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Super Hang-On
Publisher: Sega,
Commodore Amiga
(EU)
Commodore 64
Atari ST
ZX Spectrum
Electric Dreams,
Commodore Amiga
(US)
IBM PC compatibles
Macintosh
Data East,
Sharp X68000
Sharp
Developer:
System(s): Sega Hang-On hardware, Sega OutRun hardware, Mega-Tech System, Sega Mega Drive, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, IBM PC, Macintosh, Sharp X68000, ZX Spectrum
Sound driver: pre-SMPS Z80
Genre: Action (JP Mega Drive box), Racing[1]






























Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
World
1987  ?



Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 G-4011
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[3]
Sega Mega Drive
FR
369[4]F
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ?
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 042360



Commodore Amiga
US
$? ?
Commodore Amiga
UK
£24.95[5] ?
Commodore Amiga
UK (The Hit Squad)
£7.99[6][7] ?
Atari ST
US
$? ?
Atari ST
UK
£19.99[8] ?
Atari ST
UK (The Hit Squad)
£7.99[7] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Cassette)
£9.99[9] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Disk)
£14.99[9] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (The Hit Squad)
£2.99[10] ?
Amstrad CPC
ES (Cassette)
?Ptas ?
Commodore 64
UK (Cassette)
£9.99[9] ?
Commodore 64
UK (Disk)
£14.99[9] ?
Commodore 64
UK (The Hit Squad)
£2.99[10] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (Cassette)
£9.99[9] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (The Hit Squad)
£2.99[10] ?
ZX Spectrum
ES (Cassette)
?PtasPtas ?
IBM PC compatibles
US
$? ?
Sharp X68000
JP
¥? ?
Macintosh
US
$39.95[12] ?



Wii Virtual Console
JP (Arcade)
900 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
US (Arcade)
900[13] pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU (Arcade)
900 pts ?



Sony PlayStation 3
JP (Download)
¥571 (600)[14] NPJB-00093
Sony PlayStation 3
US (Download)
$4.99[15] NPUB-30326
Sony PlayStation 3
EU (Download)
€4.49[16] NPEB-00412
Sony PlayStation 3
UK (Download)
£3.69Media:SuperHangOn PS3 UK PSStore.png[17] NPEB-00412
Sony PlayStation 3
AU (Download)
$6.75[18] NPEB-00412
Sony PlayStation 3
KR (Download)
₩6,300[19] NPHB-00255



PlayStation Now
JP
¥? ?



Super Hang-On (スーパーハングオン) is a 1987 arcade game developed by Sega AM2 and the successor to Hang-On. It was built on the Sega Hang-On hardware that powered Space Harrier. Versions of the arcade game also ran on the Sega OutRun hardware and Mega-Tech System.

Gameplay

Being a successor to Hang-On, the objective and controls of the game are the same. To race passing checkpoints and not letting the time run out while avoiding other racers or going off track.

The main difference in gameplay is that the player has 4 tracks to race on, each one having a different number of checkpoints, but in total, each stage is roughly half the length of a stage in the original Hang-On. Africa is the easiest and shortest out of the four courses (6 stages). Asia is the second easiest and is similar in length to the course from the original Hang-On at 10 stages long. The Americas is the second to toughest course, containing 14 stages and Europe is the hardest course, being 18 stages long.

When the player starts a race, they have their choice of 4 songs that will play during the race, a feature borrowed from OutRun.

History

Legacy

Super Hang-On's success saw the game ported to a plethora of systems. It was released for a number of home computers including the Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh and ZX Spectrum. In Europe these versions were published by Electric Dreams and in North America, Data East, Software Studios developing most of the home parts bar the DOS and Macintosh versions, which were handled by Quicksilver Software.

The most common version of Super Hang-On is the Sega Mega Drive version released in 1989. This version was released early on in the console's lifespan and appeared in several Mega Drive compilations namely Mega Games I, Mega Games 6, Mega Games 6 Vol. 2, Mega Games 10 and 6-Pak. A near perfect port of the game was released for the Sharp X68000 computer in Japan in the same year.

