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US Gold Ltd
1987
Arcade: Action
£8.99
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Chris Bourne

Encore, £2.99
C64, Spec, Amstrad

This Atari coin-op gobbled stacks of coins when it appeared in the arcades early in 1987. It made the strange decision to cast the games player as the Road Runner rather than Wile E Coyote - the hapless hero of the cartoons who never quite manages to catch that darned bird. The aim is to put as much distance between you (Road Runner) and Wile E as possible.

All of the frills of the coin-op are here - the puff off smoke at Road Runner's feet as he hops on the jet powered skate board, for example. There is also the pogo stick escape route and the various bits of grain to be gobbled up by the bird as he moves. A simple but amusing conversion of the Atari coin-op. Good fun - even if you only get a few days challenge out of it.

4/5