The arcades of today are but a former shadow of the 80’s and 90’s heyday and are now chock full of fruit machines, grabbing machines and ticket spewing machines where it feels like you need to spend the equivalent of a mortgage deposit to win a plastic whistle or a pack of sweets.
Gone are the stand-up cabs with the likes of Final Fight, The Simpsons and Mortal Kombat and Neo Geo titles but if you’re lucky today you might come across a driving game or two still up and running amongst the dross.
With this in mind let Retroheadz take you
on a nostalgia journey of the best arcade racing games ever made and if you
find them in a dimly lit arcade somewhere throw in some coins and give them a
go again as it might just be your last chance to do so before they’re gone for
Sega’s blue-sky love letter to summer
driving came out way back in 1986 and blew everyone away with its unbelievable
sprite scaling graphics, timeless soundtrack (Magical Sound Shower and Splash
Wave anyone?) and the freedom to choose where you went next as you beat the
clock to the checkpoint.
It also helped that you could do all this in the most popular exotic at the time, the Ferrari Testarossa.
Everything about OutRun is brilliant, it
was way ahead of its time both technically and for its additive gameplay and its
testament to Sega that even today people still play it often on the Switch and
it’s also well worth getting on the Sega Saturn as well.
If you find the deluxe hydraulic arcade cab
somewhere you absolutely must play this game in its original form.
Data East’s awesome driving game from 1988
gave players something different to aim for. Criminals!
You have to catch up to the criminals in
every level and ram them until there delicate exotic sports cars conk out and
to help you on your way along the luscious course full of obstacles are three
turbos that propel your black Porsche 928 to ludicrous speed.
Chase H.Q is well worth emptying your
wallet for if you find it even just to hear Nancy’s voice telling you that the
Idaho Slasher is getting away in a British Sports Car once more.
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