Super Hang-On also appeared as part of Sega Smash Pack 2 for PCs and Sega Arcade Gallery for the Game Boy Advance. More recently, the arcade version has been released as part of Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co..

Super Hang-On was altered and released as a full deluxe simulated-motorcycle cabinet later as Limited Edition Hang-On in 1991.

Versions

While often thought to be a very close conversion, the Mega Drive version of Super Hang-On makes a number of cutbacks, with fewer opponents on-screen at any one time, each sharing fewer animations (for example, there are eight visible riders on the starting grid of the arcade version, while on the Mega drive there are only six). The Mega Drive version also features less scenery and operates at a slower frame rate (which is decreased further when too many objects are on-screen at once).

As with most conversions of super scaler games to home systems of the day, a lack of native sprite scaling means that for most ports of the game, sprites of differing sizes are substituted in where necessary. This leads to a choppier experience than the arcade version.

The Macintosh version is notable not only due to it being one of the few Sega ports to be released on the computer, but because it features a level editor. It is however the least accurate - it does not share the same structure as the arcade version and is controlled entirely by the mouse. It also has no music and the visuals are predictably in black and white.

Production credits

Amiga version

  • Programmed by: ZZKJ
  • Graphics by: Focus
  • Sounds by: Source
©1986 Sega Enterprises Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Electric Dreams Software
Authorised User
Game ©1988 Electric Dreams
A Software Studios Production

Atari ST version

  • Programmed by: ZZKJ
  • Graphics by: Focus
  • Sounds by: Source
©1986 Sega Enterprises Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Electric Dreams Software
Authorised User
Game ©1988 Electric Dreams
A Software Studios Production

Commodore 64 version

  • Programming by: Paul Freeman and Darrell Etherington
  • Music by: Steve Barrett
  • Graphics by: Focus
©1986 Sega Enterprises Inc. (USA). All Rights Reserved. Electric Dreams Authorised User.
A Software Studios Production in association with Marjacq Micros.

Macintosh version

© Sega™ 1987

ZX Spectrum version

A Software Studios Production

Magazine articles

Main article: Super Hang-On/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GamePro US 010.pdfGamePro US 010.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in














GamePro (US) #10: "May 1990" (1990-xx-xx)

CVG UK 073.pdfCVG UK 073.pdf

PDF
Home computers print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #73: "November 1987" (1987-10-15)

CVG UK 074.pdfCVG UK 074.pdf

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Home computers print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #74: "December 1987" (1987-11-15)
also published in:













  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #75: "January 1988" (1987-12-15)[22]

TGM UK 02.pdfTGM UK 02.pdf

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Home computers print advert in














The Games Machine (UK) #2: "December/January 1987/1988" (1987-11-19)

CVG UK 082.pdfCVG UK 082.pdf

PDF
Home computers print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #82: "August 1988" (1988-07-xx)

CVG UK 083.pdfCVG UK 083.pdf

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Home computers print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #83: "September 1988" (1988-08-xx)
also published in:













  • ACE (UK) #13: "October 1988" (1988-xx-xx)[23]













  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #84: "October 1988" (1988-09-xx)[24]

YourSinclair UK 54.pdf

PDF
Amstrad CPC/Commodore 64/ZX Spectrum print advert in














Your Sinclair (UK) #54: "June 1990" (1990-05-xx)

CVG UK 110.pdf

PDF
Amiga/Atari ST print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #110: "January 1991" (1990-12-15)

MeanMachinesSega11UK.pdfMeanMachinesSega11UK.pdf

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Print advert in














Mean Machines Sega (UK) #11: "September 1993" (1993-07-30)

Screenshots

Arcade version

Photo gallery

Physical scans

Arcade version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 №45, p86/87[25]
Arcade
60
Based on
1 review

Arcade, US (mini ride-on)
Arcade, US (upright)
SuperHangOn Arcade US Manual Upright.pdf
Manual
Arcade, EU
Arcade, JP

