I’m late to the party on this one by a few months because although I saw it last year, I didn’t post about it. Someone I follow replied to a tweet today and led me back down the rabbit hole… So here’s the news I think you should know from last September:
An Alpha version demo has been released of ‘Over Jump Rally’, which is a spectacular remake of SEGA Rally built to ultra modern standards. The developer, Alessandro Schiassi, is hoping that SEGA will pick it up and they can officially license the brands it is based on, but until then ‘Over Jump Rally’ it is. Obviously by today’s standards the physics are simplistic, but back in 1994 they felt among the best and yet completely accessible to anyone who grabbed the steering wheel. That gameplay standard has been retained.
Download Alpha Demo v0.0.8 – 13.3GB.
What’s really interesting, especially as someone who played the title this is based on in arcades and on the SEGA Saturn (the first console I bought, specifically for SEGA Rally), is the choice the developer has made in graphics. The gameplay video below these screenshots clearly shows the faithful recreation of a car and course where the general design of the track is exactly the same but clearly shows the advancements made in technology within the intervening years. Absolutely love that.
Gameplay comparison 1994 – 2022: