Rampage (Arcade) is the Retro Game of the Week for 12 September, 2016

Released: 1986
Publisher: Bally Midway
Developer: Bally Midway Manufacturing Company
Platform: Arcade
Genre: Action
Played on: MAME emulator, gamepad

Do you like destroying stuff with a giant monster?  Eating humans?  Smashing helicopters, tanks, and other things?  Are you an anarchist that wishes you were Godzilla or some other giant monster?  Well, wish no more!  Okay, maybe you can keep wishing, because it’s just an arcade game, but you can virtually live out your dreams via Rampage.  You can even invite two more like-minded friends, because it’s simultaneous multiplayer!  Joy! 

Rampage puts you in a series of cities with tall buildings to scale and punch into rubble while avoiding military attacks.  Seriously, that’s pretty much it.  If you wanted depth and complexity from a game about giant monsters punching buildings, you’re going to be disappointed.  If you want fun, quality gameplay, though, you’ve come to the right place, because the game really controls well and is a blast to play.  It’s a bit of a quarter-muncher since there’s not a lot of ways to regain health (eating humans and bits of fruit give you a little back) and a lot of damage comes your way that you are expected to pretty much tank (it doesn’t do a lot of damage, but it does add up over time and through all the levels), so you’re basically expected to keep feeding it coins to continue.  It’s still fun enough to make it worth it, and with emulation, you can feed it as many virtual quarters as you want.

There were a bunch of home console ports, but the arcade version is still the best.  Play it.  It’s fun.  Enjoy.

And if I sound a bit loopy right now, I just got back from a tiring session at the dentist, so I’m not at my best.  Sadly I can’t think of a good dentist-Rampage connection, so we’ll just leave it at that.  Play videogames, avoid dentists.  Brush and floss, folks.