LED Storm (Arcade)
Also known as: Mad Gear (JP/later US)
Document the prototype, which is VERY different from both the final and location test versions.
LED Storm is not about surviving a hail of laser fire. It's more of a Bump 'n' Jump-type racing game with bigger sprites and powerups.
And pits. Lots of pits.
| Version Differences
Ever wondered why all the home ports feel like a completely different game?
A small credit is in the audio CPU at 0x0000D:
The characters in the game's attract mode all have multiple frames of animation, but only Mohikan actually uses them. The rest are static images.
Snake is Fred's rival. Oh, Fred is the protagonist, by the way, not that you get to see him outside of this cast roll.
Hougan has a case of the road rage. Maybe it's the striped shirt.
"Arnold", who is clearly not based on any actor living or dead, has the most animation frames of anyone besides Fred. The shades are actually a separate sprite. Note that the third unused frame uses an incorrect gray color for the border.
Vebroag's unused frame uses a very different character design! Some of the graphics were overwritten, but you get the gist of it.
A simple yellow road barrier. These appeared in the location test version LED Storm Rally 2011 with a different design, and it looks like they were going to keep them in the game but ultimately decided not to.
To see these, the player has to complete the second loop of the game and have the last digit of their score be 0. This is harder than it seems, as every time the car explodes the player is awarded 1 point. So either get through the entire game without exploding (good luck) or make sure your number of explosions is divisible by 10. Simple, right?
An additional set of special thanks is only in the alternate credits sequence:
The first US release was LED Storm. In Japan and for later American releases, the game was retitled Mad Gear, with the title logo receiving a fancy new backdrop and Japanese subtitle to go along with it. If you look closely, you'll notice that LED Storm's title screen is surrounded by a weird off-black color, this was fixed in Mad Gear. The copyright year was rather conspicuously updated as well, now using the game's regular font as opposed to a unique one due to Capcom apparently not being bothered to draw a 9.