Video Game: Road Runner's Death Valley Rally
A Platform Game
developed by ICOM Simulations
and published by Sunsoft
for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System
, Road Runner's Death Valley Rally
was about the titular race, between Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner
, with the player controlling the latter. While theoretically simply a race, Wile E. naturally cannot resist the urge to finally catch the Road Runner and turn him into dinner. The player, in control of the Road Runner, is out to complete the race and not become dinner.
Pretty much a love letter to the classic Road Runner shorts, with many of the original gags recycled for this game, sometimes with new twists. The game did rather well, which led to further video game reimaginings of classic Looney Tunes
in the form of Bugs Bunny Rabbit Rampage
and Daffy Duck The Marvin Missions
This game has examples of:
- Accordion Coyote
- All Deserts Have Cacti: Justified, since the native habitat of the two is the desert with the classic saguro cactus.
- All The Worlds Are A Stage: The last level combines traps and gadgets from all previous levels.
- Anvil on Head: Wouldn't be a Warner Bros.-inspired property without it.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Each boss machine has to be attacked at a key point to disable it, conveniently marked with exclamation marks on the blueprints Wile E. looks at before the fight. The points usually make sense, such as the base of the throwing arm on the catapult, or the circuitry panels on the crane and drill machines.
- Bomb Whistle: Naturally, for every time the game shows the Coyote plummeting off a cliff. As well as the ending... except he's plummeting from orbit.
- Boss Fight: Given the franchise in question you'd expect the whole game to be avoiding the Coyote and leaving him to his own doom, but this is not the case. The larger boss machines, you have to take matters into your own wings and wreck them yourself.
- Brawn Hilda: One, dressed in full Viking regalia (including the horned helmet), comes out at the end of each boss level to begin to sing, with the Coyote holding up a sign saying "Not yet" in the first four levels. Maybe if he let her sing earlier, she wouldn't have been the Shadow of Impending Doom that gives Wile E. his final humiliation in the ending.
- Canis Latinicus: In the first part of each stage.
- Disaster Dominoes: Successfully completing even a substage involves this hitting the Coyote. It gets epic during boss fights.
- Doppelgänger Spin: One later level can potentially spawn multiple Wile E. Coyotes in the green bat suit at the same time. No reason for this is ever given.
- Epic Fail: Any time the player completes a stage, expect to see this from the Coyote.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Though the environments aren't always friendly anyway (a construction site for example), even a circus train of animals has them all attacking the Road Runner.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: Each non-boss level has a number of flags in them. If the Road Runner finds them all before ending the level, he gets an extra life.
- Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Sadly, only done in post-level cutscenes.
- Humiliation Conga: The ending, which might be the most concentrated amount of abuse that Wile E. Coyote ever suffers - caught in the explosion of a Humongous Mecha, thrown out of space, plummeting towards Earth from orbit, driven neck-deep into the ground, run over by an Acme delivery truck, hit with explosives dropped by the truck, stepped on by the Road Runner, watching the Road Runner win the titular race, and finally hearing the fat lady sing... as she lands on him, no doubt quite impatient at having been silenced so many times.
- Humongous Mecha: The giant robot from "The Solid Tin Coyote" is the final boss, complete with futuristic improvements. Somewhat fitting since this was the single one thing from the animated shorts that the Road Runner was actually afraid of, and this time he has nowhere to run...
- Spoiled By The Boxart: Right on the back of the box. Granted you'll probably have forgotten about it by the time you get to the final boss, but still...
- Nintendo Hard: Oh hell yes. Once you've gotten acquainted with the game after the first world, it stops pulling punches. Levels become more maze-like, enemies and traps are harder to avoid, and the bosses are quite intimidating.
- Oh, Crap: Disaster Dominoes with the Coyote just aren't complete without this look.
- Road Runner vs. Coyote: Featuring the Trope Namer pair.
- Shadow of Impending Doom: A staple - both the Road Runner and Wile E. deal with it at various points. Of course, the Road Runner, controlled by the player, can potentially dodge...
- Shout-Out: The game is basically one gargantuan Shout-Out to classic Road Runner cartoons, with nearly every stage filled with some device that Wile E. tried to use in the cartoon, such as the green bat-suit, the rocket skates, the exploding mini-planes, and of course, the infamous catapult. Also with the names of the levels - Quantum Beep, anyone?
- Sprint Meter: For immediate bursts of speed, which can be refilled with birdseed.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Of course, the Coyote is going to use explosives. Toy planes manned by grenades and explosive robot female roadrunners are two of the most common.
- Wile E. takes this trope and runs away with it in the third boss fight, where his machine is spewing out bombs constantly.
- Talking with Signs: Including recycling the classic gag asking for the game (in this case, as opposed to the original specifying the cartoon) to end before Wile E. lands. This time, however, his request is denied.
- Taunt Button: The shoulder buttons cause the Road Runner to give a raspberry and to give his trademark "BEEP BEEP." These do absolutely nothing during play... but what would the Road Runner be without them?
- Too Awesome to Use: The super meter to give the Road Runner a speed boost and make him temporarily invincible. In later stages bird seed is very rare, and the boost is the only way to get to some areas.
- The Unintelligible: The Road Runner, who can do his trademark "BEEP BEEP" at the press of a button.
- The Voiceless: Wile E. Coyote.
- When All Else Fails, Go Right: Mostly averted. Despite the Sonic-esque feel the stages have to them, very few abide by the rule of "go from one end of the map to the other to win". Exploration is encouraged in fact, as many checkpoint flags and power-ups are well-hidden.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: The Road Runner's only method of attack against Wile E. Coyote's boss machines is to peck at their weak points.