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F1
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Developer:
Peripherals supported:
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Racing































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? T-88066
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£44.99[2] T-88066-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-88066-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 119,95[4] T-88066-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-88066-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



Sega Master System
UK
£29.99[5][6] MK 27072-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK 27072-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK 27072-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK 27072-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? FF1000SEC
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 026330



Sega Game Gear
US
$39.95[7] T-88058
Sega Game Gear
UK
£? T-88058-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-88058-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-88058-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-88058-50
Sega Game Gear
IT
T-88058-50
Sega Game Gear
PT
?PTE$ GG88058




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F1, known as Formula One on North American packaging is a formula one racing game developed by Lankhor and Teque London and published by Domark. It should not be confused with the later game, F1 World Championship Edition, also published by Domark. F1 was released in 1993 for the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear.

No versions of this game were released in Japan, while the Game Gear version was exclusive to North America.

Gameplay

F1 is a pseudo-sequel to Lanhor's earlier release, Vroom, originally released in 1991 for the Amiga, Atari ST and IBM PC compatibles. On the Amiga, this relationship is even closer, with earlier versions of the game being released as Vroom Multiplay before acquiring an official license from FOCA. Both F1 and Vroom share graphics and sounds, though F1 adds further refinements to the engine and stands as the first time one of Lankhor's racers was released on a home console.

F1 attempts to replicate the 1993 Formula One season, providing 12 tracks roughly based on their real-life counterparts and seven constructors; Benetton, Ferrari, Ligier, Lotus, McLaren, Tyrrell and Williams. Producer Jim Tripp is also included as a driver in a special "Domark" team.

1993 champion Ayrton Senna is omitted due to licensing issues (likely thanks to Sega and its 1992 release of Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II). That being said, racers are only differentiated in-game by a change in colour, and the player always races as him/herself under a generic "SEGA" banner.

Tracks

Even on the Mega Drive, F1 is severely limited by the hardware, so while the basic track layouts of the season are in place, the aesthetics very different to the real thing. In real life, the Monaco grand prix for example takes place in a built-up area next to the coast, while in this game there are no bulidings or water, just a road surrounded by grass.

Notavailable.svg Interlagos (Brazil)
Notavailable.svg Imola (San Marino)
Notavailable.svg Barcelona (Spain)
Notavailable.svg Monte Carlo (Monaco)
Notavailable.svg Montreal (Canada)
Notavailable.svg Castelet (France)
Notavailable.svg Silverstone (United Kingdom)
Notavailable.svg Hockenheim (Germany)
Notavailable.svg Spa (Belgium)
Notavailable.svg Monza (Italy)
Notavailable.svg Estoril (Portugal)
Notavailable.svg Adelaide (Australia)

Versions

The Mega Drive version uses a mixture of 2D sprites and 3D polygons to simulate its game world, however the limitations of the hardware means frame rate is usually sub-30FPS at any point in game. To partially negate this issue, a "Turbo" mode is included, which renders less of the play area and uses smaller sprites, allowing the game to achive greater speeds. For 1993, however, both modes outperform most 3D polygonal-based games seen on consoles at the time (for example, critically acclaimed Super NES shooter StarFox runs below 10FPS despite the addition of a dedicated Super FX chipset for processing polygons).

Production credits

Mega Drive version


Master System version

  • Developed By: Teque London Ltd
  • Programmed By: Peter Hennig
  • Graphics By: Mark Anthony
  • Sound and Music: Peter Hennig
  • Producers: Tony Love, Darren Anderson


Game Gear version

  • Developed By: Teque London Ltd
  • Programmed By: Peter Hennig
  • Graphics By: Mark Anthony
  • Sound and Music: Peter Hennig
  • Producers: Tony Love, Darren Anderson


Magazine articles

Main article: F1/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Tengen GG US PrintAdvert 2.jpg

Game Gear US print advert

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Mega Drive ES print advert

SegaVisions US 15.pdf

PDF
Print advert in (US) #15: "October/November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • (US) #16: "December/January 1993/1994" (1993-xx-xx)[9]

Hyper AU 001.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Hyper (AU) #1: "December 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
95 №23, p104-106
86 №141, p72/73[2]
89 №150, p109/111/113[10]
65 №52, p174[1]
90 №9, p36/37
90 №23, p114/115[11]
92 №13, p32-35
90 №11, p38/39
88 №3, p24/25
94 №20, p40-42
93 №11, p52-54[12]
92 №33, p80/81
92 №46, p32/33[13]
86 №22, p34-37
90 №10, p36/37
92 №2, p36-39[14]
92 №14, p12
Sega Mega Drive
89
Based on
17 reviews

Mega Drive, US
F1 MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, EU
F1 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
F1 MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, FR
F1 MD FR Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, SE (Rental; alt)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 №24, p108
72 №38, p116[15]
69 №4, p28/29[16]
90 №48, p64/65
61 №24, p75
88 №13, p75
Sega Master System
77
Based on
6 reviews

Master System, EU
F1 SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
F1 SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU
F1 SMS AU Box.jpg
Cover
F1 SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
F1 SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 №55, p133[7]
72 №38, p116[15]
88 №50, p72/73
81 №26, p61
Sega Game Gear
82
Based on
4 reviews

Game Gear, US
F1 GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngF1 GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
F1 GG US cart.jpg
Cart
F1 GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
F1 GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngF1 GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
F1 GG EU cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 ccd73738
MD5 7247829ab401477e4141e5f5b3077f0c
SHA-1 8f8edd8e6846cbba1b46f8eb9015b195ccc4acf9
1MB 1993-08 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 fbdd4520
MD5 b065e4a01adcfd6af4c96b950b832100
SHA-1 a8327157f6537f4cd5daaff648864e8e0bf945f1
1MB 1993-07 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 EC788661
MD5 5D67504B8334A0E36F6119515928717C
SHA-1 247FD74485073695A88F6813482F67516860B3A0
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 D0A93E00
MD5 93B3E1B682474FFD9985C0A5688D45BF
SHA-1 B5A1985D671E8B9E0EED7922E6DB695011071E99
256kB Cartridge (US/EU)

References


Officially licensed Formula One games for Sega systems
Arcade
F1 Super Lap (1993) | F1 World Grand Prix (1998)
Sega Mega Drive
Nakajima Satoru Kanshuu F1 Super License (1992) | F1 (1993) | Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing (1993) | F1: World Championship Edition (1995)
Sega Master System
F1 (1993)
Sega Game Gear
F1 (1993) | F1: World Championship Edition (1995)
Sega Mega-CD
F1 Circus CD (1994) | Formula One World Championship: Beyond the Limit (1994)
Sega Saturn
F1 Challenge (1996)
Sega Dreamcast
F1 World Grand Prix (1999) | F1 World Grand Prix II (2000) | F1 Racing Championship (2001)