Road Runner (video game)
Arcade flyer of Road Runner.
|Composer(s)||Hal Canon & Earl Vickers (Arcade version), Gavan Anderson & Tania Smith (NES version)|
|Platform(s)||Arcade, Amstrad CPC, Atari 2600, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, NES|
|Mode(s)||Up to 2 Players|
|Arcade system||Atari System 1|
|Sound||6502A (main sound)
YM2151 (FM stereo sound)
|Display||Raster, 336 x 240, horizontal orientation|
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 the 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.
Road Runner was ported to the Amstrad CPC, Atari 2600, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, and NES. Like other NES games released by Tengen, the NES version of 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. The game went to number 2 in the UK sales charts, behind Exolon.
- Lesser, Hartley; Lesser, Patricia; Lesser, Kirk (December 1988). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (140): 74–79.
- Road Runner at the Killer List of Videogames
- Road Runner at the Arcade History database
- The Arcade Flyer Archive