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OutRun

aka: 3D Out Run, Out Run, Sega Ages: OutRun

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Video Game Critic, The (A) (100%)

You simply will not find another Genesis game that makes better use of color - this game is gorgeous. The best stage of all is the opening stretch where you race alongside a sunny beach. If those bright sands, palm trees, cumulus clouds, and deep blue skies don't put you in the mind of summer, then there is no hope for you. Outrun's visual flaws are limited to a choppy-looking beach and clouds that sometimes look like a frickin' tidal wave coming over you! The soundtrack's pleasant tunes convey a carefree, tropical vibe. Long-time fans should recognize titles like "Splash Wave", "Passing Breeze", and "Magical Sound Shower". And be sure to check out the cool stereo effects whenever you pass a car! Simple to play and easy on the eyes, Outrun is arcade racing action at its best.

Jun 5th, 2008 · Genesis · read review

Retro Gamer (92 out of 100) (92%)

A classic game gets enhanced in every possible way to deliver the definitive version. Make no mistake, you need 3D Out Run in your life.

Apr 23rd, 2015 · Nintendo 3DS

Gaming Age (A-) (91%)

But to make a long story short I bet you already know what you’re getting here. M2’s pedigree and a port of a great arcade racer that has a really nice challenge for all ages. Well unless you’re getting too old like me in which case I’m glad for muscle memory. So if you thought it would be hard to screw up a port of Out Run then you’re right! Everything turned out just like you’d hope and it’s a great addition to retro games on the Switch.

Jan 11th, 2019 · Nintendo Switch · read review

Nintendo Life ( ) (90%)

It's clear that nothing can ever replace the sublime experience of sitting inside a hulking, moving arcade cabinet, steering wheel shaking and Passing Breeze pumping out of the speakers. But with arcades becoming increasingly rare, the Nintendo 3DS version steps up to the table and makes up for its diminutive size by packing in plenty of extra features, stunning presentation and immaculate controls. (Note: the Ferrari license still doesn't feature) It may have taken the best part of three decades, but M2 has delivered what is quite simply the best ever home version of Out Run. A fantastic version of a timeless classic and another victory punch for Sega's 3D Classics range - 3D Out Run is a beautiful journey that everybody should take.

Mar 11th, 2015 · Nintendo 3DS · read review

Atari ST User (9 out of 10) (90%)

This is one of the best car simulations I have seen for the ST, and a great improvement on the versions released for other home computers.

Jul 1988 · Atari ST

Nintendo Life ( ) (90%)

If you originally missed out on the 3DS port, this is about as essential a retro release as you can get. Out Run has always been an infinitely playable game, and the new unlockables and online rankings only increase its longevity further. Those with the 3DS version will have to decide whether it’s worth buying what’s more or less the same game again in order to play it on their TV, but for everyone else with an interest in retro gaming, it’s a must-have.

Jan 11th, 2019 · Nintendo Switch · read review

Commodore User (9 out of 10) (90%)

Out Run is a great game for driving enthusiasts and a classic case for conversion.

Mar 1987 · Arcade

Sega-16.com (9 out of 10) (90%)

Aside from some minor scaling issues and the dimmed colors, Out Run for the Genesis is a great game to play and own. I love the feel it has and those endings still crack me up. If you like racers with a twist, check this version out. You won't regret it.

Jul 20th, 2004 · Genesis · read review

SEGA-Portal.de (9 out of 10) (90%)

OutRun gehört in jede MegaDrive Sammlung – ohne Ausnahme!! Gute Racer sind auf dem MD sowieso schwer zu finden, also greift zu, wenn ihr die Möglichkeit habt. Bei mir landet das Modul regelmĂ€ĂŸig im Schacht, schade nur, dass es keine Möglichkeit gibt, die Highscores dauerhaft zu speichern. Wer SEGAs 16-Bit Konsole nicht sein Eigen nennen darf, kann mittels Xbox und Outrun 2 ĂŒbrigens auch den Spielhalleklassiker genießen!

Sep 21st, 2009 · Genesis · read review

Retro Gamer (88 out of 100) (88%)

Obviously the superb 3D effect is no longer available, but there are four brand-new music tracks, three of which are from past versions of the game, and a snazzy remix that includes all three original arcade tracks. Add in an extremely good price point, as well as the option to play on a TV as well on the go, and M2's latest update becomes very hard to turn down.

Feb 21st, 2019 · Nintendo Switch

Génération 4 (88 out of 100) (88%)

C'est la meilleure adaptation de ce jeu d'arcade toutes machines confondues. Sur les versions micros, il fallait attendre un temps fou avant que le jeu ne soit chargĂ©, lĂ , c'est immĂ©diat. D'autre part, l'effet de vitesse faisait que les dĂ©cors devenaient un mĂ©lange de couleurs sans formes. LĂ , le mal est rĂ©parĂ©. A toutes les vitesses le jeu est beau et les dĂ©cors restent des dĂ©cors. MĂȘme sur la Turbo GT (la Nec portable), ce jeu est trĂšs jouable.

Feb 1991 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) (873 out of 1000) (87%)

This is one of the better ST racers on offer, and just shows what the machine can do with careful programming. The coin-op was always going to be a toughie to convert, but unlike the 8-bit versions this one really does catch up the spirit - and much of the excitement - of the original.

Jul 1988 · Atari ST · read review

1UP! (87 out of 100) (87%)

Out Run fut un titre Ă  succĂšs Ă  l'Ă©poque sur Master System, pas moins de quatre jeux portent son nom ! La 8 bits fut vraiment sa console de prĂ©dilection, et il n'y a pas trop Ă  se plaindre au vu de ses qualitĂ©s. Vous l'aurez compris au travers de ce test, Out Run est un jeu qui ressemble Ă  Hang-On, mais aussi Ă  World Grand Prix, la vue est sensiblement la mĂȘme avec cette route qui se contorsionne et un dĂ©cor de fond panoramique, nĂ©anmoins il lui apporte aussi de nombreuses amĂ©liorations, dont une "ligne de conduite" radicalement opposĂ©e, la dĂ©tente prenant le pas sur la compĂ©tition en termes d'ambiance. Cependant, si Out Run peut Ă  juste titre ĂȘtre considĂ©rĂ© comme une digne Ă©volution de Hang-On, ce n'est pas encore un aboutissement comme le seront d'autres jeux de course 8 bits. Cela ne l'a pas empĂȘchĂ© de distraire nombre de joueurs !

Jun 18th, 2004 · SEGA Master System · read review

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) (852 out of 1000) (85%)

Overall this Out Run's no substitute for the coin-op, but it is very playable stuff. The variety of routes and tremendous feeling of speed easily outweigh the graphic rough edges.

Nov 1987 · SEGA Master System · read review

Tilt (17 out of 20) (85%)

Avec Space Harrier, Out Run est l'une des meilleurs cartouches pour la console Sega. A mettre dans toute bonne logithĂšque !

Dec 1987 · SEGA Master System · read review

Retro Archives (17 out of 20) (85%)

Pour clĂŽturer les adaptations du siĂšcle dernier, OutRun sur Saturn aura enfin permis Ă  SEGA d’honorer une promesse vieille de huit ans: offrir l’arcade Ă  domicile! Absolument tout ce que contenait le logiciel de la borne est lĂ , Ă  l’identique, avec quelques options de configuration en plus afin de peaufiner l’expĂ©rience. Il y a certainement d’autres trĂšs bons jeux de course sur Saturn, mais si vous cherchez ce plaisir de l’arcade et du jeu auquel on revient pĂ©riodiquement pour jouer cinq minutes, vous devriez trouver votre bonheur ici.

Jun 6th, 2020 · SEGA Saturn · read review

Retro Archives (17 out of 20) (85%)

Au rang des jeux de course Ă  l'esprit arcade misant sur le fun Ă  l'Ă©tat pur, cheveux au vent, en bazardant la technicitĂ© par la fenĂȘtre, OutRun fait Ă  n'en pas douter figure de monument. À bord de votre Testarossa non homologuĂ©e, Ă  vous la joie de foncer pied au plancher et sans complexe sur cette ligne droite infinie de la libertĂ© façon annĂ©es 80, fournie avec la vitesse grisante, la musique qui reste dans le crĂąne, et mĂȘme la blonde sur le siĂšge passager. Le principe est si basique qu'il en est universel, le dĂ©fi suffisamment Ă©levĂ© pour vous maintenir derriĂšre le volant, et il est impressionnant de constater comment, prĂšs de trente-cinq ans plus tard, il reste difficile de bouder une petite partie supplĂ©mentaire le temps d'oublier ses soucis en fonçant sur le bord de mer ou en direction du soleil couchant. Et de se demander, au fond, pourquoi on fait encore si peu de jeux comme celui-lĂ .

