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Rampage is a 1986 arcade game by Bally Midway. Players take control of gigantic monsters trying to survive against onslaughts of military forces. Each round is completed when a particular city is completely reduced to rubble. Not to be confused with the Uwe Boll movie.

Description

Up to three simultaneous players control the monsters George (a King Kong-like gorilla), Lizzy (a Godzilla-like dinosaur/lizard), or Ralph (a giant werewolf), created from mutated humans. They need to raze all buildings in a high-rise city to advance to the next level, eating people and destroying helicopters, tanks, taxis, police cars, boats, and trolleys along the way.

Monsters can jump and climb buildings, and punch enemies and buildings. Buildings also take damage when jumped on by a monster.

The player's monster receives damage from enemy bullets, grenades, shells and so forth, and from falls. Damage is recovered by eating appropriate food such as fruit, roast chicken, or soldiers. If a monster takes too much damage, it reverts back into a naked human and starts walking off the screen sideways, covering its genitals with its hands. While in this state, the player can be eaten by another player. If the player continues, the human mutates back into the monster, or flies in on a blimp if off-screen, with a full life bar.

Smashing open windows generally reveals an item or person of interest, which may be helpful or harmful. Helpful items include food or money. Dangerous ones include bombs, electrical appliances, and cigarettes. Some items can be both, for example a toaster is dangerous until the toast pops up, and a photographer must be eaten quickly before he dazzles the player's monster with his flash, causing it to fall. If a monster eats a toilet, it immediately goes into a humorously animated choking fit.

When a civilian is present (waving their hands out a window signalling for help), a player's points meter rapidly increments when the civilian is grabbed. Each player can hold only one type of person: George can hold women, Lizzy can hold men, and Ralph can hold businessmen.

Rampage is set over the course of 128 days in cities across North America. The game starts in Peoria, Illinois and ends in Plano, Illinois. In Plano, players receive a mega vitamin bonus which heals all the monsters and provides a large point bonus. After this, the cycle of cities repeats five times. After 768 days, the game resets back to Day One.

Some of the home port versions of the game start in San Jose, California and end in Los Angeles, California after going all around North America. The rampage travels through two Canadian provinces and forty-three U.S. states. Connecticut, Delaware, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Vermont are spared.

Ports

Rampage was ported to most home computers and video game consoles of its time, including the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari Lynx, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, MS-DOS/IBM PC, ZX Spectrum, NES, and Sega Master System. The Atari Lynx version adds a special fourth character named Larry, a giant rat. The NES version excludes Ralph, reducing the number of monsters to two. Rampage was included as part of the Arcade Party Pak for the Play Station in 1999. More recently, Rampage was included in 2003's Midway Arcade Treasures, a compilation of arcade games for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Game Cube, Play Station 2, and Xbox. This game is also available as a bonus feature in Rampage: Total Destruction. Tiger Electronics released a handheld LCD version of the game in the 1990's.

In July 2000, Midway licensed Rampage, along with other Williams Electronics games, to Shockwave for use in an online applet to demonstrate the power of the shockwave web content platform, entitled Shockwave Arcade Collection. The conversion was created by Digital Eclipse.

Unlike the original arcade game, most of the home ports (such as the NES, Sega, and Atari Lynx versions) actually end, rather than repeating levels endlessly.

About a decade later, a sequel was released entitled Rampage: World Tour, later followed by console-exclusive games including Rampage 2: Universal Tour, Rampage Through Time, and Rampage Puzzle Attack. The most recent game in the series is Rampage: Total Destruction. A reboot for the Xbox Kinect was planned in 2012, but was never developed with the exception of some Concept Art. A film adaptation not to be confused with Uwe Boll film series, is due out in 2018, starring Dwayne Johnson, and has been in development hell since 2011.

