OutRun - Commodore 64 Version

Created by Yu Suzuki, as far as driving games in the 80s were concerned, this was a 3D masterpiece! Of course, it looks pretty awful now, but back in the 80s this was the only racing game to feature hills. The game also used the sprite-scaling techniques used in Space Harrier. Believe me, at the time this game looked awesome!

What I really liked about the game were the luxurious landscapes. Lots of palm trees and sand dunes always make you feel good, especially if you live in Great Britain! 

The original OutRun game (the sega arcade version) was the first arcade game ever to allow the player to choose the background music. As with the home computer versions, it featured a man and his girlfriend driving a Ferrari. It was first ported to the Sega Master System in 1987, quickly followed by the C64, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum and MSX. In 1988 the Amiga version was released and in 1989 the Atari ST and PC Dos versions were released.

OutRun - PC Dos Version

Well, these are nice, bright graphics, although they look soulless compared to the C64 version. What awful, irritating music, though - much prefer the 8-bit C64 version myself.

However, for some home computers an extra cassette of music from the original arcade version was included with the actual game due to limited sounchip capabilities, and I just hope it was included for the PC.

Arcade Version of OutRun
Of course, this Sega arcade version looks the most impressive, and this video clip features the uploader completing the game. I like his driving style which is very much like the way I drive (in arcade games, not in reality!) forget the brakes and just skid round the bends!
OutRun - ZX Spectrum Version
This version is painfully slow, and with the video running for over 11 minutes, it will take a more patient man than me to sit through the whole clip! On a more positive note, the music is pretty decent and sounds very similiar to that of the Atari ST conversion which I used to play back in the day.
Outrun inlay card for ZX Spectrum cassette version
OutRun cassette inlay card for ZX Spectrum
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Outrun start screen

 

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OutRun Cabinet on Street
Sega arcade cabinet - Photo credit: Garnet

 

 

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