List of video games with a sound test

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This is a list of video games that feature some sort of sound test that allows for playing the sound effects, voice samples, and/or the music outside of normal gameplay. Games are listed alphabetically by the system on which they were originally released. Titles that are more than basic emulation of a single game, such as compilations and HD remasters, are separate entries.

Systems

Dreamcast

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
Gunbird 2 Yes Yes No No Hold Start at the Sega logo screen, and keep it held until the menu appears If the "No VMU found" screen appears instead, the debug menu will appear by exiting the screen

Game Boy

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
Fortified Zone Yes Yes No No Main Menu > Sound Boy
Popeye 2 Yes Yes No No At the title screen, press Left, Up, Right, Up, Left, Left, Up, Right, Up, Left, Up
Super Black Bass Yes Yes No No While on the boat: pause the game, and press B seven times. Un-pause
Yoshi's Cookie Yes Yes No No Game Genie required. Use code 001-DFF-A2A (001-CCF-A2A for the Japanese version)

Game Boy Color

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue Yes Yes No No Game Genie required. Use code 111-C4F-91A

Game Gear

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
Magic Knight Rayearth 2: Making of Magic Knight Yes Yes No No Press Up, Left, Down, Right, 1, 2 at the title screen

Genesis

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle No Yes Yes No Options > Sound Test The Japanese sound test menu has a slightly odd color palette, mainly noted to the small hand icon. The palette was fixed in the international versions. The Korean version has "Janken" removed for various legal reasons.
Alien Storm Yes Yes Yes No Select "Sound Test" from the main menu
Altered Beast Yes Yes? No No Press A + C + Up + Right + Start at the title screen (If anyone broke down what code goes to what sound, please link here thx)
Beyond Oasis Yes Yes Yes Yes At the Diary (save select) screen, press B + Start to access the game's sound test screen.
Bonanza Bros. Yes Yes No No In the options menu 00 stops music, 01-12 for music, 13-44 for sound effects
Columns Yes Yes Yes No Main Menu > Options > Sound Test
Comix Zone No Yes No No Options > Jukebox A 6 track Comix Zone music CD was released in 1995/96
Decap Attack Yes Yes No No under Options 1-25 for music, 26 and up for sound effects
Dynamite Headdy Yes Yes No No under Options
E-SWAT Yes Yes No Yes under Options Music, Sound Effects, then 2 voice samples
Ristar No Yes Yes No Main Menu > Option > Sound
Shinobi III Yes Yes Yes Yes under Options
Sword of Sodan Yes Yes No No Get a high score (minimum 100 points), then enter (Space)(Space)MLESNA - finally, press Start while the high score table is still displayed
Valis Yes? Yes? No No At the title screen, hold A+B+C and press Start to access the game's sound test. Pressing A toggles the sound that plays.

Jaguar

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
Wolfenstein 3D No Yes Yes, abbreviated No Hold # during the iD/Wolf intro animation.

Neo Geo

MVS (Multi-Video System) is the arcade unit, AES (Advanced Entertainment System) is the home unit. Neo Geo CD is a separate system.[1]

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
Fatal Fury Special Yes Yes No Yes In console (AES) mode, pause the game and press A, B, C, D, A (if there is a guide to what number goes to what sound, please update this section)

