Kavinsky Pixel .gif

Most of us will know the electro music artist Kavinsky is a big fan of OutRun the arcade game, after all he named his first music album OutRun and owns some pretty sweet signed merchandise by Yu Suzuki.

So from time to time fans will create OutRun inspired art. Check out this cool .gif animation below.

   

Kavinsky pixel .gif

 Artist link

SEGA OutRun LAI Restore

Tonight I’ve managed to hit a milestone and complete the restore of the steering  mechanics of my Australian OutRun machine.

On and off its taken 3 months from start to finish, jet washing, cleaning, polishing, researching, ordering parts, more polishing and greasing.

Looking back to what it was originally like is quite an eye opener now, the effort, moskito bites and sweat has paid off.

   
    
 

Awesome Mini OutRun Cabinet

Check out this cool looking mini arcade machine with SEGA Outrun artwork. Who wouldn’t want one of these.

  
We’ve seen a couple of really cool minis in the past from Steve Carpenter using the GBA SEGA Arcade Gallery and one from mini arcade extraordinaire Luchio. You can fun both of these within the sites past News.

OutRun Resortation Page

Times are busy right now and I quite often think about the lack of updates that my site has had in the last 12months. Things will pick up but I think that the site has pretty much achieved what it was set out to do and that was to be a place for people to go to and find lots of information, picture and weirded mechanise for this brilliant game.

OutRun is 30 years old this year and when you’ve spent several years pulling everything OutRun together I’ve found that now there’s not too much to share that’s good to see or read about.

I hope for the 30th anniversary of OutRun something special will happen… New merchandise? Game? Who knows.

I’m spending many hours a month right now restoring my Australian OutRun upright that has been partially funded by the people who visit this site and give donations, for that I thank everyone who has supported.

I will update the Restoration page frequently and as major updates happen. You can follow this through the menu or here > https://outrun86.wordpress.com/9-5-lai-upright-outrun-restoration/

Thanks,

Sean

https://outrun86.wordpress.com/9-5-lai-upright-outrun-restoration/

Happy 29th Birthday OutRun

Today was a strange day. 2 weeks ago a friend made me aware of an Australian OutRun machine for sale in Melbourne Victoria. I’ve been looking out for a machine for several years and they are few and far between in Australia. 

Today I finally became the owner of a Leisure and Allied Industries licences SEGA OutRun and it happen to fall on OutRun’s 29th Birthday. How weird!

  
This is going to probably be a long term project to get the machine how I want it. I will use this Blog to document the challenge and restoration of the machine so it will hopefully help others who want to do a machine in the future. I am excited to study this Australian version and share the differences from an OutRun that came from my original country England.

Horizon Chase – New racer has OutRun in its blood

  I’ve not played or downloaded many iOS games in the last 12 months but last week by pure luck I popped on to the App Store and came across one of the editors choice games “Horzon Chase”.

I read the game discription and editors notes below and decided to invest $3.99.

Here’s the game description below

   
 
For me Horizon Chase is a HD remake mix of OutRun and Virtua Racing. There are Ferrari’s,  colourful sky’s, beaches, palm trees and Coasts. As the graphics have a filled polygon style it also looks like a follow up to SEGA’s Virtua Racing.

 

 
The difference here is that Horizon Chase isn’t a Checkpoint to Checkpoint racer, it’s much more. There are new cars to unlock if you get Gold in races and getting into the top 3 will unlock a new track. To make it more challenging you need to collect fuel cans to be able to complete the full race laps and there are tokens to collect on track if you want to get a perfect score. The racing A.I is also challenging but very fair.

 

If you love OutRun  and you have an iPhone or iPad I recommend you check out the wonderful colourful racer.

OutRun features in 3D Thunderblade end credits

Thunderblade is probably one of the lesser loved games during the SEGA Super Scaler era but M2 have done a great job of the game and during the end credits there are many homages to classic SEGA games and characters.

OutRun is featured several times and below are a few fun OutRun clips to share.
Congratulations!


Domestic….. She’s high maintenance 


OutRun Vs Alex Kidd

If OutRun was in Minecraft

Checkout this block art by Deme_Phive on Instagram. He’s spent hours upon hours, block by block re-imagining OutRun’s Testarossa and those OutRun passengers and the result is truely awesome!

  
The passenger detail below

    
  The Testarossa is very faithful to the SEGA original too

  
Great work Deme_phive! We all love something new in the OutRun world!

3D OutRun Nintendo 3DS impressions

  
Last week finally saw the release of 3D OutRun in Australia after a long and painful wait, luckily we also got Thunderblade and the two Fantasy Zone game on the same day. Obviously I downloaded them all as soon as I was near a Wi-Fi point.

Below is my impression of the game after having it for a week.

I like the icon and the OutRun music sample when you hover over the selection. The 3D rotating model of the deluxe cabinet is wonderful.

  
[Above – rotating cabinet of the classic arcade machine]

The OutRun title screen is adapted from the Artwork that is also seen on a Stand Up OutRun cabinet. [Below]

  
I had a play around in the options and tried out the different screen settings for playing the game. This includes  adjustment to the screen size and moving HUD. I’ve enjoyed playing games like Afterburner with the screen bezel visible but with OutRun Ive found the options below have been my personal choice.

 
I didn’t like having the bezel visible as it made the play area look to compressed and gave a poor car image resolution. Same goes for having a moving cabinet. Right now Widescreen mode with” HUD OFF” seemed the best option.

What is everyone else’s thoughts on this?

Within a week of playing I had completed the game across all Goals A – E which will unlock “Arcade” mode. Arcade mode runs at 50fps like the original where as “Special” runs at 60fps with enhanced coding removing some of the sprite issues etc of the original. (Like the improvements Chris White has made during his OutRun Canonball project)

  
Having completed all Goals within a week I’ve found the default settings perhaps easier than the arcade. I would up the difficulty if you are going to download it.

There are 2 new music tracks and I being a fan of the original music I was a little skeptical, but I have been converted, these new tracks are a beautiful extension to the OutRun experience…….I’ve only really played the game with the new tracks in the first week of play. They really are great and are really just a variation to the original three.

  
M2 have done a great job with this conversion, I’m a huge OutRun fan and  I was gutted that the Testerossa was going to be replaced but one week in I no longer care…it’s still OutRun, OutRun portable, that you can take anywhere and it great!

There are a few other extras that are unlocked when you complete a Goal like  collision slowdown reduction, no skidding etc. These all have their own leaderboards. I’ve not played these variations as yet as I’m a purist but it will no doubt add some long term play factor to the game.

I love 3D OutRun and I think I will keep this for ever! What you experience of the game? Please comment below and let me know your thoughts.

  

Japanese OutRun Toy

Check out this Cool OutRun car toy only released in Japan. This is a vintage item that was released in a series of at least 17 items with other SEGA arcade inspired toys including Hang – On Bike and Thunderblade copter.

 

You might of noticed that the car isn’t a Ferrari  But a Lamborgini Countach which is kinda strange, but hey, for ยฅ500 the equivalent of $5 or ยฃ3 these were pretty cheap toys.