The Video Game Project

A Closer Look At The Prototypes That Became Your Favourite Games!


AnimaniacsAnimaniacs (released as Animaniakkusu in Japan) is a platform game developed by Konami and released in 1994. It is based on the hit animated series of the same name. In the game players navigate the three characters through a three-dimensional playing field.

The primary objective of the game is to collect 24 pages of a script, though the game can be completed without obtaining all of them. The game focuses on parodies of films at the different stages, that cover a wide range of different movie genres. The characters have no health bar, lives (the game ends when all the characters are defeated/captured, one by one) or special abilities. Characters can pick up and throw things as well as execute a dash move. If all three are together, they can also stack themselves up to reach higher platforms. A slot machine at the bottom of the screen is activated after obtaining a certain number of coins and can be used for a range of power ups, such as temporary invincibility or bringing back characters who were defeated or captured earlier. Throughout the game, there are small robots with white block heads, red bodies and yellow appendages who work for Pinky and the Brain.

Animaniacs Prototype - Front

Proto - Front

Animaniacs Prototype - PCB

Proto - PCB

Animaniacs Prototype - Back

Proto - Back