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The Mikropekka computer (full model MIKROPEKKA TURBO X33) is a computer (Fin: Tietokone) that can be bought for 6,495 mk after receiving the advertisement for it in the mail. After waiting 1 hour real time, a delivery fee of 60 mk is also added to that price. Once installed at home, it can be used by walking to the chair in front of the desk and pressing , and exited by looking backwards and pressing . The computer can be turned on by pressing the power button in front of the case and can also be reset by pressing the reset button next to the power button.

The computer offers two pieces of pre-installed software: the Pieno music maker, and the TeleBBS dialler. Additional games can be found on floppy disks as well as the Con-Line BBS via TeleBBS, allowing for game downloads to the computer's hard drive for local play.

Acquisition[]

The computer can be ordered by clicking on an advertisement pamphlet for the computer that eventually appears in the home mail box, spawning an envelope containing a filled order form that needs to be sent to the post box at Teimo's shop. The order works in the same way as parts ordered from the parts catalog; the payment happens once the order arrives at the shop, after which it will appear in a cardboard box on the loading dock. The box contains four parts for the computer: the case, monitor, keyboard & mouse, and speakers.

Once the parts have been taken home, the computer can be assembled on the desk inside the player's room. Check marks will appear when the parts are hovered over the correct spots, and pressing LMB will place them on the table. The modem will also need to be plugged in to the telephone line in order to access the bulletin board, necessitating the phone being unplugged.

OS commands[]

RS-POS command line

The "RS-POS" command line.

Main article: RS-POS

The computer runs on a DOS-like RS-POS operating system which provides a command-line interface that accepts several commands and instructions. Entering an invalid command returns a "The system cannot find the path specified" error message. The operating system supports a limited range of commands:

  • Players can access either an inserted floppy disk or the hard disk by typing a: and c: respectively, allowing the player to issue commands to or load software from a specific drive.
  • Running an installed program is accomplished by simply typing the filename of an executable program (for example, c:\>pieno and a:\>rapula). It is not necessary to include their file extensions (*.exe or *.jpg) in the run command.
  • Pressing Alt + Q, or the physical reset button, at any point during a program will terminate it and return the user to the command line.
  • Entering dir will list any installed programs or files in the current disk. This is useful to identify the correct filenames to enter.
  • copy commands can be used to copy files from floppy disks to the hard drive, although it is not possible vice versa. The full command is copy a:\*.* c:.
  • The computer has an semi-functional os command that triggers the computer to generate loading noises before returning a "The system cannot find the path specified" message. This is unique as other erroneous commands simply display the message without activating loading noises. The command is suggested to refer to the operating system itself.
  • A data wipe via manual disk formatting is possible by typing format a: for an inserted floppy disk or format c: for the hard drive. However, formatting c: effectively renders the computer permanently unusable as there is no in-game installation disk to reinstall RS-POS, and no boot disk to load a disk-based operating system during startup. The computer will still turn on, but the player will be given a "Insert boot disk and press RETURN..." instruction, followed by an "Error reading disk" message and no further activity. At this point the only solution is to use a save editor to revert the wipe, or at least restore os to the computer.

Software[]

The computer comes with two pre-installed programs, Pieno and TeleBBS, but four additional games contained in floppy disks can be found in specific locations, while 12 more software can be acquired through downloading from the Files section of the Con-Line BBS.

In total there are 18 different pieces of software, or 19 if the Con-Line bulletin board service is counted.

Games[]

