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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Monster Mash! The History Of Rampage

Earlier this week, Warner Bros. released the very first trailer for Brad Peyton's Rampage.

The film focuses on a primatologist attempting to stop three genetically modified animals from causing a worldwide catastrophe as they battle it out across North America.

Being a kid that grew up in the 90's, I am more than familiar with the Midway video game that this new movie is based on. However, tonight I learned that there are many out there who have no idea that this upcoming Dwayne Johnson creature feature is based off a game.

And so, with that in mind, we present a brief history of Rampage...

Released by Bally Midway back in 1986, Rampage was initially an arcade game that saw players taking control of gigantic monsters as they destroy multiple cities across North America while trying to survive against an onslaught of military forces.

Players take control of one of three different monsters including George, a giant gorilla transformed after ingesting an experimental vitamin, Lizzie, a lizard mutated by a radioactive lake, and George, a wolf that was changed after ingesting food laced with an unknown addictive. The monsters need to raze all buildings in a high-rise city to advance to the next level, eating people and destroying everything from helicopters and tanks, to trolleys and taxis along the way.

The monsters can climb up buildings, punching them to reduce them to rubble. Various people, and food items, can also be found throughout the stages and can be eaten for energy. The monsters receive damage from enemy bullets, sticks of dynamite, shells, punches from other monsters, and falls. Should a monster take too much damage, it reverts into a naked human and walks off screen - however, as the human leaves the arena, it can be eaten by the other monsters.

During gameplay, windows can be smashed to reveal hidden items. These, like food and humans, can be helpful, while others, like bombs and cigarettes, can harm you. Each monster can also hold a specific human to increase their scores.

Rampage takes place over the course of 768 days across 85 different cities that repeat themselves a total of five times before reverting back to the beginning. Each time the monsters reach the city of Plano, Illinois in the original Midway arcade game, all three receive a mega vitamin boost that restores health and provides a large point bonus.

In the 31 years since the game was initially released, it has been ported to numerous home console gaming systems. Rampage also saw release on the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari Lynx, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS/IBM PC, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, NES, and Sega Master System respectively. This has allowed an entire generation of gamers to enjoy the monster-mashing fun of this classic arcade title. In more recent years, the game was released on numerous classic game compilation discs for the Sony PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo Game Cube and the Microsoft Xbox.

Numerous sequels to the game have also been released. In 1997, we got Rampage: World Tour. This follow-up sees the monsters on the loose once again. It was released in arcades and on such home consoles as the Nintendo 64, the SEGA Saturn and Sony PlayStation. Rampage 2: Universal Tour followed in 1999, with the Sony exclusive Rampage Through Time dropping in the Fall of 2000.

In 2006, the game got a sequel entitled Rampage: Total Destruction that was released on the Nintendo Game Cube, Wii and Sony PlayStation 2. This updated version included the original game as an included bonus feature.


So, there you have it, Infinite Earths fans! A brief history lesson on Rampage.  
Hopefully it helped make things a little clearer regarding the upcoming film.
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered alpha predators. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, P.J. Byrne, Marley Shelton, and Matt Gerald, Rampage stomps into movie theatres on April 20th, 2018.
Until next time, Infinite Earths fans!
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