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Red Alert 1 manual

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Red Alert[edit | edit source]

Red Alert - The Aftermath[edit | edit source]

Morse Code[edit | edit source]

Game manual[edit | edit source]

The Red Alert manual has Morse codes at the bottom of its pages. They have many spelling mistakes and hints to the secret Giant Ants mission that would be added in Counterstrike.

in an interview with PC Gamer, Adam Isgreen said that the morse code was added without Joe Bostic's knowledge, to force him to allow them to add a secret campaign like the dinosaurs one they had previously snuck into the first C&C game[1]:

And the giant ants. Originally, we wanted to include something that was going to be the RA equivalent of the Dino Island from C&C. I'm a big fan of the film THEM! and thought that giant radioactive ants would fit the RA universe well. Brett said no. No time, not going to happen. We can't make unique units for something like this. C'mon Brett, we established a trend with Funpark. Ok, you can have one unit, but it has to be symmetrical. How about a killer tomato? (yeah, he actually suggested that) No, Brett, we're not doing that. Ok, fine, then you don't get anything.
So, I kind of went around him and forced the issue. I had our writer create this dialogue between two soldiers talking about a missing patrol and these bites laced with formic acid, then had our manual designer add the entire conversation it in Morse code to the bottom of the pages of the manual. No explanation at all - just Morse code along each page bottom. The game shipped, and suddenly these letters came in from boy scouts and soldiers and all these people that knew and were learning Morse code would come in. It was the best tease ever. Man, was Brett was pissed at me. That got me quite an earful...but it did force him to relent and allow us to put the giant ants in...and we even got a cinematic out of it, too. I think it was even a bullet point on the box for Counterstrike!
However I don't believe for a second that he didn't know about what I was doing from the very beginning. I think he felt that he had to yell at me for the sake of breaking the chain of command, but that he really didn't mind how it all turned out. I think in the end he just wanted to see how much I really wanted to put them in.
- Adam Isgreen

The morse code in the manual:

  1. MESSAGE COM ALLIED HQS
  2. DECODE CRYPTO NORMAL
  3. RED EAGLE PASSES HAWK
  4. RED ALERT RED ALERT
  5. SOVIET FORCES SECT SEVEN
  6. BUILDING RUNWAYS
  7. ASSAULT UNITS
  8. DISPATCH ASAP
  9. MESSAGE COM HQS SEVEN
  10. DECODE CRYPTO
  11. VULTURE SNACKS
  12. ALLIES LOSE VERDUN
  13. FORCES DESTROYED
  14. DISPATCH TROOPS ASAP
  15. RETRIEVE TANYA
  16. CRITICAL MOVEMENTS
  17. SPOTTED NW SAHX
  18. NUCLEAR WARHEADS
  19. DESTINED WASHINGTON
  20. DELAYED STRIKE AXZUFU
  21. ADVISE ETA
  22. DETAIL EUCINPA COM
  23. PRIORITY INCOME
  24. INVESTIGATE SUDDEN
  25. DEATHS FOURTEEN ALLIES
  26. TOXIC TESTS SHOW
  27. FOMIC ACID LEVELS
  28. TO CINPA COM
  29. PRIORITY EVEN OUT GO
  30. FOMIC ACID COMPLAINT
  31. ACCURATE
  32. ALSO FIND CRUSHED
  33. VERTEBRATE AND SLASHES
  34. ON HEAD AND FACE
  35. TWO THOUSAND HEADLESS
  36. NO BLEEDING RESPOND
  37. TO CINPA COM
  38. SAY AGAIN FOMIC ACID
  39. ROGER THAT WHAT IS IT
  40. ACID ANTS USE
  41. FOR WHAT PURPOSE
  42. KILLING NEUTRALISING
  43. DESCRIBE SLASH MARKS
  44. LIKE BIG KNIVES
  45. CHECKING TWELVE INCHES
  46. MARKS ON HEADLESS
  47. SOME MARKS SOME ACID
  48. DO YOU HEAR HUMMING
  49. NEGATIVE ON HUMMING
  50. DO YOU SPOT SMALL HILLS
  51. AFFIRMATIVE NOT ON MAP
  52. HOW FAR YOUR LOCATION
  53. SIX CLICKS
  54. INVESTIGATE NOW
  55. LOOKING FOR WHAT
  56. GIANT ANTS
  57. LIKE SOME SCI FI FLICK
  58. SERIOUS ALL AREAS
  59. GIANT ANTS
  60. ROGER THAT
  61. USE RAID
  62. NO JOKE
  63. ANTS TEN FEET HIGH
  64. WHATS HUMMING MEAN
  65. ANT RADAR
  66. WATCH OUT
  67. I HEAR SOME NOW
  68. GET OUT OF THERE
  69. RESPOND GET OUT OF THERE
  70. DISPATCH ENDS
  71. ACTION IGNORE RESPOND
  72. IGNORE USE DEEPCOVER
  73. ANTS THAT BIG
  74. NEVER HAPPENED
  75. SYSTEM ALERT
  76. SECTORS REPORT NOW
  77. ALPHA SECTOR NEGATIVE
  78. CHARLIE SECTOR NEGATIVE
  79. BRAVO SECTOR NONE
  80. DELTA SECTOR
  81. DELTA SECTOR REPORT
  82. ALL SECTORS TUNE DELTA
  83. CONFIRM DEATHS
  84. RED ALERT RED ALERT
  85. GIANT ANTS SPOOTED
  86. IDENTIFY SECTOR
  87. ECHO SECTOR
  88. NUMBER SIZE
  89. MAYBE ONE HUNDRED HUGE
  90. FIRE AT WILL
  91. TARGETING FIRE
  92. OH GOD I CAN NOT
  93. COME IN ECHO SECTOR
  94. ECHO SECTOR DEAD
  95. COME IN ECHO SECTOR
  96. ECHO SECTOR DEAD


