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[[Image:OutRun - ARC - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|Deluxe moving cabinet of North America.]]
 
[[Image:OutRun - ARC - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|Deluxe moving cabinet of North America.]]
  
'''''OutRun''''', known in Japan as '''''アウトラン [Auto Ran], "OutRun"''''', is a car racing game developed and published by [[Sega]], originally released for the arcade in Japan on 1986-09-25, but then ported to many other platforms. The game uses a pseudo 3-D display which simulates speed by rapidly scaling-up sprites as you drive past them. The arcade cabinet was released in four forms, a mini upright cabinet, a larger upright cabinet, a more expensive sit-down cabinet which moved and shook with the game, and a deluxe moving cabinet with stereo speakers in the head rest and a race car shape.
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'''''OutRun''''' is a car racing game developed and published by [[Sega]], originally released for the arcade in Japan on 1986-09-25, but then ported to many other platforms. The game uses a pseudo 3-D display which simulates speed by rapidly scaling-up sprites as you drive past them. The arcade cabinet was released in four forms, a mini upright cabinet, a larger upright cabinet, a more expensive sit-down cabinet which moved and shook with the game, and a deluxe moving cabinet with stereo speakers in the head rest and a race car shape.
  
 
I first saw this game in an arcade somewhere in the late 1980s, but I'm not positive where or which cabinet type. I do remember being very impressed with it, despite the fact that most people who played it rarely got very far. Looking at it more objectively now, I'm still very impressed by its technical capabilities, but find the game to be rather dull in general.
 
I first saw this game in an arcade somewhere in the late 1980s, but I'm not positive where or which cabinet type. I do remember being very impressed with it, despite the fact that most people who played it rarely got very far. Looking at it more objectively now, I'm still very impressed by its technical capabilities, but find the game to be rather dull in general.
  
Despite its flaws, I still love watching OutRun being played by a skilled driver, the rapidly moving background graphics leave me with a zen feeling.
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Despite its flaws, I still love watching OutRun being played by a skilled driver, the rapidly moving background graphics and jazzy music leaves me with a zen feeling.
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
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* '''Overall:''' 5/10
 
* '''Overall:''' 5/10
 
* '''Best Version:''' Arcade
 
* '''Best Version:''' Arcade
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{{Spoilers}}
  
 
===Good===
 
===Good===
 
* The game looks amazing. Not just the impressive arcade cabinet, but the in-game graphics are wonderful. The red Ferrari was an excellent vehicle choice.
 
* The game looks amazing. Not just the impressive arcade cabinet, but the in-game graphics are wonderful. The red Ferrari was an excellent vehicle choice.
* The game has really great music.
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* The game has really great music by [[Hiroshi Kawaguchi]].
 
* Technically, the game is amazing. Not only can it handle large sprites and rapidly-scale them, but it can handle dozens on the screen at once.
 
* Technically, the game is amazing. Not only can it handle large sprites and rapidly-scale them, but it can handle dozens on the screen at once.
 
* The alternate routes, each with their own ending was a nice touch, and the sheer number of side-line sprites and attractive look is very impressive.
 
* The alternate routes, each with their own ending was a nice touch, and the sheer number of side-line sprites and attractive look is very impressive.
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* The game is painfully hard. Even after practice, it is unlikely you'll get very far in the game.
 
* The game is painfully hard. Even after practice, it is unlikely you'll get very far in the game.
  
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==Media==
 
==Box Art==
 
==Box Art==
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
OutRun - ARC - USA.jpg|This is the deluxe moving arcade cabinet. Has a wheel, gas and brake pedal, and throttle. Great design.
 
OutRun - ARC - USA.jpg|This is the deluxe moving arcade cabinet. Has a wheel, gas and brake pedal, and throttle. Great design.
OutRun - SMS - USA.jpg|The Master System box is rather plain, but it replicates the car used in the arcade title. Too bad it's kind of dumb.
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OutRun - ARC - USA - Marquee.jpg|The North American arcade marquee used on the stand-up cabinets.
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OutRun - SMS - USA.jpg|The Master System box is rather plain, but it replicates the car used in the arcade title. Too bad it's kind of dumb to begin with.
 
OutRun - C64 - USA.jpg|This is the Mindscape box art used on the American Commodore 64, Atari ST, and DOS releases. It's an adequate painting of the start of the race. Decent, but not great. It uses the arcade OutRun logo.
 
OutRun - C64 - USA.jpg|This is the Mindscape box art used on the American Commodore 64, Atari ST, and DOS releases. It's an adequate painting of the start of the race. Decent, but not great. It uses the arcade OutRun logo.
 
OutRun - C64 - EU.jpg|This is the U.S. Gold box art used in the European Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, and ZX Spectrum releases. While it's more cartoonish than the American art, I prefer it. I also prefer the more curvy logo.
 
OutRun - C64 - EU.jpg|This is the U.S. Gold box art used in the European Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, and ZX Spectrum releases. While it's more cartoonish than the American art, I prefer it. I also prefer the more curvy logo.
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</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
==Documentation==
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===Documentation===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
OutRun - ARC - USA - Manual - Deluxe.pdf|Deluxe arcade manual.
 
