GameShark for Windows 95: The PC Game Enhancer

GameShark for Windows 95: The PC Game Enhancer

Greetings and
welcome to an LGR Oddware follow up of sorts, I
suppose you could call this. Because today we’re going to be looking at the GameShark computer game enhancer for Windows 95 and 98
games from the late 90s. Yeah, this is a cheap device for PCs and this is just very much
just a US localization of the Datel PC Action
Replay for Windows 95 that I covered on LGR a little while back. Of course in that video I established that it pretty much doesn’t work with my entire library of US PC games, and then I discovered that
there was a US version sold under the GameShark brand. Same basic capabilities except that it was meant to be used with US games. Whereas the Datel Action Replay in the UK was meant to use with UK games. You know, there’s enough
difference I guess, in the code. I mean PCs don’t exactly have regens, but it’s just a code I guess
that’s a little bit different you know, it’s expecting
either a different patch, version number, or just the
UK release is different enough in the code base that it
just didn’t work with it. So maybe this will work
with those same games. We’re gonna try the same games that I did in the Action Replay video,
but I also just wanna take a look at this package here
because not only is it very long and barely fits in the
frame. It’s really tall. I assume this has a VHS tape in here. The Action Replay version did. That was a PAL VHS so I
wasn’t able to play that. It had a digitized
version of the tape on CD so we were able to see the video anyway, but this one is of course a US release. Even though right there
it just it still says made in England so I guess it
was still made in England. But yeah, InterAct a RECOTON Company. Mmmm, yeah they released a whole bunch of random peripherals and
things back in the day. I had a bunch of them myself, but I never once saw this in stores. This is something that somebody found. Thank you, for sending the links my way. I found this on ebay
and got it pretty cheap, and yeah, it’s apparently new-ish in box. So, yeah let’s take a look at it. (box cutter clicking open) I really don’t know
what’s inside here yet, just due to the shape of
it, I assume a VHS tape. In fact I think I saw a VHS
on one of the other listings per this US version of the GameShark for PCs, but I don’t actually know. And then the Action Replay that
had the parallel port dongle effectively used for just
DRM as far as I could tell. But, yeah I don’t know
if this has that or not or if it’s just the trainer software. Hmmm Okay, well there’s a dongle. Ahah, yes this looks mighty similar. So let’s see here, can
you swim with sharks? What is this? Become a
member of dangerous waters. Oh dear, well that’s a cheesy thing. (laughs) It’s just registration
stuff so that’s fine. Warranty information, okay. Yeah it doesn’t look like there’s any documentation with this one either. Same with the PC Action
Replay from Datel in the UK, it’s really just this CD-ROM,
can’t get it out of there. There we go. So, yeah that’s it. I mean, you don get any
actual manual or anything. There be some, there’s like
a help file on the disk. At least that’s how it
was with the Action Replay so I suppose we’ll see. I’m
not expecting much more. I’m just really thinking this
is gonna be a re-badging. And, slightly different software
to work with the US games. Yeah this is the exact same dongle that the Action Replay had. So, you got one side that
plugs into the parallel port on your computer and then a pass through so you can plug in whatever
parallel port devices without taking up the port, and yeah. If you wanna see what’s
inside here its you know, I’m assuming its the same
thing as the Action Replay. I showed that in the Oddware video. So that’s all that is, really
just for copy protection. As far as I know, and
this is interesting, yeah. The tape seems to be pretty identical. It even has the same like
little yellow VDC sticker there. It looks like November 29, 1998. Neat. Well, we’ll put this in the
