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The California Raisins: The Grape Escape is an unreleased video game based on the California Raisins property developed by Radiance and published by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System, set for release in 1990. It's a platformer in which you control a member of the California Raisins trying to save the other Raisins who were kidnapped by the Wild Bunch. This is accomplished by getting four golden music notes from four stages, then clearing the fifth stage.

While the game was cancelled due to the California Raisins brand's waning interest, a prototype cartridge was discovered in 2003.


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  • Anthropomorphic Food: Plenty of it. The protagonists are humanised raisins, some enemies are grapes with faces, and Maize Maze features a boss which is corn with a face.
  • Big "YES!": The Raisin always says "YEAHHH" when he finishes a stage.
  • Bubbly Clouds: The final level is Sky High Records which features solid clouds the Raisin walks on.
  • Cool Shades: The Raisin you control wears late-80s style shades.
  • Distressed Dude: The four members of the California Raisins (who all happen to be male) have been kidnapped and its up to your Raisin to rescue them.
  • Invincibility Power-Up: Power-ups that turn the Raisin invincible are plentiful, though they last too short to be useful.
  • Judicial Wig: The three Raisins at Calrab wear wigs like these, which combined with the stands make them look like judges.
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  • Musical Assassin: The Raisin kills enemies by firing music notes at them.
  • Pun-Based Title: "Grape" is used instead of "Great" for a food pun.
  • Temporary Platform: Maize Maze features stone platforms which drop into the water very quickly after standing on them.
  • A Winner Is You: The ending is very mediocre, all you get is a picture of the Raisins and the words "CONGRATURAISINS", as well as some credits.

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