|Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car|
Jap. May 1991
Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car is a kiddy ride that features Sonic playing the role of a police officer, patrolling the streets of a city and keeping it safe from Doctor Eggman. The game was released on December 1991, in both Japanese and English. The English version was not exported to other countries and likely was used in areas where a large number of English speaking tourists frequently were.
The game uses the background music from Green Hill Zone in the original Sonic the Hedgehog, although the sprites onscreen are refined and looks quite different from those used in the original Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. Also, there are speech samples in the game. Sonic speaks in Japanese throughout the game/ride.
The game begins with Sonic providing an introductory speech, then pulling out of a police station and hops into his patrol car. 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 Flicky 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.
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.