Nintendo Entertainment System

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
Adventure Island II Yes? Yes? No No see The Cutting Room Floor Contains arguably one of the fullest-featured debug menus ever seen in a commercially-released NES game
Alien³ Yes Yes No No Main Menu > Configure[2]
Bio Force Ape Yes Yes No No Hold A + B at the copyright screen until it fades out. Up/Down change the music, while Left/Right change the sound effect being played.
Bomberman II Yes? Yes? ? No Use the password PCDEFGAB (Japan) or K3456712 (all other regions)
Bubble Bobble Yes? Yes ? No Beat Super Bubble Bobble Mode and get happy ending to unlock (What is the fastest way to unlock?)
Captain Tsubasa Vol. II: Super Striker ??? Yes No No At the title screen, hold A + B, then press Start Press Up / Down to select music, A to play it, B to stop it, and Start to return to the game.
Castle of Dragon Yes? Yes? No No See TCRF.net for instructions
Don Doko Don 2 No Yes No No Game Genie required. Use codeAGUAAKYG -at the title screen, press A, A, B, B, A, B, A, B. Select the "BGM CODE" menu option with the Up and Down buttons, press A to increase number, then press Start to listen to the selected background music.
Dragon Spirit Yes Yes No No At the title screen, hold A + B + Up on Controller 2 and press Reset.[3] Use Controller 1 to select and play sounds (Left, Right, and A)
Famista '94 No Yes No Yes There are two options:
  1. At the first title screen, before "PUSH START BUTTON" appears, press Left nine times and Right four times on Controller 1 (in any order), then press Start.
  2. Use Game Genie code PEKNVTAA , then hold A + B at the title screen and press Start.
Fuzzical Fighter Yes Yes No No At the title screen, hold A + B on the second controller then press A + Select or B + Select on the first controller
Godzilla Yes Yes No No Enter the password S0UND (with a zero)[4]
Guardian Legend, The Yes? Yes? No No Hold A + B on controller 1 and hit Reset to get the game's Sound Test. Pressss Left/Right to scroll through entries (1~71), Down to play the selected sound, and Up to stop[5] Sound #70 is pause music, and Sound #71 is resume music.
Jaws Yes Yes No No Hold Up + Left + B on Controller 2 and press Reset to enable the following functions. At the title screen, press Left / Right to increase or decrease the sample number (or Up / Down to use increments of 10). A plays the sample, B cancels. A two-digit number appears in the center of the screen representing the current sample number. Normal samples are from 00 to 1E. Most samples above 25 will hang the console. Sample 10 is unused in the game
Jouney to Silius Yes? Yes No No Press B 33 times on the title screen A couple additional unused music tracks can be accessed. See TCRF.net for details
Kabuki: Quantum Fighter Yes? Yes? No No Press B at the end of the credits for a sound test screen. In the US version, Sound Test can be accessed at the game start. When the HAL logo animation stops, press Select + B + Downon Controller 1.
Mahjong Taisen No Yes No No During gameplay, hold Down + B + Select and reset the game. The screen should stay pitch black. Up and Down scroll through the music.
Mega Man 6 Yes Yes No No Game Genie code required. See TCRF.net for details
Monster In My Pocket No Yes Yes No At the copyright screen, but before the title screen appears, press and hold Right + A + B + Start and wait. Instead of the title screen, a sound test mode will be triggered. If you don't want to wait, additionally hold the Select button. Press Up and Down to select a music track, press A and B to start or stop playing
Ms. Pac-Man Yes? Yes? No No Press Select + A at the title screen to open the debug menu. Press Up or Down to change the sound number, and A to play it. Selecting any value above 20 will crash the game.
New Ghostbusters II Yes Yes No No Hold A + B and press Start at the title screen The NES version was never released in North America due to licensing issues with Activision. As a result, NES players in North America only received Activision's Ghostbusters II
Ninja Gaiden Yes Yes No No At the title screen, or any time during the Intro, hold Down + Left + A + B + Select, then press Start.[6]
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos Yes? Yes Yes, under the right conditions No See TCRF.net for details or this scan from Nintendo Power. There is also an unused track that can be heard in the NSF or by heading to TCRF.net
Power Blade No Yes Partial (in JPN version) No At the title screen, hold Left + A + B on Controller 2 and press Start on Controller 1. Press Up and Down to select the music and A to play
Shatterhand Yes Yes No No See TCRF.net for instructions
Super C Yes Yes Yes No Hold A + B and pressing Start on the title screen[4]
Taito Chase H.Q. Yes Yes No No Game Genie required. See TCRF.net for instructions
Tecmo Super Bowl Yes? Yes? No No At the title screen, hold B and press Left
Tecmo World Wrestling ??? Yes No No Hold Up + Left + A + B at the title screen, then press Select[7] Press Up / Down to select the music, press B to play it
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project No Yes No No At the title screen, press Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, A, B and Start to unlock an option mode. It is already unlocked in the Japanese version
Thunderbirds Yes Yes No No At any time during the game, hold Up + Left and press Reset. Then, while the screen is still black, enter A, B, and Select to gain access to a debug menu.
Totally Rad Yes Yes No No On the title screen, press Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Left, Right, Right, Start. A menu will appear allowing you to skip stages, view cutscenes, and listen to music and sound effects.
Whomp 'Em Yes Yes No No Press Start on Controller 1 while holding A + B on Controller 2. Keep the latter's buttons held until the test screen appears, or the game will reset. Screenshot of Sound Test menu via The Cutting Room Floor
Zanac Yes? Yes? No No As with The Guardian Legend, another game by Compile, hold A + B and hit Reset to access the game's Sound Test. This feature is US version only. Alternatively, press Start + Select + A + B when "Game Over" appears