Tropes

  • Adaptation Species Change: In the film version, the monsters are said to be mutated animals rather than mutated people
  • Aliens in Cardiff - You'd expect an outbreak of giant monsters to happen in Tokyo or New York. No, it's Peoria, Illinois.
  • Alliterative Name - A great number of the monsters that appeared in the series have names that are alliterative with their species. George is a gorilla, Lizzie a lizard, Jack Jackalope, Jill Jellyfish, the list goes on. Seems the animal a person mutates into depends almost entirely on their name.
  • Attack of the 50 Foot Whatever - When the first game came out, it started out with just Ralph, George and Lizzie. During the many sequels, many other monsters were added to the series.
  • Defeat by Modesty - When your monster is defeated in the first and second game, he/she reverts back to human form and sidles away covering his/her privates in shame.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave - Dr. Betty Veronica is the only surviving employee of Scumlabs, which has been destroyed by the monsters.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin - Fitting for a game based around destroying everything in a stage.
  • Hair of Gold - Lizzie in her human form in World Tour.
  • Hand or Object Underwear - The pose the naked human form adopts.
  • Helicopter Flyswatter
  • Hot Scientist - Dr. Betty Veronica. And how!
  • Human-Focused Adaptation: Zig-Zagged with the film adaptation. The monsters are now said to be mutated animals rather than mutated people, but humans fighting the monsters are likely to be the protagonists.
  • Kaiju
  • Kent Brockman News - Rampage 2 and 3 began with newscasts by WBC, and succeeded in being hilarious.
  • Limited Special Collectors Ultimate Edition: Rampage 2: Universal Tour on Nintando 64 has two:
    • One came with a Rampage Baby, one of three possible plush keychains of George, Lizzie, and Ralph.
    • Another came with a shirt.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters - the sheer, overwhelming number of monsters populating the final game (30, plus 10 exclusive for the Wii) is arguably one of the reasons it tanked so thoroughly: none of them were particularly interesting, and none of them were really worth the effort to unlock.
  • Mutants - According to the storyline this what the monsters are. In the first three games, they were the result of failed Scum Labs experiments, and in the final game, the monsters were all part of a test group for Scum Soda.
  • No Ending - The destruction simply goes on and on and on and on... in the first game, the final level was on the moon, but the best you got was a congratulation screen.
    • Averted in the most recent game: Total Destruction. After defeating the final boss in New York, it is revealed that everyone thinks that the monsters are a publicity stunt and Scum Soda, which caused the problem in the first place, is sold out everywhere.
  • Only Sane Man - Dr. Betty Veronica in World Tour, the news anchor in the intros for the PSX version of Universal Tour and Rampage Through Time.
  • Samus Is a Girl: It's a surprise for some players that Lizzie is a female. Mostly due to the fact that female characters were still rare in video games in the mid-1980s.
    • Lampshaded in this article where Lizzie says that George requested she wear pink ribbons on her tail to let people know she's female, and more importantly from George's perspective, prevent people from thinking he's gay for having an relationship with Lizzie. Lizzie is not amused.
  • She's Got Legs: Dr. Betty Veronica.
  • Shout-Out - In the original Rampage there were certain people that the monsters could hold in their hand for a short time. George's resembled that girl from King Kong.
  • The Smurfette Principle - Lizzie in the original arcade and, in terms of selectable characters, in World Tour as well.
  • Subliminal Seduction: Parodied in the Atari Lynx version.

  There are no (Buy a Lynx) subliminal messages (Or two) in this game (Buy a Lynx).

  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute - Larry the Rat in Rampage (Atari Lynx only) for Curtis the Mouse in Universal Tour (a Rat in Through Time) for Rhett the Rat in Total Destruction. Also Harley the Warthog in Universal Tour and Through Time for Wally the Warthog in Total Destruction.
  • Title Drop - In the intro for Rampage 2: Universal Tour.

  "Heaven help us! They're on a rampage!"

  • Video Game Cruelty Potential - Possibly the point of these games. First off, you may get points by snacking on civilians and soldiers. But there's also the fact that, in World Tour, there are elders, entire families (including kids) and wheelchair-bound people among the victims!!!
    • Total Destruction takes this Up to Eleven with ACTUAL CRUELTY: One of the monsters' favorite food is a CAT.
    • Video Game Cruelty Punishment - ...however, sometimes your attempts to eat some poor bastard just trying to take a bath (or at least raiding his fridge) are met with your monster eating a toaster or a jug of poison instead.
      • Not to mention the fact that eating clergymen results in your monster getting struck by lightning...
  • Was Once a Man - George was a Scumlabs employee who turned out as an accidental test subject. Lizzie drank contaminated water. Ralph ate contaminated food.
    • In Total Destruction, the original three monsters, as well as the others, were test subjects for Scum Labs new product, Scum Soda.
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