No April Fools, the BioForce Ape ROM has been released!

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  1. Dangy
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    Bio Force Ape was first revealed to the North American gaming press at the Consumer Electronics Show in June of 1991. Many NES owners first became acquainted with the title in August, when it was featured in a brief Nintendo Power preview. Promising that a release was "just around the corner," Nintendo detailed a game starring a mild-mannered chimpanzee who suddenly found himself in possession of superprimate strength. Being a fan of professional wrestling, the "practically indestructible" ape took out foes using suplexes and piledrivers. ​

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    These small blurbs near the back of the magazine would be easy to write off as a running gag, but the screenshots that accompanied them were too detailed to be a joke. Even with the trademark blurriness and washed-out colors of print magazine screenshots in the early '90s, they were just convincing enough to make one believe -- or at least want to believe -- that an NES game starring a superpowered wrestling ape was out there, somewhere. ​
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    In 2005, a thread titled "Bio Force Ape" was created at Digital Press, a popular forum among video game collectors.
    Offering scant few details, "Paul Brown" posted evidence of his discovery. Images of a prototype cartridge surfaced, along with photographs of the game in action. Brown's gameplay descriptions matched Nintendo Power's previews. His screenshots showed a side-scrolling platformer in an early state of development, but with many gameplay features fully implemented. As Brown's posts continued, forum members were treated to odd cutscenes, questionable enemy designs, and...this.

    Soon, an argument erupted. Collectors urged Brown to sell the prototype. Preservation-minded replies asked Brown to consider the possibility of dumping the game and distributing a playable ROM image. The collectors warned that dumping the game would reduce its market value, while an undumped cartridge could fetch $2,000 or more from a willing buyer.

    Pages of angry diatribes followed. A befuddled Brown continued to post screenshots. One of the game's later cutscenes proved surprisingly relevant to the conversation. Somehow, the arguments at Digital Press continued without a hiccup. Frustrated at his inability to generate meaningful discussion and concerned that his discovery had upset the Digital Press community, Brown made one final reply, showing the Bio Force Ape cartridge smashed into pieces.

    In March of 2010, a prototype version of Bio Force Ape surfaced in a Yahoo! Japan auction. A single screenshot and a picture of the cartridge were posted, along with a very short description. The seller was seemingly unaware of the treasure he possessed (though he priced it high, just in case!).

    Notified by "Paul Brown" himself (who had in the years since revealed himself to be Digital Press forum regular Bratwurst), Lost Levels founder Frank Cifaldi organized an emergency meeting of site staff. Little had to be said about what was at stake. Gathering donations from friends and forum members, Cifaldi placed a bid.

    The auction ended at 250,000 yen, or about $2,700 -- slightly more than the 2K monies prophesied years before. There was still a fair amount of uncertainty that loomed large, however. What if the auction was fake? What if the cartridge was dead on arrival? What if the game was bitrotted, incomplete, or unplayable? It was a lot of money to risk on a legendary piece of gaming history that had only been rumored, parodied, and pranked in the past. Moreover, the auction ended on April 2nd, 2010, leading some to believe that it was simply an April Fool's joke. When the cartridge arrived, would-be dumper Chris Covell produced a devastating photograph. In the fine tradition of Bio Force Ape, however, the picture turned out to be a hoax. The game arrived at its destination intact, and was dumped immediately.

    Bio Force Ape was saved.

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    Playing the game for the first time, something unexpected becomes apparent; not only is Bio Force Ape playable from beginning to end, but the game is somehow even weirder than what Nintendo Power, Internet rumors, and Paul Brown's hoax had suggested. Below is a complete playthrough of Bio Force Ape.
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  2. Lilith Valentine

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  3. DryYoshi

    DryYoshi Love child of Dry Bones and Yoshi

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    I read the site about the hoax.
    Neat! This game seems so weird, that I might play it [​IMG]
    EDIT: Watched a bit of the video. Boss with crocodile legs? LOL
    The mine cart part reminded me of Donkey Kong Country.
    Also, the distances you have to fall sometimes seem annoying.
     
  4. machomuu

    machomuu Drops by occasionally

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    I think I may be allergic.
     
  5. Recorderdude

    Recorderdude Musician, Animator, Buffoon.

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    Damn, playing this thing, I think I can say that it scrolls flawlessly without any sprite disappearing and is on par with summer carnival '92 for technical prowess (while SC92 was praised for the speed of its sprites, the speed of the backgrounds is the amazing thing here.)

    Also, the playable character has a striking resemblance to the guy from the first castlevania DS game, or at least his run cycle does.
     
  6. Mesiskope

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    so he runs like a metrosexual?
    should make him run like Richter.
     
  7. Eckin

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    oh god after beating up a kangaroo thing the character finished him with a GERMAN SUPLEX

    also this game feels ultra fast, pretty cool
     
  8. Hadrian

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    Saw this and thought "finally"!

    So many good ideas in this game, I especially love the main characters animations and actions even most modern 2D games don't so much.

    Would be great if someone could finish this off, its too fast in some parts.
     
  9. Dangy
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    Yeah, some parts were like faster than Battletoads.
     
  10. zeromac

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    What is this..?
     
  11. ihackedit

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    I say hack it up [​IMG]
     
  12. stanleyopar2000

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    I love it when old unheard of games like this gets released...ssh..kinda wish I found something like this [​IMG]

    dump it to my computer...sell it..then release the dump to the internet
     
  13. Schlupi

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    Errr... your sauce has the rom link at the end of the page. >_>
     
  14. machomuu

    machomuu Drops by occasionally

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    Thanks [​IMG]

    Oh -um, I mean...you should probably do something to prevent access to that rom.
    ...Yeah, that's it.
     
  15. Dangy
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    Dangy GBAtemp Maniac

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    It's legal.
     
  16. stanleyopar2000

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    I know...its NES..it's not even SNES...



    and furthermore it's not even officially under the ESA protection..due to the company not existing anymore and the game being a mere UNOFFICIAL release prototype..

    I pirate NES and SNES shit without even thinking about it.
     
  17. YayMii

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    Cool news. But are you sure that this ROM link is legal?

    BTW, what's with the hoaxes?
     
  18. RupeeClock

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    It was someone tugging at the heartstrings of avid collectors and preservers of gaming memorabilia.
     
  19. injected11

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    Sigh... I should've known better than to get my hopes up today. Link doesn't work.
     
  20. purplesludge

    purplesludge anyone have any ideas for this space

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    Works for me.