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Rampage (revision 2)


Rampage (c) 10/1986 Bally Midway.


A classic three player, B-movie styled 'smash-em-up' in which up to three monsters; George, the giant ape; Lizzie, the giant lizard; and Ralph, the giant wolf, move from city to city destroying skyscrapers and vehicles and eating any people that get in the way.


The game's storyline is as B-movie inspired as its premise : George was mutated after swallowing mega-vitamins, Lizzie was mutated after bathing in a radioactive lake, and Ralph was mutated after eating sausage scam. The mutants' goal is to destroy every city which they come upon.


The players' health is diminished in a number of ways : by being shot by National Guardsmen, being hit by another monster, falling from a building, being hit by cops or tanks, going underwater, being struck by lightning, or by eating something bad, such as dynamite. Health is replenished by eating food found in the buildings. Once all buildings in a city have been destroyed, the monsters move on to another city. Ramapage has an impressive 768 different levels.


- TECHNICAL -


Bally Midway MCR 3 hardware


Main CPU : Z80 (@ 5 Mhz)

Sound CPU : 68000 (@ 8 Mhz)

Sound Chips : DAC (@ 8 Mhz)


Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 512 x 480 pixels

Screen refresh : 30.00 Hz

Palette colors : 64


Players : 3

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2


- TRIVIA -


Rampage contains the Midway 'Join The Action' feature, which allows a player to come into the game at any time provided that there is an open character to play and that the proper coins have been deposited.


The 128th level of the game is 'Plano, Illinois', and was the only level in the game with less than three buildings. Brian, one of the designers, said : Plano Illinois was only two buildings because Plano Il is a Tiny town, in which my partner Jeff was born and raised.


These are the random headlines you may encounter during the game. These headlines appear when the next day begins :

EX-MUTANT IS ARRESTED FOR STREAKING!

LAB SCREW-UP WEARS OFF...FILM AT 11

SPOUSE OF MUTANT FILES LEGAL ACTION

FORMER BEAST SAYS IT MAY HAPPEN AGAIN

STILL AT LARGE...VERY LARGE!

IS THERE NO END TO THIS RAMPAGE???

PROPERTY VALUES AT ALL TIME LOW

YOUR AD HERE CALL NOW! 1-800-ZOO-KEEP

JOB OPENINGS IN NATIONAL GUARD!

REAL LIFE JEKYLL AND HYDE STORY!!


A Rampage unit appears in the 1991 movie 'Terminator 2 - Judgment Day'.


- SCORING -


Scoring in this game is relatively complicated due to the various numbers of enemies. In addition, you also score points for hitting buildings and collecting bonus and/or food items.


* ITEMS

Bag of loot : 100-500 points.

Boater : 750 points.

Building destroyed : 2,500 points - You will only get the points if your monster destroys the building. Buildings destroyed by things other than you monster will not earn you these points.

Car (parked) : 100 points.

Car (moving slowly) : 200 points.

Car (parked then takes off quickly) : 750 points.

Food such as turkey, milk, fruit, hamburger, or toast : 175 points.

Eating one of the civilians : 500 points.

Flower pot : 500 points.

Helicopter : 750 points.

Holding designated victim : 4,000-6,000 points.

Light bulb (off) : 500 points.

Manhole cover (per hit) : 500 points.

Mega-vitamin bonus (every 128 days) : 5,000 points.

National guardsman : 50 points.

Neon sign : 1,000 points.

Paratrooper : 50 points.

Photographer : 750 points.

Police car : 750 points.

Punch causes partial break in building : 25 points.

Punch cause full break/hole in building : 225 points.

Safe (after opening) : 100-500 points.

Tank : 200 points.

Television (off) : 500 points.

Train (per hit) : 500 points.


- TIPS AND TRICKS -


You start the game with your monsters at the bottom of the screen. After the game starts, it is time for you to start the 'urban renewal' process.


* After you start, you will start being attacked. There is no real way to avoid a lot of the attacks by the National Guardsmen due to the sheer volume of fire they are laying down. Your best bet is to keep moving and make yourself a hard target to hit.


