Despite only being a few days into the new year, 2013 is already looking promising for those interested in the unknown and unreleased. The cancelled, yet promising, Game Boy Color first person shooter Tyrannosaurus Tex has just surfaced on eBay and is very much up for grabs.
In 2001 Slitherine Software were hoping to publish their development debut, Tyrannosaurus Tex, on the Game Boy Color. The shooter showed great promise due to being the first of its kind on the color system, but also given it included multiplayer deathmatch functionality, something many would consider technically impossible on such underpowered hardware.
Much to everybody's disappointment twelve years ago, Slitherine Software's title went missing in action following their disheartening by Nintendo's royalty rates and the low margins that the title would return. This unease not only saw their GBC shooter canned, but also their focus move towards the PC market - where they have quietly been enjoying themselves since.
Since leaving behind Nintendo's portable, not a single bone of Tyrannosaurus Tex has been found. Fans have even excavate a playable ROM of the game from Slitherine Software directly, but sadly the game remains under contract to Eidos and very much unobtainable, somewhat...
Not all hope is lost, however, as the video game prototype extraordinaire Jason Wilson (better known as DreamTR) has listed a prototype copy of the game on eBay with no reserve. What's rather interesting about this prototype (or sample) is the fact it has been provided to its original owner on a Bung Doctor GB cartridge, instead of the rewritable EEPROM cartridges more commonly seen in prototype territory. Accompanying the auction are a handful of photographs showing the game running on a Game Boy Advance, proving that Tyrannosaurus Tex has been resurrected.
Whether or not the new owner of Tyrannosaurus Tex in a days time will release a playable ROM online to the general public is yet to be known. Until then we'll be hoping this Game Boy Color fossil will be uncovered once and for all given it belongs in a museum!
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