Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

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.

Thanks, Duncan!

25 to Life

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!

Criminal Case

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.

The Detail

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.

Valis: The Fantasm Soldier

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.

ELEX

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.