VCR first and see what this is. I guess it’ll be able to play
since it’s NTSC, that’s nice. And then just install it, you know. This gonna go into the parallel port. Install the software,
but yeah, tape first. (VCR opening) (upbeat music playing) – [Narrator] GameShark is the
ultimate game enhancer for PC. Now you can rewrite the rules. GameShark takes the latest and greatest brain-busting games and blows them apart. – [Presenter] So far this is identical in terms of script content and whatnot to the Action Replay, just you know, different person narrating
it and different logos. – [Narrator] If you’ve
experienced the humiliation of crashing out at level four of your favorite action-adventure game then GameShark is the only tool you’ll ever need to even the odds. But GameShark doesn’t just
help you to complete your games more easily, a unique
library of game enhancements can actually add hours of
gameplay to your favorite games. – [Presenter] Okay I
already like this one better just due to this B roll of
that late 90s machine here. (laughs) Cuz it just is awesome. – [Narrator] Routines that change the way in which the game works. This could mean you have
unlimited energy, extra lives, invincibility, or any
number of special effects. So for example, when playing Army Men why not activate the code
for infinite health so you can explore the levels
extensively without being killed? – [Presenter] Okay, well, it really is just the exact same thing, so. Yeah it might be on the CD as well. Let’s go ahead and find out though. So, just gonna go ahead
and plug the dongle into the Windows 98 capture
box, the lazy green giant here. And then, let’s get the same
four games I tried last time and try them out with this,
see if they fare any better. Ahh. Or not. (Button clicking) Yeah, it’s not powering
on at all. That sucks. I would assume it’s not the
GameShark that killed it. Nah I mean, I don’t know,
that didn’t make any sense. Yeah, it’s just totally
not turning on anymore. I guess the power supply
went, or something. Cuz yeah. Man, rest in
peace lazy green giant. I just made this thing. I gotta replace the power supply sometime. Whatever, let’s try another PC. I’m bummed out about that,
but I’ll get it fixed. Until now though we’ve
got the Packard Bell 955 that I restored on LGR a while back and yeah, we’ve got the
GameShark software installed. So far, it’s identical as expected. So let’s just try it out. (upbeat music) Well I see where 90% of the budget went. Alright, well this is looking
pretty much identical. Wow, that is one laggy mouse. I was curious about the about video if that was the same as the, yeah. (upbeat music) Looks the same. – [Narrator] GameShark is
the ultimate game enhancer for the PC. Now you can rewrite the rules. GameShark takes the latest and greatest brain-busting games and blows them apart. – [Presenter] Strange,
wonder why they have her back And even changed her
script to say GameShark instead of Action Replay. Yeah, I was expecting the
VHS guy, but I guess not. Alright, is this an even smaller list? Oh no, how many games is this? One, two, three, 17 games! Wow. So there’s even fewer titles with codes than the already pretty
lackluster Action Replay did for PC and Windows 95, wow. Alright. And it doesn’t even have
the games I was gonna try. No Age of Empires, no Tomb Raider 2. It does at least have
Forsaken and StarCraft. So, alright let’s just try Forsaken first. We just gotta try it out,
and this is the original US Release, which if anything
should work it’s this. Because again with the UK
Action Replay, you know, the dongle was working
fine, the dongle seems to be working fine here, the
software’s doin its thing. But it was the versions of
the game I was using that were apparently causing issues
because UK versions and US ones I guess differ enough. So let’s see if this
original US release works. And in fact we can actually double check that that’s installed in the correct or it’s looking in the
correct spot, which it is. So that’s good. We’ll go
ahead and launch the game. Alright so far so good,
