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- Outrun -

Outrun was originally released in the arcades by Sega and it was one of those machines where you could sit in a cabin and it would move around while playing the game. In it you drive an open Ferrari across the highway with a woman sitting beside you and with your radio turned on max. This is no pleasure ride though and you have a limited amount of time to get to the checkpoint where you can then select your route by taking a left or a right turn. These choices won't affect the game except the scenery will change giving you a bit more variation when you play the game again.

Like many driving games the game uses a simple control scheme where you only have two gear ratio's, a low and high one, making it easier to control. Other than that it's a simple case of steering and braking occasionally when the need arises. Ofcourse you're not the only one on the road and there are plenty of other vehicles blocking your path so you'll have to be carefull not to hit them. In the best case this will slow you down but in the worst your car will flip over. Ofcourse this is still a game so even if that happens you only loose time and your car will be instantly ready for action again.

At the start of the game you can select from two different music scores and I especially like the splash wave tune. The graphics are what you would expect from a racing game with a look from the behind the car. The fact that you can select a different course each level is a good thing because this brings some much needed variety to the scenery which many other driving games don't have. If you fail to make it to the next checkpoint or when you reach the finish line you will be represented with a map of which course you took and how far you got, quite a nice feature.

I used to play this game a lot in the arcades because many kids dream about driving cars especially the special ones. The home versions do a decent job of translating the game but ofcourse they don't have the biggest attraction the arcade version had which is the moving cabinet. Still I think the game is pretty decent and if you're looking for a fast driving game that puts the focus on action you'll have some fun with this game.

Overal rating: 7/10

Erde Kaiser



This game was released for many different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1988.
For such a powerfull system the game plays very choppy.
Amstrad CPC Released in 1988.
Not on par with the C64 version.
Atari ST Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with Steem v3.2.
The graphics may look nice but the framerate is very low and it plays very jerky to the point of being unplayable.
C64 Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
Quite a good version this, the music especially is translated very well.
DOS Released in 1989.
Game has been tested but not completed on a DOS PC.
The framerate is ultrasmooth but controlling the car is a bit 'vage' as it seems there is a lag when you press a button and the car does something.
Megadrive/
Genesis
Released in 1991.
This is one of the best versions released.
PC-Engine/
Turbo Grafx
Released in 1990.
Game has been tested but not completed with Magic Engine v0.98.
This is the best version other than the arcade itself.
SMS - Sega
Master system
Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with Dega v1.12.
A reasonable version I'd say but nothing spectacular.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with emuZwin v2.5.
The monochrome graphics aren't much to look at and they move so slow you'd think that you're driving a xx instead of a ferrari.
Others These versions are not available.
Game gear released in 1991.

Date added Feb-16-2005 19:32
Name Outrun
Developer Sega
Publisher U.S. Gold
First released 1987
Genre Action
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Download Amstrad CPC, filesize: 70 Kb
Atari ST, filesize: 295 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 37 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 390 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 472 Kb
PC-engine, filesize: 328 Kb
Sega Master System, filesize: 140 Kb
Sega Megadrive, filesize: 516 Kb
ZX Spectrum, filesize: 55 Kb
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Manual Download manual , filesize: 3 Kb
This is the same as the text manual.
Solve / Docs No solve available
Get text manual here
 

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