US Gold

Outrun

19.99

This much hyped, much sold and much pilloried arcade game has been big news for over a year now, but ST owners have had to wait a long time for this version.


On the 8-bit machines it was a dreadful game - so have they come up with a winner this time? The concept is simple: driving a Ferrari Testarossa you have to complete five stages of a roadrace course within the time limit. What made the arcade game a hit was the amazing graphics and ''feel'' of the car. These have been well reproduced, except when driving with the mouse - very difficult.


Flat out at 293 kmh on the first stage.
Mind out for traffic and trees.

The stages are branched so that at the end of each you can fork left or right. The relevance of this is that the stages range widely in terms of road layout ant obstacles. Some routes are far easier than others.

The road dips and rises alarmingly at times and bends can be very tight. Hit an obstacle and you'll be slowed down or somersaulted all over the place, losing you valuable time. Other vehicles on the road are quite a hazard as well.

It's an excellent conversion of the game and captures the feel and action of the arcade version. However, it is a little on the easy side and it won't take Iong to exhaust the routes. If you seek life in the fast lane. Out Run delivers.

still graphics
5
4
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1
moving graphics
5
4
3
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sound
5
4
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1
playability
5
4
3
2
0
1
overall 71%

 


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