Lost In Translation/Joyful Road

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Joyful Road
Joyful Road marquee.
No screen shot.
Joyful Road control panel.
Manufacturer SNK
Released 1983
Control
Method
(2x) 8-way Joystick
Main CPU (3x) Z80 (@ 3.750 MHz)
Z80 (@ 3.750 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
(2x) AY-3-8910A (@ 1.500 MHz)
Video
Details
Raster (Vertical)
320 x 240 pixels
57.00 Hz
256 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 12 ROMs
73,984 bytes (72.25 KiB)
MAME ID joyfulr · mnchmobl

About The Game

Joyful Road is an arcade video game with a car that has long arms that reach out to grab a variety of edible items that appear along roadside.

The object is to drive safely down the road. Pick up enough fuel to stay alive while avoiding other vehicles that go by, grab as many bonus objects as possible including apples, cherries, bananas, acorns, live fish and money, and park your car in the garage. Driving while trying to pick up the goodies is difficult and you can crash very easily on the narrow roads. The pace of the game is frustrating because the hands move slowly while the car itself moves really fast, especially in the later rounds. If one of your hands hits a tree or any other foreign object in its quest for food, the car winces in pain for a few moments until it can use its hands again.

You can get a bonus for putting used-up food into garbage cans. Grabbing fish which leap out of surrounding rivers is a safe bet, but most other bonuses are placed, so you can crash if you try to grab them. The best strategy is only to go for the fuel, since the car is a big gas guzzler and you can also get a bonus for leftover fuel at the end of the drive.

Trivia

This game is known in US as "Munch Mobile".

Cabinet and Artwork

Ports

Computers 
Texas Instruments TI-99/4A (1983)


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.