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Hacking Chip's Challenge

In case you haven't heard of it, there's a silly little Windows game called Chip's Challenge. I played it quite a bit several years ago, and then I got bored and hacked its data file to get passwords for levels I couldn't reach by playing the game fairly.

If you want it, here it is: the game, the hack program, the whole works: chipstuf.zip (504 kb).

All right, I admit it.

I had way too much time on my hands, and I played a lot of Chip's Challenge. Then I got frustrated, as hackers often do, and I hacked the game. I dumped the data file out in hex, then pored over it until patterns revealed themselves... then, I wrote a program to dump out the passwords for all the levels.

The encryption scheme was simple, and here are the results!

Hacking Chip's Challenge
LevelNameTimeChipsHelpPassword
1 LESSON 110011 Collect chips to get past the chip socket. Use keys to open doors. BDHP
2 LESSON 21004 Push blocks into water to make dirt. Watch out for monsters. JXMJ
3 LESSON 31004 Suction-boots for force floors. Fire boots for fire. Flippers for water. Skates for ice. ECBQ
4 LESSON 41509 The blue button controls the tanks. The green button toggles walls. Sometimes things are hidden under blocks. YMCJ
5 LESSON 51000 The red button controls the clone machine. The brown button opens traps. TQKB
6 LESSON 61004 Blue walls may be fake. Some invisible walls never appear. There can be extra chips. WNLD
7 LESSON 71503 Teleports can be directional. The thief takes your tools. New walls can appear under you. FXQO
8 LESSON 81001 Monsters are stopped by dirt and gravel. NHAG
9 NUTS AND BOLTS4009   KCRE
10 BRUSHFIRE800   UVWS
11 TRINITY3003   CNPE
12 HUNT400652   WVHI
13 SOUTHPOLE00 What was the name of this level? OCKS
14 TELEBLOCK2504   BTDY
15 ELEMENTARY25012   COZQ
16 CELLBLOCKED00 Press Ctrl+R (or choose Restart from the Level menu) to restart any level. SKKK
17 NICE DAY10046   AJMG
18 CASTLE MOAT6000   HMJL
19 DIGGER210146   MRHR
20 TOSSED SALAD40015   KGFP
21 ICEBERG1509   UGRW
22 FORCED ENTRY3008   WZIN
23 BLOBNET50088   HUVE
24 OORTO GELD55048   UNIZ
25 BLINK60028   PQGV
26 CHCHCHIPS300170   YVYJ
27 GO WITH THE FLOW2006   IGGZ
28 PING PONG30022   UJDO
29 ARCTICFLOW4005   QGOL
30 MISHMESH60036   BQZP
31 KNOT29118   RYMS
32 SCAVENGER HUNT6003   PEFS
33 ON THE ROCKS09   BQSN
34 CYPHER35014   NQFI
35 LEMMINGS60010   VDTM
36 LADDER35028   NXIS
37 SEEING STARS80056   VQNK
38 SAMPLER5001   BIFA
39 GLUT2029   ICXY
40 FLOORGASBORG2000   YWFH
41 I.C. YOU25060 Teleport direction sequence 1st rdul 2nd lulu. GKWD
42 BEWARE OF BUG30027   LMFU
43 LOCK BLOCK2000   UJDP
44 REFRACTION30032   TXHL
45 MONSTER LAB3000   OVPZ
46 THREE DOORS25014   HDQJ
47 PIER SEVEN3004   LXPP
48 MUGGER SQUARE3006   JYSF
49 PROBLEMS20023   PPXI
50 DIGDIRT35016   QBDH
51 I SLIDE75013   IGGJ
52 THE LAST LAUGH4002   PPHT
