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:
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[5][6] ACLD010
Sega Master System
EU
MK-27059-50
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9929.99[7] MK-27059-50
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Game Gear
US
$39.9939.99[8] T-70018
Sega Game Gear
EU
T-70018-50
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.9929.99[9] T-70018-50
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)[10]


Magazine articles

Main article: Super Off Road/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in GamePro (US) #34: "May 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Mega Drive print advert in Joypad (FR) #8: "Mai 1992" (1992-04-1x)
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Mega Drive print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #126: "May 1992" (1992-04-15)
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Game Gear print advert in Mega Force (ES) #8: "Diciembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

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
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[12]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
72
[13]
Consoles + (FR)
53
[14]
Cool Gamer (RU)
60
[15]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
91
[16]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
55
[17]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
79
[18]
Game Power (IT)
83
[19]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
79
[20]
Joypad (FR)
79
[21]
Joystick (FR) PAL
82
[22]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
68
[23]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
83
[24]
Mean Machines (UK)
83
[25]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
83
[26]
Power Play (DE)
68
[27]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
60
[28]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
88
[29]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
88
[30]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
71
[31]
Supersonic (FR)
86
[32]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
80
[33]
Video Games (DE)
67
[34]
Sega Mega Drive
74
Based on
23 reviews

Super Off Road

Mega Drive, US (Unlicensed)
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, US (Licensed)
SuperOffRoad MD US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngSuperOffRoad MD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
SuperOffRoad MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, US
(Video Game Classics)
SuperOffRoad MD US Box Back Classic.jpgNospine.pngSuperOffRoad MD US Box Front Classic.jpg
Cover
SuperOffRoad MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
SuperOffRoad MD EU back.jpgNospine.pngSuperOffRoad MD EU front.jpg
Cover
SuperOffRoad MD US-EU Cart Unlicensed.jpg
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
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
83
[35]
Gamers (DE)
53
[36]
Joypad (FR) PAL
84
[37]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
88
[38]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
82
[39]
Player One (FR) PAL
74
[40]
Sega Magazin (DE)
69
[41]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
87
[7]
Sega Pro (UK)
81
[42]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
77
[43]
Video Games (DE) PAL
30
[44]
Sega Master System
74
Based on
11 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

SuperOffRoad SMS AU Cart.jpg
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
Consoles + (FR)
95
[45]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
94
[9]
Computer + Video Giochi (IT)
93
[46]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
50
[47]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
81
[48]
Game Mania (UK)
90
[49]
GamesMaster (UK)
84
[50]
Joypad (FR)
85
[51]
Joystick (FR)
83
[52]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
91
[53]
Player One (FR)
80
[54]
Sega Magazin (DE)
71
[41]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
88
[55]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
84
[56]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
90
[57]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
90
[58]
Sega Force (SE)
86
[59]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
87
[60]
Supersonic (FR)
90
[61]
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
80
[8]
Video Games (DE)
59
[62]
Sega Game Gear
83
Based on
21 reviews

Super Off Road

Game Gear, US
SuperOffRoad GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngSuperOffRoad GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
SuperOffRoad GG US cart.jpg
Cart
Super Off Road GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
SuperOffRoad GG EU Box Back.jpgSuper Off Road GG EU BoxSpine.jpgSuperOffRoad GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
SuperOffRoad GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Super Off Road GG EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Game Gear, GCC
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Cover
SuperOffRoad GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 8f2fdada
MD5 539e2797cf613f39115cc86ae005d705
SHA-1 89f264afba7aa8764b301d46cc8c51f74c23919e
512kB Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 54f68c2a
MD5 e3d3dfde69345e1f62cce512e9010bf8
SHA-1 804cd74bbcf452613f6c3a722be1c94338499813
128kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 ce8d6846
MD5 153c958dad2e3eb6f7b463739b1b17f6
SHA-1 f8267cc15123bc5cfec53298e403232da373822b
128kB EPROM cartridge Page
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 e8b42b1f
MD5 ce6809a18fb430a2863231b2dac51db2
SHA-1 c5ee89f785c44784867c3b33fd6466fc72e9042c
128kB Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 a1160814
MD5 9ba272b3a9477c51b75a8cbbc4a0498c
SHA-1 5703edeffd93ef20f8ab88ea5160c7ffb41c7a47
128kB EPROM cartridge Page

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. 4.0 4.1 Computer & Video Games, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-15), page 87
  5. Sega Pro, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 12
  6. Sega Power, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-05), page 12
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Sega Power, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-02), page 40
  8. 8.0 8.1 VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "January 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 98
  9. 9.0 9.1 Computer & Video Games, "January 1993 (Go! Issue 15)" (UK; 1992-12-15), page 20
  10. http://www.smspower.org/forums/17328-VirginGamesPrototypesInternalDevFeedbackLetter
  11. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 39
  12. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 231
  13. Aktueller Software Markt, "Juni 1992" (DE; 1992-05-08), page 132
  14. Consoles +, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 90
  15. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 214
  16. Computer & Video Games, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-15), page 28
  17. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 30
  18. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 102
  19. Game Power, "Novembre 1992" (IT; 1992-1x-xx), page 72
  20. Game Zone, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-22), page 34
  21. Joypad, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-05-1x), page 76
  22. Joystick, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 133
  23. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 94
  24. MegaTech, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-20), page 42
  25. Mean Machines, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-28), page 102
  26. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 142
  27. Power Play, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-13), page 154
  28. Sega Power, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-07), page 26
  29. Sega Pro, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-21), page 40
  30. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 68
  31. Sega Force, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-14), page 46
  32. Supersonic, "Juillet/Août 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 8
  33. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 192
  34. Video Games, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-29), page 54
  35. Aktueller Software Markt, "Dezember 1993" (DE; 1993-11-08), page 157
  36. Gamers, "März/April 1994" (DE; 1994-03-04), page 78
  37. Joypad, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 125
  38. Mega Force, "Ete 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 130
  39. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-08-28), page 93
  40. Player One, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-08-xx), page 144
  41. 41.0 41.1 Sega Magazin, "November/Dezember 1993" (DE; 1993-11-03), page 53
  42. Sega Pro, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-09), page 75
  43. Sega Zone, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-xx), page 50
  44. Video Games, "11/93" (DE; 1993-10-27), page 135
  45. Consoles +, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 132
  46. Computer + Video Giochi, "Aprile 1993" (IT; 1993-xx-xx), page 75
  47. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 38
  48. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 170
  49. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 70
  50. GamesMaster (UK) "Series 2, episode 10" (1992-12-03, 24:00) (+6:48)
  51. Joypad, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 115
  52. Joystick, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 204
  53. Mean Machines Sega, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-xx), page 119
  54. Player One, "Février/Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-02-10), page 92
  55. Sega Power, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-05), page 60
  56. Sega Pro, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-12), page 40
  57. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 74
  58. Sega Zone, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-xx), page 35
  59. Sega Force, "1/93" (SE; 1993-01-14), page 22
  60. Sega Force, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-14), page 46
  61. Supersonic, "Janvier 1993" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 28
  62. Video Games, "11/92" (DE; 1992-10-28), page 125


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