Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWile E's Revenge (Road Runner 2)
Road Runner's Death Valley Rally was an awkward platform game. The logical step for the sequel would be to have you control Wile E. Coyote as he pursued the Road Runner. The development duties went to Software Creations, who created games like Plok and Blaster Master 2 for the Genesis. The game is sort of a 2.5D game, where Wile E Coyote can move up and down to take different paths.
A rom exists of an early version of the game, though it appears to be in more primitive form. For instance the splash logo:
As you can see, the early version has a 90 degree rotation of the logo. The first level seems pretty much complete. To complete the level, you chase after the Road Runner and break open various boxes. There are various traps that are straight from the cartoon, such as the infamous rubber band trick. Unfortunately, the game crashes after the first level in the rom.
The graphics are simple, though it is pretty faithful to the style of the cartoons. In the rom, the sound effects were pretty standard fare, and the music was extremely muted. The play control was down pat, though. I'm sure if this game were finished, it would have been one of the better licensed platform games in the SNES era.
Rene Boutin, producer of this game gives a synopsis of development and overview of the game:
The high level concept of the game was that the player got to be "the bad guy" (Coyote) for once. You'd speed through a level collecting parts to a contraption, and meanwhile being antagonized by the Road Runner. Then the next level, you'd have your contraption built and you'd be using it.
Early prototype ROM image leak
The early ROM image was leaked by the scene group Anthrox in July 1995, though the ROM image file has a date stamp from February 1995 (coinciding with Sunsoft announcing they were shutting down, although this might just be a coincidence).
__ _____________.________________.____ / \\__ _\__ | | \__ / \ | / / \| | | | _ |/ _/ | \_ _/ _/ /\ \_ | | | | |\ \_ | _/ | \_ \_____\__/_|__|__|__|__| \__/____\___|___/ ------------|-------------------------|----- WILD E COYOTES REVENGE (ROAD RUNNER 2)
The early prototype is a one level demo taking place in a desert. I'm unaware of any way to change to other levels, if they do exist within the game. The graphics for some of the things that appear in the later version exist within the ROM image, so there might be a way of accessing them. At this point, the game had the title "Wile E Coyote's Revenge".
These screenshots of a version of the game further in development were sent to me by former Sunsoft producer Rene Boutin. This version is not publicly available. It clearly shows that many levels were close to completion, but it was definitely a work in progress.
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