Jun 6th, 2020 · Arcade · read review

ST Action (84 out of 100) (84%)

U.S. Gold did not yield to pressure to release Out Run until they were certain that it was as close to the original as possible. Indeed, improvements and modifications were being made right up until duplication. The graphics are outstanding, the scrolling smooth and the joystick controls are responsive and distinct. In fact, apart from the inconvenience of a lengthy loading time and momentary breaks between stages, this first-class conversion will save ST users a fortune in the arcades. Out Run has already set a blazing trail through the arcades and eight-bit market, shattering both speed and sales records and it will undoubtedly and deservedly continue this success.

Jul 1988 · Atari ST · read review

PC Engine Gamer (827 out of 1000) (83%)

Although Out Run is perhaps over-familiar these days, which makes it hard to get very excited about it, the PC Engine conversion is high quality and still fun to play. Much like the other Sega games of the same era, it's the perfect game to pop on for a quick five minutes every now and again, and while extended play might not have a great appeal, it's one of those games that you will come back to time and time again. It's also well suited to play on the PC Engine GT and looks great on that tiny screen. Out Run successfully retains the magic of the original and is certainly my favourite driving game on the system. If you're into instant, short-burst fun, then you can't go far wrong with this.

Dec 2010 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) (822 out of 1000) (82%)

As good as the ST version and the music sounds better. Rather old hat these days though.

Feb 1989 · Amiga · read review

Génération 4 (82 out of 100) (82%)

Malgré quelques défauts cette adaptation d'arcade est une grande réussite et le jeu réjouira tous ceux qui ont adoré l'original des cafés.

Jan 1988 · SEGA Master System · read review

Consolemania (82 out of 100) (82%)

Insomma, un gioiellino per gli appassionati del genere da tenere sempre con sé sul proprio mostro portatile: scuola compresa.

Jan 1992 · Game Gear · read review

One, The (80 out of 100) (80%)

This conversion, programmed by Sega in the States, is a hell of a lot more impressive than Probe's ST and Amiga efforts. With similar sprite design, it bears a slight resemblance to the Sega Master System version, but runs at a much faster speed. All the features of the coin-op are present here - proper forks in the road to determine your route, plenty of traffic, a route map - you can even select your favourite coin-op tune at the start. Given the limitations of the PC's "sound" chip, the renditions of the coin-ops music aren't at all bad, and lend a "Summery" feel to the proceedings. All in all an excellent conversion - it just goes to show what can be achieved when you really try.

Jun 1989 · DOS · read review

RetroGame Man (8 out of 10) (80%)

Overall, this might be my favourite one-player driving game! The awesome music and excellent arcade controls make it a joy to play. While it is challenging, it can be learned relatively quickly. I love how a full game can be completed in around five minutes so its easy to pick up and play for a short gaming sessions. With all this taken into consideration, I give this game a 8/10 and recommend it to anyone who enjoys arcade or racing games!

Nov 27th, 2016 · Genesis · read review

Retro Archives (16 out of 20) (80%)

SEGA se devait d’offrir la meilleure version d’OutRun Ă  sa console phare, et la firme japonaise y sera parvenue sans forcer. Sans mettre le processeur de la machine Ă  genoux, cette conversion offre des sensations trĂšs proches de celles de l’arcade, tout en proposant des niveaux un peu plus difficiles et prĂ©sentĂ©s dans un ordre diffĂ©rent. Un trĂšs bon moyen de gouter au fun par sĂ©ances de dix minutes lorsqu’on n’a pas la borne d’arcade sous la main.

Jun 6th, 2020 · Genesis · read review

Retro Game Reviews ( ) (80%)

The action is blisteringly fast and successfully weaving in-and-out of traffic is always a rewarding experience. 15 beautiful courses available (with superb design) and seeing them all requires multiple play-throughs. Sprite scaling is excellent and is used for both the roadside scenery and weather effects for a non-stop visual treat. Ability to select a difficulty setting in the Options menu means that all skill levels are catered for. The FM music is terrific and the addition of voiceovers adds an Arcade flair to this home console port. Gameplay is choppy which makes cornering an anxiety-laden affair and the rolling hills result in blind driving. The stage transitions are handled in a jarring fashion and don't subtly fade-in like the 8-bit versions.

Jun 8th, 2022 · Genesis · read review

Retroage (8 out of 10) (80%)

OutRun jest jedną z najlepszych gier samochodowych dostępnych na Segę Mega Drive, jednak nie jest pozbawiony wad. OprĂłcz wspomnianej dƂugoƛci gry, brakuje teĆŒ trybu dla dwĂłch graczy, więc jedynym sposobem na rywalizację ze znajomymi jest porĂłwnywanie wynikĂłw w tabelce. Poza tym zdarza się, ĆŒe konsolowi kierowcy wykonują dziwne i trudne do przewidzenia manewry, a animacja sporadycznie zwalnia. Mimo to zdecydowanie warto posiadać tę grę w swojej kolekcji, jest to idealny tytuƂ do odreagowania po stresującej pracy, albo po prostu miƂego spędzenia wolnej chwili czasu.

Dec 1st, 2013 · Genesis · read review

Sega Power ( ) (80%)

Play this classic 3D racing game on your own or with a mate via the Gear-to-Gear option. Nice graphics and a good impression of speed. More courses would have been nice, but it's still a lot of fun.

Sep 1992 · Game Gear · read review

Retro Game Reviews ( ) (80%)

Despite being an 8-bit port, the essence of the game is still intact and there's plenty of speed that the series is known for. 15 different courses available and the freedom to choose your route to the finish line makes every attempt feel fresh. The one-on-one VS CPU mode is an added bonus, but the 2-player option (via a Link Cable) gives the game real longevity. The controls are terrific and the vehicles have some weight to them which makes cornering a much more natural experience. The rolling hill effect is impressive and the sprite scaling (while a little crude) does a convincing job of conveying speed. Some slowdown in areas where there's lots of roadside scenery and there's no cut-scenes when you reach the goal. The time limits in each course are very strict and there's no difficulty option for less skilled players.

Jun 4th, 2022 · Game Gear · read review

GamesCollection (8 out of 10) (80%)

Conversione di un titolo classico che mantiene lo spirito originale e che vi terrĂ  impegnati per molto tempo senza stancarvi

Dec 8th, 2007 · SEGA Master System · read review

Games Preview (80 out of 100) (80%)

Vi taler her om et godt Sega Master-bilspil, som absolut kan anbefales alle med trang til et hurtigt, lille asfaltrÊs. Du bliver ikke solbrÊndt, men Out Run er sÄ tÊt pÄ 'The American Dream', som noget bilspil nogensinde vil komme.

Aug 1989 · SEGA Master System · read review

Sega-16.com (8 out of 10) (80%)

1987 was before my time, but it’s hard to imagine anything quite like OutRun on home consoles back then. The pseudo-3D graphics, the brilliant (PSG) renditions of the original’s music, the sheer sense of speed is all here, and today it remains a great example of what the Master System was capable of. It proves that the console had the horsepower behind it, and it still holds up in the present day. The Mega Drive/Genesis port may well be the superior version, but at the time it was still four years from release – a generation away. Sega’s vision to deliver the arcade experience at home began with the 8-bit version of OutRun. It deserves to be remembered as the daring first step in that direction.

Nov 3rd, 2016 · SEGA Master System · read review

Your Sinclair (8 out of 10) (80%)

Almost but not quite a brilliant conversion of the totally wonderful arcade machine.

Mar 1988 · ZX Spectrum · read review

FNintendo (8 out of 10) (80%)

3D Out Run då continuidade à excelente linha de conversÔes realizadas para a eShop da portåtil 3DS. Para quem esteja à procura de um pouco de nostalgia dos jogos arcade, aqui estå mais um jogo de corridas que tanto fez suspirar os jogadores daquela época. Trata-se de uma mais uma pérola do grande Yu Suzuki e que não vai desiludir ninguém que deseje recuar ao passado.

