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Out Run
Out Run marquee.
Out Run title screen.
Out Run map sticker.
Out Run control panel.
Manufacturer Sega
Released 1986
Control
Method
Paddle
Pedal
1 Button(s)
Main CPU (2x) 68000 (@ 12.500 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2151 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sega PCM (@ 4.000 MHz)
Video
Details
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
59.64 Hz
12,288 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 31 ROMs
2,064,384 bytes (1.97 MiB)
MAME ID outrun · outrun1 · outrun2 · outrunb
Out Run (arcade) main sprite.png

Out Run is a chase-view driving arcade video game that puts the player behind the wheel of a red Ferrari Testarossa in this ground-breaking and hugely popular racing game. As with most games of the genre, players must reach the end-of-stage 'goal' before the tight time limit expires. Out Run's lush, colourful levels are all packed with civilian traffic that, in addition to the tracks themselves, must be carefully negotiated. Upon crashing, the player's car doesn't explode or come to a sudden halt as with other games of the time; it flips into the air before crashing to the ground and eventually rolling to a stop; throwing the driver and his female passenger from the car in the process.

As well as being able to choose which route to take through the game, players can also choose from one of 3 different catchy songs to listen to while driving. The 3 songs are : 'Magical Sound Shower', 'Passing Breeze' and 'Splash Wave'.

Trivia

Released in November 1986.

At the end of each stage, before the end-of-stage goal is reached, players are presented with a fork in the road; a unique innovation that, for the first time in the history of racing games, gave players a choice of which route they wished to take through the game. Out Run's game-play was both tight and instinctive and, together with the superb stage design and wonderfully realized sprite-scaled graphics, would completely revolutionize not just racing games, but arcade games in general.

Out Run is still regarded as perhaps the finest arcade racer (and certainly the finest sprite-driven racer) of all time. This was especially true of the deluxe cabinet version, which featured a fully hydraulic tilting cabinet (resembling a red Ferrari Testarossa) and a powerful speaker system situated directly behind the player's head. The music still captivates many fans today, although the sublime 'Magical Sound Shower' is generally regarded as the finest of the three in-game tunes on offer (the others being 'Passing Breeze' and 'Splash Wave'). The final tune, 'Last Wave', is only played when entering your name on the high-score table.

At least part of Out Run's huge success was down to it capturing the fun-yet-superficial spirit of the 1980s. Previous racing games had concentrated on the more serious side of racing, with the action usually taking place in a Formula One racing car, over a series of competent but uninspiring racing tracks. Out Run was different; in a decade that celebrated style over content, the game offered players the ultimate boy racer experience by putting them behind the wheel of that eighties icon of cool, a red Ferrari Testarossa; replete with a 'blonde bimbo' in the passenger seat.

Sega didn't actually have (nor indeed ask for) permission from Ferrari to use one of their cars for the game. This inevitably led to a degree of bad feeling and threats of litigation between the two companies. They have since settled their differences, however, as Sega acquired an official license to use the Ferrari range in its 2003 sequel, "Out Run 2".

Opponent cars list :

Out Run contains in-game billboards advertising KTM motorcycles.

Richard Jackson holds the official record for this game with 52,897,690 points.

In the film 'Donnie Darko', Donnie is playing Out Run at an arcade with his girlfriend. The scene shows him crashing his car during their discussion.

An Out Run cabinet can be seen in the 1988 educational video presented by General Motors called 'The Game Of Your Life'.

An Out Run machine was shown at the 2003 classic arcade games show 'California Extreme' in San Jose, California.

A MTV public announcement against drunk driving shown in the mid '90s shows a gamer in their viewpoint playing Out Run whilst under the influence of alcohol and cuts to each point where the gamer crashes until the end of game.

Updates

In "Out Run [Deluxe Sit-Down model]", all the courses are in a different order.

