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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 SEGA Master System Title screen
Road Rash Genesis Race results. A second place earns you $500
Road Rash SEGA Master System Natasha gives advice
Road Rash Game Boy At the start of each race the other racers will give you tips.

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis Sep, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Mean Machines Genesis Sep, 1991 91 out of 100 91
GamePro (US) Game Gear Mar, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90
Play Time Game Gear May, 1994 81 out of 100 81 Genesis Aug 28, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Gamers (Germany) SEGA Master System Feb, 1994 2 out of 6 80
Game Players Game Gear Mar, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Megablast SEGA Master System Mar, 1994 73 out of 100 73
Power Play Genesis Dec, 1991 69 out of 100 69
Play Time Amiga Jan, 1993 68 out of 100 68


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