PlayStation

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night No Yes Yes No Visit the Master Librarian after beating Dracula, and you'll be able to listen to all the music in the Buy/Sell window. Redbook audio on track 2
Glover Yes Yes ??? No Pause the game and press R1, R1, R1, L1, L1, L2, L1, L2
Return To Zork No Yes No No Press and hold Up + Select at the title screen. Circle and Triangle to start and stop

PlayStation 3

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game Yes Yes No No On the overworld map, press L1, L1, L1, R1, R1, R1, L1, R1 then follow the new path to your left Delisted on December 30, 2014
Simpsons, The (arcade game) Yes Yes No No Main Menu > Cool Stuff - for Sound Test, finish the game with Marge. For Music Test, do the same with Lisa Delisted in December 2013

Sega CD

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
A/X-101 Yes Yes No Yes At the title screen, highlight Options and press Left, Left, Left, Right, Right, Right, Up, Down, Up, Down, A, B, C, Start
Ecco the Dolphin Yes Yes No No During gameplay, turn Ecco to either side and pause the game while facing the camera. Then press Right, B, C, B, C, Down, C, Up. A debug menu will appear Goes from 0 to 65. Choose a number, and press A to listen to the song with that number, and B to listen to the sound effect with that number
Ecco: The Tides of Time Yes Yes No No Same as above, but press A, B, C, B, C, A, C, A, B instead Same as above?
Mickey Mania Yes Yes ??? Yes Main Menu > Options > Sound Test
Popful Mail No Yes ??? Yes [US] At the main menu, select Quit Game and leave "No" highlighted at the confirmation prompt. Then press Left, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right, Right, Right, A. The Utilities menu will now contain a new Test Mode option featuring a sound test, voice test, and cutscene viewer. [JPN] The code is instead Left, Right, Left, Right, Right, A. Test Mode option is in the main menu[8]
Revenge of the Ninja ??? ??? ??? ??? At the main menu, press Right, Down, Up, Left, Down, Up. The sound test will then be added to the options menu
Silpheed Yes Yes Yes Yes [Sound and Music Test] Main Menu > Option. [Voice Test] On the title screen, hold A + B + C on Controller 2 and Select "Option" with Controller 1. Sound test will change to voice test
Sol-Feace Yes Yes No No Main Menu > Options
Sonic the Hedgehog CD Yes Yes No Yes Press Down, Down, Down, Left, Right, A at the title screen See TCRF.net for Easter Eggs in the sound test menu
Timecop No Yes No No Press A, B, C, A, B, C, Start on the title screen Despite being fully completed by the developer, JVC pulled off the Sega CD version publishing and it remained unreleased. A complete version of the game was eventually released in 2007 by the Sega CD version coder[9]


