OutRun is a racing game originating in the arcades. The player can race across varied terrain in a readily available Ferrari, complete with a female passenger, over a series of short tracks.
Gameplay is viewed form just above and behind the car. The roads are full of sharp bends and hazards, contact with which can cause the car to roll and lose the player's time. On each section of track there is a fork in the road, allowing the player to choose which direction he or she wishes to go in. The player has to to complete five track sections in total, out of the fifteen in the game.
OutRun has always been one of my favourite childhood games. I used to spend so much time with this gem when I was younger, from the early arcade machine days to the day I finally got it installed on my 486 machine. If you haven't played this game, you have lost out on an important piece of the gaming history.
You are competing in a race where the goal is simple: reach the end of the track before the time runs out. You have unlimited lives to achieve this, but that timer doesn't allow for many mistakes. When you reach the end of the current track, it branches out, and you have to choose which track you want to drive next. This means that you can take different paths to the goal, and all the roads have different scenery and track-surface.
To make life miserable on the road, there are of course other vehicles. Maneuvering between these on tight roads can be very challenging at times, especially as you have to do it quickly.
The music in the game is classic, and you can choose one out of three themes to listen to. And there is nothing bad to say about the graphic or gameplay. Even 17 years after its release, this game is awesome. A must have!
The alltime Classic-Racing-Game! It's just one thing: COOL! Why? Well, don't we all want to drive a sportscar way too fast? I love this game. It doesn't look that good, but well - this guy in the red car with his girl racin' against the clock and some mean other drivers (especially those purple ones are annoying). It's a standard game noone should miss!
Legendary Outrun, the arcade racing game that inspired many others such as Lotus Turbo Esprit. This is US Gold's conversion of the original game made by SEGA for the arcade machines that we used to see in the fun parks and such. Anyway, Outrun is a game of fast action driving. You and your girlfriend are in a big hurry for some reason and you need to complete more than a dozen of tracks filled with cars and strong curves. Beware, there is a timer for each track so don't make too many mistakes...
Another popular SEGA arcade game converted to the IBM-PC. This time it's SEGA's 1986 arcade hit OutRun, the classic bitmap racer. The original arcade game just rocks, so get yourself an emulator and play the real thing instead of this mediocre conversion. The graphics are awful, music is PC speaker only - but it's playable and can be quite some fun! Just don't compare it with the original. ;) But a short question to the related music files below: Is Jason Brooke actually David Whittaker? Their music sure sounds very similar. Fortunately the PC conversion of the sequel, Turbo OutRun, is much, much better.
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