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For the Sega Mega-CD game, see Road Rash (Mega-CD). For the Sega Saturn game, see Road Rash (Saturn).

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Road Rash
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Electronic Arts (US/EU), Electronic Arts Victor (JP),
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
U.S. Gold
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Genre: Racing































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥7,800 EM20003
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.99[1] 702001
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[3] E176SMX
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F E176SMX
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? E176SMX
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas E176SMX
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



Sega Master System
EU (Kixx)
€? 29012-50
Sega Master System
UK
£? 29012-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F 29012-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 29012-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 29012-50
Sega Master System
PT
4,990$
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 028410



Sega Game Gear
US
$? T-79108
Sega Game Gear
EU (Kixx)
€? 79108-50
Sega Game Gear
UK
£? 79108-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F 79108-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? 79108-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas 79108-50



Road Rash (ロードラッシュ) is the first game in the Road Rash series of motorcycle racing games developed by Electronic Arts. Originally released for the Sega Mega Drive in 1991, it has since been ported to other consoles, including the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear. It should not be confused with the Mega-CD game, also known as Road Rash or the Saturn version.

Gameplay

In Road Rash, the player competes in illegal street races in California, where competitors are given free will to deliberately damage competitors to get to first place. Damage is incurred by punching competitors (C) or ramming into them. B accelerates, A brakes. Race courses are littered with everything from hills to traffic to roadside obstacles that can hurt a competitor or the player, and since the races run in real time, crashing is costly, as you must get in the top 3 to move on to the next level. You may choose which level to play each time.

History

Legacy

On the Mega Drive, Road Rash was followed by Road Rash II and Road Rash 3: Tour De Force.

Versions

The Master System version of Road Rash retains the vast majority of content over its Mega Drive counterpart, though most of the graphics were re-drawn for the smaller resolution and fewer colours given by the hardware. On the Master System, the top speed is lowered, and much of the road-side scenery has been removed, and there appears to be fewer racers on the track at any given time. While the track layouts are broadly the same, hills are less pronounced on the Master System, and take longer to complete due to the aforementioned speed issues.

All digitised sound has been removed, as has the rev counter in the HUD. The Game Gear port is much the same as the Master System conversion, but has to reduce the size of its HUD further in order to fit all important details onto the screen. This also means less of the road is visible to the player.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source: In-game credits (title screen)
  • Programmers: Dan Geisler, Walter Stein
  • Art: Arthur Koch, Jeff Fennel, Sheryl Knowles, Cynthia Hamilton, Connie Braat, Paul Vernon, Peggy Brennan
  • Sound and Music: Rob Hubbard, Mike Bartlow
  • Production: Randy Breen
  • Technical Direction: Carl Mey
  • Production Assistant: Michael Lubuguin

Master System and Game Gear versions

  • A Conversion By Gary Priest
  • Programming and Graphic Conversion: Gary Priest
  • Music and SFX: Krisalis
  • Production: Greg Michael, Tony Porter

Published under license by U.S.Gold Ltd.
Licensed by Sega Enterprises Ltd.
© 1991, 1993 Electronic Arts Inc.

Magazine articles

Main article: Road Rash/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 027.pdfEGM US 027.pdfEGM US 027.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #27: "October 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:













  • GamePro (US) #31: "February 1992" (199x-xx-xx)[6]

SegaVisions US 15.pdfSegaVisions US 15.pdf

PDF
Game Gear print advert in














Sega Visions (US) #15: "October/November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:

MeanMachines UK 18.pdfMeanMachines UK 18.pdf

PDF
Print advert in














Mean Machines (UK) #18: "March 1992" (1992-02-27)

CVG UK 149.pdf

PDF
Master System/Game Gear print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #149: "April 1994" (1994-03-15)

MegaForce FR 02.pdfMegaForce FR 02.pdf

PDF
Print advert in














Mega Force (FR) #2: "Septembre/Octobre 1991" (1991-09-13)

Joystick FR 020.pdfJoystick FR 020.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in














Joystick (FR) #20: "Octobre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

MegaForce FR 08.pdfMegaForce FR 08.pdf

PDF
Print advert in














Mega Force (FR) #8: "Juillet/Août 1992" (1992-07-07)
also published in:













  • Joypad (FR) #11: "Août/Septembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[9]

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 №50, p91[10]
73 №12/91, p140
91 №2, p84-86[11]
91 №118, p30-32[3]
100 №30, p54/55[1]
84 №2, p50/51[12]
90 №23
90 №1, p46
91 №3, p40/41[13]
84 №2
70 №21, p146[14]
78 №5, p94
45 №21, p65
92 №1, p80[15]
91 №12, p48-50[16]
92 №1, p127[17]
95 №13, p52/53[18]
85 №2/92, p93[19]
69 12/91
93 №23, p24-27
100 №23, p54
91 №5, p63[20]
90 №18, p67
71 №4/91, p33[21]
Sega Mega Drive
85
Based on
24 reviews

Mega Drive, US
RoadRash MD US Box.jpg
Cover
RoadRash MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Road Rash MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
RoadRash MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
RoadRash MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
Roadrash md jp cover.jpg
Cover
RoadRash MD JP CartTop.jpg
Roadrash md jp cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, BR
Roadrash md br cover.jpg
Cover
RoadRash MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 №31, p140[22]
75 №3/94, p64[23]
70 №42, p108[24]
78 №6/94, p134[25]
88 №17, p64/65[26]
84 №3, p88/89
90 №53, p46/47
90 №30, p62/63
90 №24, p10
78 №6/94, p111[27]
Sega Master System
83
Based on
10 reviews

Master System, EU
RoadRash SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
Master System, EU (Kixx re-release)
RoadRash SMS EU Box Kixx.jpg
Cover
Master System, AU

Master System, BR
RoadRash SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
Roadrash sms br cart.jpg
Cart
RoadRash SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, PT
RoadRash SMS PT Box.jpg
Cover

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 №31, p140[22]
78
93 №56, p146[5]
80 №41, p102/103[28]
81 №6/94, p134[25]
90 №53, p46/47
90 №24, p10
77 №6/94, p111[27]
Sega Game Gear
84
Based on
8 reviews

Game Gear, US
RoadRash GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngRoadRash GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
RoadRash GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Roadrash gg us manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
RoadRash GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngRoadRash GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
RoadRash GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, EU (Kixx re-release)
RoadRash GG EU Box Front Kixx.jpg
Cover
RoadRash GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart

References


Road Rash games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Road Rash (1991) | Road Rash II (1992) | Road Rash 3: Tour De Force (1995)
Sega Master System
Road Rash (1994)
Sega Game Gear
Road Rash (1994)
Sega Mega-CD
Road Rash (1995)
Sega Saturn
Road Rash (1996)
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