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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 Arcade Snow Storm.
Turbo Out Run Amstrad CPC Loading Screen
Turbo Out Run FM Towns Washington has flood problems
Turbo Out Run Genesis After a few courses, you get the chance to upgrade some parts.

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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 (2624)
Too easy, jerky, technically shoddy - generally a poor conversion Amiga Martin Smith (62866)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jan, 1990 93 out of 100 93
Zero Amiga Jan, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Zzap! Amiga Jan, 1990 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Dec, 1989 9.4 out of 12 78
Power Play Arcade Jul, 1989 73 out of 100 73
Play Time Genesis Jun, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Datormagazin Commodore 64 Jan, 1990 6 out of 10 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Jun, 1992 5 out of 12 42
Sega-16.com Genesis Jan 07, 2009 4 out of 10 40
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1990 32 out of 100 32

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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

  • Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #54 “Readers' Top 100”
  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Stuart Wynne)

Contributed to by Quapil (4720), Trixter (8778), FatherJack (58503), Sciere (415485), Martin Smith (62866) and Syed GJ (1525)