How to Execute: Press Circle, Circle, Circle, Circle, Circle, Circle, R1, L2, L1, Triangle, Circle, Triangle.
Effect: Drops a tank from the air right in front of you.
Speaking of just screwing around, the Spawn a Tank Code was the ultimate toy. Anyone who has played any Grand Theft Auto game knows that a time comes when you want to ignore the missions and just cause as much havoc as you possibly can. The tank was almost impervious to damage, could launch missiles, and could crush things just by running over them. There was no better way to cause mass chaos. If you ever got to the point where you were just too bored to keep playing the GTA3 campaign, you could always save and go on one last tank rampage before turning in for the night. Keep those six stars shining.
How to Execute: On the Code of Honor screen press A,B,A,C,A,B,B.
Effect: Unlocks all the blood and gore of the arcade original.
Let's face it, we fell in love with Mortal Kombat because of its blood and gore. But when the controversy hit the news and the "experts" said that MK was corrupting our youth, the guys at Midway decided to censor all that in the home version. But they knew what we really wanted to see, and, thankfully, they gave us the means to see it. So all that "censorship for the sake of the children" bull crap went straight down the toilet. Shortly thereafter, the ESRB was developed, and the game rating system allowed games like MK to be produced with all the blood and gore intact. But it's still nice to know that Midway was willing to create a code that spit in the face of politicians and concerned parents everywhere. Don't worry, we turned out fine. We grew up into respectable young men and women whose idea of having fun is spawning a tank in Grand Theft Auto and going on a rampage. Oops.
How to Execute: At the Capcom logo screen, press down, R, up, L, Y, B.
Effect: Allows two players to play as the same character.
Once again, this is an example of a cheat code that made a game more playable. In every fighting game afterward, players were able to pick the same character with alternate costumes right from the get go. However, back in the early days of the SNES, this seemed outlandish and weird, so the ability to do so was hidden behind a cheat code. This code was entered any time a tournament was held. Perhaps you could say that this cheat code has been permanently entered for every fighting game to come out since.
How to Execute: Type iddqd.
Effect: Health stays at 100%.
This was the first invincibility code. "God Mode" was perhaps a bit of a misnomer—it didn't give you as much omnipotent power as the Sonic II debug code, after all—but it did make you invincible. And it felt awesome. God Mode was originally made as a debug tool in order to allow programmers to go through the game without taking damage. However, when gamers realized how much fun it was to play through a game without dying, they started entering the code as well. Soon, the term "God Mode" was coined and games all over started giving you ways to become invincible. And if the games themselves didn't, we just figured out Game Genie codes that did. This was cheating reduced to its purest form: the inability to lose.
How to Execute: Really? You don't know this one? Fine. Up, up, down, down, left, right, left right, B, A, start.
Effect: Gives you 30 lives instead of 3.
Any list of best cheat codes would be incomplete without the Konami Code. This infamous code made Contra—a nearly impossible game—actually playable. It also gave you extra lives in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, unlocked new songs and modes in Dance Dance Revolution, and even made the frog from the remake of Frogger grow gigantic! However, did you know that Contra wasn't the first game to use this code? The code was actually first implemented in Gradius, where it activated all power-ups on your ship.
Outside of the gaming world, the Konami Code has found its way to t-shirts, song lyrics, pop art, and more. It's arguably the most recognizable cheat code in all of video game history, and there's no other code more deserving of the number one spot on our list.
By Angel D'Argenio
CCC Contributing Writer
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*