Apr 12th, 2015 · Nintendo 3DS · read review

Nintendo-Online.de (8 out of 10) (80%)

Aus der diesjĂ€hrigen 3D-Remake Welle hat bereits „3D After Burner II“ ĂŒberzeugt, doch „3D Out Run“ macht seine Sache noch besser und schiebt sich unangefochten an die Spitze der Sega-Klassiker im 3D-Gewand. Das mag auch daran liegen, dass es bis heute nur wenige Spiele verstanden haben, Renn- und Urlaubsfeeling so gekonnt zu kombinieren wie das Original „Out Run“. Mit dem roten Cabrio am Traumstrand entlang zu fahren, auf dem Beifahrersitz eine hĂŒbsche Blondine und trotz der gnadenlos heruntertickende Uhr die Landschaft zu genießen, schafft anscheinende nur der Klassiker schlechthin. Wer sich trotz des Alters fĂŒr die 3D-Remakes interessiert und eines der Spiele ziehen möchte, sollte auf jeden Fall zu „3D Out Run“ greifen.

Mar 15th, 2015 · Nintendo 3DS · read review

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (8 out of 10) (80%)

Of course while Outrun itself is famous for its relentless sprite scaling to create an illusion of intense speed, simply burning rubber the whole time is a sure recipe for disaster. A minor collision merely causes the car to spin out and your livid ladyfriend to apply a series of affectionate blows to your head and neck, but careening into a diabolically-placed billboard at Mach-5 catapults the both of you straight into the unforgiving dirt while your ride majestically twirls off towards the horizon complete with a deafening crash. Despite the fact that repeatedly emulating a crash test dummy always makes for great entertainment, this is actually the KISS OF DEATH for your remaining coinage.

Nov 12th, 2010 · Arcade · read review

All Game Guide ( ) (80%)

Complementing the breathtaking graphics are three selectable tunes: Passing Breeze, Splash Wave and Magical Sound Shower. Due to the popularity of the game and its rocking music, Sega released an Out Run CD soundtrack. The sit-down simulator version of this raucously enjoyable racer is equipped with a moving, hydraulically enhanced cabinet.

1998 · Arcade · read review

Nintendo-Online.de (8 out of 10) (80%)

Auch nach ĂŒber 30 Jahren macht „Out Run” einfach Spaß. Das klassisch-arcadige Renn-Feeling geht schnell in Fleisch und Blut ĂŒber. Die kurze Spielzeit einer Session gepaart mit der frei wĂ€hlbaren Route sorgen dafĂŒr, dass man immer wieder eine Runde drehen will. Ein paar nette ZusĂ€tze der Switch-Umsetzung sorgen dafĂŒr, dass man hier die beste Umsetzung des Klassikers bekommt.

Feb 20th, 2019 · Nintendo Switch · read review

Games Machine, The (UK) (79 out of 100) (79%)

An annoying feature of the conversion is the Ferrari's instant stop when the time reaches zero, compared with the gradual deceleration of the coin-op game. Despite the occasional graphic omissions and the multiloading, the ST Out Run has been worth the wait and is an admirable conversion of an incredible coin-op... and yet, don't expect too much of the game even though it is on the ST,

Jun 1988 · Atari ST · read review

Retro Archives (15.5 out of 20) (78%)

La PC Engine ne cesse jamais de surprendre, et pour ce qui est de porter des jeux d’arcade super-exigeants en terme de puissance, elle aurait quelques leçons Ă  donner Ă  pratiquement tous les systĂšmes 16 bits! OutRun y offre une expĂ©rience lĂ©gĂšrement infĂ©rieure Ă  ce que proposait l’arcade, mais en conservant l’essentiel: le fun et cette envie persistante de revenir s’accorder dix minutes de dĂ©tente des annĂ©es aprĂšs avoir achetĂ© la cartouche (ou plutĂŽt, la carte-mĂ©moire). Du trĂšs bon boulot.

Jun 6th, 2020 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

Sega Pro (UK) (77 out of 100) (77%)

The classic racing game loses nothing on the small screen. May prove to be a little easy but it is a pleasure to play. This is the racing game to buy, not Super Monaco Grand Prix which has been totally ruined on the Game Gear.

Mar 1992 · Game Gear · read review

Consoles Plus (76 out of 100) (76%)

L'animation est sympa et les effets en pseudo 3-D donnent vraiment l'impression que les Ă©lĂ©ments du dĂ©cor (pancartes, arbres, rochers ...) sont rĂ©els. Cette course de voiture Ă©toffe la bibliothĂšque de simulations automobiles de la Megadrive, qui n'Ă©tait jusqu'Ă  prĂ©sent constituĂ©e que par l'unique Monaco Grand Prix. Sans ĂȘtre le jeu de l'annĂ©e, cette simulation est amusante et vous permettra de conduire, le temps d'une partie, au volant d'une ferrari !

Sep 1991 · Genesis · read review

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (9 out of 12) (75%)

Der ganz normale Rennmodus ist selbstverstĂ€ndlich auch noch vorhanden, jedoch unterscheiden sich die Strecken von denen des Automaten, was aber nichts macht. Out Run auf dem Game Gear ist ĂŒberraschen gut. Gerade durch den Competition-Modus wird Out Run zu einem wirklich interessanten Programm. Probefahren lohnt sich!

Oct 1991 · Game Gear · read review

Games Machine, The (UK) (75 out of 100) (75%)

Despite limitations, such as the decrease in screen size (resulting in a squashed, but sleek-looking Ferrari), Out Run plays well on the Amiga and is a commendable conversion.

Jan 1989 · Amiga · read review

Commodore Format (75 out of 100) (75%)

Out Run does have it's faults and isn't an accurate conversion but then again anyone who thought it would be is out of his tree. It's fast, playable and looks good.

Dec 1990 · Commodore 64 · read review

Video Chums (7.5 out of 10) (75%)

Out Run fans will appreciate this Sega Ages release of the arcade classic but newcomers may be perplexed as to how such a simple and repetitive game is so highly regarded.

Jan 10th, 2019 · Nintendo Switch · read review

Sega Does (B) (75%)

OutRun‘s vibes of freedom, speed, wealth and recklessness translates well to the Master System. This is due in part to top-notch controls, but also to the simple sprite of the Ferrari with its top-down and two people inside. This classic American image appeals to the basic human desire of wanting to be cooler than you are, which is – let’s face it – what lies at the heart of so many video games in the first place. When I think of OutRun, I don’t think of a good racing game. I think of the Ferrari and the experience of being the cool, rich kid with the world at your fingertips. Even if Polo Shirt Boy and Trophy Girl have some major self-loathing going on, it doesn’t matter. They have a Ferrari that can speed past whatever blues they carry with them. So I say, drive on, you caricatures of excess. Drive on.

Jan 16th, 2015 · SEGA Master System · read review

Play Time (74 out of 100) (74%)

Die schlechte Schaltung (zwei GĂ€nge!) ist eigentlich der einzig negative Punkt, denn bei rasanten Lenkmanövern kann es schon mal passieren, daß sich der linke Daumen auf dem Joypad verirrt und die falsche Taste trifft. Trotzdem zĂ€hle ich Out Run zu den besseren Rennspielen, da durch die große Streckenvielfalt auch eine lĂ€ngerfristige Motivation gewĂ€hrleistet ist.

Jan 1992 · Genesis

Happy Computer (73 out of 100) (73%)

Der Spielautomat Out Run ist wegen seiner exzellenten Grafik und der Hydraulik zum Superhit geworden. Leider ist es unmöglich, diese beiden Besonderheiten bei einer Umsetzung auf ein Videospiel-System zu berĂŒcksichtigen. Wenn man diese Tatsache einkalkuliert, ist die Adaption von Out Run recht gut gelungen. Die Grafik ist sehr farbenfroh, und das Tempo holt eine Menge aus der Z80-CPU heraus. Leider merkt man jetzt um so schmerzlicher, daß das Spielprinzip von Out Run nicht unbedingt das intelligenteste ist. Man dreht halt seine Runden, achtet stĂ€ndig auf die ablaufende Zeit und tut sein Bestes, nicht von der Fahrbahn abzukommen oder ein anderes Auto zu rammen. Interessante Details wie die Wahlmöglichkeit zwischen verschiedenen Strecken und der anstĂ€ndige 3D-Effekt bewahren Out Run davor, von mir eine Schelte zu beziehen.

1986 · SEGA Master System · read review

Crash! (72 out of 100) (72%)

Views were split between "the best you could have expected" adn "a poor translation of a great arcade game".

Feb 1988 · ZX Spectrum · read review

Games Machine, The (UK) (72 out of 100) (72%)

Out Run is instantly very playable, with good sound - although the three tunes do rather resemble each other, they do add a nice atmosphere. The graphics, however, are a let down; the backgrounds are well drawn, but on the racetrack things are not all good.

Feb 1988 · SEGA Master System · read review

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (8.6 out of 12) (72%)

Die PC-Engine-Umsetzung ist technisch fehlerfrei. Mit rasender Geschwindigkeit sausen wir an den Gegnern vorbei. Kaum Ruckeln wahrzunehmen, trotz der teils recht großen Objekte. Kein Vergleich zu den eher „abschneckenden“ Home-Computer-Fassungen. Diese wirklich gelungene Umsetzung bescherte uns NEC, Miterfinder der PC-Engine, höchstpersönlich. Out Run, PC-Engine: Eine Konvertierung (fast) ohne Ecken und Kanten.

Feb 1991 · TurboGrafx-16

ST/Amiga Format (71 out of 100) (71%)

It's an excellent conversion of the game and captures the feel and action of the arcade version. However, it is a little on the easy side and it won't take long to exhaust the routes. If you seek life in the fast lane, Out Run delivers.

Jul 1988 · Atari ST · read review

Play Time (70 out of 100) (70%)

Kurzum: Den Vergleich zum “Orginal“ braucht die GG-Umsetzung nicht zu scheuen. Es ist und bleibt die Legende der Rennsimulationen.

Dec 1991 · Game Gear

Games-X ( ) (70%)

Although it fails to be the classic it was in the arcades, the Mega Drive version is on of the best I've played.

Aug 29th, 1991 · Genesis · read review

Retrogaming.it (7 out of 10) (70%)

Non Ăš quel capolavoro del coin-op, ma rimane sempre un buon giochino di giuda con visuale dietro la vettura.

Jan 22nd, 2008 · SEGA Master System · read review

Retrogaming History (7 out of 10) (70%)

Out Run in sala giochi Ăš un capolavoro assoluto, su Master System Ăš una buona conversione. In sostanza ci si ritrova tra le mani una produzione valida e divertente ma lontana dai fasti dell'originale e ciĂČ Ăš dovuto sopratutto alle limitazioni hardware della console. (PerĂČ il flickerio/sfarfallio poteva e doveva essere minore)

Jan 22nd, 2008 · SEGA Master System · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (70 out of 100) (70%)

The classic Sega coin-op blazes onto the PC Engine after what seems an eternity of waiting, and although the graphics and sound are okay, and the game itself is fast, it doesn't take long to finish the game. Also, watch out for the shakey graphics if you have a ropeyvision PAL Engine. For fans of the genre only.

Mar 1991 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

Tilt (14 out of 20) (70%)

PrÚs de trois ans aprÚs les conversions micros, ce grand classique de Sega fait une arrivée surprenante sur la PC Engine. Cette nouvelle version est largement supérieure aux précédentes, mais on reste encore trÚs loin des incroyables performances du jeu d'arcade d'origine. Le graphisme n'a rien d'extraordinaire mais cela est compensé par une animation trÚs rapide, qui rend la course excitante. De plus, on appréciera la présence de plusieurs niveaux de difficulté, ce qui est un gage de longévité. Out Run fera surtout le bonheur des possesseurs de la PC Engine GT, car ce programme est particuliÚrement à son avantage sur cette console portable.

Mar 1991 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (7 out of 10) (70%)

US Gold can breath a hefty sigh of relief with this version of the brilliant Sega coin-op. A lot was expected from the first 16-bit version and no one need be embarrassed about it. If you own an ST you simply mustn't be without a copy of Out Run. A game to keep coming back to.

Jun 1988 · Atari ST · read review

Retrogaming History (7 out of 10) (70%)

Tutto sommato questo Out Run si lascia giocare e non lesina una buona dose di divertimento. Badate bene perĂČ che Ăš molto lontano dal coin-op che ha spopolato nelle sale giochi del passato. Prima di un eventuale acquisto consiglio di provarlo poichĂš sono state apportate al gioco alcune modifiche e alcuni tagli rispetto a ciĂČ che Ăš lecito aspettarsi

Oct 1st, 2008 · Game Gear · read review

Portable Review (28 out of 40) (70%)

Admittedly, this game doesn’t have much replay going for it. I mean, going through the numerous paths found in “1 Player Mode” is interesting and racing against an opponent on the numerous courses is fun, but it doesn’t have much lasting value. On the other hand, this is a great pick-up-and-play game, so though it won’t keep you engaged for very long, you might find yourself coming back to it later.

Oct 5th, 2006 · Game Gear · read review

Megablast (70 out of 100) (70%)

Wie auch immer, es fĂ€llt jedenfalls kaum auf, daß sowohl die 3D-Grafik als auch der spritzige Sound mit dem Automaten kaum noch etwas gemeinsam haben — flott bzw. laut genug ist das Geschehen allemal. An der Steuerung gibt‘s ebenfalls nichts auszusetzen, höchstens an der Langzeitmotivation fĂŒr Solodriver: Out Run macht im Duett eindeutig am meisten Spaß!

1992 · Game Gear

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) (692 out of 1000) (69%)

[Retest] Racing games become kerb crawlers fast.

Oct 1988 · SEGA Master System · read review

Zzap! (68 out of 100) (68%)

A brave attempt, but Out Run simply lacks the original's playability and flair.

Feb 1988 · Commodore 64 · read review

Games Machine, The (UK) (67 out of 100) (67%)

Out Run has a serious flaw, which only becomes apparent on playing. It is far, far too easy, and completing a course within a few goes is a task even the most novice of budding Testarossa drivers won't find difficult. Consequently, lasting appeal is severely lacking.

Feb 1988 · Commodore 64 · read review

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (8 out of 12) (67%)

Was bei Out Run an Geschwindigkeit geboten wird, ist fast schon unglaublich. Das schöne daran ist, daß die ĂŒbrige Grafik darunter nicht leiden mußte und nahezu mit der des Automaten identisch ist.Ab und zu flackert‘s zwar etwas, doch das fĂ€llt nicht ins Gewicht. Der Sound ist ebenfalls gut gelungen, es gibt sogar ein StĂŒck mehr. FĂŒr Fans des Genres ist Out Run sehr interessant, fĂŒr Out-Run-Fans ein Muß!

Oct 1991 · Genesis · read review

Sega Pro (UK) (64 out of 100) (64%)

You have to race over five different tracks and avoid all the traffic that is out on the road. Both versions are equally playable but neither has the feel and speed needed for a great racer.

Mar 1992 · SEGA Master System · read review

Power Play (64 out of 100) (64%)

Mir persönlich macht "Super Monaco Grand Prix" zwar mehr Spaß als Out Run, doch die kalifornische Sunshine-AtmosphĂ€re macht den ein oder anderen Fahrfehler wieder wett. Wer schon immer zu schmissiger Musik im Cabrio samt blonder Beifahrerin die USA durchkreuzen wollte, darf das Modul einlegen: Out Run ist kein allzu intelligentes Autorennen, der Spaß am Fahren steht im Mittelpunkt.

Nov 1991 · Game Gear

Power Play (63 out of 100) (63%)

Die Amiga-Version ist allerdings sehr leicht zu beherrschen. Schon mit wenig Übung schafft man die ersten Levels ohne Unfall, da man selbst mit 293 Sachen um alle Kurven kommt. Die Tempoanzeige wird zum ĂŒberflĂŒssigen Accessoire, weil die Geschwindigkeit kaum Einfluß auf das Fahrverhalten nimmt. Als Hauptschwierigkeiten bleiben daher nur die anderen Autos. Doch selbst die Porsche lassen sich anfangs wie KĂ€fer und Lastwagen problemlos vom roten Renner ĂŒberholen.

Jan 1989 · Amiga · read review

Power Play (63 out of 100) (63%)

Die PC-Engine-Umsetzung ist zwar die bislang technisch beste, doch die fehlende spielerische Tiefe lĂ€ĂŸt das Cabrio-Feeling schnell auf ein gesundes Mittelmaß schrumpfen. Sicherlich, Spaß macht die flotte Fahrt durch die hĂŒbsche 3-D-Landschaft schon, doch die Langzeitmotivation kommt ganz schön unter die RĂ€der. NEC Avenue hat eine brave Umsetzung abgeliefert, die manchmal etwas Detailliebe vermissen lĂ€ĂŸt. So hĂ€tte ich mir die Musik durchaus ein wenig kraft- und schwungvoller gewĂŒnscht.