Counterstrike[edit | edit source]

In the Counterstrike expansion pack, a piece of paper was added into the game box that contained bare morse code, with no explanation. When decoded, it gives the instructions for actually accessing the ant missions, in several languages.

English:

.... --- .-.. -..   -.. --- .-- -.   - .... .   .-.. . ..-. -
... .... .. ..-. -   -.- . -.--   .- -. -..   .-.. . ..-. -
-.-. .-.. .. -.-. -.-   --- -.   - .... .   .-. --- ..- -. -..
... .--. . .- -.- . .-.
HOLD DOWN THE LEFT
SHIFT KEY AND LEFT
CLICK ON THE ROUND
SPEAKER

Italian:

.- -... -... .- ... ... .-   -.-. .... .. .- ...- .
... .. -. .. ... - .-. .-   .
... -.-. .... .. .- -.-. -.-. .. .-
.- .-.. - --- .--. .- .-. .-.. .- -. - .
- --- -. -.. ---
ABBASSA CHIAVE
SINISTRA E
SCHIACCIA
ALTOPARLANTE
TONDO

French:

-- .- .. -. - . -. . --..
. -. ..-. --- -. -.-. . .   .-.. .-   - --- ..- -.-. .... .
... .... .. ..-. -   --. .- ..- -.-. .... .   . -
-.-. .-.. .. --.- ..- . --..   ... ..- .-.   .-.. .
.... .- ..- - .--. .- .-. .-.. . ..- .-.
MAINTENEZ
ENFONCEE LA TOUCHE
SHIFT GAUCHE ET
CLIQUEZ SUR LE
HAUTPARLEUR

Spanish:

-- .- -. - . -.   .- .--. .-. . - .- -.. .-   .-.. .-
- . -.-. .-.. .-   -- .- -.-- ..- ... -.-. ..- .-.. .-
.. --.. --.- ..- .. . .-. -.. .-   -.--   .--. ..- .-.. ... .-
. .-..   -... --- - --- -.   .. --.. --.- ..- .. . .-. -.. ---
... --- -... .-. .   . .-..   .- .-.. - .- ...-
MANTEN APRETADA LA
TECLA MAYUSCULA
IZQUIERDA Y PULSA
EL BOTON IZQUIERDO
SOBRE EL ALTAV

References[edit | edit source]


Command & Conquer official manuals