This iconic arcade game from Sega has a weird place in our bleak, cold souls. It’s one of our earliest gaming memories! And we really don’t remember much other than the title screen.
Our memories of this date back to some old computer our parents had at the start of the 1990s.
It had a couple of games on floppy disks for it and, blow and behold, one such romp was Out Run.
On its release in 1986 it was innovative stuff. The graphics were colourful and eye-catching, plus the soundtrack from Hiroshi Kawaguchi was proper belting.
The non-linear gameplay was also in step with similar titles from that year, such as Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda on the NES.
Out Run went on for release across a huge range of home computers and consoles. This included the Atari ST, Amiga, Amstrad, Commodore 64, Mega Drive, Master System, and PC.
Of playing the game, we remember the red car, the exhaust fumes, the blonde woman, the blue sky, and being absolutely bloody terrible at it.
But it must have had some sort of impact on us, as all these years on and we remain rather fond of the thing.
And, yeah, if you’re wondering what to do you just floor it and complete sections in the right amount of time. It’s not rocket science, stupid!
There were many arcade sequels, too, as Sega looked to milk that cash cow.
And the series isn’t dead yet, especially thanks to the tremendous deal of reverence many gamers still have towards it.
In August 2019, former Sega lead engineer Yu Suzuki said he’d like to make a new one. And it he’s looking for new ideas, may we suggest Otter Run? It’ll be about otters running. Yeah?
Switch it On!
Out Run is out on the Nintendo Switch! The former business rivals now work together (occasionally, anyway) and you can find many Sega games on Nintendo hardware.
You can also get it on the 3DS, if that’s your thing. But there may be more versions on the way, although none will ever quite have the same impact as the orginal.
You can’t out run that fact, really, can you?