It’s time to grab your girl, get in your Ferrari Testarossa, and hit the road!
Released in 1986 by Sega, Outrun wowed arcade gamers with its impressive sprite scaling graphics and unique sit down cabinet which moves and shakes while you play. Outrun stood out from other racing games by having you race against the clock rather than other racers which made for a more relaxing experience along with the calm music and scenic backdrops.
The goal of Outrun is to drive from the starting point of the map to one of many end points before time runs out. The map is split into various sections separated by branching paths and checkpoints which provide a time bonus. You must learn when to break and shift gears to avoid veering of the progressively challenging roads while avoiding traffic if you want to avoid running out of time.
Outrun was a major success for Sega and has received many home ports to various old and new consoles and computers such as the Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Sega Game Gear, Nintendo 3DS, and more. Sega has also released various arcade and console exclusive spin-offs such as Outrun 3D, Outrun Europa, Turbo Outrun, and Outrunners. It wasn’t until 2003 when Sega decided to release a true sequel to arcades called Outrun 2 which received ports to the Xbox/360, PS3, and even the PSP. Outrun is a classic and iconic Sega series that has been referenced in many other Sega games for a good reason (there is even a song in Hatsune Miku: Project Diva called Magical Sound Shower which is an homage to this game). Go play Outrun today!