino tank! By the way, it was possible to ride it in Vice City: there the code was even simpler, PANZER.

But the main king of all San Andreas cheats was HESOYAM. This is the only code for money, with its help it was possible to instantly top up the budget by 250 thousand dollars. In addition, he completely restored health and armor and even repaired the car!

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This is the head!

The following cheat code is unlikely to be quoted from memory, especially since it appears in a variety of spellings. But almost everyone knows what he is doing: enlarging the heads of the characters – sometimes to comic proportions. This code first appeared in the NBA Jam , back on arcade machines: after making a certain sequence of clicks, players could admire basketball players with heads swollen like balls.

In GoldenEye 007 , the Donkey Kong mode was used: not only the head, but also the upper part of the body increased, this made the characters look like the famous gorilla

Following the NBA Jam, other developers began to add similar code. You can enable the “huge heads” mode in Batman: Arkham Knight , Rise of the Tomb Raider , Just Cause 3 , Gears of War 3 , Saints Row 4 , GTA: Liberty City Stories , Motocross Madness 2 , Turok and many other games.

Ewoks, Lasers, Death Star, Age of Empires

Age of Empires series refers to serious and realistic historical strategy. But the level of fun it can be is comparable to that of IDDQD and HESOYAM. And all thanks to cheat codes! The thing is that the creators have hidden Easter egg units in the game, called by various teams. These cheating units have tremendous power and are able to almost single-handedly deal with the enemy army and demolish the enemy base.

As soon as you enter PHOTON MAN, a soldier with a laser rifle appears at the command center – or with a nuclear weapon, if you use E = MC2 TROOPER. The BIGDADDY code summons a rocket launcher, and HOW DO YOU TURN THIS ON is a modern Cobra car that shoots both strangers and friends with equal success.

Other codes threw a monkey boy or an exploding saboteur into battle – and more than one, because you could enter the cheat code as many times as you like. And the most insidious code MEDUSA turned all peasants into jellyfish, which became more and more powerful units after each death.

This approach was retained in the Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy , released in 2001 by the Age of Empires clone. But the cheat units here were consistent with the setting. For example, SIMONSAYS summoned a fast and powerful assassin Ewok, and SCARYNEIGHBOR – a Bongo Marauder motorboat with a laser cannon. Supplement Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns further expand the list of super-units: they were joined by the Corellian corvette, the Star Destroyer, and even a real Death Star!

Bethesda God Mode

Studio Bethesda is known for its role-playing games, as well as the fact that almost all of them are made on the same engine. This means that in most parts of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, you can use the same cheat codes. Rather, the same cheat code – TGM! Of course, it’s always nice to quickly get hold of the necessary amount of caps, lock picks, construction junk or gold, but these pleasures cannot be compared with God mode: TGM literally stands for The God Mode.

Entering TGM makes the hero immune to any damage: he can fall from any height, sit for hours under water and get involved in a fight with whole armies. And in order to finally turn the Bethesda world into your playground, you can supplement it with TCL – this cheat allows you to go through walls and other textures, although something interesting is not always found behind them. But you can get out if the hero manages to get stuck in furniture or stones.

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Valve gamers know that the famous noclip code works in the same way in the Half-Life and Portal series.

Mortal Kombat: deadly and with blood

We are so accustomed to admiring cruel fatalities, brutalities and other “finishing off” in modern fighting games that it’s hard to believe that there was no blood in the very first Mortal Kombat – at all! The fighters on the SNES thrashed each other with all their might, but did not drop a drop of blood. The console was positioned as a console for the whole family, so all fighting emissions were reduced to streams of sweat.

But the owners of the rival Sega Genesis were more fortunate: there was still blood in the game, only it had to be unlocked by a cheat code. And comparative sales of the game on different consoles showed which approach turned out to be more profitable: already in Mortal Kombat 2, each blow knocked out their opponent a fountain of blood on both the Sega console and the Nintendo console . Now without any cheat codes and censorship.

In the last decade, cheat codes have gradually faded into oblivion. Mainly due to the increasing proliferation of multiplayer modes: what looks innocent in single entertainment, when going online, is punished with all the severity and justice. The technological process is also named as a possible reason: all cheat codes, as we have already said, are initially utilitarian, testing product. Built-in cheats were simply not removed so as not to break the code, but new engines make this process simple and safe.

The famous Chemax base is still in operation, because games do not die

But this does not mean that the players have stopped making their lives easier. Cheats have been replaced by trainers – tiny but powerful programs that allow you to achieve immortality and wealth at the touch of a button. Their functions are often performed by custom modifications – for example, the UI Cheats Extension and MC Command Center mods in The Sims 4 allow you to change the fate of Sims as you please.

All trainers in one app – heaven for the modern sloth!

It’s a pity that few trainers are able to bring into the game the fun madness that cheats for big heads or nuclear infantrymen provided.

And what codes do you still remember by heart?

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