|Original version by Starpath
Rabbit Transit by Atari? Yes your reading things right, this
version of Rabbit Transit was found in an Atari Lab Loaner case. It
appears that Atari and Starpath may have been working on some kind of
deal with Starpath to put cartridge versions of Supercharger cassette
games. To date Rabbit Transit is the only title that has been found,
but others are probably out there.
You are a rabbit (thank God, for a moment I thought I was a furry
midget with big ears!), who must rescue his girl that has been whisked
away to the Land of the Ledges by evil powers unknown. To get to
the Land of the Ledges you must journey through the Mysterious Meadow
and meet your friend the turtle. Unfortunately the meadow is crawling
with various bad guys just waiting to take a piece out of your tail. Since
your a rabbit, your only defense is to quickly jump from lane to lane
until you make your way to the water (too bad your not a furry midget
Once you've made it to the Land of the Ledges you must quickly jump
around and change each ledge from green to yellow. To make your
task more difficult, there's a little guy walking around the top of the
screen dropping rocks on you. If one of these rocks hits you your
dead, and in later levels the rock will start changing the ledges back
to their original color! If you succeed in changing all the ledges
you'll be rewarded with a cute intermission showing the fruits of your
labor. I guess it's true what they say about rabbits after all...
Although the gameplay is exactly the same, there are some
minor differences between this version and the cassette version. Most
of these changes are cosmetic and were probably added to conform to Atari
|On power-up, a few Mysterious Meadow screens are shown (with
the title at the top), and the "Pop Goes the Weasel" tune plays.
|The title screen text is different.
|Pressing the fire button will start a game.
|There are only 2 platform colors on the Land of Ledges screens.
|The rock that's dropped doesn't change the original platform
colors (starting at the 3rd level), only the new colors.
No one is quite if Atari and Starpath were formally discussing
some kind of game licensing, or if this was simply a case of a curious
employee experimenting with new ideas. Whatever the case, the idea
of Supercharger games on Atari carts was brilliant. Not only could
Atari increase their library with quality games, but there would be almost
no development costs involved. It's unknown whether the more complex
Multi-Load games could have been put onto cartridges, and this may have
been the reason why the idea was abandoned.
||Rabbit Transit 8/29
to 2600 Software