Today’s arcade retro title is another favourite of mine; the classic 3 player Super Off road, what I always thought of as the spiritual successor to Super Sprint.
Another game that I dropped a mountain of 10p coins into over the years, and one that I’ve picked up on a variety of consoles.
In the game, up to three players (four in the NES version through use of either the NES Satellite or NES Four Score) compete against each other or the computer in racing around several top-view indoor off-road truck tracks of increasing difficulty. There are eight different tracks (twelve in the SMS version and sixteen in the SNES version) and 99 races altogether on most versions (the SNES version loops through 64 races without ending). All races are raced more than once. First place results earn the player points to continue in the championship and money with which to upgrade their truck or buy more nitro. The goal is to reach the end of the season with the most money earned. Continues are available but whereas players can get extra money in the arcade version, in the home versions, the player’s money is reset to zero. This is one of the first games where the player could upgrade his or her vehicle by earning points or money (although in Atari Games’ Sprint series, one could upgrade their racer using wrenches), a system that is used in many racing games today. The Spectrum version of the game was voted number 47 in the Your Sinclair Readers’ Top 100 Games of All Time. The game was ranked the 35th best game of all time by Amiga Power. MegaTech gave the game a score of 83%
I’ve a soft spot for top down racers, and set on easy this is a choice chill out stress free title; one I come back to each time I install an emulator.
Here’s the link to Super Off Road on the Master System