Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Out Run'

Rating:4 User: The Dean of Games

1987 US Gold (UK)
by Ian Morrison, Alan Laird, Jas Brooke, Nick Bruty

After the grandeur of the coin-op arcade, expectations on 8-bit machines were very high.
This only led to disappointments, of course, not only the Spectrum limitations were immediately noticed on the game design, but speed issues left many players wondering if this was really THE Out Run they had seen in the arcades.
Well, Out Run is a racing game and one of the many letdowns of the Speccy is: Speed (you guessed it).

Any of us could survive a monochromatic city, with weird almost unrecognizable landscapes, we all seen that before, but speed is crucial to a racing game, specially one that requires beating time limits.

Still for many of us lucky ones who never saw the arcade version, this was a great game, not the best, but great.