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City Connection is a sidescrolling platform Maze Game made by Jaleco that was released in 1985. In the game, you control a female driver named Claricenote , who goes across the world looking for love and painting every section of the roads in her Honda City hatchback. Complicating matters are the various police cars pursuing her and an odd cat who's just... standing on the road like an idiot.

The game was ported to the NES and the MSX. It also had a 2004 sequel for mobile phones called City Connection Rocket that featured Clarice as a spy for a secret organization trying to capture criminals around the world. Clarice herself also appears as a playable character in GUNbare! Game Tengokunote  as well as in Game Tengoku CruisinMixnote  as DLC. She also made another appearance in a version of Conga Master called Conga Master Cruisin as a playable character.


Also an interesting bit of trivia: there exists a Japanese record/game company that had obtained Jaleco's assets ever since their parent company went belly up and has a subsidiary specializing in rereleasing soundtracks of old games. Their names? City Connectionnote  and Clarice Disc.

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  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Clarice's car paints the floor it runs on. Each stage loops horizontally. Can you guess what the game's goal is?
  • Drives Like Crazy: Clarice apparently, if the police constantly chasing her is any indication.
  • Excuse Plot: The story is that Clarice is searching around the world for the ideal boyfriend. It has nothing to do with the gameplay proper.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Not unlike Pac-Man, you must paint every platform of a stage while avoiding enemies to clear it.
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  • Look Both Ways: The most infamous character in this game is a little cat who's waving a flag. If you hit him he's sent flying into the sky and you'll lose a life.
  • Musical Pastiche: The Stage 1 BGM uses the intro, rhythm, and bassline of Music/Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode, but the melody of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No.1: Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso".
    • Stage 2 and 12’s BGM uses the intro, rhythm and Bassline of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” but still retains the melody of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No.1: Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso".
    • Stage 3 and 9’s BGM's use the rhythm and bassline of Paul Anka’s “Diana”, but again the melody of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No.1: Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso".
    • Stage 10 does likewise with The Surfaris' "Wipe Out".
  • Rock Me, Amadeus!: See Musical Pastiche above.
  • She's a Man in Japan: In the US NES version the main character was changed from a girl named Clarice into a generic male greaser.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The cat, who decides it's a great idea to stand on the road looking like an idiot, just asking to get hit by Clarise in her car.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Clarice has blue hair and is the only human who's face is seen.
  • Wrap Around: Every level loops horizontally.


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