Sega Saturn

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
Earthworm Jim 2 Yes Yes Yes ???? Pause during gameplay and press Up, Down, Right, X, Y, Z, Z, Y to access a debug menu Contains Red Book Audio. Details about debug room at The Cutting Room Floor
Panzer Dragoon Saga Yes? Yes? ??? ??? Requires a keyboard. See TCRF.net for detailed instructions

Super Nintendo

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
ActRaiser Yes Yes No No Pro Action Replay or Game Genie required. Detailed instructions over at The Cutting Room Floor
Bassin's Black Bass Yes Yes No No Hold A button on Controller 2 while selecting "Cast" from the Boating screen to bring up the debug menu. "BMG" and "SE" are in the middle of the menu Press B on Controller 1 to exit the menu
Death and Return of Superman, The Yes No No No under Options
Donkey Kong Country No Yes Yes No Press Down, Down, Down, Down, A, R, B, Y, Down, A, Y on the file select menu. Press Select to change tracks
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest No Yes Yes No Select an empty file, then press Down, Down, Down, Down, Down when Two-Player Contest is highlighted. The menu will scroll down to the new option, where you can press Left or Right to select the music The sound test in the GBA version is more comprehensive
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! No Yes Yes No Press L, R, R, L, R, R, L, R, L, R on the file select menu, then enter MUSIC as a code
Dragon Quest VI Yes No No No Game Genie required. Use codes6DEE-E488 and 6DEE-E7A5 - Start a new game, then press L to enter the Debug Menu.Select サウンドテスト (second from the bottom)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Fighting Edition Yes Yes No No Pro Action Replay required. Use code8180A50
Tecmo Super Bowl Yes Yes No No Press L + R together at the title screen Requires extreme precision, so it may take a few tries

TurboGrafx-16

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
Bomberman '94 No Yes Yes No At the title screen, press Right, press and hold Left, press and hold Down, release Left, press and hold Right, and press II
Bomberman ??? ??? No No Enter BOMSOUND as a password. It will register as invalid. Now enter any valid password to be taken to the sound test
Legendary Axe II ??? ??? No No At the title screen ,press II, I, II, I, I, II, I, II, II, II
Space Harrier No Yes Yes No Get a high score (minimum 4,000,000 points), then enter MD as a name. Sound Test will now be an option under Mode in the main menu
Splatterhouse ??? ??? No No At the opening scene of the house, press Select three times, then hold Down+Left and press II. Use Select to toggle between Sound Test and Level Select
Super Star Soldier ??? ??? No No At the title screen, press Left, II, Up, II, Right, II, Down, II, Left, I, Up, I, Right, I, Down, I, then press I + II eight times followed by I + Select eight times
Taito Chase H.Q. ??? ??? No No On the title screen, press Left, Right, I, II, Down, Select, Up, Select, then any direction on the D-Pad
Tatsujin Yes Yes Yes No At the title screen, hold Select and press Run to access a hidden options menu with difficulty, extend first, play after, and rapid fire options. Play the game, score exactly 7100 points, and reset to add stock, bomb, continue, and screen size options to the menu, as well as a sound test
Tiger Road Yes Yes No No At the title screen, press I+Up on controller 2
Toilet Kids ??? ??? No No At the title screen, hold Run and press Select 4 times, then press Run. Sound Test will now be unlocked under options
Valkyrie no Densetsu ??? ??? No No Pause during gameplay, then press Up+I+II "00" will appear next to "MAGIC". Press Left/Right to cycle through the sounds and I to play them
Volfied Yes Yes No No At the title screen, hold I+Select and press Left, Left, Up, Up, Right, Right
Zero4 Champ ??? Yes Yes No Enter みかのへそ as a name.


