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Road Rash

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Game Boy
SEGA Master System
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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 Title screen
Road Rash Game Gear Options screen.
Road Rash Game Boy Starting grid.
Road Rash Game Gear You won!

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
Mega Fun Game Gear Apr, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Consoles Plus SEGA Master System Apr, 1994 83 out of 100 83
Game Players Game Gear Mar, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Video Games SEGA Master System Jun, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Video Games Game Gear May, 1994 77 out of 100 77
Retro Spirit Games Genesis Sep 18, 2013 7.5 Stars7.5 Stars7.5 Stars7.5 Stars7.5 Stars7.5 Stars7.5 Stars7.5 Stars7.5 Stars7.5 Stars 75
Amiga Games Amiga Nov, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Total!! UK Magazine Game Boy Oct, 1993 29 out of 100 29


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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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