Apr 1991 · TurboGrafx-16

Video Games (62 out of 100) (62%)

Den durch die vorangegangenen Konvertierungen hohen Erwartungen wird diese Out-Run-Version leider nicht ganz gerecht. Trotzdem (und trotz des fortgeschrittenen Alters des Automatenvorbilds) macht das unbeschwerte Cabriogerase Spaß: Die Grafik ist flott, hĂŒbsch gezeichnet und farbenfroh, einige technisch unsaubere Details fallen deshalb nicht weiter negativ auf. Wie beim Automaten kann die Musikbegleitung vor Spielbeginn gewĂ€hlt werden. Auch hier hĂ€tten sich die Programmierer ruhig ein wenig mehr Muhe geben können. Out-Run-Themen wie “Splash Wave“ dĂŒdeln recht gelangweilt aus dem Monitorlautsprecher. Dennoch lohnt sich der Kaut nicht nur fĂŒr Ferrari- und Blondinenfreunde

Mar 1991 · TurboGrafx-16 · read review

Video Games (62 out of 100) (62%)

Nach langen Jahren des Wartens könnte man mit dieser Version eigentlich ganz zufrieden sein: Die 3-D-Grafik ist einigermaßen flott und die HĂŒgel- wie Talfahrten kommen optisch gut rĂŒber. Die allgemeine Steuer- und Spielbarkeit ist vorbildlich, obwohl man ohne Lenkrad auskommen muß. Trotzdem bleibt ein fader Nachgeschmack, der nicht nur an der uninspiriert umgesetzten Soundkulisse liegt. Die Grafik hĂ€tte noch etwas detaillierter sein mĂŒssen und an einigen StreckenrĂ€ndern scheint sich seit 1986 der Kahlschlag breit gemacht zu haben. Dies ist aber nicht der entscheidende Haken. Im Endeffekt ist Out Run ein extrem einfaches Rennspiel ohne Pfiff und vor allem ohne Hydraulik. Alle Spielhallenfans können zugreifen, der Rest sollte antesten.

Dec 1991 · Genesis

Games Machine, The (UK) (61 out of 100) (61%)

Nearly all the features of the arcade machine have been squeezed into the Spectrum, but at the expense of speed and an arduous multi-load. At the end of each track, the action freezes while another level is loaded, and depending on the course taken, waits can be teeth-grittingly long.

Feb 1988 · ZX Spectrum · read review

Amiga Action (61 out of 100) (61%)

Sample the greatest racing game at the arcades in the comfort of your own home, and now for only 8 quid!

Apr 1991 · Amiga · read review

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) (610 out of 1000) (61%)

A good impression of speed and some excitingly chunky roadside features may be fine technical achievements, but they can't paper over gaping cracks in the gameplay. Without junctions, tight corners, roadsigns or realistic acceleration it's hard to call this Out Run at all.

Feb 1988 · Commodore 64 · read review

VideoGame ( ) (60%)

Semelhante aos fliperamas com carros de corrida, este jogo tem cinco etapas, com cinco traçados a percorrer.

Mar 1991 · SEGA Master System · read review

Sega Power ( ) (60%)

Take away the steering wheel and snazzy graphics you get with the coin-op and what's left? A competent road racer. The road junctions don't work very well and the action is a bit lackluster, but it's good fun.

Dec 1993 · SEGA Master System · read review

Commodore User (6 out of 10) (60%)

Without the exhilerating graphics and other cosmetics, Out Run on the 64 is little more than a mediocre racing game - certainly not the greatest home computer arcade conversion of all time as the blurb proudly proclaims. The worst thing about a conversion like this which has so much build up is the inevitable let down it incurs.

Jan 1988 · Commodore 64 · read review

Retrogaming History (6 out of 10) (60%)

Una conversione che poteva essere realizzata decisamente meglio! CosĂŹ com'Ăš rimane un giochino di guda divertente ma lontano anni lice dal coin-op. Le uniche note davvero positive sono la fluiditĂ  dello scorrimento e la buona resa delle musiche (anche se sono diminuite). Davvero un peccato la scomparsa dei bivi

Mar 13th, 2009 · Commodore 64 · read review

IMPLANTgames (6 out of 10) (60%)

Overall, Out Run is a decent title for the Sega Master system. The controls are simple, and the music is excellent. The branching paths and alternate endings offer a lot of replay value, and it will take a good amount of time to thoroughly complete this title. If you are looking for a hidden gem that sets the Master System apart from the Nintendo, you may be disappointed. If you are looking for a cheap entertaining Sega Master System game, this is for you.

Dec 3rd, 2009 · SEGA Master System · read review

Retrogaming History (6 out of 10) (60%)

Una conversione attenta a mantenere tutte le caratteristiche originali. Purtroppo si Ăš esagerato con la realizzazione grafica, implementando sprite forse troppo grandi e dettagliati. Questa attenzione al "disegno" non Ăš sostenuta da uno scorrimento adeguato che in molti casi si presenta lento e scattoso rovinando il divertimento generale. A mio parere questo titolo poteva avere un senso quando Ăš uscito, oggi Ăš da evitare

Aug 21st, 2009 · ZX Spectrum · read review

SEGA Mega Drive Game Power (6 out of 10) (60%)

OutRun ist eine Umsetzung eines Spielhallenklassikers aus den frĂŒhen 80er Jahren. Technisch ist diese Umsetzung perfekt gelungen, wunderschöne Landschaften schießen in toller 3-D-Graphik auf den Betrachter zu. Jedoch ist das Spiel ziemlich ereignisarm. Hat man erst einmal alle Landschaften gesehen, sinkt die Motivation enorm. Es sollte also immer mit einem hohen Schwierigkeitsgrad gespielt werden, damit das Modul nicht zu schnell seinen Reiz verliert. Durch schöne Graphik und schöne Sounds verdient dieses Rennspiel zumindest fĂŒr Fans dieses Genres noch die Beurteilung „empfehlenswert“.

1993 · Genesis

Games-X ( ) (60%)

There are only two lanes on the road, which I found to be quite a disappointment. Another major gripe is the lack of other road users on the same stretch as yourself. To sum up, a somewhat average racing game that fails to show the power of this Sega portable.

Aug 29th, 1991 · Game Gear · read review

Retro Archives (12 out of 20) (60%)

OutRun sur Master System ne peut peut-ĂȘtre pas prĂ©tendre aller chatouiller la borne d’arcade, mais ce portage reprĂ©sente sans discussion possible la meilleure version 8 bits du jeu, et de trĂšs loin. C’est moins beau, ça va moins vite, mais le charme est toujours lĂ . Certainement moins de fun, mais de la nostalgie en perfusion pour tous les joueurs ayant apprĂ©ciĂ© la console de SEGA.

Jun 6th, 2020 · SEGA Master System · read review

Video Game Critic, The (C+) (58%)

I've played several versions of this game, and I'm fairly satisfied with this one. In this arcade racer you speed your convertible down a highway that cuts through many different environments. Forks in the road allow you to select your path, which adds to the game's replay value. The backgrounds aren't spectacular, but the change of scenery spices up the monotonous gameplay. Basically you just need to stay on the road and avoid oncoming cars. The road is wide and the control is good. Unfortunately, when you crash the people don't fly out like they did in the arcade (couldn't they have squeezed that in?). Your car looks great, but the oncoming cars are distorted. The scaling scenery is choppy, but that's okay because it's basically just eye candy anyway. At the beginning of the game, you can select your background music. Outrun is likable enough, but not all that exciting.

Dec 14th, 2000 · SEGA Master System · read review

Retro Archives (11 out of 20) (55%)

[MSX2]...alors que celle distribuée par Pony Canyon sur MSX2 est une itération correcte, presque au niveau de celle parue sur Master System.

Jun 6th, 2020 · MSX · read review

Defunct Games (55 out of 100) (55%)

At the end of the day it's hard to look past OutRun's bad graphics, broken game play, and disappointing sense of speed. This just isn't a quality port of an otherwise good arcade game. There were moments when I played it that I could see brief glimpses of the greatness that I remembered in the arcade, but those were too few and far between. Just look elsewhere when choosing an 8-bit arcade racer.

Jul 10th, 2005 · SEGA Master System · read review

Retro Archives (11 out of 20) (55%)

Sur le papier, OutRun version Game Gear offrait une partie des nouveautĂ©s manquant aux autres portages, Ă  commencer par un mode deux joueurs bienvenu. Malheureusement, en dĂ©pit d’une rĂ©alisation assez rĂ©ussie, la simplicitĂ© du jeu associĂ©e Ă  son manque de technicitĂ© finissent par Ă©puiser trop vite une expĂ©rience qui ne restera rĂ©ellement divertissante qu’une poignĂ©e de minutes. Dommage.

