Super Off Road

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  • Master System
  • Game Gear

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Super Off Road
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Ballistic
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
Virgin Games
Developer:
Supporting companies:
Licensor: Tradewest
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Sound Images v1.0
Peripherals supported:
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Driving[1], Arcade[2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
ACLD010
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Video Game Classics)
Sega Mega Drive
EU
ACLD010
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 110110 ACLD010
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£29.9929.99[6][7] ACLD010
Sega Master System
EU
MK-27059-50
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9929.99[8] MK-27059-50
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Game Gear
US
$39.9939.99[10] T-70018
Sega Game Gear
EU
T-70018-50
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.9929.99[14] T-70018-50
Sega Game Gear
SA
Non-Sega versions

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Super Off Road is a top-down racing game developed by The Leland Corporation and published for a variety of systems including the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear; the Mega Drive version was licensed by Sega despite the ROM header saying otherwise. The first bunch released for the Sega Mega Drive is unlicensed, but later a licensed version was released. Yet the cartridge content is the same as the first bunch still making it unlicensed.

Gameplay

Super Off Road is a top-down racing game where the player (in red) competes against three computer-controlled opponents in off-road racing. The objective is to win the race over a small handful of laps, with prize money being dished out which can be used to purchase upgrades. One button accelerates while another gives the player a small nitro boost, as long as there are some in stock.

Unlike other racers of its kind, Super Off Road puts an emphasis on physics, with the handling of vehicles being determined by the undulation and types of surface of the track, as well as collision with other players. Bonus nitro and money pickups also appear across the track during races.

Success in the game is determined by how long you can keep winning. While initial stages let the player finish second, third or fourth, the requirements become stricter over time, eventually leading to a state where if you don't win, you will get an instant game over. To that end, money is not important outside of upgrades, nor does the game play like a traditional tournament, where players aim to win on points rather than the number of first place finishes.

Tracks

The Mega Drive, Master System and Game Gear versions of Super Off-Road each have a different selection of tracks. Some are shared between versions, while others are exlusive to certain platforms. To make things more confusing, often the names are swapped between systems, or are raced in the opposite direction - it essentially means that for the average player, each version is unique.

The arcade version only features eight tracks, and forces the player to revisit them several times (sometimes racing in the opposite direction) before all eight have been seen. Only the Game Gear port mirrors the arcade game's structure - for the others, tracks are not repeated until all 16 (Mega Drive) or 12 (Master System) are seen. As the numbers suggest, this also means the Mega Drive and Master System have exclusive tracks.

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Blaster
Sega Mega Drive
(1)
Sega Master System
(9)

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Big Dukes
Sega Mega Drive
(2)
Sega Master System
(6)
Sega Game Gear
(3)

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Sidewinder
Sega Mega Drive
(3)
Sega Master System
(2)
Sega Game Gear
(1)

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Cliffhanger
Sega Mega Drive
(4)
Sega Master System
(8)

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Fandango
Sega Mega Drive
(5)
Sega Master System
(11)

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Hurricane Gulch/Windy Gulch
Sega Mega Drive
(6)
Sega Game Gear
(4)
Sega Master System
(10)

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Huevos Grande
Sega Mega Drive
(7)
Sega Game Gear
(8)

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Wipeout
Sega Mega Drive
(8)
Sega Game Gear
(2)
Sega Master System
(12)

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Cuttoff Pass
Sega Mega Drive
(9)

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Boulder Hill
Sega Mega Drive
(10)

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Redoubt-about
Sega Mega Drive
(11)

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RioTrio
Sega Mega Drive
(12)
Sega Master System
(5)

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Leapin' Lizards
Sega Mega Drive
(13)

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Shortcut
Sega Mega Drive
(14)

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Pig Bog
Sega Mega Drive
(15)

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Volcano Valley
Sega Mega Drive
(16)

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Redoubt
Sega Master System
(1)

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Dustbowl
Sega Master System
(3)

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Skid Row
Sega Master System
(4)

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Rattler
Sega Master System
(7)

Production credits

Master System version

  • Converted by Darran Eteo, Rod Mack, Steve Turner, John W Lilley, Iain Wallington
Source:
In-game credits (prototype, title screen)[15]


Game Gear version

  • Developed by: Graftgold Creative Software Ltd.
  • Programming: Steve Turner
  • Graphics: John Lilley
  • Music & Sound Effects: Krisalis Software
  • Published by: Virgin Games, Inc.
  • U.S. Executive Producers: Dr. Stephen Clarke-Wilson, Neil Young
  • U.K. Executive Producer: Ian Mathias
  • U.S. Producer: Lyle J. Hall
  • U.K. Producer: Mike Merrin
  • Quality Assurance: Michael Gater, Justin Norr, Danny Lewis, Mike Glosecki, Eugene Martin, Noah Tool
  • Manual Editor: Lisa Marcinko
Source:
US manual


Magazine articles

Main article: Super Off Road/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in (US) #34: "May 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[16]
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Mega Drive print advert in (FR) #8: "Mai 1992" (1992-04-1x)
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Mega Drive print advert in (UK) #126: "May 1992" (1992-04-15)
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Game Gear print advert in (ES) #8: "Diciembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Artwork

