Road Rash (Genesis)

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Road Rash is an aggressive motorcycle racing game where the player assumes the role of a biker who takes part in a series of illegal races across the U.S.A. Starting at the back of the pack the objective is always to finish first on a linear course, overtaking the other bikers. This is achieved by driving very well or by playing it dirty, knocking opponents of their bikes using clubs, crowbars or your bare hands. The other racers fight back in a similar fashion and there are also hazards. All the races take place on the regular road with normal traffic (in both directions) and the cops, as well as occasional oil slicks and stray cows.

By winning races you can get promoted to a stronger division and earn cash with which you can buy a better bike. Whenever you're knocked off your bike or hit something you will have to run back to your bike and lose valuable time, plus your bike will suffer some damage. When the player crashes with cops nearby, it is possible to get busted and then you have to forfeit the race.

Like the whole Road Rash lineage, the game has arcade-like gameplay with no intention to be a motorcycle simulation. While the game has a two-player mode, this is not simultaneous.


Road Rash Genesis Title Screen
Road Rash Genesis Bike shop. This is the bike you start with
Road Rash Genesis Ooohh my head hurts
Road Rash Genesis Select one of these five level 1 racetracks

Alternate Titles

  • "RR1" -- Informal/slang
  • "ロード・ラッシュ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic May 10, 2003 A 100
GamePro (US) Jan, 1992 5 out of 5 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Mean Machines Sep, 1991 91 out of 100 91
1UP! Jul 25, 2008 89 out of 100 89 Aug 28, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Retro Spirit Games Sep 18, 2013 7.5 Stars7.5 Stars7.5 Stars7.5 Stars7.5 Stars7.5 Stars7.5 Stars7.5 Stars7.5 Stars7.5 Stars 75
Play Time Dec, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Power Play Dec, 1991 69 out of 100 69


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    • August 2001 (Issue 100) - voted #88 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll

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Roedie (5211) added Road Rash (Genesis) on Jul 02, 2002
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