Jun 6th, 2020 · Game Gear · read review

Retro Archives (10.5 out of 20) (52%)

Le Commodore 64 est dĂ©cidĂ©ment une machine pleine de surprises, et OutRun y livre une prestation tout Ă  fait correcte. La rĂ©alisation aurait pu ĂȘtre meilleure, et on ne sait pas trop pourquoi une partie du contenu a Ă©tĂ© coupĂ©e, mais on a enfin la sensation d’aller vite et d’ĂȘtre maĂźtre de notre vĂ©hicule. C’est dĂ©jĂ  une grande avancĂ©e.

Jun 6th, 2020 · Commodore 64 · read review

Video Games (52 out of 100) (52%)

Vergleicht man Outrun mit heutigen Rennspielen, hat es wenig zu bieten. Eine klotzige Steuerung, keine echte 3D-Grafik, eine Strecke und dĂŒnne Soundeffekte reißen kaum einen vom Hocker (außer eingefleischte Nostalgiker wie unseren Wolfi). Aber es ist doch schön zu sehen, dass es endlich ein System gibt, auf das sich ein zehn Jahre alter Automat wirklich 1:1 (und sogar etwas schneller) umsetzen lĂ€ĂŸt. Rennspielfans können‘s sich interessehalber ‘mal anschauen und Nostalgiker werden ihre Freude an dem Klassiker haben. Freaks von heute werden sich wohl eher langweilen.

Oct 1996 · SEGA Saturn

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (5 out of 10) (50%)

The graphics are rather blocky, especially the roadside buildings and crowds. The lines across the lower half of the CBM version, I found really annoying. But the sound and music are really great. But when it comes down to it, a driving simulation must be drivable. And that's where I felt it was lacking. For too much of the time I felt I was out of control and getting nowhere.

Feb 1988 · Commodore 64 · read review

Retro Archives (10 out of 20) (50%)

En faisant appel Ă  une autre Ă©quipe que celle choisie par US Gold, SEGA aura indubitablement fait le bon choix: la version PC d’OutRun est bien plus proche de l’arcade, dans son design et dans son contenu, que l’ersatz proposĂ© par la compagnie amĂ©ricaine. Malheureusement, si la rĂ©alisation s’en tire bien, elle reste cantonnĂ©e Ă  16 couleurs et au haut-parleur interne, et la jouabilitĂ© est loin d’ĂȘtre irrĂ©prochable. Bel effort, cependant.

Jun 6th, 2020 · DOS · read review

Ação Games (5 out of 10) (50%)

Mancada forte da Sega! O game é igualzinho ao de Mega (que jå não era grande coisa). Não mudaram absolutamente nada. Os gråficos são toscos e o som lembra aqueles órgãos fabricados no Paraguai. A jogabilidade também não ajuda muito. Decepcionante!

Apr 1997 · SEGA Saturn · read review

Power Play (5 out of 10) (50%)

Und die ST-Version von Out Run ist bisher auch die beste Umsetzung des Sega-Spielautomaten. Die Grafik ist schön flott und trotzdem detailliert. Trotzdem: Das Spielprinzip von Out Run war noch nie das hellste. Und obwohl die ST Version eindeutig mehr Spaß macht als die mĂŒden 8-Bit-Versionen, ist sie nicht jedermanns Sache.

Jul 1988 · Atari ST · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (48 out of 100) (48%)

Chronic translation of a ripper coin-op that is not worth looking out for.

Dec 1990 · Commodore 64 · read review

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (5.4 out of 12) (45%)

Bedenkt man, wie krĂ€ftig die Werbetrommel fĂŒr OUT RUN gerĂŒhrt wurde, so muß man feststellen, daß man es versĂ€umte, die „MilchzĂ€hne“ zu entfernen. Besonders in puncto Grafik hĂ€tte noch einiges plombiert werden mĂŒssen. Der Zahnstein sitzt besonders fest an der einfarbigen Darstellung der Autos; die vorbeiscrollenden - scheinbar von Kinderhand gezeichneten - HĂ€user setzen dem Ganzen die „Jacket-Krone“ auf. So möchte ich enden mit der Feststellung: Die flopverdĂ€chtige Version von OUT RUN sollte so schnell wie möglich noch einmal in Behandlung gehen. Die Blutungen kommen sonst nicht zum Stillstand!

Jan 1988 · Commodore 64 · read review

Retro Archives (9 out of 20) (45%)

Il existe peut-ĂȘtre deux versions d’OutRun sur Amiga, mais aucune d’entre elles ne crĂ©era de jaloux: dans les deux cas, on se retrouve face Ă  un jeu mĂ©diocre et mal rĂ©alisĂ© Ă  la jouabilitĂ© douteuse et aux bruitages infects oĂč on ne s’amuse jamais. À fuir.

Jun 6th, 2020 · Amiga · read review

Zzap! (44 out of 100) (44%)

[Budget re-release] Out Run is okay, but there doesn't seem much point to it with mini-stages, no junctions and basic graphics.

Dec 1990 · Commodore 64 · read review

Retro Archives (8.5 out of 20) (42%)

Comme souvent, OutRun sur Atari ST n’est pas grand chose de plus qu’une version plus lente, plus moche, plus buguĂ©e et moins jouable de la dĂ©jĂ  mĂ©diocre version parue sur Amiga. On ne s’amuse pas, on ne ressent rien, et on passe Ă  autre chose au bout de deux minutes.

Jun 6th, 2020 · Atari ST · read review

Commodore Force (41 out of 100) (41%)

So it's fast, but the fact is there's very little actually moving on screen. Graphics are shabby and it's been infinitely surpassed by two sequels, Turbo Outrun isn't bad and Europa is, in my humble opinion, the best racer in 64-land. Sadly, Commodore Outrun isn't even a shadow of it's mighty parent.

Aug 1993 · Commodore 64 · read review

Zzap! (41 out of 100) (41%)

I reckon that if a company converts a game such as Out Run to the home market, then they should try and make up for the loss of the control system and hydraulic movement by making the 3D movement effective and atmospheric. Instead of doing this, US Gold have merely created a pretty unthrilling racing game which captures little of the feel of the original. The graphics are jerky and ineffective, with some of the most horrendous mistakes imaginable. For example, when turning from side to side, the driver and passenger swap sides! The only notable presentation piece is the loading sequence – and even that is very self indulgent. Considering the power of the machine, Out Run should have been a lot better.

Feb 1989 · Amiga · read review

Your Commodore ( ) (40%)

Only grab hold of this if you want a small amount of enjoyment for a short amount of time.

Jan 1991 · Commodore 64 · read review

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (4.8 out of 12) (40%)

Es war schon nicht einfach, in der Spielhalle die Aufgabe zu erfĂŒllen, aber in den eigenen vier WĂ€nden ging die Spielfreude irgendwie schneller verloren. Die Grafik ist nicht schlechter als bei dem VorgĂ€nger. Der Sound ist identisch. Aber die AtmosphĂ€re fehlt einfach, und die macht gerade den Reiz dieses Spiels aus! Nun will man das Spiel nicht unbedingt an den SimulationsgerĂ€ten in den Spielhallen messen, weil dort ganz andere Möglichkeiten gegeben sind. Betrachtet man jedoch die Sega-Version, so sind nicht nur Abstriche aufgrund der Tatsache zu machen, daß dieses Spiel auf den Homecomputern anderen Voraussetzungen unterliegt.

Jan 1988 · SEGA Master System · read review

Retro Archives (7.5 out of 20) (38%)

OutRun sur ZX Spectrum aurait presque pu faire illusion, malheureusement, il manque au jeu l’aspect le plus indispensable: la vitesse. En se trainant Ă  40 Ă  l’heure au milieu d’une circulation rachitique et dans des dĂ©cors vides, on se dit qu’il en fallait quand mĂȘme peu aux gens pour s’amuser, Ă  l’époque.

Jun 6th, 2020 · ZX Spectrum · read review

Retro Archives (7 out of 20) (35%)

[MSX1] Attention à bien sélectionner votre version si jamais vous souhaitez acquérir OutRun sur MSX. La version MSX1 distribuée par US Gold est une bouse infùme

Jun 6th, 2020 · MSX · read review

Your Commodore (3 out of 10) (30%)

With Out Run we were promised great things but it's amazing how some promises produce things that grate. Out Run addicts may like to buy this as a memory of the great arcade game of 1986 but, like most memories, its's a poor substitute for the real experience.

