A small child, abandoned in a dangerous city and pursued by a pair of murderous criminals bent on revenge? Why, it’s the feel-good comedy of 1992! Take your mind off this alarming predicament with a refreshing soda pop in the DOS version of Home Alone 2.
The Genesis port also includes vending machines, but it’s unclear whether or not they sell soda. That said, there’s a bottle sitting on top of the one in this screenshot, and interacting with the machines restores Kevin’s health…so I’ll include it here for good measure.
The image above is a promotional shot for 25 to Life. Below is the same location in the actual game.
If you’ll look closely, you’ll notice that the soda machines in the pre-release shot are different from what ended up in the game. Specifically, the soda machines in the game feature Vitaminwater branding, as seen below.
I’m guessing the soda machines in the promotional image were placeholders created prior to the Vitaminwater deal. You can check out a green version of the Vitaminwater machine from 25 to Life — and a Crunk energy drink vending machine — in the archive!
My favorite thing about this drink machine from Criminal Case is the human skull just chilling out in the slot. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, though; there’s an ambulatory skeleton hiding on the subway platform in the screenshots below.
What’s cooler than Cool Cola? Ice cold! Thanks for this screenshot from Blood II: The Chosen, Officer_Dan!
As far as I can tell, the only place this soda machine from Dead Rising 2 appears is in the game’s Xbox Live exclusive prologue, Case Zero. [Source]
On the way to grandmother’s house and in need of refreshment? This vending machine from Cruel Games: Red Riding Hood offers a wide selection of hot and cold beverages!
Sure, there’s a cola machine at Crazy Al’s in the Macintosh version of Test Drive II, but I’m more curious about the idea of a gas station that sells car insurance.
The cola machine also appears in the SNES port.
Check out the DOS, Amiga, Atari ST, and Sega Genesis versions of Test Drive II in the archive!
That’s a fine looking Coke machine in front of Gus’ Gas in the DOS version of Street Rod. It’s a bit more abstract in the Commodore 64 port.
The Amiga version is already in the archive.
Beavis and Butt-Head in Virtual Stupidity features this vending machine in front of the Food Mart. I’m pretty sure those are cans of soda on the second row from the top. Here’s another view from a cutscene…
Fight zombies, rescue your cousin Ellie May’s prize pig, and maybe throw back a soda or two in Country Justice: Revenge of the Rednecks!
Karate kick these color-coordinated crooks and clear a path to the cola machine in My Hero, a 1985 Sega arcade brawler!
Wow, what battles—and what soda machines—in Mega Man Battle Network 4!
Initially, I was disappointed that Zombie Grinder wasn’t a game about a reanimated hoagie, but then I found this sweet Dr. Soda machine!
FBI Special Agent Victoria McPherson’s investigation turns up a soda machine in Still Life, an click adventure for Windows and Xbox. Thanks, Ian!
What’s a soda machine doing in the foyer of a strip club? Try not to think about it in The Detail – Episode One: Where the Dead Lie! Thanks for the screenshot, Cornelius.
If you’ve ever dreamed of playing a Super Smash Bros. knock-off starring Tom and Jerry (and featuring a pop machine), allow me to introduce War of the Whiskers for the GameCube!
Wield your mystical sword and quaff arcane sodas in Valis: The Fantasm Soldier for the Famicon!
Of course, soda machines also appear in other versions of the game. Here’s the PC-88 release (including a pixelicious machine from the opening cinematic):
Finally, the soda machines get Coke branding in the MSX release. Well, I guess it’s closer to “Cotc” branding, but you get the idea.
Take a pit stop and treat yourself to a soda in The Evil Within 2!
Marica: Shinjitsu no Sekai is an obscure Sega Saturn RPG that takes place in modern-day Tokyo—a setting that virtually guarantees a soda machine or two. Thanks for finding these, Nana!
I think it’s safe to assume at least one of the bubbly bottles displayed on these vending machines from post-apocalyptic role-playing game ELEX represents soda.
Add a Samurai Soda vending machine to your bunker in and ride out the zombie apocalypse in style! I can only assume the presence of Samurai Soda indicates that Dead Trigger 2 is set in the Ace Attorney Expanded Universe.
Tube Warriors for the Amiga combines two of my favorite video game tropes: beating up people in subway stations and soda machines!
I could earn a few points by destroying these soda machines in Burnin’ Rubber: Crash ‘n Burn, but I’d rather put my heavily armed car into park and just admire them.
While investigating a murder at a movie studio in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix and Maya discover a Samurai Soda machine!
Who could possibly object to this soda machine from Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney for iOS? Thanks, Simon!