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Out Runners

Arcade Video game published 29 years ago by SEGA Enterprises

Out Runners screenshot

Listed and emulated in MAME.

Out Runners © 1992 Sega.

OutRunners is a point-to-point racing game in which players race through numerous colourful locations, trying to reach each stage's end-of-level checkpoint before the time limit expires. Any time remaining as a checkpoint is passed is carried over to the next stage.

OutRunners is the fifth game in the Out Run series (including home versions) and, after the fixed-route gameplay of the previous arcade outing, 1989's "Turbo Outrun", returns the series to the forked-road open route gameplay of the legendary original.

A new and significant gameplay addition is head-to-head racing. A single cabinet allows for two-player competition but up to four cabinets can be linked, offering eight-player racing. In head-to-head races, the first player to reach the end-of-stage checkpoint will select the next stage for all racers.

Another new addition is that players now have a choice of eight different vehicles in which to race, each with its own handling, acceleration, speed and transmission characteristics. Players can choose between automatic and manual transmission, with some cars having as many as six gears.

OutRunners also features the radio stations of the original game that allow players to select their choice of in-game music. OutRunners features all four songs from the original OutRun (in remixed form), as well as several new compositions. Music can now be changed mid-race, rather than just at the start of a game.

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TECHNICAL/MACHINE PICT.
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Sega System Multi 32 hardware

Main CPU : V70 (@ 20 Mhz), Zilog Z80 (@ 8.053975 Mhz)
Sound Chips : YM3438 (@ 8.053975 Mhz), MultiPCM (@ 8.053975 Mhz)

Players : 2
Control : paddle
Buttons : 5

TRIVIA

Even if titlescreen says 1992, OutRunners was released in May 1993 in Japan.

The name of the DJ (Jake Elwood) is a combination of the names of the main characters (Joliet 'Jake' and 'Elwood' Blues) in the 1980 film 'The Blues Brothers'.

"Magical Sound Shower", "Passing Breeze" and "Splash Wave" are the original Out Run soundtracks that can also be found in 'Out Runners' - albeit in 'enhanced' form.

A hugely impressive game CV by anyone's standards.

Toshiba EMI released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Virtua Racing & Out Runners - TYCY-5365) on 15/12/1993.

UPDATES

The US version is slightly different, It has the 'Winners Don't Use Drugs' on one screen and the 'Recycle It, Don't Trash It!' on the other screen.

TIPS AND TRICKS

* To play Jingle Bells as the background music, you must first start a race. Any time during the race hit the next music station and previous music station at the same time.

* To enter your name to the Best 'Out Runners' rankings, win the game before the clock runs out.

* Each car has its own number of gears for Manual transmission ranging from two to six. Also note that manual transmission cars on the arcade version have higher top speeds and each car has its own strengths and weaknesses. The Bad Boy Being the quickest, Wild Chaser being able to drive faster off road, Quick Reactor having the best handling, The Road Monster slows down less when crashing into other vehicles on the road and Mad Power being the fastest car in the game. Speed Buster had slow acceleration but better handling and the same top speed as Mad Power while Easy Handling and Smooth Operator are just overall great cars.

As far as the home port goes, there are just a few things different. Speed Buster is the best regular car on the game and can run low 4m30sec times via Australia while Mad Power Can Run high 4min30s. Wild Chaser when off road will rapidly accelerate from 263mph-283mph unlike the arcade where the car stays steady at 274mph Mad Power can hit a top speed of 308mph with the manual transmission by downshifting into 5th gear at 293mph. You can also downshift at 274mph but you will top out at 306mph. The Virtua Formula Car can be unlocked on the Japanese and some early versions of the game by entering a cheat. One the title screen, take controller one and enter this code: LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, C, A. You'll hear a noise if it worked. Press START and choose the Arcade Mode with button C. To the left of the first car is the Virtua Formula. This is by far the best car in the game. it also has the same top speed as Mad Power and the downshifting trick works on her as well.

Acceleration Times With Manual Transmissions and Top Speed

Easy Handling: 0-60mph 2.72sec 0-100mph 4.48sec 0-150mph 6.80sec 0-200mph 8.94sec 0-250mph 12.47sec Top Speed 274mph Transmission 5 speed

The Bad Boy: 0-60mph 1.66sec 0-100mph 2.82sec 0-150mph 3.74sec 0-200mph 4.52sec 0-250mph 5.54sec Top Speed 272mph Transmission 2 speed

Smooth Operator: 0-60mph 2.72sec 0-100mph 4.55sec 0-150mph 6.66sec 0-200mph 8.67sec 0-250mph 12.30sec Top Speed 274mph Transmission 2 speed

Wild Chaser: 0-60mph 3.02sec 0-100mph 4.89sec 0-150mph 6.49sec 0-200mph 8.16sec 0-250mph 10.57sec Top Speed 267mph on road 274mph off road Transmission 3 speed

Quick Reactor: 0-60mph 1.46sec 0-100mph 2.58sec 0-150mph 4.25sec 0-200mph 5.95sec 0-250mph 8.97sec Top Speed 267mph Transmission 4 speed

Road Monster: 0-60mph 3.02sec 0-100mph 4.79sec 0-150mph 6.76sec 0-200mph 8.80sec 0-250mph 12.37sec Top Speed 274mph Transmission 3 speed

Speed Buster: 0-60mph 3.02sec 0-100mph 5.06sec 0-150mph 7.41sec 0-200mph 9.82sec 0-250mph 12.03sec Top Speed 299mph Transmission 2 speed

Mad Power: 0-60mph 2.38sec 0-100mph 3.77sec 0-150mph 5.54sec 0-200mph 8.02sec 0-250mph 10.26sec Top Speed 299mph Transmission 6 speed

Your acceleration times may differ. Try to beat these times if you can.

SERIES

1. Out Run (1986, Arcade)
2. Out Run 3-D (1989, Master System)
3. Battle Out Run (1989, Master System)
4. Turbo Out Run [Model 317-0106] (1989, Arcade)
5. Out Run Europa (1991, Game Gear)
6. Out Runners (1992, Arcade)
7. Out Run 2019 (1993, Mega Drive)
8. Out Run 2 (2003, Arcade)
9. Out Run 2 SP (2004, Arcade)

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Sega Mega Drive (1994)

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