Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
Ever fancied jumping into a massive 4x4 truck, burning around a wide range of off-road tracks? You have! Well, look no further - Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off-Road is the game for you! This game (converted from the Leland coin-op by top coders, Graftgold) is played a lot like the classic Atari coin-op, Super Sprint. However, Super Off-Road is far superior to that aged game, containing loads of power-ups to boost the performance of your truck. As you might imagine, the basic aim of the game is to win races. The prize money from these races can be used to buy new equipment or power-ups in the Super Off-Road Speed Shop.
Adding to the high-speed, mega thrilling excitement is the addition of a two-player mode. This enables two Super Off-Road owning Game Gear nuts to link their machines together and compete in the championships together. Keep on truckin'...
I'm not really that keen on the coin-op, but this conversion is excellent, incorporating every feature of the coin-op (apart from the three-player model). The graphics are great - boasting vast amounts of detail and great colour. As you can probably imagine, the action doesn't take place on a single static-screen like the arcade version. This translation of the game features super-smooth scrolling, zooming in on a large proportion of the track. Audio-wise, the game's pretty good. The effects are a tad weak, but all of the coin-op's tunes are there, more than making up for it. The gameplay does become quite repetitive after a while, but ifs just such good fun to play, it should keep you coming back for more months after you've bought it. There's definitely a lack of decent race games available for the Game Gear, but Super Off-Road seems to fit the bill quite nicely. Highly Recommended.