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Bum bah dee dah, bum bah dee dah, bum bah dee dah... Was the Stampede $5 Rebate Offer for a warning sign of the crash - an attempt to unload overstock?

Happy TrailsGraphics: 3
Sound: 3
Replay Value: 3
Notes: 1- or 2-player game; Loco-Motion clone
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I only recently came into my copy of Happy Trails, and find it entertaining. I'd rate it as an average, enjoyable game. Although Activision won accolades for "originality" with this game, it was a rip-off of Loco-Motion - which had already existed in the arcade, and was released by Mattel shortly after Happy Trails. I had Loco-Motion long before I got Happy Trails, and think that Loco-Motion is the better game.




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, three variations have been found.
Manual Three variants have been identified.
Overlays Two different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, two labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of three Happy Trails box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Happy Trails Box (Activision M-003-02) Activision M-003-02 1983   Virtually every copy has the $5 rebate offer for Stampede stuck on the front
Happy Trails Box (Activision EM-003-02) Activision EM-003-02 1983   International Edition—back has text in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish
Happy Trails Box (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A None   Digiplay logo on box; no part number or copyright apparent; trayless pocket; manual and overlays in separate slots




A total of three Happy Trails manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Happy Trails Manual (Activision M-003-03) Activision M-003-03 1983 U.S.A.  
Happy Trails Manual (Activision EM-003-03) Activision EM-003-03 1983 U.S.A. International Edition has text in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish; back shows part number and other info
Happy Trails Manual (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A None Brazil Digiplay edition; no part number or copyright apparent




A total of two Happy Trails overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Happy Trails Overlay (Activision M-003-04) Activision M-003-04 1983 U.S.A.  
Happy Trails Overlay (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A None   Activision logo remains, but copyright removed




A total of two Happy Trails label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Happy Trails Label (Activision M-003-04) Activision M-003-04 1983    
Happy Trails Label (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A None   Digiplay version uses standard Mattel cartridge shell; ™ upper right; large red label, slightly rounded corners




Happy Trails... Not much in the way of fancy title screens.
...to you, until we meet again... Wish the background was more interesting. A nice feature of this game is the selectable board size.




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