Cancelled Game Boy Advance Shooter ‘Dune: Ornithopter Assault’ ROM Released

Game-Boy-Advance-Dune-Prototype-ROMOver the last few years we’ve seen an incredible amount of unreleased video games surfacing online through community efforts, developers coming forward with code, and generous donations from collectors. One of the more recent additions is a complete prototype of Dune: Ornithopter Assault for the Game Boy Advance, another entry in Frank Herbert’s fictional world.

Developed by Soft Brigade for release in 2002 under the Cryo Interactive label, Dune: Ornithopter Assault unfortunately ended up shelved following financial difficulties the publisher faced at the time. This unfortunate series of events left what appears to be a rather promising title for the handheld unplayed for years to come, at least until a playable ROM of the game surfaced out of nowhere on Unseen64’s Tumblr blog U64!Leaks.

Unlike the top down titles in the Dune series, this Game Boy Advance outing is more of a 3D shooter in the vein of Battlezone whereby you blast through an all-out-war for the planet’s spice. With more than 20 different missions on offer, several different modes of play, and a tactical mini-map to manage before taking off, Dune: Ornithopter Assault is something both fans of the Game Boy Advance and series should definitely checkout.

Playable on the original hardware with a compantible flash cartridge or via emulation instead, those interested in taking a closer look at Dune: Ornithopter Assault should head on over to U64!Leaks for more information.

Dune: Ornithopter Assault (Game Boy Advance) Gameplay

Link: Download Dune: Ornithopter Assault (Game Boy Advance) Prototype ROM

Further Reading at Unseen 64

Last Updated ( 14 April 2015 )  


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(Link to this comment) breakupthespace 2015-04-16 02:34
Super cool! I like the voxel engine, it looks like a better version of the unreleased "Comanche" for SNES using the FX2 chip. The GBA was a great piece of hardware.

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