Mar 1988 · Commodore 64 · read review

Happy Computer (30 out of 100) (30%)

Selbst große Fans des Spielautomaten sollten sich vor dieser Umsetzung hĂŒten. Das Beste an ihr ist die Kassette mit der Original-Musik, aber wer gibt dafĂŒr schon 40 Mark aus?

Feb 1988 · Commodore 64 · read review

Power Play (3 out of 10) (30%)

Die C64-Version von Out Run ist zwar schnell, aber zeichnerisch sehr bescheiden und wird rasch langweilig. Die CPC-Umsetzung sieht zwar schön bunt aus, ist aber unspielbar langsam. Auf unserem Bildschirmfoto kann man leider nicht erkennen. wie sich der Ferrari mit schlappem FußgĂ€nger-Tempo fortbewegt. Auch wenn der Tacho standhaft 280 Sachen anzeigt, ruckt die Grafik wie in Zeitlupe mĂŒde vor sich hin, Der Spielspaß ist bei beiden Versionen sehr bescheiden.

Feb 1988 · Commodore 64 · read review

Retro Archives (5 out of 20) (25%)

Vendre une adaptation de OutRun – jeu rĂ©putĂ© pour sa vitesse – qui figure parmi les titres les plus lents de toute la ludothĂšque du CPC en dit long sur le cynisme des politiques commerciales en vigueur dĂšs les annĂ©es 80, et consistant Ă  penser qu’on pouvait vendre aux gens n’importe quelle merde Ă  n’importe quel prix simplement en fonction du nom qu’on inscrivait dessus. Au niveau ludique, le verdict est simple et sans appel: nul.

Jun 6th, 2020 · Amstrad CPC · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (2 out of 10) (20%)

If you are really determined to get a copy for your Amstrad, please, please, please ask for a demonstration before you play it. It could save you a lot heartache.

Feb 1988 · Amstrad CPC · read review

Power Play (2 out of 10) (20%)

Die C64-Version von Out Run ist zwar schnell, aber zeichnerisch sehr bescheiden und wird rasch langweilig. Die CPC-Umsetzung sieht zwar schön bunt aus, ist aber unspielbar langsam. Auf unserem Bildschirmfoto kann man leider nicht erkennen. wie sich der Ferrari mit schlappem FußgĂ€nger-Tempo fortbewegt. Auch wenn der Tacho standhaft 280 Sachen anzeigt, ruckt die Grafik wie in Zeitlupe mĂŒde vor sich hin, Der Spielspaß ist bei beiden Versionen sehr bescheiden.

Feb 1988 · Amstrad CPC · read review

Amiga Power (5 out of 100) (5%)

There's really little to recommend Out Run, and I have become bored with attempting to catalogue its plenitude of disasters.

Oct 1994 · Amiga · read review

Your Sinclair N/A

It's well worth it though, 'cos it's the most frighteningly fast road race game I've ever played.

Aug 1987 · Arcade · read review

Player Reviews

In my book, it's among the top 5 racing games.

The Good
Music would probably be the first thing. Passing Breeze is one of the most moving pieces of music I have ever heard in a console video game. The other songs are very good, but I don't think it gets much better than passing breeze. Also, I find the graphics technology to be incredible, considering it wasn't even Mode7-type "3D" (Mode7 is what the SNES used for lots of "3D" stuff, although it was just scaled 2D) Outrun used an confusingly incredible technology called Bi-Linear Parallax scrolling, which is certainly convincing enough, I mean, it really looks 3D. The control is very nice, too, as far as pre-16-bit system racing games go. Also, I love the way it has so many different ways you can go, there's probably at least 20 different routes altogether...Also, playing this game just gives me one of the most incredible feelings of nostalgia that I've ever experienced playing a video game, which probably is influencing my praise of this game more than it would for others...

The Bad
See, I played this as a kid, and I could never get very far for some reason, I just kept running out of time. I finally found some on-line documentation, and I figured out that...YOU USE UP AND DOWN TO SHIFT GEARS! I can be so stupid sometimes. (although, maybe it wasn't just me who couldn't figure that out) Anyway, that was probably the only thing I didn't like about it, this being the fact it didn't have any in-game documentation. Also, AI of "enemy" cars seemed to lack a lot.

The Bottom Line
An incredible technical and musical masterpiece for the SMS. (Sega Master System) Maybe I'm giving it more credit than it deserves, but I really love this game.

by J. David Taylor (27) on Nov 20th, 2003 · SEGA Master System

A faithful conversion of the popular arcade racing game.

The Good
The arcade game is well known: You race a Ferarri against time to reach one of five possible finishes at the end of a race. There are plenty of scenery changes and a choice of music to keep it entertaining. The PC conversion is faithful to the gameplay, with acceleration and cornering comparible to the performance of the original arcade game.

The Bad
The main things that made the original 1986 arcade game so fun to play were the sights and sounds--a choice of music, colorful scenery, etc. The PC version does as best as it can, but unless you have a Tandy, the experience is lacking. Also, the arcade version had a variable-steering driving wheel, whereas the PC version uses hard-right, hard-left turning, even with a joystick.

The Bottom Line
If you liked the arcade version, you'll like the PC version.

by Trixter (8950) on Feb 19th, 1999 · DOS

A Catastrophe

The Good
Outrun is a very special game to me for it marked the beginning of high speed racing games, but for the Atari ST version like the Amiga version, since they are identical I don't have anything positive to say about this most appalling piece of programming in the history of software.

The Bad
This is just not outrun, all the fond memories u may have had playing the father of racing games in the arcades will be shattered and lost for ever if u ever play this version. First of all you are greeted with an impressive title screen, makes u think wow this is going to be good, apart from the amiga version where it plays the most appalling rendition of bolted together samples of the orchestra of doom which has nothing to do with outrun anyway, after the title screen you are presented with the game, WITH PULL DOWN MENUS, I have never played a racing game with pull down menus, it really makes the game look cheap and nasty, then you have the main graphics, at first glance I really thought this was the commodore 64 version for the graphics are as blocky as hell, the frame rate is just useless, you jump at like 10 feet at a time, with probably an average of about 5 frames per second, then you have the passengers swapping seats, yes swapping seats, when u turn the car the man and the woman swap sides, the sound is comparable to a zx spectrum 48k with no thought of taking advantage of the sound capabilities. This type of shoddy workmanship just proves it was just another rushed crappy conversion to grab a quick buck on a new format yet again. It is such a shame, the ST and especially the amiga version could have been so much better, considering the Amiga actually used the same 68000 processor that the ORIGINAL arcade had as well, there was no excuse for this mess.

The Bottom Line
Look elsewhere, avoid like the plague.

by Stephen N (11) on Oct 23rd, 2004 · Atari ST

All the criticisms you've heard are true

The Good
To slightly correct the other ST review, although the OutRun arcade machine uses the same processor as the Amiga and ST, it also features some additional custom hardware, most notably a routine to automatically scale sprites without requiring processor intervention, which allowed the game to run significantly faster, and made these home versions a little harder to get right.

This version's a lot harder than the Amiga one, which I completed on my first go.

The Bad
There's still no excuse for this lousy effort though. It moves excruciatingly slowly, making the car much harder to steer, and robbing proceedings of the kind of frantic excitement the arcade game provided. The car often disappears from the screen, and the way driver and passenger sometimes appearing to swap seats is a bizarre and ludicrous bug.

The tracks aren't close enough to the real ones (which is something that should be possible - the Spectrum version is much closer to the arcade game, albeit in monochrome and even less fast), and are hampered by the pot-plants in the middle. The menu system using pull-down menus and mouse-style movement is badly thought-out and awkward. The attempted hip-hop touches of the 'remixed' title music are excruciating - think Vanilla Ice's attempt at borrowing from Under Pressure.

The Bottom Line
The ST, C64 and Spectrum versions of OutRun were all rushed out to meet Christmas 1987, and like all too many of the conversions US Gold released at the time, they weren't up to scratch. Compared to other arcade conversions of the time like Buggy Boy and Super Hang On, this is technically inept, unexciting and infuriating. If you want to play it now, MAME is the best way, no doubt about it.

by Martin Smith (81353) on Jun 7th, 2006 · Atari ST

Yet another game that was rushed out in time for christmas

The Good
Colourful loading screen, good in game graphics(in places).

