From among thousands of different files in the GRUNTZ.REZ archive two are truly unique. These are GAME\ATTRIBUTEZ.TXT and STATEZ\CREDITZ\PALETTEZ\CHEATZ.TXT files. In total, there are four files with the *.TXT extension in the archive. In addition to the two mentioned above, there are also files GAME\VERSION\VERSION.TXT (not used by the game itself, containing only the string “1.00”) and STATEZ\CREDITZ\CREDITZ.TXT (end credits of the game with some funny gags at the end). But while these two files can be easily read with Notepad, ATTRIBUTEZ.TXT and CHEATZ.TXT files may pose a problem – if opened in a typical text editor random gibberish would appear with no clear indication of what the real purpose of these files really is. If someone wants to view them, you can download them right here:
Wait a minute, these are binary files! When I first saw these files some time ago, I felt a bit bitter about this fact, believing that I wouldn’t ever get to know the real contents of those files. Especially the CHEATZ.TXT file, whose name can make many people drool involuntarily. And what’s the deal with the PALLETEZ folder anyways, why is it in there?
In this post I’ll try to explain what ATTRIBUTEZ.TXT really is and what it is for. The next post will be reserved for the file CHEATZ.TXT.