I remember playing Top Speed in the arcades when I was only 7-years-old. Being that age I was really crap at it but it was one of those game where the more money you put in, the further you got. I never really had more than a couple of pounds to spare at that age. Perhaps if I saved up over a week I could have finished it but at that age a week is an eternity.
The game itself played very much like the original Out Run. Except you drove a different kind of car with a nitro boost (back then I thought that was the coolest thing but EVERY driving game now has it) that would make it go seriously fast. Trouble is, you had to know your driving tactics (that game was controlled with a steering wheel, stick shift and pedals) and, being 7, I wasn't exactly the best. When you would crash, the car would also do some really cool flips and bounces. Crashing is something I often did while playing this game.
Another thing about the game that was really cool was the music. 80's arcade games REALLY DID have the best tunes ever. Thanks to my useless photographic memory I can still remember to this day the opening music. I would buy this game if I could just to hear it again.
The only thing dated about it is the graphics and repetitive scenery, it does make the game look a little odd but the multiple environments make up for it. I never managed to get further than the canyon level.
Top Speed did get a lot of criticism for being too much like Out Run but if it did rip it off then Turbo Out Run is a rip-off of Top Speed. Definitely a cool game.
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