TURBO OUTRUN COMMODORE 64
1986 Now were bringing it back, back to my 1st ever computer, the commodore 64. What a machine to get me started in gaming aswell as been remembered personally for my introduction to my love for Ghouls n Ghosts. This Retro Tuesday we’re talking about Turbo Outrun. This is the actual game that inspired me to be the racer I am today as I’m probably best known for my love of racing games. Anyway let’s get into this episode of Retro Tuesday with Turbo Outrun on the commodore 64.
Turbo Outrun is a point to point racer were the objective is simple, make it to the next checkpoint before the timer runs out.
Choosing between automatic & manual transmission before you start your journey through the stages to ultimately become the racing champion with your blonde girlfriend by your side.
GRAPHICALLY for its time it wasn’t out of this world but saying that I myself envisioned the future of racing games with the scenery you see in today’s racers with buildings, tree’s & more at each side of the road giving it a more realistic feel & look.
MUSIC in the game was fantastic with the typical commodore tunes you encounter in most C64 games using the The MOS Technology 658. SID is the sound chip for the C64, for which many music software programs were written. A musical software tool for the C64, was Kawasaki Synthesizer created in 1983.
Back in the day if your old enough to remember we used a joystick with one or two buttons and a stick, that was your gamepad so to speak & added extra difficulties to games as controls were not as precise as they are today on modern consoles or PC.
You could also use the keyboard aswell O I miss those days.
Loading times were long winded but totally worth it as we were running games from a cassette back in the day.
If I remember correctly there were 16 stages in total to the game and wasn’t the easiest to finish like most commodore 64 games. Turbo’s was a cool addition to Outrun but 9 out of 10 times you would end up flipping you car hitting the buildings or trees on the side of the road. Overheating the Turbo was also a thing that would happen more than actually using them to full advantage.
U.S. Gold Limited was a British video game publisher based in Witton, Birmingham, England. The company was founded in 1984
If you never had the chance to play this game I highly recommend getting hold of it either by emulation or purchasing the C64 mini.