we’ve got the code selectors, the trainer program here,
looks like everything is turned on, there’s no error messages. This doesn’t necessarily mean
it’ll work but let’s hope. Because, oh wow that’s right,
I don’t have a 3D accelerator installed so we’re gonna be
running this in software mode. (laughs) Oh dear, oh this brings back some late 1997 memories right here. So chunky. Yeah 320 by 200. Okay. So we should have infinite
everything pretty much, endless health and ammunition
for special weapons we’ll see. (lasers firing) (explosions) Well (chuckles) Cheats are not working. Running low on health and out of missiles. Hmmm Well, I am thoroughly confused then. So here’s the thing,
there’s supposed to be if you look at the help,
here’s what it would look like if it were detecting the
wrong version of the game. It would be like can’t use this code, probably the wrong version
of the game see help. And this is what the
help tells you, not much. It basically just says if
you’re getting this code, it can’t use it with your copy of the game this means it was made for a
different version of the game. Yeah we pretty much know this but what version is it looking for? Maybe we’ll have better
luck with StarCraft. Again, original US release
here. Let’s check it out. Cuz yeah, that was genuinely my assumption with the Action Replay not working. Just cuz I have these US
games not the UK games. Now I’m just more convinced than ever that this is just a garbage product. So yeah let’s turn on instant build, free gas and crystals, that’s good. Make sure it’s in the right spot. It is, default installation
path. Let’s go. Oh that’s different. It’s not a positive difference,
but it is different. Okay so it’s actually putting
up the error for this. So it actually has detected
one or more codes have failed. I’ll just try switching them
on again out of curiosity. Yeah I have no expectations
of this working. Because it at least has detected that it won’t really work,
that’s a different thing. Yay an improvement! Sort
of, still doesn’t work. Man, what the heck is
this looking for then? Cuz again, original release here. Yeah I’m runnin out of resources. Oh dear. This is seriously just pointless
then, this whole product. Not StarCraft, StarCraft’s
amazing but yeah, GameShark. You can just type in codes for all sorts of PC games back in the
day and that was just it was part of the experience,
everybody knew that. And even if you didn’t know that, that you could type in codes
and download your own trainers and then you bought this and you thought this is how you needed
to cheat your PC games, it seems to be that chances
are that still wouldn’t work. Are they just throwing somethin out there to try and fool people? You know, maybe it did work better with some of the online patches, but what an absolute
crapshoot, I had no idea. Again the dongle’s working
like if I unplug the dongle, alright unplugged it, go to launch it, dongle error can’t find dongle. Please insert the dongle into your port. So yeah, it ahh dropped
it, this really is just for DRM copy protection,
and it’s doing everything through software but the
software just doesn’t work. At least with any game
that I’ve thrown at it. I think I’ve tried at
least eight games now, some of them off camera too,
none of them have worked. Except for Age of Empires
just a little bit. It worked with some of the
codes halfway, but that was it. And these are all unpatched
original releases of the games. And I don’t know man, I’m just gonna ahead and say this is a crap
product through and through. The coolest part about it is the VHS tape and that’s unfortunate. Well anyway, that’s all for
this stupid PC GameShark. This thing sucks. Hope you found this enlightening or maybe at least somewhat
amusing, I don’t know. Check out my action replay
video for more backstory and whatnot about this product even though it’s kinda crap. And as always there are
other videos comin out all the time every week here on LGR so ya know, stick around
if that’s whacha wanna do. And as always, thank you
very much for watching.

