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Croc: Legend of the gobbos (1997) [Beta / Prototype – PSX / Saturn / PC]

Croc Legend Of The Gobbos was a platformer game released in 1997 by Defunct game developer, Argonaut Games. Using the BRender engine, which was a state of the art engine capable of powering games released between generations (PS1 and PS2 gens), it took full advantage of the consoles it released on and pushed the game engine to its limits.

Recently, a beta and tech demo was uncovered by a few fans of the game on a now defunct forum, “Croc Fan Forums” , and released to a very few people. A newely formed YouTube channel called Video Game Beta Book, posted videos from both builds that leaked a few weeks ago.

These videos show many things that were changed or cut. In the tech demo, croc appears to be voiced by an entirely different voice actor opposed to His voice actor in Croc and Croc 2. Next, many level designs are different, and some levels are even entirely unseen in the final game. The main island also looks severely different.

The tech demo that leaked was dated November 1996, and appears to be a very early alpha of the game engine, that was likely released to internal testers to test physics.  In the Prototype dated March 1997, it features slightly different animations, has cut levels, and even has something not at all in the final game: Results Screen. The results screen is similar to the ending of levels on the Spyro The Dragon Trilogy games released by Insomniac Games from 1998-2000, where it shows your gems you picked up and score.

Additionally, in the tech demo Croc is more lighter than He appears in the March 1997 Proto and the final game.

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Indiana Jag [Jaguar – Cancelled]

Indiana Jag is a cancelled mascot platform game in development by french Virtual Xperience around 1994/1995. Five different kind of areas were expected like jungle, Old West, Egypt and Space. As Rodolphe Czuba, Virtual Xperience developer at the time, recalled “only some graphics were done for Indy Jag, a concept like a humorous Indiana Jones with a jaguar figure”.

Information and scans from Joypad issue 34, additional images courtesy of justclaws.atari.org

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Super Ninja Goku [PSX – Cancelled]

Super Ninja Goku is a 2D side-scrolling platform / action game, based on the ancient chinese legend of Saiyuki, that was in development (or to be published?) by Santos for the original Playstation. The studio released only 2 shoot ’em up and a puzzle game for the PSX, Super Ninja Goku seems to have been canned for unknown reasons. In 1997 Santos had to close down.

The game was later published by Aicom 2 as “Fuuun Gokuu Ninden

Thanks to Celine for the contribution! Scan from GameFan 4-4

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The Little Prince [Prototype – Xbox 360]

In 2008 MKO Games, a French independent studio, worked on a platform / adventure game prototype based on The Little Prince book. The project looked really nice, with a colorful style that was similar to the drawings that are in the book. Microsoft was interested in this proto for their Xbox 360, but they asked MKO to create a second prototype based on the art style of The Little Prince animated series created by Method Animations. Sadly neither of these prototypes was developed into a full game, maybe becaue Microsoft and other publishers seen The Little Prince as a “difficult” IP to sell to gamers.

Thanks to Superannuation for the contribution!

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Dota-kun no Bouken Roman [NES – Cancelled]

Dota-kun no Bouken Roman is a cancelled side scrolling platform / action game that was in development for the Famicom / NES that was produced by Atlus and was going to be published by Imagineer. There are basically no info about Dota Kun’s gameplay, but we can look at some scans that were uploaded on a japanese website. On GDRI we can read some more info on the development:

Dota-kun no Bouken Roman (“Dota’s Romantic Adventure”) is some sort of side-scrolling action game that was to be published under Imagineer’s WaveJack Jr. label. It was based on an MSX game by SystemSoft. You can see ads and screenshots here. The point is, I asked Esaki if it was developed by Atlus (because I suspected it was). He said it was produced by Atlus, but it was programmed outside the company. That seems to have been a common practice for Atlus, especially in the early days.

Thanks to Celine for the contribution!

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