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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 Biff gives advice
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Road Rash SEGA Master System Course selection
Road Rash SEGA Master System Sledge gives advice

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Genesis Jan, 1992 5 out of 5 100
The Video Game Critic Genesis May 10, 2003 A 100
1UP! Genesis Jul 25, 2008 89 out of 100 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Gear Jul, 1994 10 out of 12 83
Play Time Game Gear May, 1994 81 out of 100 81
Amiga Games Amiga Nov, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Video Games Genesis Dec, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Play Time Amiga Jan, 1993 68 out of 100 68
Amiga Joker Amiga Dec, 1992 64 out of 100 64
Power Play Amiga Dec, 1992 53 out of 100 53


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