outzone Out Zone

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Romset name: outzone.zip
Production year: 1990
Manufacturer: Toaplan

Game genre: Shooter
Category: Shooter / Walking

This machine has the following clones:
 • Out Zone (harder)
 • Out Zone (old set)
 • Out Zone (older set)
 • Out Zone (oldest set)
 • Out Zone (Zero Wing TP-015 PCB conversion)

This machine works in MAME This machine works in MAME

Overall emulation: Good
Color emulation: Good
Sound emulation: Good
Graphics emulation: Good
Save states: Not supported

In MAME since version: .103

The MAME driver of this machine is: toaplan1.cpp - Read the code

 Tech info 
 Hardware of this machine:
  • CHIPs [Show details]

    M68000 ("maincpu")cpu 10000000 Hz
    Z80 ("audiocpu")cpu 3500000 Hz
    Speaker ("mono")audio
    YM3812 ("ymsnd")audio 3500000 Hz

  • Screens [Show details]

    This machine uses a single screen:
      Graphic type: Raster
      Screen orientation: Vertical
      Resolution 320 x 240 @ 55.161545 Hz

  • Number of players: 2P Simultaneous
  • Controllers [Show details]

      Joystick [8 ways]
      Joystick [8 ways]
    Number of buttons: 3

  • Dip-switches [Show details]

    Default settings in bold
    Flip ScreenOff
    Service ModeOff
    Demo SoundsOff
    Coin A4 Coins/1 Credit
     3 Coins/1 Credit
     2 Coins/1 Credit
     2 Coins/1 Credit
     1 Coin/1 Credit
     2 Coins/3 Credits
     1 Coin/2 Credits
    Coin B2 Coins/1 Credit
     1 Coin/1 Credit
     2 Coins/3 Credits
     1 Coin/2 Credits
     1 Coin/2 Credits
     1 Coin/3 Credits
     1 Coin/4 Credits
     1 Coin/6 Credits
     Very Hard
    Bonus LifeEvery 300k
     200k and 500k
     300k Only
    Test SwitchOff
     Hong Kong
     Taiwan (Spacy Co., Ltd.)
     USA (Romstar, Inc.)
     Hong Kong & China (Honest Trading Co.)

  • ROMs (11 of the machine set) [Show details]

    Referred to MAME version: 0.181

    NameSizeCRC32SHA1StatusIn romset
    prg2.bin1310729704db16 12b43a6961a7f63f29563eb77aaacb70d3c368dd good outzone
    prg1.bin131072127a38d7 d7f1ed91ff7d4de9e8215aa3b5cb65693145e433 good outzone
    rom9.bin3276873d8e235 f37ad497259a467cdf2ec8b3e6e7d3e873087e6c good outzone
    rom5.bin524288c64ec7b6 e73b51c3713c2ea7a572a02531c15d1261ddeaa0 good outzone
    rom6.bin52428864b6c5ac 07fa20115f603445c0d51af3465c0471c09d76b1 good outzone
    rom2.bin1310726bb72d16 a127b10d9c255542bd09fcb5df057c12fd28c0d1 good outzone
    rom1.bin1310720934782d e4a775ead23227d7d6e76aea23aa3103b511d031 good outzone
    rom3.bin131072ec903c07 75906f31200877fc8f6e78c2606ad5be49778165 good outzone
    rom4.bin13107250cbf1a8 cfab1504746654b4a61912155e9aeca746c65321 good outzone
    tp018_10.bpr32bc88cced 5055362710c0f58823c05fb4c0e0eec638b91e3d good outzone
    tp018_11.bpr32a1e17492 9ddec4c97f2d541f69f3c32c47aaa21fd9699ae2 good outzone

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    :  CLONE Machine
    :  BIOS
    :  Device


Out Zone (c) 1990 Toaplan.

A vertically scrolling run and gun game, in which the player controls a soldier who must fight his way through 7 increasingly difficult levels. At the end of each level a boss must be defeated before the player can progress any further.


Game ID : TP-018

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 10 Mhz), Z80 (@ 3.5 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM3812 (@ 3.5 Mhz)

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 3


Released in August 1990.

Several characters from other Toaplan games make cameo appearances as powerups or bonuses :

* Six plane squadron from "Flying Shark" fly on the screen shooting enemies in an upside down V shape pattern.

* The "Truxton" ship follows the player helping out.

* ZIG-01 from "Zero Wing" flies on the screen dragging a bunch of '5000' points bonuses.

* Pipiru, Toaplan's mascot from "Zero Wing" can be summoned in level 1 from shooting a hole in a rock. It is vulnerable to all weapons, but it will bring a significant score bonus if safely taken to the level's boss.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Out Zone, Snow Bros. - PCCB-00044) on 21/10/1990.


