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Road Rash is an aggressive motorcycle racing game where the player assumes the role of a biker who takes part in a series of illegal races across the U.S.A. Starting at the back of the pack the objective is always to finish first on a linear course, overtaking the other bikers. This is achieved by driving very well or by playing it dirty, knocking opponents of their bikes using clubs, crowbars or your bare hands. The other racers fight back in a similar fashion and there are also hazards. All the races take place on the regular road with normal traffic (in both directions) and the cops, as well as occasional oil slicks and stray cows.

By winning races you can get promoted to a stronger division and earn cash with which you can buy a better bike. Whenever you're knocked off your bike or hit something you will have to run back to your bike and lose valuable time, plus your bike will suffer some damage. When the player crashes with cops nearby, it is possible to get busted and then you have to forfeit the race.

Like the whole Road Rash lineage, the game has arcade-like gameplay with no intention to be a motorcycle simulation. While the game has a two-player mode, this is not simultaneous.


Road Rash SEGA Master System O'Routke gives "advice"
Road Rash SEGA Master System Course selection
Road Rash SEGA Master System Close encounter
Road Rash SEGA Master System Hit by a car

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Alternate Titles

  • "RR1" -- Informal/slang
  • "ロード・ラッシュ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Mean Machines Mar, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Consoles Plus Apr, 1994 83 out of 100 83
Gamers (Germany) Feb, 1994 2 out of 6 80
Retro Game Reviews May 15, 2016 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Video Games Jun, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Play Time May, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Mega Fun Apr, 1994 75 out of 100 75
Megablast Mar, 1994 73 out of 100 73
Retro Spirit Games Sep 18, 2013 5.5 Stars5.5 Stars5.5 Stars5.5 Stars5.5 Stars5.5 Stars5.5 Stars5.5 Stars5.5 Stars5.5 Stars 55


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  • Game Informer Magazine
    • August 2001 (Issue 100) - voted #88 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll

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Игги Друге (46409) added Road Rash (SEGA Master System) on Dec 12, 2005
Other platforms contributed by chirinea (45151), 80 (6537) and Roedie (5252)