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When this came out, it sounded like great fun, take the role of Godzilla, King Kong or a giant wolf man and just smash up everything you can on screen. Looking back on it now, it's clear this game was never built to have the depth or longevity of World of Warcraft, but it was a rollicking piece of fun.........for the first 15 minutes.
I had this on the Amiga many years ago and looking back it was overpriced with little real to do, but it felt like fun at the time and felt new and innovative.
Graphics were fairly decent for the time, whilst the pixellated creatures didn't have the AI movement of current game they were chunky and kind of interesting in a very basic 3 dimensional way.
With a basic viewpoint that you should try to destroy buildings, airplanes and helicopters and characters called Ralph, Lizzy and George, how could you not enjoy this enjoyable interlude from real games!
The game lacked many things, but it was good smasharound fun, I have no idea where you would buy it nowadays but shudder at the fact I spent £15 on this. It was good fun in multi player with friends but nothing more, the shelf life of the game was two or three attempts after that you would get bored unless you wanted to relieve stress, in simply bashing up buildings, it wasn't big and it wasn't clever but it was fun in its own way and a really memorable concept which they tried to update but with little success due to the lack of longevity.
Rampage is an incredibly simple yet rather original game in which you play as one of three huge monsters, King Kong, Godzilla or Wolfman, the gameplay requiring you to climb skyscrapers and kick and punch them until they come crashing to the ground, whilst at the same time fending off attacking helicopters, planes and tanks as well as troops who throw grenades and fire guns at you from the buildings' windows. These can be grabbed hold of and eaten or just punched to the ground, and buildings take on visible damage every time you hit them, the colourful 2d graphics and basic but endearing animation making for a visually appealing and satisfyingly destructive gaming experience.
The sound effects are a very basic mix of midi crashes and rumblings, but the game has enough cartoonish charm and on-screen action going on to keep you entertained, with civilian cars and trams and pedestrians featuring as well as the military, just waiting to be smashed or eaten. There are plenty of levels, all of which are supposed to represent numerous US cities, though there is not much variation between them and the gameplay does start to feel very samey after only a short period of play.
The game was initially released as an arcade machine, only being ported over after it became a big success, and though its gameplay is original and fun its really only good for the odd brief, occasional play. Still, Rampage remains a fantastic concept, and a surprisingly endearing game.