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OutRun is a racing game that allows the player to race across varied terrain in a readily available Ferrari, complete with a female passenger, over a series of short tracks.

Gameplay is viewed from 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 Commodore 64 Beginning a race
OutRun Commodore 64 Title screen
OutRun Commodore 64 A race in progress
OutRun Commodore 64 Racing on stage 2

Alternate Titles

  • "Sega Ages: OutRun" -- Saturn title
  • "Out Run" -- Common title
  • "アウトラン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

Commodore Format Dec, 1990 75 out of 100 75
The Games Machine (UK) Feb, 1988 67 out of 100 67
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Feb, 1988 610 out of 1000 61
Retrogaming History Mar 13, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Feb, 1988 5 out of 10 50
Zzap! Dec, 1990 44 out of 100 44
Commodore Force Aug, 1993 41 out of 100 41
Your Commodore Jan, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Power Play Feb, 1988 3 out of 10 30
Happy Computer Feb, 1988 30 out of 100 30


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Outrun on Amstrad GX4000 1 Robert Francis
Jul 17, 2011



The classic red racer you use in the game is quite obviously a convertible Ferrari Testarossa (right down to the "Cavallino Rampante" logo featured in the back of the car), however SEGA had not licensed the likeness of Ferrari products and got into a series of legal issues with Ferrari. The eventually settled but it wouldn't be until OutRun 2 that the car would become an "official" Ferrari.

Copyright infringement

There was a patent case over the DOS port by Unlimited Software, the porting division of Distinctive Software. Accolade, for whom Distinctive had written The Duel: Test Drive II sought a preliminary injunction against Distinctive Software. It did not deal with the general look of the game, but rather the underlying source code.

Distinctive used some of the underlying "computer code" from The Duel for the OutRun DOS port, which Accolade challenged as an infringement of their copyright. Distinctive argued that these were standard libraries and routines, re-used in different games only for the sake of not having to reprogram them. Also, they claimed Accolade never contemplated the transfer of copyright in the library codes and, even if it did, the codes were not subject to copyright protection in the first place.

Ultimately, Accolade lost the case because the licensing agreement only referred to the concept and design of the game, but not the underlying codes.

The full case can be read through a link in the related links section.


A special edition of Outrun on cassette for Commodore 64 was bundled with a cassette containing the music from the original arcade game. The intention being to be listened to while playing the game!


The PC version has undocumented support for the Tandy TL/RL/SL series; there are a few digitized sound samples that can be heard if the joystick is not chosen to play the game (since the TL/RL/SL couldn't play digitized sound and access the joystick at the same time, due to a rediculous design flaw).


Second game Sega made in the 80's that used "Super Scaler" technology.


  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #44 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
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