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October 1987 (Japan) See more »
A driving game very similar to OutRun, except for the addition of the nitro boost button. | Add synopsis »
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Fairly generic but fun racing game See more (1 total) »

Original Music by
Masahiko Takagi 
Art Department
Tetsuroh Kitagawa .... graphic designer
Hiroyasu Nagai .... art designer
Takeo Shiraishi .... designer: cabinet
Naoko Toshimitsu .... graphic designer
Takako Uenoyama .... graphic designer
Yoshihiko Wakita .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Hisayoshi Ogura .... sound advisor
Eikichi Takahashi .... sound effects
Other crew
Kazuhiro Fujimoto .... designer: custom ic
Takeshi Ishizashi .... game programmer
Nobuyuki Iwasaki .... mechanical engineer
Syuji Kubota .... designer: custom ic
Takeshi Murata .... game programmer
Hiroyuki Sakou .... game designer
Hiroyuki Sakou .... project leader
Toshiyuki Sanada .... designer: custom ic
Kyoji Shimamoto .... game programmer
Tomio Suzuki .... mechanical design supervisor
Akira Takahashi .... mechanical engineer
Masahiro Yamaguchi .... hardware designer

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Also Known As:
"Full Throttle" - Japan (original title)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Some billboards in the game advertise other Taito games such as Operation Wolf (1987) (VG). Other billboards feature two undercover officers who bear similarity to Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs from "Miami Vice" (1984). Coincidentally, that billboard would end up spawning one of Taito's well known hits one year after Top Speed was released known as Chase H.Q.See more »
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References Operation Wolf (1987) (VG)See more »


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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Fairly generic but fun racing game, 2 May 2005
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

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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