- For other games in the series, see OutRun.
OutRun is a third-person driving game where you drive a Ferrari Testarossa down various roads in a race against time. As you reach the end of a road, you come to a fork where you can merge left for an easier road or right for a harder road. You must avoid other cars on the road and the numerous buildings and structures on the sides of the road. Crashing slows you down and wastes precious time. You can adjust the car's speed by moving between high and low gear.
Like with all ZX Spectrum conversions, OutRun suffered greatly in the graphics department, and most of what made the arcade game so revolutionary was lost. Still, the game is quite playable.
The game's music was originally composed by Hiroshi Kawaguchi, and arranged for the Spectrum possibly by Jason Brooke, though this has yet to be confirmed. The arcade version of OutRun allows you to choose your radio station music among three tracks, but the Spectrum 128K only has two tracks, and they alternate as you pass checkpoints. On the Spectrum 48K, only one track plays over the main menu.
In the original game, Last Wave is heard during the high score list and a jazzy tune plays along with the roar of waves, but the Spectrum removed the tune and plays only the waves. Since it's just white noise, the "song" is not included.
The game sold on cassette and diskette; the cassette version featured an analog recording of the original arcade songs Magical Sound Shower, Splash Wave, and Passing Breeze. After the game finished loading into memory, you could play the cassette like an ordinary audio tape and listen to the arcade music instead of the game's digital soundtrack.
If you have a Spectrum 128, you'll hear music through the AY-3-8912, but if you have an earlier Spectrum, the music will be played on the PC Speaker. Currently, only the higher quality audio has been recorded.
This recording is incomplete.
|101||Magical Sound Shower||Hiroshi Kawaguchi||Unknown||6:34||Download|
|102||Splash Wave||Hiroshi Kawaguchi||Unknown||4:03||Download|
|201||Magical Sound Shower||Hiroshi Kawaguchi||Unknown||0:00||Download|
(Source: OutRun (ARC))
- Ripper: Unknown
- Recorder: TheAlmightyGuru
- Game Credits:
(Source: OutRun (ARC), game lacks credits.)
Ripping Spectrum music is a complicated process that it beyond the scope of this site. The music was recorded with Game Emu Player v1.79.
OutRun checks for an AY-3-8912 chip or compatible (using I/O port B) at ports FFFDhex and BFFDhex. On the ZX Spectrum 128, it accordingly uses the built-in AY-3-8912 (and redundant Fuller Box and 3-Channel Sound Unit if plugged into the edge connector). Other Spectrum computers use the built-in loudspeaker. The cassette release included an analog audio recording of the actual arcade music that could be played during the game instead of its built-in music.
- mobygames.com/game/zx-spectrum/outrun - MobyGames.
- spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/3563/ZX-Spectrum/Out_Run - Spectrum Computing.
- gamefaqs.com/sinclair/947748-outrun - GameFAQs.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_Run - Wikipedia.
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|Notable Songs||Magical Sound Shower • Passing Breeze • Splash Wave • Last Wave|
|Notable Personnel||Hiroshi Kawaguchi|