Rampage | Another Classic Video Game Hits The Big Screen!

Rampage | Another Classic Video Game Hits The Big Screen!

A gorilla, a wolf and a crocodile are about to tear up the town in Rampage!

A new film starring Dwayne Johnson, Rampage, is based upon an arcade game released back in 1986.

In the game Rampage, you played as one of three huge creatures. There was George, a man who has been transformed into a huge gorilla with an experimental vitamin. Lizzie, a lady transformed into a huge lizard type creature because of an exposure to a radioactive lake. And finally, Ralph, a poor man mutated into a giant werewolf due to a food additive.

Once you selected one of these creatures, you were presented with a screen containing several skyscrapers. Whilst you must keep the army at bay, who are busy trying to kill you, your character can climb a tower block and smash it to pieces. Eating the people trapped inside will replenish small amounts of your health.

Once you’ve finally destroyed a high enough percentage of the tower block, it would crumble to the ground. Remember to jump off if you’re still hanging on to the building! Clear the screen of all the tower blocks, and the level is complete.

The game looked great graphically and contained a lot of humour. Despite the premise of the game, it wasn’t presented as gory or overly violent. For example, if your energy bar was depleted, your character would shrink back into a tiny nude human form and embarrassingly shuffle off the side of the screen trying to hide their modesty.

I have fond memories of playing Rampage on my ZX spectrum as the game was converted to many home computer platforms.

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So it was of some interest when I heard the game had been snapped up to be adapted into a full-length feature film starring Dwayne Johnson. Computer games that have been converted into films always turn out great. Don’t they? Remember Pixels!

So here we are, the first trailer for Rampage from Warner Brothers. The film was directed by Peyton Reed who was also calling the shots on San Andreas also starring Johnson.

The human mutation element looks to have been removed with the giant animals existing as a larger, more aggressive version of their original selves. Apart from that, it looks like it could be a lot of fun.

Title: Rampage

Release | US: 20th April | UK: 13th April | World: IMDb

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 mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created alpha predators 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.



John Abbitt

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