Image Name Description Source
Grillisimulaattori
Grillisimulaattori Grillisimulaattori (Grill simulator) is a game where the goal is to serve as many customers correctly as possible. Serving 3 customers incorrectly will end the game. The game features six different characters with unique voice lines. Con-Line BBS download.
Sormileikki
Sormileikki Sormileikki (Finger play) is a game where the goal is to insert the index finger between the fingers on the other hand which is constantly moving up and down as many times as possible within the time limit. Touching the boxes that appear increases the time by a corresponding amount. The game ends when the timer runs out. Con-Line BBS download.
Filosofiapeli
Filosofiapeli Filosofiapeli (Philosophy game) is a game where the goal is to "listen", "think", and "understand" at the right time. The game ends after a set time, giving the player a title based on their performance. Con-Line BBS download.
Fishgame
Fishgame Fishgame is a game where the goal is to gain as much money as possible by fishing. The game features 12 different items that can be fished up. Con-Line BBS download.
Pasi Invaders
Pasi Invaders Pasi Invaders is a game where the goal is to keep the invading Pasis from entering the school building. Once 100 Pasis have been beaten, and armoured vehicle which takes multiple hits enters the field; the game is won once it has been defeated. Letting too many Pasis enter the building triggers a game over. Con-Line BBS download.
Johnny F. Kemedy Racing Challenge
Johnny F. Kemedy Racing Challenge Johnny F. Kemedy Racing Challenge is a game where the goal is to keep the president from being assassinated while driving to the city. The game will end if the president takes too many hits from the assailants' bullets. Con-Line BBS download.
Wild Vest
Wild Vest Wild Vest is a game where the goal is to spray the flasher as soon as he opens his trench coat. The game will end if the player is too slow, or too fast. Con-Line BBS download.
Rapula
Rapula Rapula (Hangover) is a game where the goal is to get Mr. Rapula some booze to cure his hangover. The game will end if Mr. Rapula is hit too many times by the various objects. The game features 20 unique levels. Diskette at Jouko's new house.
Massacre
Massacre Massacre is a game where the goal is to exit the demon world that the main character, Forrison Hard, entered. The game will end if too many hits are taken. The game features three mini-bosses and a final boss. Diskette at Jouko's new house.
Ojasta Alkoon
Ojasta Alkoon Ojasta Alkoon is a Frogger clone where the player must move the character up and down in order to fill the bottom lane with bottles. Con-Line BBS download.
World's Man
World's Man World's Man is a casual exploration game where the goal is to guide a man on a randomly generated world in order to find "the truth". Con-Line BBS download.
Run the Gauntlet
Run the Gauntlet Run the Gauntlet is a reaction-based game where the goal is to guide the character past bullies in order to advance through the days. Con-Line BBS download.
Joulupukin Joulustressi
Joulupukin Joulustressi Joulupukin Joulustressi is a casual Christmas game where the goal is to pass four different levels by guiding Santa Claus towards Christmas presents while avoiding hitting the walls. Diskette at home.
Pro Pilkki
Pro Pilkki Pro Pilkki (Peräjärvi edition) is an ice fishing game made by Procyon Products. The Pro Pilkki UI is very simplistic. The only map you get to play on is Peräjärvi, where you compete against the CPU in getting the biggest fish during an ice fishing contest. Diskette in the mail box at home.
Conan McGuinness Global Rally Grand Prix 95
Global Rally Grand Prix 95 Global Rally Grand Prix 95 is a rally game that doesn't work due to the computer's insufficient RAM. The intros and menus are the only somewhat working parts of the game. When entering a race in singleplayer, your computer will completely freeze, and you will get the Engine started! achievement, after which you have to either reset or power-off the machine to use it again. This game reveals the names of the rally car manufacturers cars that can be seen during the rally sprint. Con-Line BBS download.

Programs[]

Image Name Description Source
Pieno
Pieno Pieno is a music program which offers four kinds of instruments to be played on the keyboard: a piano, a synth, drums, and human sounds. Pre-installed
TeleBBS
TeleBBS TeleBBS is a bulletin board dialler that can be used to connect to bulletin board services, namely the Con-Line BBS. There is only one number that can be dialled, Con-Line BBS; the number can be found written on a note inside the empty hall next to the inspection shop. Pre-installed
Picview
Picview Picview is a basic image viewer for image files present on the computer's hard drive. It is added specifically to allow the viewing of a series of downloadable "skanni" JPG files listed on the Con-Line BBS filesharing section. Con-Line BBS download.

Trivia[]

  • The Mikropekka is based on the real-life MikroMikko (possibly 3TT.M125) released by Nokia during the 1980s. Mikko and Pekka are both common Finnish male names.
  • This computer likely has the i386 microprocessor, as suggested by references in the game code.
  • An ad for the Mikropekka was included in a 2018 issue of the Finnish Retro Rewind magazine. Notably it is a full-colored version of the in-game black-and-white pamphlet advertising the computer.
  • A DOS virus can be obtained upon downloading any of the TeleBBS games if My Summer Car was not launched through Steam. This is a form of anti-piracy measure.
    • After starting any installed TeleBBS game, resetting or rebooting the computer will activate the virus payload during RS-POS startup.
    • Once the payload is activated, the computer begins to make noises and a red ASCII spider travels across the screen in 5-second loops. A message mockingly asks, in English, if you are "enjoying your new computer" and suggests that you "make your mother buy a new one". The virus will then proceed to format the c: drive.
    • After restarting the computer post-format, the player will encounter a screen prompting them to insert an installation disk. As there is no installation disk in-game, the computer will forever remain in a broken state (unless a save editor is used to revert the effect).
  • Most of the Mikropekka games and programs have their own achievements with a unique floppy disk icon.
  • You can die from electrocution by urinating on the computer. Doing so would complete the "What a shock!" achievement.


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