* To move quickly from building to building, jump toward the building and push up to grab the building. This enables you to use your monster's ability to both jump and climb at the same time.


* To relieve some pressure from the National Guardsmen, climb up the buildings and smash the windows where they pop out from or just eat them when they are leaning out the window. Move quickly since their buddies are still shooting or throwing dynamite at your monster.


* Unless you are totally obsessed with points, let the National Guardsmen do your work for you. A great example of this is that about midway through a day, a National Guard-man will rush out from the side of the screen with explosives. They will place them at the base of a building. This demolishes the building and helps you along to the next day.


* Another way to destroy buildings is to weaken it up, then jump on the roof. Your monster's weight will cause the building to collapse.


* The air units can be rather dangerous. During the beginning days, the helicopters will overfly your monster, turn around, and then dive in for the attack. You can destroy the helicopters when they are coming in to prevent their attack. Also, when you are moving around, you make it harder for them to get a bead on your monster.


* During the later days, helicopters will drop bombs. Again, paying attention to everything that is going on will allow you to easily escape the bomb being dropped. You can also entice the helicopter to drop a bomb when you are on top of a building. When the bomb is dropped, jump out of the way and let the bomb do the damage to the building for you.


* Make sure that you either grab the food or eat the National Guardsmen to keep your health up. If you can hold out for 128 days, you will get all of your health restored for that day and days 256, 384, 512, 640, and 768. Also keep in mind that if you punch too fast, you may end up getting something that will harm your monster.


* Paratroopers can be a particular pain. If you plan to attack a building with a Paratrooper unit on it, make sure you quickly scale the building and eat said unit. It makes life a lot easier since their rapid fire can put a major hurting on your monster.


* Ground units such as Tanks and Police Cars can be a real nuisance. They fire some pretty heavy shells which not only cause a lot of damage, but they also can knock back your monster for quite a distance. There are some ways to combat these units :

1) Climb quickly up a building. When the unit passes below you, jump down and give it a good punch.

2) Time the shots and rush the ground unit in-between shots to get a good punch in.

3) Use available weapons such as manhole covers, flower pots, or safes to drop on them. These things also allow you to hit them at a distance.


* Be sure and watch what your monster grabs at. There are a lot of hazards in the buildings and it is pretty bad when your monster buys the farm doing dumb stuff such as grabbing electrical items such as toasters and light bulbs.


* In addition to the above, dynamite is sometimes in the middle of buildings. When uncovered, you have about two to three seconds to get your monster out of there before they are blown off the building. Eating it will only decrease your monster's health so run far away when it is uncovered.


- SERIES -


1. Rampage (1986)

2. Rampage - World Tour (1997)

3. Rampage 2 - Universal Tour (1999, Nintendo 64)

4. Rampage Through Time (2000, Sony PlayStation)

5. Rampage - Total Destruction (2006)


- STAFF -


Concept and design : Jeff Nauman, Brian Colin


- PORTS -


* Consoles :

Nintendo Famicom (1988)

Atari 2600 (1989)

Sega Master System (1989)

Atari Lynx (1991)

Sony PlayStation (2000, "Arcade Party Pak")

Sega Dreamcast (2000, "Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits Volume 2")

Sony PlayStation 2 (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")

Nintendo GameCube (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")

Microsoft XBOX (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")

Sony PSP (2005, "Midway Arcade Treasures - Extended Play")

Nintendo Game Boy Advance (2005, "Paperboy / Rampage")

Sony PlayStation 2 (2006; as part of "Rampage - Total Destruction")

Nintendo GameCube (2006; as part of "Rampage - Total Destruction")


* Computers :

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1988)

Commodore C64 (1988)

PC [MS-DOS] (1988)

Amstrad CPC (1988)

Atari ST (1989)

Commodore Amiga (1989)

Apple II

PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasure")


- SOURCES -


F.A.Q. by Kevin Butler AKA War Doc