53 TRAFFIC COP5000 Make those pesky monsters follow a path to the door trigger. CGNX
54 GRAIL35068   ZMGC
55 POTPOURRI10030   SJES
56 DEEPFREEZE2508   FCJE
57 STRANGE MAZE40035   UBXU
58 LOOP AROUND6009   YBLT
59 HIDDEN DANGER4008   BLDM
60 SCOUNDREL29412   ZYVI
61 RINK016   RMOW
62 SLO MO3000   TIGW
63 BLOCK FACTORY5007   GOHX
64 SPOOKS60041   IJPQ
65 AMSTERDAM50051   UPUN
66 VICTIM30012   ZIKZ
67 CHIPMINE70028   GGJA
68 EENY MINY MOE65052   RTDI
69 BOUNCE CITY3000   NLLY
70 NIGHTMARE1990   GCCG
71 CORRIDOR50023   LAJM
72 REVERSE ALLEY035   EKFT
73 MORTON60028   QCCR
74 PLAYTIME4004   MKNH
75 STEAM5000   MJDV
76 FOUR PLEX55020   NMRH
77 INVINCIBLE CHAMPION5005   FHIC
78 FORCE SQUARE50013   GRMO
79 DRAWN AND QUARTERED30056   JINU
80 VANISHING ACT80017   EVUG
81 WRITERS BLOCK056   SCWF
82 SOCIALIST ACTION9990   LLIO
83 UP THE BLOCK40014   OVPJ
84 WARS6005   UVEO
85 TELENET30015   LEBX
86 SUICIDE4000   FLHH
87 CITYBLOCK034   YJYS
88 SPIRALS40012   WZYV
89 BLOCK BUSTER4505   VCZO
90 PLAYHOUSE400121   OLLM
91 JUMPING SWARM40022   JPQG
92 VORTEX5006   DTMI
93 ROADSIGN8004   REKF
94 NOW YOU SEE IT07   EWCS
95 FOUR SQUARE3502   BIFQ
96 PARANOIA39946 You don't need the fire boots, but they could help later on. BIFQ
97 METASTABLE TO CHAOS3000   IOCS
98 SHRINKING3507   TKWD
99 CATACOMBS3998   XUVU
100 COLONY048   QJXR
101 APARTMENT30034   RPIR
102 ICEHOUSE2003   VDDU
103 MEMORY60037   PTAC
104 JAILER30082   KWNL
105 SHORT CIRCUIT35037   YNEG
106 KABLAM00   NXYB
107 BALLS O FIRE30050   ECRE
108 BLOCK OUT35031   LIOC
109 TORTURECHAMBER1504   KZQR
110 CHILLER39916   XBAO
111 TIME LAPSE04   KRQJ
112 FORTUNE FAVOURS THE04   NJLA
113 OPEN QUESTION5005 The eigth block is open. PTAS
114 DECEPTION20012   JWNL
115 OVERSEA DELIVERY00 Push the blocks to the correct island to reach the exit. EGRW
116 BLOCK BUSTER II75027   HXMF
117 THE MARSH00   FPZT
118 MISS DIRECTION3000   OSCW
119 SLIDE STEP25038   PHTY
120 ALPHABET SOUP011   FLXP
121 PERFECT MATCH00 Match the inner to the outer. A perfect match. BPYS
122 TOTALLY FAIR3006   SJUM
123 THE PRISONER2993   YKZE
124 FIRETRAP80022   TASX
125 MIXED NUTS071   MYRT
126 BLOCK N ROLL60036   QRLD
127 SKELZIE50021   JMWZ
128 ALL FULL400182   FTLA
129 LOBSTER TRAP3006   HEAN
130 ICE CUBE032   XHIZ
131 TOTALLY UNFAIR606 Remember sjum. FIRD
132 MIX UP99928   ZYFA
133 BLOBDANCE030   TIGG
134 PAIN07   XPPH
135 TRUST ME3000   LYWO
136 DOUBLEMAZE038   LUZL
137 GOLDKEY4500   HPPX
138 PARTIAL POST3000 Block teleporters to re-route them. LUJT
139 YORKHOUSE0388   VLHH
140 ICEDEATH3000   SJUK
141 UNDERGROUND015   MCJE
142 PENTAGRAM010 Walk the lines of this inscribed pentagram to avoid its curse. UCRY
143 STRIPES?023   OKOR
144 FIREFLIES030   GVXQ
145 Thanks to...00 Special thanks also to the WEP 4 test team! TONY
146 CAKE WALK99913   JHEN
147 FORCE FIELD024   COZA
148 MIND BLOCK012   RGSK
149 SPECIAL9990 This spot would be too obvious! DIGW

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