REVIEW: ROAD RUNNER by Richard Karsmakers
An arcade smash hit that has finally trapped cartoon's most
elusive character, Road Runner. Experience the speed and
excitement of the classic encounters of our hero and the cunning,
conniving Wile E. Coyote through many action packed levels.
U.S. Gold has recently succeeded in licencing quite some American
software - "Gauntlet", "Xevious", "Metro Cross" and now "Road
Runner". The latter actually is 1985 copyrighted game that could
originally only be found in arcade halls (just like most - if not
all - U.S. Gold stuff, "Road Runner" is an arcade-conversion).
The back of the package displays some screen shots of the arcade
hall version and it it thus safe to proclaim that the graphics of
the actual ST game look very much like them - the game features a
comic-like two-speed scrolling as well (the mountains in the
background scroll slower than things in the foreground)!
On game-startup, one is immediately introduced to 'our hero' and
the Coyote with good taste of humour: The game thinks up 'latin'
names for these two animals - 'Foreverus Eatius',
'Overconfidentii Birdi', 'Disappearus Quickus', 'Delicius
Delicius' for the Road Runner and 'Caninus Nervous Rex',
'Appetitus Giganticus', 'Genius Vulgarus' and 'Ingenious Caninus'
for Wile E. And there are more! This indeed leaves a very
cartoon-like impression on the player.
The target of the game is to move Road Runner around four levels,
collecting seeds, while trying not to get caught by Wile E.
Coyote (that finds help in several gadgets that he finds along
the way). You'll have to see it before you can imagine him
standing on a rocket, dodging bombs, running on landmines, and a
lot of other crazy situations.
Except for the music, which is nice but awfully 'dry', this game
could really turn out to be a smash hit! It plays very well,
using the joystick, and you have quite a bit of laugh about what
the Coyote does, mixed with some amazement at the accuracy of the
graphics in several levels. Only a pity that the game comes
supplied on two disks, and that the program just gets an 'I/O
Error' if you happen to forget to put to the Data disk in the
drive after loading (which you also have to find out yourself,
since the program doesn't even prompt it).
The game rating:
Name: Road Runner
Company: U.S. Gold
Sound: 7.5 (a bit dry music)
Overall rating: 8.5
Price: 99 Dutch Guilders
Remark: Filled with humour
Thanks to Homesoft for supplying the review sample!
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