Atari2600.com Bugs Bunny Release
Joe Cody of Atari2600.com has sent us word that a previously
unreleased version of the Atari 2600 game Bugs
Bunny will be released at next month's PhillyClassic3.
This version of Bugs Bunny is straight from programmer Bob
Polaro, who will be on hand at PhillyClassic to hand out copies of
the game as well as sign autographs. According to Joe Cody, this version
of Bugs Bunny is more complete than the current
version available, with a simultaneous two-player mode being one of
the biggest additions. Included with the game will be be a full color
reproduction box, color instruction manual and cartridge
Here is what Joe Cody had to say about this upcoming release:
"This is the complete version of the game which was demonstrated
by Bob Polaro during Classic Gaming Expo 1999. Our games code is copied
from the prototype held by Mr. Polaro since 1983. The incomplete prototype
of Bugs Bunny is widely known and available for download on several
sites. Our game has never been dumped, and as far as I can tell never
had a screen capture taken or shown.
The story of how Bob came into possession of the only Bugs Bunny prototype
with the finished game code is quite remarkable. Bob was the sole programmer
and game designer on Bugs Bunny. Bugs was made into a lab loaner and
play tested against Snoopy and the Red Barron some time in late 1983.
Bugs lost the competion, although Bob reports it was more popular than
Snoopy with the younger players. Bugs went back into development. Bob
made a huge improvement by adding the second player option. Both players
play at the same time, one as Bugs Bunny, one as Elmer Fudd. Elmer's
hunting lodge was added as was the ability for Bugs to steal Elmer's
bullets. The intermission and title screen remained. Bugs contains an
original Easter Egg which has not yet been found and was long forgotton
by Bob. This complete version of the game was readied for a Fall 1984
release by Atari. The project was unfortunately shelved at the same
time Bob was let go from Atari in early 1984. This coincided with sale
of Atari to the Tramiels and the removal of Warner Communications (Warner
Bros.) from Atari's ownership.
In 2001 Bob contacted our firm, Atari2600.com, and a partnership was
created to bring Bugs Bunny to the classic gaming community. We decided
to give it the full treatment: full color reproduction box, color instruction
manual and cartridge label. We like to think that we've 'completed'
a missing title from the original Atari 2600 game library.
Of very special note is Bob's continued support and enthusiasm for
the project, evidenced by his agreement to travel from California to
PhillyClassic3 to hand out copies of the game and provide autographs
to any interested collector. Bob Polaro will be available at the Atari2600.com
booth during the show to meet with collectors, talk about Bugs Bunny,
sign copies of the game and so on. This is a limited opportunity as
no provisions have been made for signatures on demand after the close
of the show. Total production run 250 copies. Show Price to be determined,
but comparable to other recent releases."
Update, April 18, 2002:
Atari2600.com has announced a Bugs Bunny Easter Egg promotion
at the upcoming PhillyClassic
3 expo. The Atari 2600 Bugs Bunny game scheduled for release on Saturday
27th at 12:30pm contains a hidden message from game programmer Bob
Polaro himself, Bob and Graphic Artist Alan Murphy's initials. Be
the first to successfully find the initials, crack the Bugs Bunny Easter
Egg, and win two weekend passes to Classic
Gaming Expo 2K2 including two nights at the Plaza Hotel and Casino,
Las Vegas compliments of Atari2600.com.
To tide you over until PhillyClassic3, you can take a look
at our existing Bugs
Bunny entry, where you can look at additional screenshots as well
as download the currently available binary image to try in your favorite