100 thoughts on “GameShark for Windows 95: The PC Game Enhancer

  1. Receiving many of the same questions like "Does the UK version work, what's inside the dongle, what does the add code button do?" etc

    Keep in mind that this is a follow-up to the Oddware episode where I talked about the device more in-depth. Many of your questions are answered there 🙂

    As for the "add code" button, that's for adding code patch files from the long-dead PC GameShark web server. It is not for activating existing codes.

  2. I used to have a GameShark on my PS2, and it worked on some games, (Such as Splinter Cell Chaos Theory) but a lot of them wouldn't be affected

  3. We bought one of these growing up. I remember it being thrown in the trash shortly after. Even through the online updates it never worked.

  4. Game Shark and Action Replay are far better for consoles than PC, which was pretty much useless, since like you said, they came with debug commands and such.

  5. Where's the one for Nintendo Switch, I wanna fuck with dunkey and make him try to beat my latest balloon challenge.

  6. Will say the playstation version of the pro-action replay and the gameshark worked without issue. And hell the pro-action replay allowed playing game backups and imports as well. So while the pc version of their products suck balls their console versions worked on point.

  7. when i see this, i just see it as a 90's game trainer that you had to pay for lol. i could see the point of a gameshark for the ps1 but for a pc that lets you run code in the background it seems completely pointless

  8. Yarp. Codes between regions vary. JAP. EU, and US I think are the 3 common. Thing with PC software are updates. Back then that really didn't happen with consoles. Some snes games like FF3/6 had I think 2 different versions. Once you update the software, you usually need to remake the codes. Strange it won't work for the OG release of Starcraft, if its really the first version. Either way, nice video!

  9. I had one of these! I was gifted it as a present or something when i was a kid. I remember it not working so great lol

  10. I had a similar system for dvd discs. I bought it online and used it with my PS2 and after a bit of faff it worked perfectly. Honestly on every single NTSC dvd i tried it worked. I was amazed because it only cost me £5. I know it is not the same thing really, but it was identical(ish) technology.

  11. Action replay is the region brand of game shark
    Litterly its how the program and games are region locked for copyright protection

    Like action replay would work for Pal PS2

    Where game shark only works for US

  12. I'm sure the power supply passed out, it's a black list one. Put a modern one into it, just make sure it has a DC-DC converter because this kind of PCs need more pover on the 5V line unlike modern ones, that need more on the 12V line.

  13. 5:14

    I'm watching on a CRT Monitor a video of a CRT TV showing video of a CRT monitor, showing video of a logo. I feel like if I turn around I'll be looking out of a CRT tv that someone else, somewhere else is watching ME watch this on.

  14. I'm curious if Dune 2000 was tried. As far as I remember it didn't have much post-release support.

  15. Does anyone know a old PC adventure game from the 90's where there is a display of relics, a warehouse that connects to the docks outside (morning) which there is a ship with a submarine. The Submarine has two rooms, the floor looks fancier then if compared by if you played Light House The Dark Being submarine puzzle and your goal is to find a wreckage in the ocean.

    I only heard a clue it was called Robert Ballerds Titanic Adventure but there isn't prove of it then what I described of it.

    I think there are still missing PC games that haven't surfaced yet.

  16. Forsakens options menus some how remind me of Bioshock menus kinda …. is it just me ? anyway nice vid good to reminisce on the good ol' stuff from years ago i really enjoy these old hardware vids also some things ive never seen before so cheers for that aswell i guess . Good Evening guys .

  17. I never really understood why people bought gamesharks when you could easily go online and look up the same codes yourself. I used to have binders filled with cheatcodecc printed pages. Rogue squadron all day!

  18. It probably wasn't working do to revisioning of software. When patches are added it almost always changed the RAM offsets.

  19. For a gamer who has played games since the late 80’s, I’m shocked I never even heard of this thing before

  20. The gameshark software might not work due to be run on a version of win98se that was too new for it. I think some change was done to the memory management to improve security that caused the gameshark software to be unable to access memory of other programs. Think about how big a security flaw it is when a program can change an other programs memory space,

  21. I had a GameShark for my Playstation back then. I also had another device that looked just like the Playstation GameShark but when you plugged it in to the back of the Playstation console it let you play the burned copied CDR Playstation games.

  22. I know that Army Men and StarCraft had their own built in cheats. Why do you need a GameShark for StarCraft when you already have Power Overwhelming?

  23. I think "shark" is an apt name… not for the product but the company!
    Have they sued you for making a video where their product doesn't work yet? 😛

  24. Would have been easier/cheaper to get a PC Gamer cheat code issue or use GameFAQs and manually type in the cheat codes. Gameshark was much better for the consoles.

  25. Action Replay and Gameshark were WINDOWS hardware originally? WHAT? :O
    I only knew they made devices for the GBA. =P

  26. Dang the PlayStation version always worked I have 2 versions or the OG gray one and the GSpro version with VMEM and never had problems with codes not working… must be a PC thing

  27. That pl port adapter was actually meant to plug in a n64 gameshark cart into to update cheats from the 90's interwebs lol

  28. I loved the GameShark and Game Genie. My and my g/f are older players and it gave us a chance to beat some games even though our reflexes are not what they used to be.

  29. I used to own Windows 95 PC back then (still was more stable than XP and Millenium I think). Never thought they actually released it that early:D

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