Animaniacs

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Animaniacs
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Konami
Developer:
Distributor: Majesco Sales (US re-release)
Licensor: Warner Bros.
Sound driver: Konami/Vampire Killer
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Français
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    T-95176
    Videogame Rating Council: GA
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    (Classics)
    T-95176
    Videogame Rating Council: GA
    Sega Mega Drive
    EU
    T-95176-50
    ELSPA: 3+ OK
    Sega Mega Drive
    DE
    DM 119.95119.95[5] T-95176-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    UK
    £49.9949.99[3] T-95176-50
    ELSPA: 3+ OK
    Sega Mega Drive
    AU
    $109.95109.95[4] FANI03SMC
    OFLC: G
    Sega Mega Drive
    BR
    048350
    Tectoy: Todas as Idades
    Non-Sega versions

    Animaniacs is a game developed by Konami as a tie-in to the Animaniacs television show. The game was released for the Mega Drive in 1994. An abridged version of this game was released for the Game Boy in 1995. An entirely different game was released for the SNES in 1994 (1997 in Japan).

    Story

    The Warner Brothers (and Warner Sister) Yakko, Wakko, and Dot decide to open up a hip-pop culture shop in order to become closer to their favorite movie stars. To this end, they travel across various movie sets in the Warner Brothers studio lot in order to retrieve movie memorabilia to sell. However, once they collect all the memorabilia, Pinky and the Brain attempt to steal them in order to further their world domination plans.

    Gameplay

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    Studio select

    The game is a puzzle platformer. Players control Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, controlling one at a time while the others follow. The character is moved around with Left and Right and jumps with B. The player can switch the active character with C. Each character has different capabilities, and the player must switch between them often to complete the various challenges presented by each level.

    Yakko uses a paddle ball with A to stun enemies. He can also push objects such as crates by moving toward them or pull them by holding A when adjacent to them and moving away. Wakko can strike things with a mallet by pressing A, which can be used to hit switches, break certain objects, and light fuses. Dot is able to blow kisses with A, which, when used on certain characters, triggers certain actions needed to progress.

    The Warner Brothers and Sister share health and lives. Their health is indicated by their faces on the top left of the screen. When they smile, they are healthy, but when they are looking either tired, unhappy, or weak, then they should find health soon (which is found in the form of food items). The player loses a life if a character runs out of health. Lives can be increased by obtaining either 100 stars or obtaining a small golden form of their faces. The levels are timed. The timer starts at 500 seconds and can be incremented by 100 seconds by finding an item. If time runs out, the player loses a life and restarts the level from the beginning of the current section with another 500 seconds.

    Items

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    Star
    Collect 100 for an extra life.
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    Food
    Heals the characters for one hit point.
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    Timer
    Adds 100 seconds to the remaining time for the level.
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    Extra Life
    Awards the player with an extra life.
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    Memorabilia
    Collect an item to complete the level.

    Studios

    The first four levels can be played in any order. The player must reach the end of each level and beat the boss to obtain a piece of movie memorabilia. Once they have been completed, a fifth level opens to obtain a final piece of movie memorabilia. After clearing all five levels, players travel to the final level where they must fight Pinky and the Brain.

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    Introduction
    A brief introductory level.

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    Bungle in the Jungle (The Adventures of Dirk Rugged VII)
    Retrieve Dirk Rugged's Hat. A parody of Indiana Jones.

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    Space Trucking (Space Wars)
    Retrieve Dume Rayder's Helmet. A parody of Star Wars. Vic Viper, the signature spaceship of Konami's Gradius series, cameos as a moving platform.

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    Remember the A La Mode (Swing 'em Low, Swing 'em High)
    Retrieve Jethro Anderson's Badge. A parody of Clint Eastwood westerns (such as Hang 'em High).

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    To Scream or Not To Scream (Bloodmask: Part 32)
    Retrieve Janus' Mask. A parody of Friday the 13th.

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    Once There Was a Man Named Oscar
    Retrieve the Felix Statue. A parody of the Academy Awards.

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    Final Boss

    Bonus Game

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    Bonus game

    The player can find a bonus game hidden in the levels. The game is similar to a roulette wheel. The player bets stars on the odds that the wheel will stop on a particular character; the player can bet on multiple characters. The player can spin the wheel and decide when it stops. If it stops on a character for which the player has made a bet, the player is awarded the number of stars that they bet.

    Versions

    Unlike most other Konami releases, this games was partially PAL optimized. The music plays at the correct speed, the gameplay is slower. There is no known fix for this game.

    Production credits

    • Director: Harry Nitta
    • System Programmer: Koji Komata
    • System Program Adviser: Kenichiro Horio
    • SFX & Characters Programmer: Shousuke "Mac" Harada
    • Demo Story & Characters Programmer: Tsuyoshi Uoya
    • Sound Design: Kiyoshi "K-Mu" Murai
    • Graphic Designers: Teisaku Seki, Koji Yamada, Reika Bando, Kazue Tachinami, Junichi Murakami
    • Demo Story Written by: Jeremy Blaustein
    • Package & Manual Design: Kay Wolf Jones, Kevin O'Donohue, Randy Severin
    • Licensing Manager: Kathie McCarthy
    • Special Adviser: Michael Gallo, Allen Richardson, Jon Sloan
    • Special Thanks to: Kenji Hiraoka, Jun Narita, Masahiro Ueno, Kazuhiro "David" Ueda, Masa Otani, Steve Johnson, Sino & Shiro
    • Special Thanks to Warner Bros.: Holly Stein, Catherine Sollecito, Laetitia May, John Crumlish
    • Supervisor: Yutaka Haruki
    • Producer: Tomikazu Kirita
    Source:
    In-game credits
    Animaniacs MD credits.pdf
    [6]

