Out Run Europa

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Out Run Europa
Out Run Europa Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Probe Software
Publisher(s) U.S. Gold
Composer(s) Matt Furniss
Platform(s) Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Gear, Sega Master System, ZX Spectrum
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Driving game
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution ROM Cartridge

Out Run Europa (known as Out Run Europe during development[1]), is a driving video game developed by Probe Software and published by U.S. Gold for the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Gear, Sega Master System and ZX Spectrum in 1991. It is a spinoff to the arcade game OutRun, though it was not produced by Sega.

The original idea for the game (Out Run Europe) was based on the original OutRun, reprising the Ferrari Testarossa and its occupants, this time driving across Europe. Prototypes from 1988 are known to exist for the Commodore 64.

However, the final game, entitled Out Run Europa was more analogous to Chase H. Q., putting the player in the role of Simeon Kurtz, an elite spy in pursuit of criminals that have taken secret documents and stolen his Ferrari F40. As the name suggests, levels in Out Run Europa are set across Europe, with the player passing road signs for places like Paris and Berlin. The player must escape from the police using a variety of vehicles, from the standard sports cars from Ferrari and Porsche to motorbikes and jet skis. Some levels arm the player with a weapon which can be used to destroy other vehicles.

Reception[edit]

The Spectrum version was well received, with Your Sinclair awarding the game 83%, and praising the big sprites and smooth animation when compared to the original game[2]

However, the final release version seemed to differ to the preview stills shown in magazines, and even the review copy received by Your Sinclair.[3]

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