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Activision Inc
1988
Arcade: Action
£9.99
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes

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Sewli Mannan
Chris Bourne

Fancy smashing a few cities with Lizzie the Lizard, Ralph the Wolfman and George the Gorilla? Yes? Good, 'cause Activision have bought out a new game called Rampage where you have to smash your way through New York, San Francisco, Dallas, etc. Rampage has an odd plot, I mean just imagine controlling a sci-fi film monster such as King Kong, Godzilla and Werewolf!! But nevertheless the game is quite cute.

The idea is to make your monster smash its way through many colourful cities, smashing the skyscrapers and buildings with its bare fists! You've got to eat anything that you can lay your paws on in the buildings except the electrical goods and potted cacti! As soon as you have smashed one city a new city will appear, all ready for you to flatten.

Rampage can be played three people, each controlling a different monster but if you want to play on your own, just get the computer to control the other two monsters who are trying to knock down more of the buildings than you can.

Sensibly enough, the nation ain't going to let the monsters get away with all that savagery so they have brought in the military and gunship helicopters to get rid of them. You have to either punch them out of existence or stay out of their firing line.

There are 50 cities to be smashed and the monsters spend 3 days in each city, making a total of 150 different screens. Some of the graphics in Rampage, are great. The skyscrapers are very colourful and the definition is good. But the monsters are just blackish dull grey. There is the chance of you mislaying your monster in a mass of dot clash.

Altogether Rampage is a slow moving game and does get boring when you're just climbing skyscrapers and smashing them in. There are many better budget releases.

Label: Activision
Author: In-house
Price: £9.99
Memory: 48K/128K
Joystick: various
Reviewer: Sewli Mannan

Promising coin-op loses much of its appeal on the way down the conversion lines. Mediocre.

6/10