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"Howdy! I'm gonna tell you a story y'all ain't gonna believe. It's about, uh, UFOs, big-rigs.. and barbecues!"—--The game's opening song by Mojo Nixon
Redneck Rampage is a first-person shooter that was developed by Xatrix Entertainment and published by Interplay. It was one of the last commercial titles to use the Build engine that previously powered Duke Nukem 3D and Blood, among others.
The protagonists of the game are Leonard, and his brother Bubba, who are natives of Hickston, Arkansas, where alien invaders have stolen the two brothers' prized pig "Bessie", and created killer clones of Hickston's other inhabitants. Controlling Leonard, the game has you fight through many comical enemies, including skinny old coots, feces-throwing "shit monkeys" and alien vixens. Redneck Rampage also features a CD-based soundtrack consisting of licensed songs from Mojo Nixon, Reverend Horton Heat, Beat Farmers, and other Country Music, Psychobilly, and Rock N Roll style artists.
Redneck Rampage was followed by an expansion pack, Suckin' Grits on Route 66, a sequel, Redneck Rampage Rides again, and a spin-off game titled Redneck Rampage: Deer Huntin.
Tropes featured include:
- Absurdly High Level Cap: The Vixens, Hulk guards, and (especially) Sheriff Hobbs can be a pain to kill
- Aliens Are Bastards
- BFG: The Alien Arm Gun
- Character Portrait: Whenever you finish a level, and shows your stats (how many enemies you killed, time you finished a level), there is always a different portrait of Leonard or Bubba supposedly hanging up on a wall in the background.
- Deep South: Naturally.
- The expansion pack brings you to the New Old West.
- The Door Slams You: A common Build engine glitch. Sometimes if you walk to the corner of a door while its closing, you can get crushed.
- Dude, Where's My Reward?: At the end of Redneck Rampage Rides again, there is little to no ending. Just Leonard saying "The End".
- Ghost Town: A few stages in the game take place in small country style villages, and everything apparently seems deserted.
- Gorn: Typical of a late 90s FPS, though done far more cartoonishly than, say, Blood.
- The Load: Bubba to Leonard. The goal of nearly every level is to reach the place he managed to wander off to, and then hit him with a crowbar.
- Locked Door: You will need to frequently find keys in order for you to proceed onward.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: Leonard seems strangely immune to Vixen's attempts at seduction.
- Police Brutality: Sheriff Hobbs embodies this trope.
- Real Is Brown: Though invoked more for the purpose of Scenery Gorn.
- Refuge in Vulgarity: At least half of the game's humor is toilet-oriented. There's enemies and a boss that literally throw shit at you, the toilets are usable for both purposes, and then there's the infamous Cuss Pack..
- Scenery Gorn: Being set in The Theme Park Version of the Deep South, this is inevitable. Levels take place in swamps, junkyards, hick towns, factories and trailer parks.
- Serrated Blade of Pain: One of the weapons is a gun that throws circular saw blades. It also functions as a buzzsaw.
- Shout-Out: Several Troma posters can be seen on a few stages, most noticeable is Toxic Avenger.
- You All Look Familiar: Justified by the enemies being clones of some of Hickston's local personalities, created by the aliens.