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Turbo Out Run

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
88
3.8
Arcade
...
3.9
Genesis
...
2.8
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Description

The sequel to OutRun features similar basic gameplay to the original, with the action viewed from behind the car, and the challenge being to complete each stage within the time limit. Contact can cause the car to spin, slow down or even flip; in each case you will lose time.

There are 16 stages set across the US, gradually moving from east to west, all depicted differently visually. After every 4 levels, you go into a shop screen, with a choice of upgrades. As the title implies, you now have a turbo booster installed, which speeds up the car, although over-use can cause the engine to overheat, and it is not recharged until each shop section. You have 5 continues, and failure to complete the course within the time limit costs you one.

Screenshots

Turbo Out Run Amstrad CPC The turbo in action
Turbo Out Run Amstrad CPC Our race through the USA starts in New York
Turbo Out Run DOS Title (1 of 2)
Turbo Out Run FM Towns Game Over atho, San Antonio

Alternate Titles

  • "Turbo OutRun" -- Alternate spelling
  • "ターボ アウトラン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Not exactly memorable, but fun. Amstrad CPC Neville (1842)
Too easy, jerky, technically shoddy - generally a poor conversion Amiga Martin Smith (63134)

The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jan, 1990 93 out of 100 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Dec, 1989 93 out of 100 93
Retrogaming History Commodore 64 Apr 12, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Zero Atari ST Jan, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Crash! ZX Spectrum Feb, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Amiga Joker Amiga Dec, 1989 74 out of 100 74
Power Play Arcade Jul, 1989 73 out of 100 73
GamesCollection FM Towns Jul 08, 2008 7 out of 10 70
CU Amiga Amiga Dec, 1989 65 out of 100 65
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jan, 1990 601 out of 1000 60

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Trivia

Tandy 1000

Turbo Outrun is very well programmed, but there are things that a 4.77MHz Tandy 1000 simply cannot do, including full-frame 16-color screen memory updates with any semblance of speed. To offer Tandy owners another option, the developers added an additional graphics option: Tandy 4-color. Selecting this runs the game in CGA. :-)

Without an Adlib, the music is played through the PC speaker, but with a very nicely-simulated 3-voice sound hack.

Awards

  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Stuart Wynne)

Contributed to by Quapil (4740), Trixter (8734), FatherJack (49287), Sciere (263341), Martin Smith (63134) and Syed GJ (1536)