Tips and tricks

  • Fatest route : the fastest route for finishing the game is Right (Devil's Canyon), Left (Snowy Alps), Right (Wheatfield), Right (Autobahn).
  • Secret credit message : right before the road forks, press and hold Start. When you choose one of the roads and the other one disappears from view, a secret credit message will come up on the screen.
  • Instead of just pressing the accelerator all the way when you're about to start, you should instead try to keep the gas in 'the high greens' and just below red. The exact moment the green light goes on you should give it as much gas as possible thereby starting up much faster. Instead of shifting at app. 170mph you should change gears at about 120 mph to avoid slowdown. This hint earns you app. 1 second. This trick works every time you have to start from 0 mph but is difficult to time right when you don't have the green light for timing.
  • The second before going off road you can change very quickly to low gear and then high gear again. If done correctly you can drive off the road without any slowdown for about 1-2 seconds. If you time it right you can actually change to low then high again after the 1-2 seconds and not loose ANY speed whatsoever when driving offroad. This way you can keep going 292mph even though you're offroad.

Series

  1. Out Run [Upright model] (1986)
    Out Run [Sit-Down model] (1986)
    Out Run [Deluxe Sit-Down model] (1986)
  2. Out Run 3-D (1989, Sega Master System)
  3. Battle Out Run (1989, Sega Master System)
  4. Turbo Out Run (1989)
  5. Out Run Europa (1991)
  6. Out Runners (1992)
  7. Out Run 2019 (1993, Sega Mega Drive)
  8. Out Run 2 (2003)
  9. Out Run 2 SP - Special Tours (2004)

Staff

Designed By
Yu Suzuki (YU.)
Music By
Hiroshi Miyauchi (MIY)
From Hiscore Table
BIN
KAG
MAT
IKA
A.O

Cabinet and Artwork

Ports

Box art for Erbe's release of Out Run.
Consoles 
Sega Master System (1987)
NEC PC-Engine (1990)
Sega Mega Drive (1991)
Sega Game Gear (1991)
Sega Saturn (1996)
Sega Dreamcast (2001, "Yu Suzuki Game Works Vol. 1")
Sega Dreamcast (2001, "Shenmue II")
Nintendo Game Boy Advance (2003, "Sega Arcade Gallery")
Microsoft XBOX ("Shenmue II")
Microsoft XBOX (2004, "Out Run 2") (Hidden Content)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2004, "Sega Ages 2500 Vol. 13 : Out Run")
Computers 
MSX1 (1986, U.S. Gold)
Commodore C64 (1987)
Amstrad CPC (1987)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1987)
MSX2 (1988)
Commodore Amiga ("Out Run", 1988, U.S. Gold)
Atari ST (1989)
PC [MS-DOS, 5.25"] (1989)
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (1999, "Sega Smash Pack")
Others 
LCD tabletop (large) game (1989, Tiger Electronics) (5 different races)
Mobile phones (2002)


Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Out Run PCCB-00081[1] 1992-02-21 Pony Canyon CD version.
Yu-Suzuki produce Out Run MJCAX-00004[2] 1997-11-19 Marvelous Interactive, Inc. CD version.
Super Sonic Team -G.S.M. SEGA 3- PCCB-00009[3] 1989-10-29 Pony Canyon CD version.
Mega Selection -G.S.M. SEGA- PCCB-00014[4] 1989-12-15 Pony Canyon, Inc. CD version.
S.S.T. Band Live! -G.S.M. SEGA- PCCB-00042[5] 1990-10-31 Pony Canyon CD version.
Galaxy Force -G.S.M. SEGA 1- D28B-0002[6] 1988-07-21 Pony Canyon Inc. CD version.
Sega Taikan Game Special 28XA-198[7] 1987-12-21 Alfa Records CD version.
Sega Game Music Vol.1 28XA-107[8] 1986-12-21 Alfa Records CD version.
SING!! SEGA Game Music presented by B.B. Queens BVRR-1[9] 1992-07-26 BMG Victor CD version.
SEGA Mega Drive Super Medley SCDC-00450[10] 2005-07-20 Scitron Digital Content CD version.
Sega Ages Sound Track the Best Plus KDSD-00051~2[11] 2004-10-20 TEAM ENTERTAINMENT 2 CD version.
Game Sound Legend Arrange Series - Speed & Wind SCDC-00375[12] 2004-11-17 Scitron Digital Content CD version.
Back in the S.S.T. Band!! ~The Very Best~ SCDC-00312[13] 2003-11-19 Scitron Digital Content Inc. CD version.
Segacon -The Best of Sega Game Music- Vol.1 SVWC-7092~4[14] 2001-10-24 SME Visual Works 3 CD version.
Sega Game Music Vol.1 SCDC-00024[15] 2000-06-21 Scitron Digital Content Inc. CD version.
Sega Game Music Vol.1 ALC-22907[16] 1986-12-21 Alfa Records Cassette version.
Sega Game Music Vol.1 ALR-22907[17] 1986-12-21 Alfa Records Vinyl version.
Sega Taikan Game Special ALC-28096[18] 1987-12-21 Alfa Records Cassette version.
Galaxy Force -G.S.M. SEGA 1- 25P5-0002[19] 1988-07-21 Pony Canyon Inc. Cassette version.
Electroid : Rebuilt N/A[20] 2005-01-01 N/A CD version.
OutRun Sound Tracks -Complement- N/A[21] 2007-02-07 SEGA CD version.
OutRun 20th Anniversary Box WM-0538~48[22] 2007-02-08 Wave Master 11 CD version.
The Best Of AY-3-8912 CZCD 005[23] 2007-07-12 Binary Zone Interactive CD version.
S.S.T. Band Live! PCVP-10405[24] 1990-11-21 Pony Canyon Released on VHS.
S.S.T. Band ~Live History~ SDDV-00035[25] 2006-09-20 Happinet Corporation Released on DVD.
Scitron 10th Anniversary Special CD Sampler DMCZ-300098[26] 1998-01-01 Scitron Label 2 CD version.
Galaxy Force -G.S.M. SEGA 1- C22B-0002[27] 1988-07-21 Pony Canyon Vinyl version.
Beep Special Project - SEGA GAME MUSIC II Sono Sheet N/A[28] 1987-09-01 Softbank Publishing Vinyl version.
GS SELECTION - GS Club Special Project N/A[29] 1988-03-01 Softbank Publishing Double vinyl version.
Violin de Hiitemita ep2 ~ Maou no Gyakushuu / Scream no Hito SRIN-1063[30] 2009-09-02 SuperSweep CD version.
Out Run Original Soundtrack Music from the Arcade Machine N/A[31] 1987-01-01 U.S. Gold Cassette version.
Mega Selection -G.S.M. SEGA- PCTB-00003[32] 1989-12-15 Pony Canyon Cassette version.