The Bad
Hardly any sound to speak off. No real sense of speed - you actually think your driving backwards when accelerating. Everything seems to jump in steps towards you as you struggle to keep on the road. After all the hype and excitement this christmas gift was a total disappointment. I recall the odd screenshot in amstrad mags in the build up the christmas showing a pretty attractive looking game. The actual game itself looked very different and left me returning to a grand prix budget game that actually did the job unlike outrun..

The Bottom Line
A rushed port seemingly based upon the spectrum version but this is no excuse for the poor programming employed. Why release a racer that has no sense of speed? Perhaps the software house involved just rushed out what they could with a smile knowing it would sell out quickly.

by makky (4) on Nov 26th, 2011 · Amstrad CPC

I'd steer clear of this version if I were you

The Good
When I still had my Commodore 64, one of the games that I used to own was OutRun. I kept playing this, with no idea how good that the coin-op version was like compared to the C64 version. At least it was better than the Amiga version in terms of the gameplay.

While many arcade racing games from the 80s were basically the same, where they all have the race-against-your-opponents-and-keep-being-first-to-win-the-race-to-become-grand-champion theme, OutRun was unique, having a different objective altogether. You see, you and your girlfriend are driving on a five-lane motorway in a red sports car and must make your way through six stages, while avoiding approaching vehicles. Not only that, but you can choose to take a different route through the stages and see where the route ends, and it is this that makes the game replayable. Finally, when the game is over, a course map reveals which route you have taken through the game.

Like the Atari ST and PC versions, the game is controlled by a simple menu that lets you listen to one of three tunes while you are driving and turn these off together with the sound effects. You can also select whether you want "some cars" or "many cars", which control method that you wish to use (mouse or joystick), and a few more options.

The music and sound inside the game is great, having much better sound than home computer/console versions. Out of all the three tunes, my favorite one was the "Splash Wave". These three tunes are found in the original coin-op. That is the one thing that I like more in this version - the music.

The Bad
The rest of the game, however, is quite a letdown. There were so many questions I had while playing the game. For example, why are there plants in the middle of the motorway? I was used to playing other versions of OutRun that I didn't know that there will be plants in the middle of the motorway in the Amiga version, that I ended up spinning out of control when I drove in the middle of the motorway because of them. Roads in just about every country you visit do not have plants lying in the middle of the road, unless someone deliberately put them there. Why isn't there more buildings on each side of the motorway? On level one, for instance, all you see is the diner and a couple of trees, and on level two, there's either bridges or long yellow grass.

Another problem is with the motorway itself. It is so flat that you just cannot see ahead of you without staring close to the screen. The curves are not so obvious until you ended up crashing into one of the obstacles on the side of the road. Speaking of crashing, you lose a lot of time while your crash and after you see the two people sitting on the road. (I probably say that at least seven seconds are wasted here.) This is not true when I played the C64 version. When I saw the course map after a game ends, I assumed that there will be a path fork somewhere on the motorway like the coin-op version, but I saw no such thing, so the course map is useless.

The biggest problem that I noticed would involve the two people sitting in the car. More often than not, they swap sides every time you take a curve. So, if the man is on the left side and you take a curve, the woman will swap to the same side. They probably didn't bother to get out of the car and change sides, because they wanted you not to waste more time. The people at U.S. Gold obviously did not check for bugs when they have completed the game, otherwise this would not have happen.

As I mentioned earlier, I enjoyed the music, but that is while you are playing the game. What I didn't like was the voice saying "U.S. Gold present from Sega", which was followed by orchestral music that was unnecessary, followed by the same voice speaking the game's title. And to make matters worse, the "Run" is formed into a bit of a rap tune. After that, it's back to normal.

I didn't like the menu system that the Amiga version used. The menu system is ugly, with white text on a black background. Menu systems like these should be reserved for applications, and not games. Sierra's old AGI games is an exception to this rule, as their game's menu system work. Did I just mention that you can change the tunes by selecting them from the menu? I prefer the car radio, where if you change the game's tunes by using the joystick, the hand on the radio will turn the knob left or right.

Finally, this game take a long time to load. I'd say that you have to wait at least five minutes, just to access the game's menu.

The Bottom Line
The Amiga version of OutRun is such a poor conversion, that the C64 version beats it hands down. This version has not got the unnecessary junk that the Amiga version has, including the awful orchestra music. Since the Amiga was a state-of-the-art machine the time when this game was released, you would think that the game was better than its counterparts, but sadly this is not the case here. The bottom line: If you are desperately trying to find a copy of OutRun to run on your machine and play, don't get the Atari ST version; it has the same bugs as the Amiga version. You might as well get a Genesis, along with the Genesis version. At least, the version remains close to the coin-op version.

Rating: No stars

by Katakis | ă‚«ă‚żă‚­ă‚č (43057) on Nov 18th, 2004 · Amiga

Better than the Arcade Coin Op!!!

The Good
I have a unique take on Out Run for the Sega Master System, as I am one of the few people that actually OWNS the original arcade coin up machine that has a steering wheel (bought it on ebay for $250!!!)

I am not lying to anybody, I enjoyed the Sega Master System's version more than the arcade version! Even though the arcade is always the gold standard, I actually PREFERRED the brighter colors and more realistic driving feel of the SMS over the arcade!

There are an additional two factors that make the SMS superior to the arcade:

1) The OutRun coin op I bought has a serious steering wheel alignment problem! Thus the car lists to the right, making even the first level nearly impossible to win. With the simple SMS keypad (my favorite keypad of all time due to its simplicity and reliability), there are no such problems.

2) No fan noise. The Out Run coin up has a very loud fan that keeps the inner components cool. Yet this translates to very loud and aggravating fan noise, despite the quality of the game. The SMS has no such noise, but the programmers really nailed the right level of road noise!

I'll be fixing my Out Run coin up at some point (new CRT, reduce the fan motor noise, fix the steering wheel), likely for more than I paid for the machine itself! Still, I miss my SMS version because my brother has the console and I don't. Even after getting my cabinet repaired, I'd play my SMS Out Run at least as much if I could get my hands on it.

The Bad
I liked EVERYTHING about this game. Flawless

The Bottom Line
SMS Outrun is BETTER THAN THE ARCADE COIN UP!

by Kevin Huang (8) on Oct 1st, 2012 · SEGA Master System

Help! I'm in racing game hell.

The Good
What can I say? Certainly not much. The loading screen and the main menu tune are close enough to the original. The graphics, slow-ish scroll notwithstanding, have their appeal too.

The Bad
Almost everything. I will admit beforehand that being such a legendary arcade game the conversion would have been nothing short of excellent not to disappoint anyone.

What we are left with is a subpar racing game with one of the worst scrolls I've ever seen. Between that, the lack of speed sensation and the mediocre sounds (except screeching tires and crashes, you won't hear anything unless you got the edition with the infamous arcade music tape) it feels like you are playing the original underwater.

The Bottom Line
A truly horrid rendition of one of the best arcade games ever produced. The rest of the home computer versions got mixed reviews, but, personally, I have little doubt that the Amstrad CPC version is the worst of them all.

by Neville (3551) on Jan 2nd, 2008 · Amstrad CPC

Another opportunity missed

The Good
It's amazing how much the pc version gets slated in a lot of reviews, compared to some appalling attempts. I have played literally every version known to man so I thought I would write a review. First off nice title screen making use of the 16 colour vga, all the tracks seem to remain faithful to the arcade, i.e. the dips and bends. The frame rate is ok-ish, even for a 286 this game wasn’t really pushing the boundaries, on today’s system it runs very fast if not too fast. All in all not that bad of a conversion.

The Bad
The main problem with this game is size, the main car is absolutely tiny in comparison to the other cars, and it makes u feel like Alison in wonderland. Also the game is so easy to complete, because the car is so small the road is huge and u don't need to break once. The sound (or lack of) is bad, just simple 1 note music from the pc speaker even though the actual sound samples are on the disk. As I said, the main thing is size, just look at the title screen, proof it could of been a lot better, but then as per usual with a lot of outrun conversions they were always rushed.

The Bottom Line
If you want Outrun then buy the arcade machine or get a decent emulator to play the real thing, outrun is a game that can't be converted, it’s an ARCADE game and always will be. The best conversions in my opinion are as follows -

The 8 Bit Consoles - Turbo Graphics PC Engine The 16 Bit Consoles - Sega Megadrive The 32 Bit Consoles - Sega Saturn

by Stephen N (11) on Oct 23rd, 2004 · DOS

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