Super Hang-On

aka: 3D Super Hang-On
Moby ID: 3343
Commodore 64 Specs
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In Super Hang-On you race a motorcycle around the world, completing each section of track within a time limit. There are other bikes on the road, but beating this is not important, so they can be thought of as moving obstacles. Each continent is a different difficulty level: Africa is beginner, Asia is junior, the Americas are senior, and Europe is expert.

This is a very simple and straightforward game, viewed from behind the bike in 2D (so the screen does not tilt with the bike). The right/left controls are steering, and up/down are gear changes. Your cycle is always moving, and your speed strictly depends on the gear you are in, although contact or running off the road slows the bike down.

The Sega Genesis version features "Original mode" in which the player participates in racing tournaments, hires mechanics, upgrades his bike. This mode uses passwords allowing players to continue a previously played game.

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  • スーパーハングオン - Japanese spelling

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Average score: 80% (based on 37 ratings)

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Average score: 3.4 out of 5 (based on 82 ratings with 1 reviews)

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The Good
The sequel to the hit arcade game Hang-On. Super Hang-On, was ported to many a PC and Console. Yet it seemed most at home on the Sega Genesis, perhaps because it was a game by Sega, or more likely because it is simply the best version, of the arcade classic available to the home market.

In Super Hang-On, you can play arcade, or original mode. In arcade mode, you attempt to gain the high score, as you race from check-point to check-point, before running out of time. There are four difficulty settings. Beginner, with 6 stages, is set in Africa. Asia, is the Junior setting, and has 10 stages. Senior mode has you racing 14 stages, in America. And finally, Expert offers 16 stages, set in Europe. And while you can pick any one you like it would be recommended to follow the difficulty settings. As those unable to finish the Beginner course will have trouble with all the others.

Being an old-skool racer, the goal is not to finish first. But to finish the entire run, while racking up points, and staying on your bike.( It’s called Hang-On for a reason.) Original Mode, plays completely different.

In Original Mode, you earn money for finishing races. That can be used to repair your bike, and buy new bike upgrades. The races run a little differently here as well. In this mode you must beat a course in a certain amount of time in order to claim victory. There are a number of opponents, each with their own personality and biography. A nice touch. Another key difference in Original Mode is that, you can gain sponsors. Upon a successful race you will earn support of a sponsor. They will provide you with extra cash, as long as you keep winning.

The Graphics are quite good for an early Genesis game. It came out in 1989, and was essentially a launch game. The sprites are large on screen and very well detailed. The race tracks all look nice, and unique, no reusing backdrops here! Of course this being developed by Sega’s AM2, high quality was to be expected.

In the sound department, the game also fairs well. The sound effects are loud and sound very realistic, the voice samples are clear and also sound good. The music is excellent, there are only five tunes to choose from, yet they are so well done, the limit is not so bad. “Winning Run” is my favorite, and I daresay one of the catchiest tunes in all video-game music history.

The controls are tight and responsive, just as they should be in a racing game. The Genesis controller lends it self quite well here. And while not as good as the arcade’s cabinet, it still does an amazing job.

The Bad
On the downside, the game could have been better. For instance, there easily could have been battery back-up at least for the Original mode.

But instead, the game gives you passwords, that are ridiculously long, have some paper ready! Those that do not care for old-skool racers, I.e. Check-point racers, need not apply.

The Bottom Line
Overall, this is a very good game, and well worth your time, if you, like me still like playing older games. Now if you will excuse me, I have a race to win.

Genesis · by MasterMegid (723) · 2006

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Super Hang-On appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Compilations

A version of Super Hang-On is included in Sega Smash Pack 2.

Awards

  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #41 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"

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Game added by Rogee.

Commodore 64 added by Quapil. Nintendo 3DS added by Michael Cassidy. Arcade added by 666gonzo666. Genesis added by Tibes80. Wii added by yenruoj_tsegnol_eht (!!ihsoy). Amiga added by necronom. PlayStation 3 added by Sciere. Macintosh added by Kabushi. ZX Spectrum, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC added by Martin Smith. Sharp X68000 added by Terok Nor.

Additional contributors: j.raido 【雷堂嬢太朗】, Jo ST, FatherJack, Harmony♡.

Game added March 16, 2001. Last modified February 17, 2024.