OutRun - ARC - USA - Manual - Deluxe.pdf|Deluxe arcade manual.
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</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
==Maps==
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===Maps===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
OutRun - ARC - Map.png|Arcade map.
 
OutRun - ARC - Map.png|Arcade map.
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</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
==Gallery==
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===Fan Art===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
OutRun - ARC - Fan Art - Bones.jpg|Fan art by Bones.
 
OutRun - ARC - Fan Art - Bones.jpg|Fan art by Bones.
 
OutRun - ARC - Fan Art - Signalnoise.jpg|Fan art by Signalnoise.
 
OutRun - ARC - Fan Art - Signalnoise.jpg|Fan art by Signalnoise.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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===Videos===
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eefii51OTxM youtube.com/watch?v=eefii51OTxM] - Port comparisons.
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7tZFW4WedI youtube.com/watch?v=J7tZFW4WedI] - Longplay, Arcade.
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EJdB3Hw8xE youtube.com/watch?v=2EJdB3Hw8xE] - Longplay, Genesis.
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An1gUPqqBVg youtube.com/watch?v=An1gUPqqBVg] - Longplay, TurboGrafx-16.
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==Titles==
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Language !! Native !! Transliteration !! Translation
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|-
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| English || OutRun || ||
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|-
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| Japanese || アウトラン || AutoRan|| OutRun
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|}
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/outrun mobygames.com/game/outrun] - MobyGames.
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{{Link|MobyGames|http://www.mobygames.com/game/outrun}}
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_Run en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_Run] - Wikipedia.
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{{Link|Wikipedia|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_Run}}
* [http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=OutRun_(ARC) vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=OutRun_(ARC)] - Arcade Music.
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{{Link|VGMPF|2=http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=OutRun}}
* [http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=OutRun_(GEN) vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=OutRun_(GEN)] - Genesis Music.
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{{Link|TCRF|https://tcrf.net/OutRun}}
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7tZFW4WedI youtube.com/watch?v=J7tZFW4WedI] - Arcade Longplay.
 
  
  
 
[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
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[[Category: Video Game Prime Order - Action, Adventure, Strategy]]
 
[[Category: Amiga Games]]
 
[[Category: Amiga Games]]
 
[[Category: Amstrad CPC Games]]
 
[[Category: Amstrad CPC Games]]
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[[Category: Master System Games]]
 
[[Category: Master System Games]]
 
[[Category: Saturn Games]]
 
[[Category: Saturn Games]]
[[Category: TurboGrafx CD Games]]
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[[Category: TurboGrafx-CD Games]]
 
[[Category: ZX Spectrum Games]]
 
[[Category: ZX Spectrum Games]]
 
[[Category: Action]]
 
[[Category: Action]]
 
[[Category: Driving]]
 
[[Category: Driving]]
 
[[Category: Racing]]
 
[[Category: Racing]]
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[[Category: 4-bit Color Graphics]]

Latest revision as of 09:56, 30 August 2019

Deluxe moving cabinet of North America.

OutRun is a car racing game developed and published by Sega, originally released for the arcade in Japan on 1986-09-25, but then ported to many other platforms. The game uses a pseudo 3-D display which simulates speed by rapidly scaling-up sprites as you drive past them. The arcade cabinet was released in four forms, a mini upright cabinet, a larger upright cabinet, a more expensive sit-down cabinet which moved and shook with the game, and a deluxe moving cabinet with stereo speakers in the head rest and a race car shape.

I first saw this game in an arcade somewhere in the late 1980s, but I'm not positive where or which cabinet type. I do remember being very impressed with it, despite the fact that most people who played it rarely got very far. Looking at it more objectively now, I'm still very impressed by its technical capabilities, but find the game to be rather dull in general.

Despite its flaws, I still love watching OutRun being played by a skilled driver, the rapidly moving background graphics and jazzy music leaves me with a zen feeling.

Status

I do not own this game, and I have not beaten it.

Review

  • Overall: 5/10
  • Best Version: Arcade

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • The game looks amazing. Not just the impressive arcade cabinet, but the in-game graphics are wonderful. The red Ferrari was an excellent vehicle choice.
  • The game has really great music by Hiroshi Kawaguchi.
  • Technically, the game is amazing. Not only can it handle large sprites and rapidly-scale them, but it can handle dozens on the screen at once.
  • The alternate routes, each with their own ending was a nice touch, and the sheer number of side-line sprites and attractive look is very impressive.

Bad

  • After all the flash and polish, the mechanics of the game aren't any different than racing games that preceded it by several years like Turbo or Pole Position.
  • Because the car uses sprite mirroring, the Ferrari logo reverses when you steer to the left. This could have (and should have) been corrected by drawing the logo as a separate sprite.

Ugly

  • The game is painfully hard. Even after practice, it is unlikely you'll get very far in the game.

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Maps

Fan Art

Videos

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English OutRun
Japanese アウトラン AutoRan OutRun

Links

Link-MobyGames.png  Link-Wikipedia.png  Link-VGMPF.png  Link-TCRF.png