Road Rash

From Sega Retro

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

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  • Mega Drive
  • Master System
  • Game Gear

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Road Rash
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Electronic Arts (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
Electronic Arts Victor (JP)
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
U.S. Gold
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
Krisalis
Developer:
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Electronic Arts/Rob Hubbard
Genre: Action[1], Racing[2][3]

















Number of players:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Master System
1-2
Sega Game Gear
1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥7,800 (8,034)7,800e[4] EM20003
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9949.99[7] 702001
Sega Mega Drive
EU
E176SMX
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[9][10] E176SMX
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Master System
EU
29012-50
Sega Master System
EU
(Kixx)
29012-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Master System
PT
Sega Master System
PT
(Purple)
4,990$4,990
Todas as Idades
Sega Master System
UK
29012-50
Sega Master System
AU
FROA05SEC
Sega Master System
BR
028410
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Sega Game Gear
US
T-79108
Sega Game Gear
EU
79108-50
Sega Game Gear
EU
(Kixx)
79108-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Game Gear
UK
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

  • 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
Source:
In-game credits (title screen)


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

Main article: Road Rash/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
70
[13]
ACE (UK)
86
[14]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
73
[15]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
70
[16]
Console XS (UK) PAL
90
[17]
Cool Gamer (RU)
70
[18]
Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
91
[9]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
70
[19]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 10 (RU)
80
[20]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
90
[21]
Game Power (IT)
84
[22]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
100
[7]
Games-X (UK)
90
[23]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
90
[24]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
80
[25]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
91
[26]
Joypad (FR) PAL
84
[27]
Joystick (FR)
70
[28]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
78
[29]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
67
[30]
Mega (UK)
85
[31]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
75
[32]
MegaTech (UK)
92
[33]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
91
[34]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
92
[35]
Player One (FR)
95
[36]
Play Time (DE)
85
[37]
Power Play (DE)
69
[38]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
90
[10]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
100
[39]
Sega Pro (UK)
91
[40]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
90
[41]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
76
[42]
Tilt (FR)
85
[43]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
84
[44]
User (GR) PAL
84
[45]
Video Games (DE)
71
[46]
Sega Mega Drive
83
Based on
37 reviews

Road Rash

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Roadrash md jp cart.jpg
Cart
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PCB
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
Road Rash MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, AU (NTSC)
RoadRash MD AU ntsc cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
RoadRash MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, ZA

RoadRash MD US Cart.jpg
Cart

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR)
83
[47]
Gamers (DE)
73
[48]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
75
[49]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
88
[50]
Player One (FR)
70
[51]
Play Time (DE)
78
[52]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
84
[53]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
84
[54]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
90
[55]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
90
[56]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
90
[57]
Video Games (DE) PAL
78
[58]
Sega Master System
82
Based on
12 reviews

Road Rash

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

Master System, PT (Super Preço)
RoadRash SMS PT sp cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, PT (Purple)
RoadRash SMS PT Box.jpg
Cover
Master System, BR
RoadRash SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
Roadrash sms br cart.jpg
Cart
RoadRash SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
Sega Game Gear
Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
83
[59]
Consoles + (FR)
83
[47]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
93
[12]
Mega Force (FR)
89
[60]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
85
[49]
Player One (FR)
80
[61]
Play Time (DE)
81
[52]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
90
[55]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
89
[62]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
90
[63]
Video Games (DE) PAL
77
[58]
Sega Game Gear
85
Based on
11 reviews

Road Rash

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.jpgRoad Rash GG EU BoxSpine.jpgRoadRash GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
RoadRash GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Road Rash GG EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Game Gear, EU (Kixx re-release)
RoadRash GG EU kixx back.jpgRoad Rash GG EU KIXX BoxSpine.jpgRoadRash GG EU Box Front Kixx.jpg
Cover
RoadRash GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Road Rash GG EU Manual.jpg
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
768kB 1991-09 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
768kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 b876fc74
MD5 325575374d2db3755f83bba728990ebe
SHA-1 7976e717125757b1900a540a68e0ef3083839f85
512kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 176505d4
MD5 b0cd844449604735d5c58de6a3784eeb
SHA-1 bf5149486c64d338e5d8e0d8397d41127e456b1b
512kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 96045f76
MD5 18090d451dc27f8d3edcbdbef86a30d8
SHA-1 2cf136b5feb786770322e1a03e7e3577a1a9eec0
512kB Cartridge (US)

