[50/50] Video Game #18: Rampage

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Video Game #18: Rampage (1986)

rampageThe whole point of video games, it seems to me, is to do things you couldn’t normally do. Why bother playing a digital version of golf or bowling or hunting when you can go out and do that for reals? Now, blow up a planet, fly a starship, shoot someone in the head? — hello, arcade.

Few titles embodied this better than Rampage — the game where YOU are the giant monster destroying the city. You get to eat people, knock helicopters out of the sky, and smash buildings. Better yet, Rampage was a three-player game, so you and two buddies could trash the town. The game gave you the option of playing King Kong, Godzilla or a giant werewolf (or their cartoonish generic equivalent) in a scenario right out of a ’50s monster movie.

Level the entire town and you get to move on to the next level … where you get to crush even bigger buildings and eat more people. That’s it. But really, what more can you ask for from a game that let’s you play Godzilla?

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