“ Manufacturer: Midway / Publisher: Midway Home Entertainment / Genre: Puzzle / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / Max. Number Of Players: 2 / Release Date: 19 November, 2001 „
"Rampage Puzzle Attack" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2001 by Midway. It is based on the "Rampage" series of video games. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
There is little storyline following this title. After selecting a popular Rampage character, which does not impact on actual gameplay, the player is presented a large puzzle grid. A pre set amount of coloured blocks occupy the "bin" and it is the player's objective to rearrange smaller blocks at the top of the display before dropping them into play. Creating lines of identically coloured blocks will remove them from play, and it is the player's objective to clear all blocks from the display. The title features numerous gameplay modes which are based on the directions previously described. "Marathon Mode", for example, requires the player to continually play until his or her bin has been filled to the top and is no longer able to accommodate new blocks and "Puzzle Mode" requires the player to clear the display in a small amount of turns per drop. The game does provide an interesting new addition to the puzzle genre but I did not find it to be particularly engaging in terms of addictive qualities.
The graphics are simple and are presented from a side view which focuses on the stage in its entirety. The blocks are large and brightly coloured which allows for easy identification on screen. The background scenes are also based on a variety of areas but are not exactly clear. It seems that developers opted to include a blur effect to keep attention firmly on the puzzle in play. Puzzle Attack receives its "Rampage" branding by featuring an assortment of Rampage characters crawling on the display and seemingly playing with the blocks. The soundtrack is also good with upbeat musical scores and effects following the player throughout.
Overall, Puzzle Attack is an average puzzle title which I would be hesitant about recommending to prospective buyers. I did not find it to be a particularly enjoyable game but did enjoy its visual presentation.