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
(RU)
50
[17]
(DE)
72
[18]
(FR)
53
[19]
(RU)
60
[20]
(UK)
91
[21]
(US) NTSC-U
55
[22]
(UK)
79
[23]
(IT)
83
[24]
(UK) PAL
79
[25]
(FR)
79
[26]
(FR) PAL
82
[27]
(UK) PAL
68
[28]
(UK) PAL
83
[29]
(UK)
83
[30]
(UK)
83
[31]
(DE)
68
[32]
(UK) PAL
60
[33]
(UK) PAL
88
[34]
(UK) PAL
88
[35]
(UK) PAL
71
[36]
(FR)
86
[37]
(RU)
80
[38]
(DE)
67
[39]
Sega Mega Drive
74
Based on
23 reviews

Super Off Road

Mega Drive, US (Unlicensed)
SuperOffRoad MD US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngSuperOffRoad MD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, US (Licensed)
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, US
(Video Game Classics)
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, EU
SuperOffRoad MD EU back.jpgNospine.pngSuperOffRoad MD EU front.jpg
Cover
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Cart
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Manual
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PCB

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
(DE)
83
[40]
(DE)
53
[41]
(FR) PAL
84
[42]
(FR) PAL
88
[43]
(UK) PAL
82
[44]
(FR) PAL
74
[45]
(DE)
69
[46]
(UK) PAL
87
[8]
(UK)
81
[47]
(UK) PAL
77
[48]
(ES)
84
[49]
(DE) PAL
30
[50]
Sega Master System
74
Based on
12 reviews

Super Off Road

Master System, EU
SuperOffRoad SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
SuperOffRoad SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
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Poster
Master System, AU

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Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
(FR)
95
[51]
(UK)
94
[14]
(IT)
93
[52]
(US) NTSC-U
50
[53]
(UK)
81
[54]
(UK)
90
[55]
(GR)
80
[56]
(UK)
84
[57]
(FR)
85
[58]
(FR)
83
[59]
(UK) PAL
91
[60]
(FR)
80
[61]
(DE)
71
[46]
(UK) PAL
88
[62]
(UK) PAL
84
[63]
(UK) PAL
90
[64]
(UK) PAL
90
[65]
(SE)
86
[66]
(UK) PAL
87
[67]
(FR)
90
[68]
(US) NTSC-U
80
[10]
(DE)
59
[69]
Sega Game Gear
83
Based on
22 reviews

Super Off Road

Game Gear, US
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Cover
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Cart
Super Off Road GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
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Cover
SuperOffRoad GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
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Manual
Game Gear, GCC
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Cover
SuperOffRoad GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

Main article: Super Off Road/Technical information.

References

  1. File:SuperOffRoad GG EU Box Back.jpg
  2. File:SuperOffRoad SMS EU Box.jpg
  3. GamePro, "December 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 179
  4. Computer & Video Games, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-15), page 87
  5. Computer Trade Weekly, "" (UK; 1992-04-13), page 73
  6. Sega Pro, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 12
  7. Sega Power, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-05), page 12
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Sega Power, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-02), page 40
  9. 9.0 9.1 Sega Pro, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-08), page 31
  10. 10.0 10.1 VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "January 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 98
  11. Computer Trade Weekly, "" (UK; 1992-11-23), page 18
  12. Computer Trade Weekly, "" (UK; 1992-11-23), page 18
  13. Sega Pro, "Christmas 1992" (UK; 1992-12-10), page 14
  14. 14.0 14.1 Computer & Video Games, "January 1993 (Go! Issue 15)" (UK; 1992-12-15), page 20
  15. http://www.smspower.org/forums/17328-VirginGamesPrototypesInternalDevFeedbackLetter
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 39
  17. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 231
  18. Aktueller Software Markt, "Juni 1992" (DE; 1992-05-08), page 132
  19. Consoles +, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 90
  20. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 214
  21. Computer & Video Games, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-15), page 28
  22. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 30
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  24. Game Power, "Novembre 1992" (IT; 1992-1x-xx), page 72
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  26. Joypad, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-05-1x), page 76
  27. Joystick, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 133
  28. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 94
  29. MegaTech, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-20), page 42
  30. Mean Machines, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-28), page 102
  31. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 142
  32. Power Play, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-13), page 154
  33. Sega Power, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-07), page 26
  34. Sega Pro, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-21), page 40
  35. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 68
  36. Sega Force, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-14), page 46
  37. Supersonic, "Juillet/Août 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 8
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  39. Video Games, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-29), page 54
  40. Aktueller Software Markt, "Dezember 1993" (DE; 1993-11-08), page 157
  41. Gamers, "März/April 1994" (DE; 1994-03-04), page 78
  42. Joypad, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 125
  43. Mega Force, "Ete 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 130
  44. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-08-28), page 93
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  56. Gamer, "Októvrios 1993" (GR; 1993-xx-xx), page 1
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  59. Joystick, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 204
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  61. Player One, "Février/Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-02-10), page 92
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  69. Video Games, "11/92" (DE; 1992-10-28), page 125


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