Old beta images from SWF files

Last updated: 2/21/2020

So a few months ago, i stumbled upon some old SWF files from the Toontown Beta days on MMOCentralForums (formerly known as ToontownCentral), grabbed them and didn't think much of them... until today.

Now this isn't some groundbreaking relevation (heck, people have known about those SWF files for years) but i wanted to document these interesting photos. So i grabbed a SWF decompiler, extracted the images and took a look.


The first image shows the beta Make-A-Toon (shown in the previous article). It looks VERY different from the public release. Looks more like a prototype or a concept.

The next image shows an early version of Toontown Central, again, very different from the public release. It seems to be more of a central design (*wink wink*). The nametags (that were using Comic Sans MS instead of Impress BT) and the Laff Meter looked very prototypey and primitive as well. Another thing worth mentioning is the Toons in the picture have colored gloves, which was a feature that was cut later in development, due to creative disagreements.

The trolley also looked different, with a very low quality textured sign that read "GAMES TROLLEY". The public release read "Trolley Games" and was text on a texture of a sign, rather than the text and the sign being merged into one texture. The Trolley itself also had different color schemes for the "Toontown" sign and the seating.

The Toontown Race Game originally had cogs in it. Judging by their position on the game board, they acted as AI enemies if the trolley was not full.

This image showcases a dog with a Seltzer Bottle attacking a Big Wig. The knockback animation of the Seltzer Bottle shown in the image looks the exact same as a cut animation for the Fire Hose (which was later re-used in Toontown Rewritten). The Big Wig also had a different colored suit, which could mean that the Lawbots had a different suit in the Beta.

The image has some interesting changes. For one, the chat box looks way different and goes for a bar design, and the speech bubbles, again, use a different font. There also seems to be some early clothing that was cut. This image also features different GUI textures, that were also seen in image #2.

In this image, we get to see the friend requests in action, with a different confirmation pop-up. The chat box in this image is also different and is closer to the public release. We also get to see Flippy adding a player to their friends list. This was most likely a random player or developer that chose this name, and not actually Flippy himself. The buildings also have no signs on them, indicating they were either empty, or did not have signs yet.

The final image showcases the beta map with some differences, such as Toontown Central with the beta design and Daisy Gardens being named "Daisy's Garden".

That is all for the second article of ToontownDB. Tune in next time for part 2 to get a look at the other images for the other SWF file!

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