TurboGrafx-CD

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
Populous: The Promised Lands Yes Yes Yes, sound effects too! No Pause the game, then highlight the TV icon in the lower right corner. Hold Down+Right, and press II.
Snatcher Yes Yes No Yes Multitap and two controller required. See The Cutting Room Floor for detailed instructions

WonderSwan Color

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
DicingKnight Yes Yes Yes No Press Y1 16 times at the status menu
Judgement Silversword: Rebirth Edition Yes Yes No Yes Main Menu > Set Up > Information - then enter the following code: Start (8 times), Y3, Y2, B, Y1, Y4, Y3, Y4, A, B, Y2 Code was removed from the Xbox 360 port included as a bonus feature in Eschatos, but should still be available as an unlock

X86000

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other {{nowrap|'How To Access Additional Notes
Die Bahnwelt No Yes No No Put the ending disk (Disk 6) into drive 0. Reset the system, then the sound test should appear.

Xbox 360

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
Capcom Arcade Cabinet No Yes Yes No Select the game > Gallery > Sound Player
Guardian Heroes Yes Yes No No Main Menu > Gallery > Sound
NiGHTS into Dreams... Yes Yes Yes No Main Menu > Presents > Sound Test To unlock everything: at the title screen, press Left, Right, X, B, A, Y, RB, RT, Down, Up, LB, and LT in that order. If done correctly, you'll get a confirmation that everything in the game has been unlocked, though save data, achievements, and posting to leaderboards will be disabled until you restart the game from the Xbox Dashboard.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game Yes Yes No No On the overworld map, press LB, LB, LB, RB, RB, RB, LB, RB then follow the new path to your left Delisted on December 30, 2014
Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co. No[10] Yes Yes No Select game > Help & Options > Jukebox
Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World No[10] Yes Yes No Select game > Help & Options > Jukebox
Sega Vintage Collection: Streets Of Rage No[10] Yes Yes No Select game > Help & Options > Jukebox
Simpsons, The (arcade game) Yes Yes No No Main Menu > Cool Stuff - for Sound Test, finish the game with Marge, For Music Test, do the same with Lisa Delisted in December 2013
Sonic CD Yes? Yes? Unsure Unsure Beat all the special stages with a total time of 5:00'00 or better to unlock Cheat functions in the sound test, see GameFAQs for details.

Xbox One

Game Title Sound Effect Test Music Test Track Names? Voice Test/Other How To Access Additional Notes
Disney Afternoon Collection, The No Yes Yes No Main Menu > Music Both the title screen and gallery have unique tracks found only in this collection.
Killer Instinct 2 Classic No Yes Yes No Main Menu > Extras > Music 18 tracks total
Megaman Legacy Collection No[10] Yes[11] Yes No Main Menu > Music Player Arranged versions of various Mega Man tunes throughout the different menus
Ms. Pac-Man Yes Yes No No Options > Settings > Sound > Sound Test

Notes

References

  1. "Neo Geo". Jan 2018. https://tcrf.net/Neo_Geo. 
  2. Alien³ Instruction Manual. LJN, Ltd.. March 1993. p. 7. 
  3. Tilden, Gail, ed. (Jan 1991). Nintendo Power. Nintendo of America Inc in conjunction with Tokuma Shoten Publishing Company LTD. p. 41. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Tilden, Gail, ed. (July-August 1990). Nintendo Power. Nintendo of America Inc in conjunction with Tokuma Shoten Publishing Company LTD. p. 37. 
  5. Tilden, Gail, ed. (Sep-Oct 1989). Nintendo Power. Nintendo of America Inc in conjunction with Tokuma Shoten Publishing Company LTD. p. 74. 
  6. Tilden, Gail, ed. (May-June 1989). Nintendo Power. Nintendo of America Inc in conjunction with Tokuma Shoten Publishing Company LTD. p. 79. 
  7. Harris, Steve, ed. Electronic Gaming Monthly (Number 14). Sendai Publishing Inc.. p. 34. 
  8. "メガドラの裏技 (Megadora tricks)". http://kihaku01.web.fc2.com/md/mdura.html. 
  9. "New unreleased game". Oct 9, 2007. http://forum.sega16bit.com/index.php?topic=149.0. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Individual games in retro collections may have a sound or music test
  11. Only contains the original soundtrack