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OutRun Europa
Publisher: U.S. Gold
Developer:
System(s): Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum
Genre: Racing































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
UK
£29.99 27016-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F 27016-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 27016-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 27016-50
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?



Commodore Amiga
UK
£25.99[2] ?
Commodore Amiga
UK (Kixx)
£? ?
Atari ST
UK
£25.99[2] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Cassette)
£11.99[3] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Disk)
£? ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Kixx)
£? ?
Amstrad CPC
ES (Cassette)
? ?
Commodore 64
UK (Cassette)
£11.99[3] ?
Commodore 64
UK (Kixx)
£? ?



Sega Game Gear
US
$39.95 T-79038
Sega Game Gear
UK
£24.99[5] 79038-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F 79038-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? 79038-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas 79038-50
Sega Game Gear
BR
R$? 016870



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.

Versions

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[7]. 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:

POKE 24905,0
POKE 24906,0

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.

Furthermore the ending graphics were stolen from Ocean Software's Spectrum port of Chase H.Q..

Production credits

Amiga version

  • Published by: U.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 by: Krisalis
  • Music by: Matt Furniss

Commodore 64 version

  • Published by: U.S. Gold
  • Developed by: Probe 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

Magazine articles

Main article: OutRun Europa/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Computer & Video Games (UK) #121: "December 1991" (1991-11-15)
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Gamers (DE) #1/92: "Februar/März 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
</div>
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K (IT) #32: "Ottobre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
</div>
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #119: "October 1991" (1991-09-15)
</div>
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #120: "November 1991" (1991-10-15)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #122: "January 1992" (1991-12-15)[8]
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #123: "February 1992" (1992-01-15)[9]
</div>
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Mean Machines Sega (UK) #11: "September 1993" (1993-07-30)
</div>

Physical scans

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
49 №1, p147Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[10]
52 №3
78 №2, p49
85 №4, p22-23[11]
63 №15, p152-154[12]
63 №1, p131[13]
50 №17, p86[14]
49 №4/92, p90[15]
87 №1, p70-71[16]
81 №26, p32-33
91 №2, p32-33[17]
39 №1/92, p38[18]
Sega Master System
66
Based on
12 reviews

Master System, EU
OutRunEuropa SMS EU Box Alt.jpg
Cover
OutrunEuropa SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, EU (re-release)
OutRunEuropa SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
Master System, AU
Outrun Europa SMS AU Cover.jpg
Cover
Outrun Europa SMS AU Cart Top.jpg
Outrun Europa SMS AU Cart Back.jpgOutRunEuropa SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Outrun Europa SMS AU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
OutRunEuropa SMS BR cover.jpg
Cover
OutRunEuropa SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
OutRunEuropaSMSBrManual.pdf
Manual

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №1, p92
79 №129 (Go!), p12-13[5]
50 №1, p168Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[19]
65 №34, p32[20]
88 №0101, p51[21]
80 №35, p82[4]
85 №9, p55
80 №15, p156[22]
80 №33, p164
63 №3, p120[23]
62 №1/93, p85[24]
51 №2/93, p23[25]
81 №33, p46
74 №9, p48[6]
85 №1, p79-80
74 №13, p74[26]
37 №12/93, p132[27]
Sega Game Gear
71
Based on
17 reviews

Game Gear, US
OutRunEuropa GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngOutRunEuropa GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
OutRun Europa GG US cart.jpg
Cart
OutRun Europa GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
OutRunEuropa GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngOutRunEuropa GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
OutRunEuropa GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, BR
OutRunEuropa GG BR Box Back.jpgNospine.pngOutRunEuropa GG BR Box.jpg
Cover
Outruneuropa gg br cart.jpg
Cart

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
20 №51, p104[2]
74 №7, p44-45[28]
74 №1991-11, p10[29]
82 №21, p252[30]
Commodore Amiga
63
Based on
4 reviews

Amiga, UK
OutRunEuropa Amiga UK Box Front.jpg
Cover
Amiga, UK (Kixx)

Amstrad CPC version

Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette)

OutRunEuropa CPC UK Cassette.jpg
Cassette
Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)

Amstrad CPC, UK (Kixx)
OutRunEuropa CPC EU Box Cassette Kixx.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, ES (disk)
OutRunEuropa CPC ES Box Back Disk.jpgNospine-small.pngOutRunEuropa CPC ES Box Front Disk.jpg
Cover
OutRunEuropa CPC ES Disk.jpg
Disk

Atari ST version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
20 №51, p104[2]
85 №66, p28-29
Atari ST
53
Based on
2 reviews

Atari ST, UK
OutRunEuropa ST UK Box Back.jpgNospine.pngOutRunEuropa ST UK Box Front.jpg
Cover
OutRunEuropa AtariST UK Disk1.jpg
Disk 1
OutRunEuropa AtariST UK Disk2.jpg
Disk 2

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
87 №12, p20-21[31]
94 №77, p64-66[32]
94 №59, p32-33[33]
Commodore 64
92
Based on
3 reviews

Commodore 64, UK

Commodore 64, UK (Kixx)
OutRunEuropa C64 UK Box Kixx.jpg
Cover
OutRunEuropa C64 UK Cassette Kixx.jpg
Cassette
Commodore 64, ES

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 №71, p46[7]
ZX Spectrum
83
Based on
1 review

ZX Spectrum, UK

ZX Spectrum, ES
OutRunEuropa Spectrum ES Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngOutRunEuropa Spectrum ES Box Front.jpg
Cover

References

OutRun series of games
Arcade
OutRun (1986) | Turbo OutRun (1989) | OutRunners (1992) | OutRun 2 (2003) | OutRun 2 SP (2004) | OutRun 2 SP SDX (2006)
Sega Master System
OutRun (1987) | OutRun 3D (1988) | Battle OutRun (1989) | OutRun Europa (1991)
Windows PC
OutRun (1987) | Turbo OutRun (1989) | OutRun Europa (1991)
MSX
OutRun (1988)
FM Towns/FM Towns Marty
Turbo OutRun (1989)
LCD handheld game
OutRun (1989) | OutRun F-1 (19xx)
Sega Mega Drive
OutRun (1991) | Turbo OutRun (1992) | OutRun 2019 (1993) | OutRunners (1994) | Arcade Legends OutRun 2019 (200x)
Sega Game Gear
OutRun (1991) | OutRun Europa (1992)
Sega Saturn
Sega Ages OutRun (1996)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 13: OutRun (2004) | OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (2006) | OutRun 2 SP (2007)
Xbox
OutRun 2 (2004) | OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (2006)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
OutRun Online Arcade (2009)
Nintendo 3DS
3D OutRun (2014)
OutRun Albums
Music
OutRun (1992) | Virtua Racing & OutRunners (1993) | Yu Suzuki Produce OutRun (1997) | Sega Presents OutRun 2: Music Through the Ages (2004) | OutRun 2 Sound Tracks (2004) | OutRun 2 Sound Tracks: Side B (2005) | OutRun Sound Tracks: Complement (2007) | OutRun 20th Anniversary Box (2007) | OutRun (2016)
Film
OuRun (1987) | OutRun (1988) | Super Monaco GP / Turbo OutRun (1989)