Road Runner (NES)

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Road Runner
Road Runner - NES.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1989
Developer: Beam Software
Buy: Amazon
This page is for the NES version of the game. For other versions, see Road Runner.

Road Runner is a port of the arcade game developed by Atari, and was released on the NES by Tengen. Road Runner was ported to some home computers and the NES was the only home console that saw a port of it. The NES version of Road Runner was developed by Beam Software, though they aren't mentioned in the game, probably to avoid Nintendo banning them from developing games for their consoles due to Tengen publishing games without Nintendo's approval. It was originally meant to be released by Mindscape, but Mindscape lost the rights and the rights reverted to Tengen.

In Road Runner, you play as the Road Runner from the Looney Tunes cartoons. There are four stages which repeat forever (but get progressively harder with more obstacles). You must make it to the end of the level without getting caught by Wile E. Coyote. It may sound simple, but throughout the level, you must collect as much bird seed as you can in order for you to keep on going. Once your bird seed runs out, you die.


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The title screen.

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Wile E. Coyote going after Road Runner on rocket skates.

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The game's soundtrack consists of several public domain pieces like in the arcade.

The game lacks credits, but Gavan Anderson has given us verification that he worked on the music. According to Gavan, Tania helped finish off the second stage theme (Flight of the Bumble Bee) since Gavan had to tour. Tania was not officially working at Beam Software at the time. Gavan said this about the song:

I started it .. wrote it up and Tania finished it off because I'd gone on a national tour playing guitar for a a Legends Show. We had to cut it down as the finished tune was too big to fit in the game.

If you listen to the music (especially Stage Theme 4), you'll notice that the music sounds very similar to Back to the Future (NES). Like Back to the Future, the game's music is sped up to 300 and 225 BPM. Gavan said that he didn't control the tempo of the music, the programmers did.

The parentheses represent the names of the source files. The music are .T files and the sounds are .F files.


# TitleInternal Name ComposerArrangerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 Stage Theme 1 (William Tell Overture)WILLTELL Gioachino RossiniGavan AndersonNeil Brennan 2:17
02 Stage Theme 2 (Flight of the Bumblebee)BEE Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovGavan Anderson, Tania SmithNeil Brennan 0:50
03 Stage Theme 3 (Sabre Dance)SABRE Aram KhachaturianGavan AndersonNeil Brennan 1:40
04 Stage Theme 4 (Trepak)DANCING Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyGavan AndersonNeil Brennan 0:55
05 Death Theme 1 (Unknown Lose Fanfare)DEATH UnknownGavan AndersonNeil Brennan 0:02
06 Death Theme 2 (Dragnet)- Miklós RózsaGavan AndersonNeil Brennan 0:02
07 Game Over (The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down)WARNER Cliff Friend, David FranklinGavan AndersonNeil Brennan 0:31


(Verified by Gavan Anderson; Game lacks credits.)

Game Rip

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This rip is missing songs.







  USA.svg   USA
Road Runner - NES.jpg
Title: Road Runner
Platform: NES
Released: 1989-??-??
Publisher: Tengen, Inc.
  USA.svg   USA
Title: Road Runner
Platform: NES
Released: Unreleased
Publisher: Mindscape