Out Zone new version uses different enemies in some stages and has extra bonuses compared to the old version. The music sequences are also in different orders between the sets.


* Hidden Functions : If the 'Invulnerability dip switch' is enabled, you are invulnerable but you may also 'Pause' the game with P2 Start and restart with P1 Start.


1. Out Zone [TP-018] (1990)

2. Fixeight [TP-026] (1992)


Music and sound created by : Tatsuya Uemura


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

Giochi Simili

Warning: information in history.dat can differ from the ones present in the rest of the page (taken from MAME) as they come from a different source

Information on outzone

0.149u1 [Corrado Tomaselli]

0.104u5 [Tormod Tjaberg]

0.97u5 [Quench]

0.35b13 [Darren Olafson]

Artwork available


- 0.149u1: Alex Jackson reorganized Outzone sets and improved descriptions. Fixed dipswitches and inputs (after verification of the M68000 and Z80 code) in outzone and clones. Tagged Out Zone (oldest set) Z80 ROM as BAD_DUMP and the set itself as GAME_IMPERFECT_SOUND after discovering that this clone's M68000 and Z80 ROMs are almost certainly mismatched, causing wrong sound effects. Added 'Test Switch' dipswitch. Changed clone (set 4) to parent 'Out Zone' and 'Out Zone (set 1)' to clone (harder), (set 2) to 'Out Zone (old set)', (set 5) to 'Out Zone (older set)', (set 3, prototype?) to 'Out Zone (oldest set)'. Renamed (outzone) to (outzoneh), (outzonec) to (outzone), (outzoneb) to (outzonec) and (outzoned) to (outzoneb).

- 0.139u2: Robert Zandona modified the mix for the Toaplan 1 tilemaps (like rallybik and demonwld); this fixed Out Zone bug (In stage 6 there are two blank box on the background).

- 0.136u3: Corrado Tomaselli added clone Out Zone (set 5).

- 31st January 2010: Corrado Tomaselli dumped Out Zone (set 5).

- 26th July 2008: Mr. Do - Funny story. Tormod sent me a BUNCH of instruction cards a long time ago. You've probably been seeing them added in every so often. Well, around July of last year, I had completed a whole bunch of them, but then had a computer crash, and they ended up on the "spare" hard drive by mistake. I found them again going through a cleanup. So thanks to Tormod, this week we have Out Zone.

- 0.113u4: Changed VSync to 60Hz.

- 0.104u5: Tormod Tjaberg added Out Zone (set 1). Changed 'Out Zone (set 1)' to clone 'Out Zone (set 2)' and clones 'Out Zone (set 2, prototype?)' to 'Out Zone (set 3, prototype?)' and 'Out Zone (set 3)' to 'Out Zone (set 4)'. Renamed (outzoneb) to (outzonec), (outzonea) to (outzoneb) and (outzone) to (outzonea).

- 0.103: Corrado Tomaselli and David Haywood added clone Out Zone (set 3). Changed description of clone 'Out Zone (set 2)' to 'Out Zone (set 2, prototype?)'.

- 9th December 2005: Corrado Tomaselli dumped Out Zone (set 4). This dump comes from a totally dead board with no original stickers. They aren't very different from the set 1 , so they can be hacked or a little corrupted. I swapped the roms on my working board and they seem to be good but maybe it crashes on later levels. In my opinion set 2 has to be renamed to "protoype" or "early version". There are less music/sfx there isn't an ending sequence. I dumped 4 outzones and they were all set 1.

- 0.97u5: Aaron Giles swapped Out Zone (set 1) with (set 2) - the other set was a newer revision with more secret bonuses, refined sound effects and a real ending instead of a few text lines. Renamed (outzone) to (outzonea) and (outzonea) to (outzone).

- 0.61: Changed VSync to 55.161545Hz.

- 0.37b13: Changed description to 'Out Zone (set 1)' and clone '(bootleg)' to '(set 2)'. Renamed (outzonep) to (outzonea).

- 0.36RC1: Added 'Unknown' dipswitch.

- 0.36b8: Quench added clone Out Zone (bootleg).

- 27th October 1999: Quench added another Outzone romset to the Toaplan driver.

- 12th July 1999: Marek Olejnik fixed a tile priority rendering bug in Out Zone.

- 31st May 1999: Carl-Henrik Skarstedt and Darren Olafson fixed Outzone graphics priority (helps after the second level).

- 0.35b13: Darren Olafson added Out Zone (Toaplan 1990).

- 16th May 1999: Marco Cassili fixed Outzone dips.

- 15th May 1999: Darren Olafson sent in the Toaplan driver with Outzone and Truxton support.

- 5th March 1999: Brad Oliver updated the Toaplan driver, graphics now use palette reduction (16-bit video mode not needed).

- 16th June 1998: Dumped Out Zone (set 3, prototype?).


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