References

  1. File:RoadRash GG EU Box Back.jpg
  2. File:Roadrash md jp cover.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  4. Beep! MegaDrive, "December 1992" (JP; 1992-11-07), page 15
  5. GamePro, "September 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 64
  6. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video/c/CPV6hrGp_d4/m/9EpVhNiDfEcJ
  7. 7.0 7.1 GamePro, "January 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 58
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sega Power, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-01), page 16
  9. 9.0 9.1 Computer & Video Games, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-15), page 30
  10. 10.0 10.1 Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 24
  11. 11.0 11.1 Computer & Video Games, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-15), page 116
  12. 12.0 12.1 GamePro, "March 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 140
  13. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 190
  14. ACE, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-08), page 91
  15. Aktueller Software Markt, "Dezember 1991" (DE; 1991-11-15), page 140
  16. Beep! MegaDrive, "December 1992" (JP; 1992-11-07), page 31
  17. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 133
  18. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 171
  19. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 353
  20. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 10, "" (RU; 2003-10-08), page 149
  21. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 84
  22. Game Power, "Gennaio 1992" (IT; 199x-xx-xx), page 52
  23. Games-X, "26th September-2nd October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-26), page 37
  24. Game Zone, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-08), page 46
  25. Hippon Super, "January 1993" (JP; 1992-12-04), page 83
  26. Hobby Consolas, "Diciembre 1991" (ES; 1991-1x-xx), page 40
  27. Joypad, "Novembre 1991" (FR; 1991-10-1x), page 38
  28. Joystick, "Novembre 1991" (FR; 1991-1x-xx), page 146
  29. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 94
  30. Mega Drive Fan, "February 1993" (JP; 1993-01-XX), page 59
  31. Mega, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-19), page 65
  32. Mega Force, "Novembre 1991" (FR; 1991-11-19), page 72
  33. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 80
  34. Mean Machines, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-29), page 84
  35. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 140
  36. Player One, "Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 52
  37. Play Time, "2/92" (DE; 1992-01-08), page 93
  38. Power Play, "12/91" (DE; 1991-11-13), page 171
  39. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
  40. Sega Pro, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 63
  41. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 67
  42. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
  43. Tilt, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-1x-xx), page 63
  44. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 144
  45. User, "Máios 1993" (GR; 1993-0x-xx), page 49
  46. Video Games, "4/91" (DE; 1991-12-06), page 33
  47. 47.0 47.1 Consoles +, "Avril 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 140
  48. Gamers, "März 1994" (DE; 1994-03-04), page 64
  49. 49.0 49.1 Mega Fun, "05/94" (DE; 1994-04-20), page 116
  50. Mean Machines Sega, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-01-28), page 64
  51. Player One, "Mai 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 108
  52. 52.0 52.1 Play Time, "6/94" (DE; 1994-05-04), page 134
  53. Sega Magazine, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-15), page 88
  54. Sega Magazine, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-15), page 96
  55. 55.0 55.1 Sega Power, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-03), page 46
  56. Sega Pro, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-02-24), page 62
  57. Sonic the Comic, "April 29th 1994" (UK; 1994-04-16), page 10
  58. 58.0 58.1 Video Games, "6/94" (DE; 1994-05-25), page 111
  59. Aktueller Software Markt, "August 1994" (DE; 1994-07-04), page 113
  60. Mega Force, "Février 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 120
  61. Player One, "Avril 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 102
  62. Sega Zone, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-24), page 64
  63. Sonic the Comic, "April 29th 1994" (UK; 1994-04-16), page 10


Road Rash

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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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