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Outrun Europa

• Publisher: U.S. Gold
• Developer:
Probe Software
Release Date: 1991
Code: Neil Coxhead

GFX: M. Jones, D. Northcott
Music: Jeroen Tel

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 94%
Our Game Rating: 92%
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> OUTRUN EUROPA by U.S. Gold


• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Out Run is an arcade classic, but unfortunately the Commodore 64 conversion was naff. I had never played Outrun Europa on the C64 until today and I was interested in seeing if the game had been improved upon; I believe it has. The graphics aren't great, but this game offers a bit more variety than its predecessor, as you can now race various vehicles. The aim of the game is pursue some villains, who have stolen your car, through various European cities. As usual, it's against the clock, so you need to drive hard and fast to reach the next checkpoint. There are a few more obstacles this time around in the form of oil spills, barriers and the police cars. It's quite a tough challenge...


The final level is complete.


Time for some jibber-jabber!


Blah, blah, blah :)


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: With infinite time cheat and a level skipper.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: When you finally catch up with the villains, you receive some top secret documents which you have to get back to a government agent quickly. Once you complete this final run, the words "MADE IT!!", appear across the screen. There then follows a short sequence of pictures and text (see above screen shots), which show our hero returning the documents back into safe hands. The agent reveals that he had left the Porsche for you to use in a previous level. The game then restarts.

COMMENTS:

  • Neil: Fairly good end. A few pics, but no sound or animation.

  • Vinny: Considering the game is soooooo good, you'd have thought that they would have made a bit of an effort with the ending: where's the Jeroen Tel ending tune?! :(

  • Andy Vaisey: For me the ending is a little like the game, a bit disappointing. While aspects of Outrun Europa are pretty good (the roadside GFX, some of the music, etc.), there were things that were not so hot. Some of the sprites are *very* dodgy, in particular the player's Ferrari F40, and sometimes the vehicle handling smells a bit funny, particularly when compared to Turbo Outrun, Powerdrift and Turbo Charge. Thus the ending continues the trend. The ingredients are there, just not in the correct proportions.

  • Gaz Spence: The ending's ok, but I'd have expected a JT tune and better pics.

  • Andrew Fisher: As Andy says, a little disappointing - particularly compared with the glitzy Turbo Outrun.

  • Brendan Phoenix: If they had added an ending tune this would have been a 6/10. Just a pity as always good to see some little pics in an ending - much better than the standard 'Congratulations' message. As some of the comments state above - a missed opportunity

FINAL SAY: Could have been so much better :(

G.E. RATING: 4 / 10

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