Super Road Blaster
|Release Date||31 August 2012|
|Last Modified||22 November 2014|
This is an unlicensed SNES port of the 1986 Laserdisc arcade game by Data East, making it the first interactive movie game and the biggest game on the system yet (6320 Mbit).
You assume the role of a vigilante who drives a customized sports car in order to bring the biker gang responsible for your wife’s death to justice. Super Road Blaster is the first game to use the MSU-1, an enhancement device comparable to special chips such as the Super FX included in certain SNES cartridges. This game shows what titles on the ill-fated SNES CD-ROM drive might have looked like.
This game uses the MSU-1 enhancement chip. Due to this, a MSU-1-enabled device is required to play this game.
At the time of writing, your only options are: • bsnes , an SNES emulator developed by byuu • sd2snes , an SD-card adaptor cartridge for the SNES developed by ikari01
User Review Information
Good Game, Better Tech DemoReviewed By: DurradonXylles on 22 Jan 2016
The original Road Blaster, made by Data East and released by Atari in North America, was a FMV laserdisc arcade game. As JonTron eloquently put it with these types of games, it was essentially joystick DDR. Don’t get me wrong though, the game is both well animated and surprisingly addictive for such simple gameplay.
This version of the game was the first game released to prominently use the MSU-1, a theoretical enhancement chip made by Byuu that allows the SNES/SFC to stream red book quality stereo audio and full-motion video. To this end, the game is a technical achievement in itself since Nintendo scrapped both attempts at making a SNES equivalent to the Sega-/Mega-CD, and it was previously thought that a game like this would be impossible on Nintendo’s 16-bit console.
The game’s plot is heavily inspired by post-apocalyptic car chase films like Mad Max: you play a car driving vigilante who’s avenging the death of your wife after a gang of car and bike racing maniacs force your car off of a cliff (and on your honeymoon, no less). You drive in a modified, red sports car and “blast” your way through 9 stages. The gameplay is fairly straightforward: left and right on the D-pad steer the car, and A and B respectively accelerate and brake your car. There are prompts to tell you when you should perform these actions. If you react too late, you crash and lose a life. At the end of each stage, as well as when your game is over, you’re given a score based on how quick your reactions were.
Overall, I really like this game, and I love the fact that it was given a port using new tech made for the classic SNES. It’s one of a rare breed of laserdisc arcade games that certainly ate a lot quarters back in the day, as well as one of the uncommon arcade titles that contains an actual plot with an ending. This game is a fine example of what can be achieved on the MSU-1, and makes me wish that more of these FMV games were given homebrew ports onto the SNES (Dragon’s Lair, anyone?).
Version 1.2 Recommended - Yes
|Good Game, Better Tech Demo||DurradonXylles||22 Jan 2016||1.2||Yes|
|Quality port||gongclonker||11 Mar 2015||1.2||Yes|