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Gale Racer
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher:
Developer:
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (16 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Arcade Racer Joystick
Genre: Racing































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥6,800 GS-9003



Gale Racer (ゲイルレーサー) is a conversion of the 1991 Sega System 32 arcade game Rad Mobile for the Sega Saturn. It was released exclusively in Japan in December 1994 as the first racing game for the system.

Gameplay

Gale Racer shares similar gameplay to Rad Mobile, with the player driving eastwards across America against rival cars against a strict time limit. There are, however, a number of graphical and technical changes to better suit the Saturn's hardware, and rather than one continuous journey, "areas" are split up by loading screens. There are also 23 rival cars, as opposed to the arcade's 14.

Gale Racer has the player drive a completely different vehicle to Rad Mobile, and renders all the rivals as polygons, rather than resized sprites. Similarly to Rad Mobile, a Sonic the Hedgehog "mascot" hangs from the car's ceiling (resembling his look in Sonic the Hedgehog 3), however others from the Sonic series are available, including the first home sightings of Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel.

However, despite being a port of a then-three-year-old game (for arcade hardware that had been retired), Gale Racer is noticeably scaled back over its arcade counterpart, running at half the frame rate with lower draw distances, and less detailed "textures" for the road and scenery. The breaking up of areas means stage transitions no longer exist, and the road is always the same colour. The physics of the mascot are also simplified, always swinging and rotating at the same rate regardless of what is happening in-game.

There are also no exploding police officers when the player finishes first.

Production credits

Track list


1. [data track] ({{{time}}})


2. Invitation Card (01:05)
From: Advertise


3. Gale Racer (01:58)
From: Opening Movie


4. Just the Thing (02:11)
From: Course 1-1, 6-4


5. On the Horizon (02:49)
From: Course 1-2, 2-2, 3-3, 5-2, 6-2


6. Midnight Illusion (01:59)
From: Course 3-2, 4-1, 6-1


7. Mountain Storm (01:56)
From: Course 2-3


8. Flushing Beat (02:17)
From: Course 2-1, 3-1, 4-2


9. Darkest Time (01:50)
From: Course 5-1


10. Radmobile Theme (00:19)
From: Reslut


11. Battle Attack (01:38)
From: Course 1-3, 3-4, 4-3, 5-3, 6-3


12. Stillness (01:10)
From: Mode Select


13. Game Over (00:24)
From: Continue


14. V.S. End (00:16)
From: 2Players V.S Ending


15. End In Defeat (01:20)
From: Bad Ending


16. The Glory (02:03)
From: True Ending


17. Twilight of the Goddess (01:43)
From: Staff Roll
Running time: 24:58

Magazine articles

Main article: Gale Racer/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
85 More...[2]
17 More...[3]
23 №48, p22
53 №314, p37
60 Sega Saturn Tsūshin, p7
35 More...[4]
42
35 More...[5]
64 №41, p22/23
54 More...Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[6]
30 More...[7]
Sega Saturn
45
Based on
11 reviews

Saturn, JP
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Cover
Gale Racer Saturn JP SpineCard.jpg
Spinecard
Galeracer sat jp disc.png
Disc
RadMobile SS jp manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
460,380,480 1994-11-09 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9003 V1.000

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