Death Throttle: Kakuzetsu Toshi kara no Dasshutsu

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Death Throttle: Kakuzetsu Toshi kara no Dasshutsu
Publisher: MediaQuest
Publisher(s) of original games: GameTek
Developer(s) of original games: Imagexcel
System(s): Sega Saturn
Original system(s): PC
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (14 tracks)
Genre: Racing

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥5,800 T-26403G

Death Throttle: Kakuzetsu Toshi kara no Dasshutsu (デススロットル 隔絶都市からの脱出) is a first-person vehicular combat game for the Sega Saturn, released exclusively in Japan in 1996. It was originally released as Quarantine for DOS computers and the 3DO in 1994. The PlayStation release, handled by Asmik, is called Hard Rock Cab and is almost identical to this version (though is censored with green blood as opposed to red).

Death Throttle is similar to Crazy Taxi, with the player driving a taxi and moving people to and from various locations on the map. However, due to its age, the game is played on a flat surface similar in nature to Wolfenstein 3D. The taxi is equipped with guns, allowing you to shoot other vehicles. It is also possible to run over pedestrians, similar to the Grand Theft Auto or Carmageddon franchises.

The Saturn version of the game (much like its PlayStation counterpart) sports improved lighting and more detailed textures, but has a lower frame rate than the PC original. Essential text has also been translated into Japanese (though live action cutscenes and non-essential features remain in English).

Quarantine/Death Throttle was followed by the PC game Road Warrior, released in 1995.

Magazine articles

Main article: Death Throttle: Kakuzetsu Toshi kara no Dasshutsu/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


SSM JP 19960322 1996-05.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #19: "1996-05 (1996-03-22)" (1996-03-08)

SSM JP 19960628 1996-10.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #24: "1996-10 (1996-06-28)" (1996-06-14)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
48 №397, p31
67 №1996-10, p232[1]
61 №, p14Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[2]
Sega Saturn
Based on
3 reviews

Saturn, JP
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DeathThrottle Saturn JP Disc.jpg


  1. File:SSM_JP_19960628_1996-10.pdf, page 234
  2. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 16