Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
Simeon Kurtz, secret agent, has a problem. There he was, living it up in the Illusion Confusion nightclub, celebrating the end of another mission when suddenly, enemy forces purloined his Ferrari F40 sports car - complete with the recently appropriated secret plans he'd risked his life to get hold of! Being the cunning secret agent that he is, Kurtz decides to give chase, and so begins the game known as Outrun Europa. There are five different stages of high-speed racing action as Simeon desperately attempts to retrieve the stolen plans. Many means of transport are available to him, including a motorbike, jet-ski and Porsche! Only at the last level do you have the opportunity to reclaim your Ferrari and deliver the plans.
Outrun Europa is a very close conversion of the Master System game that we reviewed in MEAN MACHINES exactly a year ago. The problems remain the same. The gameplay is just too repetitive, with very little difference between each level apart from the graphics. The graphics themselves are quite dull and the 3D effect jerky. As road racers go, it's not awful, it's just very average.