Road Runner (video game)

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Road Runner
RoadRunner arcadeflyer.png
Arcade flyer of Road Runner.
Developer(s)Atari Games
Publisher(s)Atari Games
Atari Corporation (2600)
Tengen (NES)
US Gold (ST)
Hal Canon
Earl Vickers
Gavan Anderson
Tania Smith
Platform(s)Arcade, Amstrad CPC, Atari 2600, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, NES
Release1985: Arcade
1989: 2600[1]
Mode(s)Up to 2 Players
Arcade systemAtari System 1
Sound6502A (main sound)
YM2151 (FM stereo sound)
DisplayRaster, 336 x 240, horizontal orientation

Road Runner a racing game based on the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner shorts. It was released by Atari Games in 1985.


The player controls Road Runner, who is chased by Wile E. Coyote. In order to escape, Road Runner runs endlessly to the left. While avoiding Wile E. Coyote, the player must pick up bird seeds on the street, avoid obstacles like cars, and get through mazes. Sometimes Wile E. Coyote will just run after the Road Runner, but he occasionally uses tools like rockets, roller skates, and pogo-sticks.

Screenshot of Road Runner (arcade version).


Front cover of Atari ST version.

Road Runner was ported to the Amstrad CPC, Atari 2600, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, and NES. The Atari 2600 port was one Atari Corporation's last games for the system, being released in 1989.[1]

Like other NES games released by Tengen, Road Runner was unlicensed by Nintendo itself, released as an unlicensed cartridge rounding Nintendo's protections.


The game was reviewed in 1988 in Dragon #140 by Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser in "The Role of Computers" column. The reviewers gave the game 3 out of 5 stars.[2] The game went to number 2 in the UK sales charts, behind Exolon.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Atari 2600 VCS Road Runner". Atari Mania.
  2. ^ Lesser, Hartley; Lesser, Patricia; Lesser, Kirk (December 1988). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (140): 74–79.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-17. Retrieved 2014-06-15.

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