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Turbo Out Run

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ZX Spectrum
Atari ST
FM Towns
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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 Amstrad CPC Our race through the USA starts in New York
Turbo Out Run Arcade A bend approaching.
Turbo Out Run Arcade Crashed.
Turbo Out Run Genesis Title 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 (1847)
Too easy, jerky, technically shoddy - generally a poor conversion Amiga Martin Smith (63162)

The Press Says

Retrogaming History Commodore 64 Apr 12, 2010 9 out of 10 90
CU Amiga Commodore 64 Dec, 1989 89 out of 100 89
Zero Amiga Jan, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Amiga Format Amiga Jan, 1990 70 out of 100 70
GamesCollection FM Towns Jul 08, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1990 70 out of 100 70
Datormagazin Commodore 64 Jan, 1990 6 out of 10 60
Power Play Genesis Jun, 1992 43 out of 100 43
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1990 32 out of 100 32
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1990 32 out of 100 32


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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.
Contributed to by Quapil (4742), Trixter (8736), FatherJack (39012), Sciere (251344), Martin Smith (63162) and Syed GJ (1544)