OutRun Europa is an entry to the OutRun series, developed by Probe Software and published by U.S. Gold for the Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum in 1991. Though it carries the OutRun brand, it has little to do with Sega or Sega AM2 who were responsible for the original arcade game. The working title for this game was OutRun Europe.
OutRun Europa is very different to previous games in the series, in that rather than just driving a car, the player uses a variety of vehicles including bikes and jet skis. Some levels arm the player with a weapon to take out enemies. The player travels across the continent in pursuit of "enemy agents".
ZX Spectrum controversy
Despite falling victim to similar problems with the the original OutRun, UK Spectrum magazine Your Sinclair published misleading screenshots (and a review) of the game that did not accurately represent the final product. Most notably, their version was in colour (and was reviewed favourably, owed in part to this), while the final game was presented in monochrome.
A colour version of the game can be accessed by using the POKE commands:
However, the results still do not match the screenshots in Your Sinclair and are considered by many to look worse than the monochrome version (likely explaining why the feature was turned off). Modifications by fans have resulted in more accurate colours, but the screenshots provided by U.S. Gold are thought to be mockups.
Published byU.S. Gold
Copyright 1991 U.S. Gold and Sega Enterprises Ltd Programmed by Stuart Gregg Ingame Artwork by Saul Marchese Interlude Artwork by Hugh Riley Audio byKrisalis Music by Matt Furniss
Commodore 64 version
Published byU.S. Gold Developed byProbe Software Ltd Produced by Neil Young Programmed by Neil Coxhead Graphics by Mak Computer Grafx and Drew Northcott Sound and Music by Jeroen Tel
Copyright 1991 Sega