Beverly Hills Teens (lost build of cancelled sports game based on animated series; 1990)
Beverly Hills Teens is a cancelled game that was based on the DiC 1987 animated series of the same name, centering on teenagers living the rich, fun life near Hollywood, California.
Developed by French studio Tomahawk (the French name of the series, "Bécébégé" is visible on the screenshots) and written by François Nedelec, the game was originally meant to be released in March 1990 for an unknown platform before the game was cancelled because the product didn't meet expected quality standards.
The game would have mostly been a sports game, à la California Games, with separate trials:
- "Aerobic Test": the player would have had to follow the moves of a dancer while doing it progressively faster.
- "Hamburger Car": outside a snack bar, the player goes into a food fight at a parking lot by throwing hamburgers and French fries.
- "Stolen Letter": gameplay is unknown; it would have been centered on a robbery at a Hollywood mansion.
Pierre Gilhodes, a character designer who is most famous for creating the Gobliiins series (the first of which was developed by Tomahawk as well), worked on the artistic development. On a Facebook fanpage, he revealed that the production was troubled and what they came up with was unsatisfactory. "My art, the concept... everything was junk!"
No known prototypes of the game have resurfaced in any way and very little is known about the game in general outside of an article on Abandonware-France.org.
- Abandonware France's article on the game. Retrieved 13 Jun '14