California Raisins - NES

Do You Remember The California Raisins NES Game?


Well if you don’t recall the California Raisins: The Grape Escape you shouldn’t feel too bad because it was never released to the general public. Capcom produced the NES title back in 1990, four years after the Vinton Studios got the ball rolling thanks to their wonderful claymation work for the California Raisin Advisory Board commercials.

The California Raisins: The Grape Escape had been reviewed by game critics and advertised in the Capcom games of the time as coming soon. It has been assumed that the waning popularity of the Raisins in 1990 caused Capcom to pull the plug on the title, but obviously Roms are floating around the internet and you must consider yourself lucky if you get your hands on one of the rare NES carts.

The storyline of the game sounds like it might have some ties to the Meet the Raisins special, that our own Claymation Werewolf spotlighted yesterday. It seems you took on the role of a California Raisin in a side-scrolling platformer where you tried to rescue members of your band and get their instruments back from the fruits and vegetable characters that stole it. I wondered if the band responsible for this was Lick Broccoli and the Herbicides but watching this video on YouTube it says the Wild Bunch are the culprits responsible.

[Via] MegaScorcher TV’s YouTube Channel

5 thoughts on “Do You Remember The California Raisins NES Game?

  1. I use to own a reproduction of this cartridge and IMHO the game is horrible. Basically it’s a collectible game if you can find a real deal cart (not a repro) because of the rarity, but for me I want to play games that are actually fun and enjoyable, not “oh look I have this game that’s super rare, but game play is bad”. Just my two cents :)

  2. Vic: Between The Raisins, The Noise, Clayfighter (my personal favorite) and Gumby’s Blood Bath Death Race 87′ I would love to see a retrospective on Claymation based gaming. If you choose to accept the challenge

  3. Vic: Between The Raisins, The Noid, Clayfighter (my personal favorite) and Gumby’s Blood Bath Death Race 87′ I would love to see a retrospective on Claymation based gaming. If you choose to accept the challenge

  4. Commodore Computer Club, sounds like maybe the reason this title wasn’t officially released it not due to the waning popularity but that the game wasn’t any good. Thanks for the heads up!

    Claymation Werewolf…I might just have to take you up on that challenge, my friend! :)

  5. Drahken says:

    I downloaded the rom of this to try it out, only to realize that I had already downloaded it at some point.
    It seems like a standard media tie-in game to me, meaning that it’s just a bland platformer who’s only claim to fame is having some famous character/s slapped onto it.

    I’ve never heard of that gumby game, what system is it on?

    I played clayfighter/2 many times on the sega channel, also on emulators. At one point I had even made myself an avatar of bad mr frosty spinning his head on his finger.
    The clay fighter games are quite fun to play, and have very entertaining graphics.

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