Turbo Outrun
Copyright/Publisher: Kixx/US Gold/Probe/Sega, Programmed By: Mark Kelly and Steve Crow,
Music By: Jeroen Tel, Release Year: 1989, Genre: Racing Sports, Number Of Players: 1 or 2

A duel between a Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959 is a thrilling prospect, and this top-notch coin-op conversion doesn't disappoint.

The perspective is a little odd, featuring a moving 'vanishing point', but the 3-D is smooth and fast. It certainly retains the feel of the Sega arcade machine.

This extends to the snazzy presentation, like the mechanics working on your car, the girlie switching cars, and the rock band playing. The unfortunate consequence on the tape version is a truly hefty multiload.

Nevertheless, the racing action is compulsive, if ultimately repetitive. You really need to put your foot down to reach the checkpoints in time, swerving around other vehicles and obstacles such as logs, oil and barricades.

Using the limited turbo power efficiently adds a tactical angle - as does the ability to upgrade your car.