EVERYBODY must have at some stage in their life watched a film and wished they could be the hero. Well if your hero is the same as mine, Godzilla in The Best That Ate Tokyo *b/w 1949) your hour has come. Rampage puts you in the role of one of three towering monsters: a giant King Kong type, a vastly oversized werewolf or the old favourite Godzilla. What is your objective? Simple - smash, maim, kill, destroy, obliterate...
Each scene begins with our assembled heroes on the pavement outside some suspiciously fragile-looking buildings. Do what comes naturally. If you find it hard to get motivated into all this anti-humanitarian destruction, think of what destruction on this scale will do to all the estate agents and insurance salesmen. When the place is completely decimated you move on to the next town. - of which are 738, all the way from Peoria to the dark side of the moon.
In an effort to prevent you from turning the civilized world into a Beirut lookalike Army the Army has positioned SWAT teams in cunning vantage points from where they assault our metamorphic monsters. King Kong wil have more to deal with than a few pathetic biplanes this time as a few helicopter-gunships enter the fray, strafing wildly. Later tanks appear with more advanced firepower, which can cause a fair amount of pain judging by the expression of the stricken beast. Each hit you take may not inflict much damage, but it all adds up. The only way you can make up for this is by eating regularly. What do you eat? Well, as you are climbing the sides of buildings, smashing as you go, you may notice that some kind of people have left out some food, milk, toast or even their goldfish for you. If they have not, that is OK because you can always eat the people and have a few choppers for desert.
Up to three people can play at a time, though using the keyboard is verging on the impossible. If they players are not friends, you will be pleased to know the monsters can beat each other up as well as the buildings.
There is not much by way of a plot, it is just mindless destruction, which is perhaps is more honest than many games on the market that try to dress up violence, destruction and general bad behaviour as being brave and noble as long as there is a cause to be championed.
There is no "fight the good fight" here unless you are in the Animal Rights Militia. There is a small amount of romance though. Occasionally a girl will appear in one of the windows. She can be rescued for extra points. You can eat her afterwards, of course.
Graphically the game is very pretty and the animation of the monsters is excellent, from the defiant growl and shake of the fist to the way they cover their eyes when they fall off a building. Sound is adequately supported. There are some nice stereo effects with the toppling buildings and a satisfying chomping noise when the beasts tuck into a human.