Screen Shot Comparison

Title Screen

Music Select Screen

Stage 1 Screen

Gateway Stage Screen

Course Map Screen

Hiscore Screen

Sound Comparison

Platform Song Titles Sound Source
Arcade "Magical Sound Shower" "Passing Breeze" "Splash Wave" "Last Wave" M1 v0.7.7u4
Commodore Amiga Yes Yes Yes No DeliPlayer 2.50 with 'Jason C. Brooke' plug-in by Wanted Team
Atari ST/STE Yes No Yes No DeliPlayer 2.50 with 'The YM2149 Player v1.52c' plug-in by Mr.Styckx
IBM PC Yes No Yes No DOSBox 0.70
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (BEEP) Yes No No No Spectaculator 6.25
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (AY) Yes No Yes No DeliPlayer 2.50 with 'Lib_AY' plug-in by Patrik Rak - Raxoft
Commodore 64 / 128 Yes No Yes No XMPlay v3.4.2.1 (SID plugin rev.25b Feb 19 2007)
Amstrad CPC 464 No No Yes No CPCE 1.40
MSX Yes No Yes No blueMSX v2.7
MSX2 Yes Yes Yes No blueMSX v2.7
Sega Game Gear Yes Yes Yes Yes DeliPlayer 2.50 with 'SEGA®' plug-in by Hans Guijt, Juan Antonio Gómez Gálvez, adapted by Gaelan Griffin
Sega Master System Yes Yes Yes Yes DeliPlayer 2.50 with 'SEGA®' plug-in by Hans Guijt, Juan Antonio Gómez Gálvez, adapted by Gaelan Griffin
NEC PC-Engine Yes Yes Yes Yes XMPlay v3.4.2.1 with NEZplug v0.9.4.8
Sega Mega Drive / Genesis Yes Yes Yes Yes Kega Fusion 3.51
Sega Saturn
(Arcade Versions)
Yes Yes Yes Yes CDDA
Sega Saturn
(Arranged Versions)
Yes Yes Yes Yes CDDA
Nintendo Game Boy Advance Yes Yes Yes Yes Visual Boy Advance 1.8.0 beta-3
Microsoft XBOX
(Arranged Versions)
Yes Yes Yes Yes WMA9 files on DVD
Microsoft XBOX
(Euromix Versions)
Yes Yes Yes No WMA9 files on DVD
Sony PlayStation 2
(Arranged Versions)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Compressed ADPCM

External Links

References

  1. Out Run (CD) at the VGMdb
  2. Yu-Suzuki produce Out Run (CD) at the VGMdb
  3. Super Sonic Team -G.S.M. SEGA 3- (CD) at the VGMdb
  4. Mega Selection -G.S.M. SEGA- (CD) at the VGMdb
  5. S.S.T. Band Live! -G.S.M. SEGA- (CD) at the VGMdb
  6. Galaxy Force -G.S.M. SEGA 1- (CD) at the VGMdb
  7. Sega Taikan Game Special (CD) at the VGMdb
  8. Sega Game Music Vol.1 (CD) at the VGMdb
  9. SING!! SEGA Game Music presented by B.B. Queens (CD) at the VGMdb
  10. SEGA Mega Drive Super Medley (CD) at the VGMdb
  11. Sega Ages Sound Track the Best Plus (CD) at the VGMdb
  12. Game Sound Legend Arrange Series - Speed & Wind (CD) at the VGMdb
  13. Back in the S.S.T. Band!! ~The Very Best~ (CD) at the VGMdb
  14. Segacon -The Best of Sega Game Music- Vol.1 (CD) at the VGMdb
  15. Sega Game Music Vol.1 (CD) at the VGMdb
  16. Sega Game Music Vol.1 (Cassette) at the VGMdb
  17. Sega Game Music Vol.1 (Vinyl) at the VGMdb
  18. Sega Taikan Game Special (Cassette) at the VGMdb
  19. Galaxy Force -G.S.M. SEGA 1- (Cassette) at the VGMdb
  20. Electroid : Rebuilt (CD) at the VGMdb
  21. OutRun Sound Tracks -Complement- (CD) at the VGMdb
  22. OutRun 20th Anniversary Box (CD) at the VGMdb
  23. The Best Of AY-3-8912 (CD) at the VGMdb
  24. S.S.T. Band Live! (VHS) at the VGMdb
  25. S.S.T. Band ~Live History~ (DVD) at the VGMdb
  26. Scitron 10th Anniversary Special CD Sampler (CD) at the VGMdb
  27. Galaxy Force -G.S.M. SEGA 1- (Vinyl) at the VGMdb
  28. Beep Special Project - SEGA GAME MUSIC II Sono Sheet (Vinyl) at the VGMdb
  29. GS SELECTION - GS Club Special Project (Vinyl) at the VGMdb
  30. Violin de Hiitemita ep2 ~ Maou no Gyakushuu / Scream no Hito (CD) at the VGMdb
  31. Out Run Original Soundtrack Music from the Arcade Machine (Cassette) at the VGMdb
  32. Mega Selection -G.S.M. SEGA- (Cassette) at the VGMdb


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.

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