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
95 №2, p84/85
89 №4, p35[26]
96 №100, p92/93[27]
90 №5, p58/59[28]
72 №5, p94
90 №9, p22
89 №1, p64
89 №1, p80[29]
80 №18, p92
86 №1, p82-84[30]
89 №1, p127[31]
90
81 №2, p54[4]
72 №2/90, p67[32]
74 №3, p66[3]
85 №12, p18/19
100 №23, p54
89 №6, p30[33]
82 №18, p68
79 №8, p24[34]
Sega Mega Drive
86
Based on
20 reviews

Mega Drive, US
SuperHangOn MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Super Hang On MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Superhangon md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
SuperHangOn MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Super Hang On MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Super Hang-On MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, JP
Superhangon md jp cover.jpg
Cover
SuperHangOn MD JP CartTop.jpg
Superhangon md jp cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR (cardboard)
SuperHangOn MD BR cb cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, BR
SuperHangOn MD BR cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, BR (newer)
SuperHangOn MD BR red cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №18, p86[35]
67 №2, p62[36]
89 №64, p50/51[37]
88 №17, p53[38]
85 №4, p22[39]
89 №48, p22/23[40]
Commodore Amiga
85
Based on
6 reviews

Amiga, US
SuperHangOn Amiga US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Amiga, UK
SuperHangOn Amiga EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Amiga, UK (The Hit Squad)
SuperHangOn Amiga UK Box Front THS.jpg
Cover
SuperHangOn Amiga UK Disk THS.jpg
Disk

Amstrad CPC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
67 №5, p38/39[41]
75 №45, p97[42]
60 №3, p47[43]
Amstrad CPC
67
Based on
3 reviews

Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette)
SuperHangOn CPC EU Box Cassette.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)
SuperHangOn CPC EU Box Disk.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, UK (The Hit Squad)
SuperHangOn CPC UK Box HitSquad.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, ES (cassette)
SuperHangOn CPC ES Box Cassette Proein.jpg
Cover

Atari ST version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
89 №13, p91[44]
80 №83, p24[45]
90 №11, p63[46]
63 №11/88, p48[47]
84 №6, p56/57[48]
Atari ST
81
Based on
5 reviews

Atari ST, US
SuperHangOn AtariST US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Atari ST, UK
SuperHangOn AtariST UK Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSuperHangOn AtariST UK Box Front.jpg
Cover
SuperHangOn AtariST UK Disk.jpg
Disk
Atari ST, UK (The Hit Squad)

Commodore 64 version

Commodore 64, UK (cassette)
SuperHangOn C64 UK Box Cassette.jpg
Cover
SuperHangOn C64 UK Cassette SideB.jpgSuperHangOn C64 UK Cassette SideA.jpg
Cassette
Commodore 64, UK (disk)
SuperHangOn C64 UK Box Back Disk.jpgNospine-small.pngSuperHangOn C64 UK Box Front Disk.jpg
Cover
Commodore 64, UK (The Hit Squad)
SuperHangOn C64 EU Box THS.jpg
Cover
SuperHangOn C64 UK Cassette TheHitSquad.jpg
Cassette

DOS version

DOS, US
SuperHangOn DOS US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngSuperHangOn DOS US Box Front.jpg
Cover
SuperHangOn DOS US Disk 35.jpg
3.5-inch disk
SuperHangOn DOS US Disk 525.jpg
5.25-inch disk

Macintosh version

Mac, US

Sharp X68000 version

Sharp X68000, JP
SuperHangOn X68000 JP Box.png
Cover

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75 №5, p38/39[41]
85 №49, p11[49]
100 №70, p12[50]
80 №26, p32[51]
91 №59, p78[52]
ZX Spectrum
86
Based on
5 reviews

ZX Spectrum, UK
SuperHangOn Spectrum EU Box.jpg
Cover
ZX Spectrum, UK (The Hit Squad)
SuperHangOn Spectrum UK Box HitSquad.jpg
Cover
ZX Spectrum, ES
SuperHangOn Spectrum ES Box Proein.jpg
Cover
ZX Spectrum, ES (alt)
SuperHangOn Spectrum ES Box Proein Alt.jpg
Cover

External links

References

  1. http://sega.jp/fb/segahard/md/soft.html (archived)
  2. File:VG&CE US 11.pdf, page 108
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:Raze UK 03.pdf, page 66
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:PlayerOne FR 002.pdf, page 54
  5. 5.0 5.1 File:CVG UK 088.pdf, page 11
  6. File:Raze UK 05.pdf, page 93
  7. 7.0 7.1 File:CVG UK 110.pdf, page 96
  8. File:CVG UK 082.pdf, page 41
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 File:CVG UK 073.pdf, page 129
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 File:YourSinclair UK 54.pdf, page 62
  11. File:CVG UK 075.pdf, page 8
  12. File:CGW US 059.pdf, page 7
  13. 13.0 13.1 http://blogs.sega.com/2012/05/03/more-sega-classics-for-virtual-console/
  14. 14.0 14.1 http://www.jp.playstation.com:80/software/title/jp0177npjb00093_00superhangonpsnjp.html (archived 2012-08-02 23:06)
  15. 15.0 15.1 http://blogs.sega.com/2012/05/18/vintage-collection-3-on-the-way-to-xbla-and-psn/
  16. 16.0 16.1 http://archive.is/1w38n
  17. 17.0 17.1 File:SuperHangOn PS3 UK PSStore.png
  18. 18.0 18.1 http://archive.is/tBAXS
  19. http://archive.is/bXGfj
  20. https://archive.is/WfurK
  21. http://www.jp.playstation.com:80/software/title/jp0177npjb00093_00superhangonpsnjp.html (archived 2015-11-21 04:35)
  22. File:CVG UK 075.pdf, page 10
  23. File:ACE UK 13.pdf, page 96
  24. File:CVG UK 084.pdf, page 2
  25. File:CommodoreUser UK 45.pdf, page 86
  26. File:CGtC UK 04.pdf, page 35
  27. File:CVG UK 100.pdf, page 92
  28. File:Joystick FR 005.pdf, page 58
  29. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 80
  30. File:MeanMachines UK 01.pdf, page 82
  31. File:MeanMachinesSega01UK.pdf, page 127
  32. File:PowerPlay DE 023.pdf, page 67
  33. File:SegaPro UK 06.pdf, page 30
  34. File:SegaForce UK 08.pdf, page 24
  35. File:ACE UK 18.pdf, page 86
  36. File:AmigaPower UK 02.pdf, page 62
  37. File:CommodoreUser UK 64.pdf, page 50
  38. File:TGM UK 17.pdf, page 53
  39. File:TheOne UK 04.pdf, page 22
  40. File:Zzap64 UK 048.pdf, page 22
  41. 41.0 41.1 File:ACE UK 05.pdf, page 38
  42. File:Amstar FR 45.pdf, page 97
  43. File:PowerPlay DE 003.pdf, page 47
  44. File:ACE UK 13.pdf, page 91
  45. File:CVG UK 083.pdf, page 24
  46. File:TGM UK 11.pdf, page 64
  47. File:PowerPlay DE 008.pdf, page 48
  48. File:STAction UK 06.pdf, page 58
  49. File:Crash UK 49.pdf, page 11
  50. File:SinclairUser UK 070.pdf, page 12
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  52. File:YourSinclair UK 59.pdf, page 78


Games in the Hang-On Series
Hang-On (1985) | Hang-On Jr. (1985) | Hang-On II (1985) | Super Hang-On (1987) | GP Rider (1990) | Limited Edition Hang-On (1991) | Hang-On GP (1995) | 3D Super Hang-On (2013)
Hang-On related media
Music
Yu Suzuki Produce Hang On/Space Harrier (1997) | Super Hang-On 20th Anniversary Collection (2007) | Super Hang-On (2015)