Turbo Out Run

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FM Towns
Commodore 64
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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.


Turbo Out Run DOS Title (2 of 2)
Turbo Out Run DOS The starting line -- and your opponent
Turbo Out Run Commodore 64 Get ready for a new round.
Turbo Out Run Amiga The high score screen

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 (2027)
Too easy, jerky, technically shoddy - generally a poor conversion Amiga Martin Smith (63071)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Dec, 1989 93 out of 100 93
Zero Amiga Jan, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Zzap! Amiga Jan, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Zero Atari ST Jan, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Crash! ZX Spectrum Feb, 1990 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Dec, 1989 8.6 out of 12 72
GamesCollection FM Towns Jul 08, 2008 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jan, 1990 601 out of 1000 60
Power Play Genesis Jun, 1992 43 out of 100 43
Sega-16.com Genesis Jan 07, 2009 4 out of 10 40


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The intro music in the C64 version was originally written for Outrun Europe, an Outrun sequel developed by Probe, which was shelved when the deal to convert Turbo Outrun form the arcades was agreed. After Turbo was released, Outrun Europe was deemed not to be good enough to release, and recoded from scratch, ultimately released as Outrun Europa.
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