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Animaniacs/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

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    Print advert in GamesMaster (UK) #23: "November 1994" (1994-10-20)
    also published in:
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    Print advert in Joypad (FR) #36: "Novembre 1994" (1994-1x-xx)
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    Print advert in GamePro (DE) #1995-01: "Januar 1995" (1994-12-23)
    also published in:
    • MAN!AC (DE) #1995-03: "03/95" (1995-02-08)[5]

    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    87
    78 [10]
    Sega Mega Drive
    83
    Based on
    2 reviews
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
    70
    [11]
    Cool Gamer (RU)
    50
    [12]
    Computer & Video Games (UK)
    89
    [3]
    Digitiser (UK)
    76
    [13]
    Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
    73
    [14]
    Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
    70
    [15]
    Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 6 (RU)
    70
    [16]
    Freak (IL)
    80
    [17]
    Game Players (US) NTSC-U
    83
    [18]
    GamePro (US) NTSC-U
    75
    [19]
    Games World: The Magazine (UK) PAL
    85
    [20]
    Joypad (FR) PAL
    82
    [21]
    Mega Fun (DE) PAL
    80
    [22]
    Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
    87
    [23]
    Next Generation (US)
    50
    [24]
    Player One (FR)
    80
    [25]
    Play Time (DE) PAL
    83
    [26]
    Sega Magazin (DE)
    84
    [27]
    Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
    80
    [28]
    Sega Power (UK) PAL
    76
    [29]
    Sega Pro (UK) PAL
    80
    [30]
    Svet Kompjutera (YU)
    84
    [31]
    Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
    74
    [32]
    Super Juegos (ES)
    89
    [33]
    Todo Sega (ES)
    88
    [34]
    Tricks 16 bit (RU)
    80
    [35]
    Video Games (DE) PAL
    72
    [36]
    VideoGames (US)
    60
    [37]
    Sega Mega Drive
    77
    Based on
    28 reviews

    Animaniacs

    Mega Drive, US
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Animaniacs MD US Manual.pdf
    Manual
    Mega Drive, US (Classics)
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    Cover
    Mega Drive, US (cardboard)
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Mega Drive, EU
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    Cover
    Animaniacs MD EU Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Animaniacs MD EU Manual.jpg
    Manual
    Mega Drive, AU
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    Cover
    Mega Drive, BR
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    Cover
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    Animaniacs MD BR Cart.jpg
    Cart

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 86224d86
    MD5 ce0a42a75a9e374cf5092f34bf6927b7
    SHA-1 7e9d70b5172b4ea9e1b3f5b6009325fa39315a7c
    1MB 1994-11 Cartridge (US)
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 92b6f255
    MD5 85b4c7b4b839e5b3614ae7b218129e12
    SHA-1 c474d13afb04bfdb291cfabe43ffc0931be42dbc
    1MB 1994-11 Cartridge (EU)

    References

    1. Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 10 October 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 11
    2. 2.0 2.1 Sega Magazine, "August 1994" (UK; 1994-07-15), page 86
    3. 3.0 3.1 Computer & Video Games, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-15), page 65
    4. Sega Megazone, "December 1994" (AU; 1994-1x-xx), page 30
    5. 5.0 5.1 MAN!AC, "03/95" (DE; 1995-02-08), page 33
    6. File:Animaniacs MD credits.pdf
    7. Ultimate Future Games, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-01), page 132
    8. Computer & Video Games, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-15), page 148
    9. Ultimate Future Games, "January 1995" (UK; 1994-12-01), page 106
    10. GamesMaster, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-17), page 78
    11. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 19
    12. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 15
    13. Digitiser (UK) (1995-02-03)
    14. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 42
    15. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 289
    16. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 6, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 23
    17. Freak, "1/95" (IL; 1995-xx-xx), page 1
    18. Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 12 December 1994" (US; 1994-1x-xx), page 114
    19. GamePro, "December 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 130
    20. Games World: The Magazine, "January 1995" (UK; 1994-11-xx), page 14
    21. Joypad, "Décembre 1994" (FR; 1994-1x-xx), page 106
    22. Mega Fun, "12/94" (DE; 1994-11-23), page 120
    23. Mean Machines Sega, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-10-28), page 66
    24. Next Generation, "February 1995" (US; 1995-01-24), page 101
    25. Player One, "Novembre 1994" (FR; 1994-1x-xx), page 132
    26. Play Time, "12/94" (DE; 1994-11-09), page 108
    27. Sega Magazin, "Dezember 1994" (DE; 1994-11-17), page 24
    28. Sega Magazine, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-15), page 86
    29. Sega Power, "January 1995" (UK; 1994-11-17), page 64
    30. Sega Pro, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-03), page 64
    31. Svet Kompjutera, "Jul-Avgust 1996" (YU; 1996-xx-xx), page 88
    32. Sega Mega Drive Review, "2" (RU; 1996-01-03), page 13
    33. Super Juegos, "Enero 1995" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 84
    34. Todo Sega, "Enero 1995" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 48
    35. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 7
    36. Video Games, "12/94" (DE; 1994-11-23), page 42
    37. VideoGames, "December 1994" (US; 1994-1x-xx), page 105


    Animaniacs

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