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F1
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Domark
Developer:
Distributor:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
Tengen (US)
Licensor: Formula One Constructors' Association, Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile
Peripherals supported:
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Driving[1]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
T-88066
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-88066-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 119.95119.95[7] T-88066-18
Sega Mega Drive
FR
T-88066-09
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MD88066/F1
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£44.9944.99[4][5] T-88066-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$109.95109.95[6] F1000SMC
Sega Master System
EU
MK 27072-50
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9929.99[9][8] MK 27072-50
Sega Master System
AU
FF1000SEC
Sega Master System
BR
026330
Sega Game Gear
US
$39.9539.95[10] T-88058
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Game Gear
EU
T-88058-50
Sega Game Gear
PT
GG88058
Sega Game Gear
UK
£27.9927.99[12] T-88058-50

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F1, known as Formula One on North American packaging, is a formula one racing game developed by Lankhor and Teque London and published by Domark. It should not be confused with the later game, F1 World Championship Edition, also published by Domark. F1 was released in 1993 for the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear.

No versions of this game were released in Japan, while the Game Gear version was exclusive to North America.

Gameplay

F1 is a pseudo-sequel to Lanhor's earlier release, Vroom, originally released in 1991 for the Amiga, Atari ST and IBM PC compatibles. On the Amiga, this relationship is even closer, with earlier versions of the game being released as Vroom Multiplay before acquiring an official license from FOCA. Both F1 and Vroom share graphics and sounds, though F1 adds further refinements to the engine and stands as the first time one of Lankhor's racers was released on a home console.

F1 attempts to replicate the 1993 Formula One season, providing 12 tracks roughly based on their real-life counterparts and seven constructors; Benetton, Ferrari, Ligier, Lotus, McLaren, Tyrrell and Williams. Producer Jim Tripp is also included as a driver in a special "Domark" team.

1993 champion Ayrton Senna is omitted due to licensing issues (likely thanks to Sega and its 1992 release of Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II). That being said, racers are only differentiated in-game by a change in colour, and the player always races as him/herself under a generic "SEGA" banner.

Tracks

Even on the Mega Drive, F1 is severely limited by the hardware, so while the basic track layouts of the season are in place, the aesthetics very different to the real thing. In real life, the Monaco grand prix for example takes place in a built-up area next to the coast, while in this game there are no bulidings or water, just a road surrounded by grass.

Notavailable.svg Interlagos (Brazil)
Notavailable.svg Imola (San Marino)
Notavailable.svg Barcelona (Spain)
Notavailable.svg Monte Carlo (Monaco)
Notavailable.svg Montreal (Canada)
Notavailable.svg Castelet (France)
Notavailable.svg Silverstone (United Kingdom)
Notavailable.svg Hockenheim (Germany)
Notavailable.svg Spa (Belgium)
Notavailable.svg Monza (Italy)
Notavailable.svg Estoril (Portugal)
Notavailable.svg Adelaide (Australia)

Versions

The Mega Drive version uses a mixture of 2D sprites and 3D polygons to simulate its game world, however the limitations of the hardware means frame rate is usually sub-30FPS at any point in game. To partially negate this issue, a "Turbo" mode is included, which renders less of the play area and uses smaller sprites, allowing the game to achive greater speeds. For 1993, however, both modes outperform most 3D polygonal-based games seen on consoles at the time (for example, critically acclaimed Super NES shooter StarFox runs below 10FPS despite the addition of a dedicated Super FX chipset for processing polygons).

Production credits

Mega Drive version


Master System version

  • Developed By: Teque London Ltd
  • Programmed By: Peter Hennig
  • Graphics By: Mark Anthony
  • Sound and Music: Peter Hennig
  • Producers: Tony Love, Darren Anderson


Game Gear version

  • Developed By: Teque London Ltd
  • Programmed By: Peter Hennig
  • Graphics By: Mark Anthony
  • Sound and Music: Peter Hennig
  • Producers: Tony Love, Darren Anderson


Magazine articles

Main article: F1/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Tengen GG US PrintAdvert 2.jpg
Game Gear US print advert
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FI advert (1993)
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FI advert (1995)
Logo-pdf.svg
Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #15: "October/November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #17: "Septiembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Hyper (AU) #1: "December 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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Print advert in AS Magazin-Video Igrice (SCG) #13: "Jul-Avgust 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №13, p32-35
Sega Mega Drive
92
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
87
[17]
Consoles + (FR)
95
[18]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
86
[4]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
89
[19]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
78
[20]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
93
[21]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
70
[2]
Gamers (DE)
80
[22]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
90
[23]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
82
[24]
Hyper (AU)
88
[25]
Joypad (FR) PAL
90
[26]
Mega (UK) PAL
90
[27]
Mega Action (UK) PAL
88
[28]
Mega Action (UK)
88
[29]
Mega Force (FR)
93
[30]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
87
[31]
Mega Power (UK) PAL
70
[32]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
94
[5]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
93
[33]
Player One (FR)
92
[34]
Sega Magazin (DE)
88
[35]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
92
[36]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
86
[37]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
90
[38]
Sega Force Mega (UK) PAL
92
[39]
Sega Force (SE)
90
[40]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
92
[41]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
71
[42]
Video Games (DE) PAL
80
[43]
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
80
[44]
Sega Mega Drive
87
Based on
31 reviews

