With the number of fighting games being developed during the 1990s, it’s no surprise that there are a handful of promising titles that never got released. One such title is Primal Rage II, the sequel to Atari’s hit dinosaur fighting game.
For the longest time, the only way for anyone to play Primal Rage II was through the handful of prototype arcade boards that Atari developed, such as the one used by Galloping Ghost Arcade. However, anyone who wanted to try the game from the comfort of their own home was out of luck, as popular emulators like MAME were unable to run the game–until now that is.
After years of work, a custom build of MAME called MAME4RAGE, designed solely to play Primal Rage II, has been released. Now, the emulation itself still has some bugs–on top of the fact that the Primal Rage II prototype itself has some unfinished bits–but the game itself works, as you can see from these videos from Gruntzilla94 and WLNONYMOUS.
Gruntzilla94’s video focuses more on how to actually get the game running in this custom build of MAME.
For a more detailed explanation of the game and its mechanics, check out WLNONYMOUS’s extensive hour and forty minute-long video.
For those interested, MAME4RAGE can be downloaded here.