The original idea for the game (Out Run Europe) was based on the original Out Run, 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.