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Ocean Software Ltd
1985
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
£7.95
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

47
Jonathan Davies
Chris Bourne

Another rechauffe offering which features everyone's favourite diplomat. The plot is predictable enough - stampede through the jungle committing multiple homicide in all directions. Likewise through a village, rescuing a prisoner, leaping aboard a helicopter and so on.

I seem to remember this being one of the first licensed games that anybody actually liked, and it still looks quite good all these years later. Only 'quite' mind. The scrolling is the sort that waits 'til you get to the edge of the screen, then frantically whizzes the next bit on. This looks crude and makes it tricky to see who's going to be next to shoot you. Otherwise the graphics are generally fine, particularly the village houses which can be reduced to ruins with one grenade. Sound is pretty puny (these were the pre-128 days after all) which is a shame as this game is really all about massive explosions and ear-wax curdling screams.

As a full-pricer it would look decidedly crap these days, but at three quid Rambo is a darned sight better than most of the purpose-built cheapie stuff around.

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