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Super Off Road
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Virgin Games,
Sega Mega Drive
Ballistic
Developer:
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Sound Images v1.0
Peripherals supported:
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Racing































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? ACLD010
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£29.99More...[2]More...[3] ACLD010
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F ACLD010
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 110 ACLD010
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas ACLD010



Sega Master System
UK
£? MK-27059-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-27059-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-27059-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-27059-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?



Sega Game Gear
US
$? T-70018
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.99More...[5] T-70018-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-70018-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-70018-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-70018-50
Sega Game Gear
IT
T-70018-50




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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)
SuperOffRoad MD CliffHanger.png
Cliffhanger
Sega Mega Drive
(4)
Sega Master System
(8)
SuperOffRoad MD Fandango.png
Fandango
Sega Mega Drive
(5)
Sega Master System
(11)
SuperOffRoad MD HurricaneGulch.png
Hurricane Gulch/Windy Gulch
Sega Mega Drive
(6)
Sega Game Gear
(4)
Sega Master System
(10)
SuperOffRoad MD HuevosGrande.png
Huevos Grande
Sega Mega Drive
(7)
Sega Game Gear
(8)
SuperOffRoad MD Wipeout.png
Wipeout
Sega Mega Drive
(8)
Sega Game Gear
(2)
Sega Master System
(12)
SuperOffRoad MD CuttoffPass.png
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)
SuperOffRoad MD RioTrio.png
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)[6]


Magazine articles

Main article: Super Off Road/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GamePro US 034.pdf

PDF
Print advert in GamePro (US) #34: "May 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)More...[7]

Joypad FR 008.pdfJoypad FR 008.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in Joypad (FR) #8: "Mai 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

CVG UK 126.pdfCVG UK 126.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #126: "May 1992" (1992-04-15)

MegaForce ES 08.pdfMegaForce ES 08.pdf

PDF
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
91 More...[8]
53 More...[9]
83 №11, p70
79 №7, p34-35
79 More...[10]
82 More...[11]
68 №5, p94
83 More...[12]
83 More...[13]
68 №6/92, p154
60 More...[14]
88 More...[15]
88 №18, p68
71 More...[16]
67 More...[17]
Sega Mega Drive
76
Based on
15 reviews

Mega Drive, US/EU
SuperOffRoad MD US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngSuperOffRoad MD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
SuperOffRoad MD US-EU Cart Unlicensed.jpg
Cart
SuperOffRoad MD US Cart.jpg
Cart (Licensed)
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

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
84 More...[18]
88 More...[19]
82 More...[20]
74 More...[21]
87 More...[22]
81 №24, p75
Sega Master System
83
Based on
6 reviews

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

SuperOffRoad SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
95 More...[23]
94 More...[24]
93 More...[25]
50 More...[26]
84 №20
85 More...[27]
83 More...[28]
91 More...[29]
80 More...[30]
88 №37, p60
84 №14, p40
90 №2, p35
86 More...[31]
87 More...[32]
Sega Game Gear
85
Based on
14 reviews

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.jpgNospine.pngSuperOffRoad GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
SuperOffRoad GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 54F68C2A
MD5 E3D3DFDE69345E1F62CCE512E9010BF8
SHA-1 804CD74BBCF452613F6C3A722BE1C94338499813
128kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 E8B42B1F
MD5 CE6809A18FB430A2863231B2DAC51DB2
SHA-1 C5EE89F785C44784867C3B33FD6466FC72E9042C
128kB Cartridge (US/EU)

References

  1. GamePro, "December 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 179
  2. Sega Pro, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 12
  3. Sega Power, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-05), page 12
  4. Computer & Video Games, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-15), page 87
  5. Computer & Video Games, "January 1993 (Go! Issue 15)" (UK; 1992-12-15), page 20
  6. http://www.smspower.org/forums/17328-VirginGamesPrototypesInternalDevFeedbackLetter
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 39
  8. Computer & Video Games, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-15), page 28-29 (28)
  9. Consoles +, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 90-91 (90)
  10. Joypad, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 76-77 (76)
  11. Joystick, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 133
  12. MegaTech, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 42-45 (42)
  13. Mean Machines, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-28), page 102-104 (102)
  14. Sega Power, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-07), page 26-27 (26)
  15. Sega Pro, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-21), page 40-41 (40)
  16. Sega Force, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-14), page 46-47 (46)
  17. Video Games, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-29), page 54 (52)
  18. Joypad, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 125
  19. Mega Force, "Ete 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 130-131 (130)
  20. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-08-28), page 90-91 (93)
  21. Player One, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-08-xx), page 144 (138)
  22. Sega Power, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-02), page 40 (40-41)
  23. Consoles +, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 132
  24. Computer & Video Games, "January 1993 (Go! Issue 15)" (UK; 1992-12-15), page 20-21 (20)
  25. Computer + Video Giochi, "Aprile 1993" (IT; xxxx-xx-xx), page 75
  26. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 38
  27. Joypad, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 115
  28. Joystick, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 204
  29. Mean Machines Sega, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 119
  30. Player One, "Février/Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-02-10), page 92
  31. Sega Force, "1/93" (SE; 199x-01-14), page 22
  32. Sega Force, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-14), page 46-47 (46)


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