F1

Mega Drive, US
F1 MD US Box.jpg
Cover
F1 MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Formula One MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU (Sega Pro Quote)
F1 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
F1 MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
F1 MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, EU (Mean Machines Sega Quote)
F1 MD EU ALT MMS Quote BOX COVER.jpg
Cover
F1 MD EU ALT MMS Quote CART.jpg
Cart
F1 MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, FR
F1 MD FR Box.jpg
Cover
F1 MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
F1 MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, DE
F1 MD DE cover.jpg
Cover
F1 MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
F1 MD DE Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, PT
F1 MD PT cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, PT (alt)
F1 MD PT alt cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, PT (NTSC)
F1 MD PT ntsc cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
F1 MD SE rental cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, SE (Rental; alt)

Mega Drive, AU

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Joypad (FR) PAL
82
[45]
Player One (FR)
72
[46]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
90
[47]
Sega Pro (UK)
61
[48]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
88
[49]
Sega Master Force (UK) PAL
69
[50]
Todo Sega (ES) PAL
89
[51]
Video Games (DE) PAL
62
[52]
Sega Master System
77
Based on
8 reviews

F1

Master System, EU
F1 SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
F1 SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU
F1 SMS AU Box.jpg
Cover
F1 SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
F1 SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
Formula 1 SMS Cart.png
Cart
Manual F1 Master System - Brazil.pdf
Manual

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR)
83
[53]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
60
[54]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
88
[10]
Mega Force (FR)
77
[55]
Player One (FR)
72
[46]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
88
[12]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
81
[56]
Sega Force (SE)
74
[57]
Sega Game Gear
78
Based on
8 reviews

F1

Game Gear, US
F1 GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngF1 GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
F1 GG US cart.jpg
Cart
F1 GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
F1 GG EU Box Back.jpgF1 GG EU Box Spine.jpgF1 GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
F1 GG EU cart.jpg
Cart
F1 GG EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Game Gear, PT

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 ccd73738
MD5 7247829ab401477e4141e5f5b3077f0c
SHA-1 8f8edd8e6846cbba1b46f8eb9015b195ccc4acf9
1MB 1993-08 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 fbdd4520
MD5 b065e4a01adcfd6af4c96b950b832100
SHA-1 a8327157f6537f4cd5daaff648864e8e0bf945f1
1MB 1993-07 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 ec788661
MD5 5d67504b8334a0e36f6119515928717c
SHA-1 247fd74485073695a88f6813482f67516860b3a0
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 d0a93e00
MD5 93b3e1b682474ffd9985c0a5688d45bf
SHA-1 b5a1985d671e8b9e0eed7922e6db695011071e99
256kB Cartridge (US/EU)

References

  1. File:F1 GG EU Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 GamePro, "November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 178
  3. Computer & Video Games, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-15), page 25
  4. 4.0 4.1 Computer & Video Games, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-15), page 72
  5. 5.0 5.1 MegaTech, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-20), page 40
  6. Megazone, "November 1993" (AU; 1993-11-03), page 33
  7. Sega Magazin, "September/Oktober 1993" (DE; 1993-09-01), page 47
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sega Power, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-05), page 24
  9. Sega Master Force, "Autumn 1993" (UK; 1993-09-16), page 29
  10. 10.0 10.1 GamePro, "February 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 135
  11. 11.0 11.1 Sega Force Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 8
  12. 12.0 12.1 Sega Power, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-02), page 72
  13. Sega Visions, "December/January 1993/1994" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 15
  14. Hobby Consolas, "Septiembre 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 2
  15. Svet Kompjutera, "Jul/Avgust 1995" (YU; 1995-xx-xx), page 2
  16. Svet Kompjutera, "Septembar 1995" (YU; 1995-xx-xx), page 32
  17. Aktueller Software Markt, "September 1993" (DE; 1993-08-09), page 112
  18. Consoles +, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 104
  19. Computer & Video Games, "May 1994" (UK; 1994-04-15), page 109
  20. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 46
  21. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 48
  22. Gamers, "Oktober/November 1993" (DE; 1993-09-24), page 72
  23. GamesMaster, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 36
  24. Hobby Consolas, "Septiembre 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 104
  25. Hyper, "December 1993" (AU; 1993-xx-xx), page 51
  26. Joypad, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 114
  27. Mega, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-15), page 38
  28. Mega Action, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-15), page 24
  29. Mega Action, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-09), page 64
  30. Mega Force, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 120
  31. Mega Fun, "08/93" (DE; 1993-07-21), page 68
  32. Mega Power, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-29), page 26
  33. Mean Machines Sega, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-07-30), page 52
  34. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-07-10), page 80
  35. Sega Magazin, "September/Oktober 1993" (DE; 1993-09-01), page 46
  36. Sega Power, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-05), page 32
  37. Sega Pro, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-08), page 34
  38. Sega Zone, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-22), page 36
  39. Sega Force Mega, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-07-22), page 38
  40. Sega Force, "1/94" (SE; 1994-01-12), page 6
  41. Sonic the Comic, "November 27th 1993" (UK; 1993-11-27), page 12
  42. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 68
  43. Video Games, "9/93" (DE; 1993-08-25), page 104
  44. VideoGames, "December 1993" (US; 1993-1x-xx), page 70
  45. Joypad, "Octobre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 108
  46. 46.0 46.1 Player One, "Janvier 1994" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 116
  47. Sega Power, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-07), page 64
  48. Sega Pro, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-09), page 75
  49. Sega Zone, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-28), page 75
  50. Sega Master Force, "Autumn 1993" (UK; 1993-09-16), page 28
  51. Todo Sega, "Diciembre 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 72
  52. Video Games, "1/94" (DE; 1993-12-19), page 118
  53. Consoles +, "Décembre 1993" (FR; 1993-1x-xx), page 194
  54. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 52
  55. Mega Force, "Novembre 1993" (FR; 1993-11-10), page 124
  56. Sega Pro, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-11), page 61
  57. Sega Force, "2/94" (SE; 1994-02-23), page 27


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