Out Run (EU)

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Out Run (EU)
Title image from the game
Game No. 417
Voting 6.76 points, 29 votes
Developer Martin Webb, Dennis Webb, Chris Oberth, Lou Haehn
Company Amazing Products
Publisher U.S. Gold (EU)
Musician Jason C. Brooke
HVSC-File MUSICIANS/ B/ Brooke_Jason/ Out_Run.sid
Release 1988
Platform Amiga, Atari ST, C64, CPC, DOS, MSX, SMS, Spectrum
Genre Racing - Cars
Gamemode Single player
Operation Icon Port2.pngJoystick
Media Diskette, Datassette
Language Language:english
Information Follower:
Turbo Out Run
Out Run Europe

Description[edit | edit source]

Out Run, also known as Outrun, is an arcade game by Sega. The game was published as a console conversion of almost every famous platform of the late 80s.
The aim of Out Run is to race on a track in the shortest time possible with a fast car bristling with PS and a co-driver fitting the luxury limousine. However, the track is not a racing track but a normal US American street. Other cars as further road users make for natural obstacles for our fast car. In the course of the game the track changes several times. There are tracks in towns, rural tracks and even desert tracks.
If the player reaches the next checkpoint before the time has run out, the rest of the time will be added to the time you have to get to the next checkpoint. If he does not make it, the race is over. When driving through the checkpoint the track changes.
Collisions with other cars or objects at the roadside break the car and cost much time. If you whoosh into an object with a too high speed it can happen that the car overturns and driver and co-driver will be sitting on the street.

Design[edit | edit source]

... the start and some excerpts from the first part of the track ...
... change in the route sections and a capital crash ...

The EU version has in contrast to the US version only one title screen and a menu instead of a track selection screen. However, the scrolling is also very smooth and jittery-free. Unfortunately, the highscore list is also not saved in this original version (available at C64-Games.de in the .zip as "Outrun_Disk-Version.d64").

Hints[edit | edit source]

Controls[edit | edit source]

in the menu for choosing the track
A  to E  = choose track

Choose music (before the start of the game)
Joystick left / do not move joystick / Joystick right = Magical Sound Shower / Splash Wave / Music off
press fire button = start game

in the game
Joystick left / Joystick right = steer left/right
Joystick forwards / Joystick backwards = accelerate / break
press fire button = change gears (1/2)

in the highscore list
Joystick left / Joystick right = choose letter (maximum 3)
press fire button = Confirm

Routeing[edit | edit source]

... the routeing ...

Solution[edit | edit source]


  • The first gear is actually only needed at the start and after a total crash. As the time limit for the section is relatively tight, always try to drive in the second gear.
  • When in narrow corners the car tends to drift off the street, do not brake but just stop accelerating for a second (the speed drops).
  • The opposing cars can only get overtaken but not overtake, i.e. after the passing manoeuvre or after a crash you do not need to fear that something approaches from behind.
  • While you should avoid colliding with objects at the kerb or even overturn, you can occasionally use the "bumper kissing" of the cars in front of you to brake, but do not exaggerate or it will cost too much time.

Cheats[edit | edit source]

  • The version by "Lurid+Tricycle" offers next to an own highscore list for each track that can be saved on disk also the following cheat options: collision query off, unlimited time, the car cannot leave the street.

Voting[edit | edit source]

Voting of the C64-Wiki users (10=the best vote):
6.76 points at 29 votes (rank 523).
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C64Games 7 08th September 2009 - "very good" - 10254 downs
Lemon64 6,4 08th September 2009 - 116 votes
Kultboy.com 7,04 15th October 2010 - 24 votes
Happy Computer 30% Games Special (Power Play) 3/88

Reviews[edit | edit source]

H.T.W: "This version pales a bit against the US version by the missing gimmicks as the inexistent image for choosing the track, less pleasingly graphics, the missing display about how far you have driven the track after entering the highscore list, etc.. Furthermore, the game is a bit more difficult by the shorter times for a given section of the track (which, however, will rather stand out positively for good players). And so also this version is worth playing again and again and as in the version by "Lurid+Tricycle" (tape version) also the highscore list is saved separately for each track, there is a motivation to reach a higher score".

TheRyk: "If you find the US Version too easy, welcome to this one. Even the very first route can not be mastered within the really short time limit if you bump into other cars too often let alone crash. The SFX are even more annoying than in the US version. In my view, the game itself, is hardly different, so I rate the Old Europe variante also very good 7 points."

Werner: "Plays rather well. On track B a faulty calculation can occur at the end with the bonus multiplicator. With nine or more bonus seconds at the end, the score display will overrun! 6.5 points"

FXXS: "Well, for me the missing "motor humming" is definitely a too big handicap to have the same motivation to constantly play this version. Therefore one point less than for the US Version and thus 6 points".

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

  • The cars that need to be overtaken are:
    • 1972 Volkswagen Beetle
    • 1971 Chevrolet Corvette
    • 1985 Porsche 911
    • 1985 BMW 325i Cabriolet E30
  • In Europe this game was released by U.S. Gold and developed by Amazing Products. In the USA the same game was published, Out Run (US), but in a revised version by Mindscape, Inc. The game was designed more modernly for the US market. So are e.g. the clouds in the background more detailled than in the EU version.
  • Although the player's car can in every version uniquely be identified as a Ferrari Testarossa Cabriolet and the other road users also have recognizable cars, Sega has never bought a licence of these cars. Only Out Run 2, which was released in 2002, had a licence from Ferrari.
  • The game included in the first release (double cassette pack) a cassette with the music of the original arcade machine.
  • In the arcade version and some console versions the player can freely pick a track during the race, because the track forks at one Checkpoint. In the version for the C64 you can choose one from five fixed tracks before the start.

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • The game was awarded with the British Golden Joystick Award in the categories Game of the Year and Arcade-Style Game of the Year in 1988.

Cover[edit | edit source]

... Front cover of the EU version ...

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Advertisement ...

Video[edit | edit source]

Video of the EU version

Highscore[edit | edit source]

  1. Equinoxe - 3/2/0
  2. Werner - 2/3/0
  3. TheRyk - 0/0/3
  4. Helmutx - 0/0/2
  5. H.T.W - 0/0/0/1
Course 1st place 2nd place 3rd place Others
1st place
8.341.180 points (17.07.2011)
2nd place
7.350.820 points (25.06.2011)
3rd place
5.356.150 points (16.09.2010)
4th place - H.T.W
4.340.350 points (24.09.2009)

5th place - TheRyk
1.308.360 points (21.06.2011)

1st place
6.275.790 points (17.07.2011)
2nd place
5.342.260 points (24.06.2011)
3rd place
3.340.340 points (16.09.2010)
4th place - TheRyk
1.333.450 points (21.06.2011)
1st place
1.342.780 points (26.06.2011)
2nd place
1.332.080 points (19.06.2011)
3rd place
1.316.110 points (21.06.2011)
1st place
5.380.880 points (24.06.2011)
2nd place
1.134.250 points (26.06.2011)
3rd place
1.120.380 points (21.06.2011)
1st place. Platz
10.154.550 points (22.06.2011)
2nd place
7.859.980 points (24.06.2011)
3rd place
7.158.690 points (20.06.2011)

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