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Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car

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Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega System C2
Genre: Racing
Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
1991-10-01 (Release)
1992-01-01 (Operation)
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Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car (Japanese: わくわくソニックパトカー), named Hedgehog Sonic the Police Officer (Japanese: はりねずみ ソニックのおまわりさん, Romaji: Harinezumi Sonic no Omawari-san) in-game, is a children's ride that features Sonic the Hedgehog playing the role of a police officer, patrolling the streets of a city and keeping it safe from Dr. Eggman. The game was released in both Japanese and English, though the English version was not exported to other countries and likely was used in areas where a large number of English-speaking tourists frequent.

The game uses the background music from Green Hill Zone in the original Sonic the Hedgehog, although the sprites onscreen are refined and look quite different from those used in the original Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Mega Drive. Also, there are speech samples in the game. Sonic and Eggman speak in Japanese throughout the game/ride.

On September 17th, 2015 it was announced that the game had been dumped and will be supported in the next version of MAME.[1]

Story

Opening sequence.

The game begins with Sonic providing an introductory speech, stating his name and job, then pulling out of a police station and hopping into his patrol car in order to "protect the city's peace." At this point the ride begins to move and the player can control Sonic's car as they please. Along the way, the action pauses to let a group of flickies cross the road. As the ride resumes, things remain peaceful for another short period of time, then Eggman shows up and starts shoving cars aside. The player is expected to then activate the siren and pursue him, occasionally jumping out of the car briefly to injure Eggman. When he is damaged enough, Eggman gives up and leaves. If no action is taken long enough, however, Eggman will get away. Either way, Sonic will pull up in front of the police station and the ride/game ends after Sonic gives an ending speech, stating that today's patrol is now over and advising the player to protect course rules.

Gameplay

The game combines a simple video game in a family-sized cabinet (the ride's interior is spacious enough to accommodate two adults) that is in the style of a police car. The game has Sonic playing the role of a police officer, jumping into a patrol car for a daily patrol routine. Along the way, Dr. Eggman appears and begins making one traffic offense after another. Sonic must then pursue Eggman and destroy his vehicle by jumping on it before he escapes.

The ride itself rocks in a left-to-right manner in sync with Sonic's patrol car, and the police car onscreen is controlled by a steering wheel. There is a button that causes Sonic to jump out of his vehicle and hit Eggman once Eggman shows up in the game. Other buttons on the dashboard allow the user to turn on the siren and start the game.

Voice actors

Role Voice Actor
Sonic the Hedgehog Takeshi Kusao
Dr. Eggman Masaharu Sato

Resources

Flyer Scan

Cabinet

References


Sonic games for the following systems
Arcade
 1991  Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car     1993  Sonic the Hedgehog | SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter Galaxy Patrol | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | SegaSonic the Hedgehog     1996  Sonic the Fighters     2011  Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing    
Arcade
 1992  UFO Mini: SegaSonic     1993  Sonic the Hedgehog | SegaSonic Popcorn Shop     1994  Sonic's Space Tours     1997  Sonic the Hedgehog AWP     2002  Sonic & Tails Spinner     2003  CR Sonic     2007  Sonic Spinner     2008  Sonic Live!