Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

A Time To Destroy: Rampage

7:39 PM on 12.05.2008 // pendelton21

[Editor's note: pendelton21 kicks off this month's Monthly Musing theme with the original Rampage for his A Time to Destroy piece. -- CTZ]

When having any sort of discussion about destruction in videogames, you have to start at the source; the one game that introduced the idea of doing nothing but leveling city streets and destroying entire buildings in one punch. I'm talking, of course, about the legendary Rampage game series. This is THE building-destroying, radioactive-monster-controlling, people-devouring game we've all come to know and love. And, for me, this game epitomizes the idea of total and utter destruction.

For those that don't know, Rampage is an arcade game where you, as either Lizzie the woman-turned-radioactive lizard (always my choice), George the King-Kong-rip-off, or Ralph the giant werewolf, go through the best parts of the United States (such as Gary, Indiana and Estes Park, Colorado), pretty much doing what the game title implies. You tear apart buildings, eat the people and their food, and cause as much wanton destruction as possible.

As a kid, this game was my life. I actually played roughly three to four hours of this game every day for almost two years. There was something so beautiful, so primal and fun about taking control of a radioactive monster and laying waste to ENTIRE CITIES. My mother would have to physically drag me away from my console for dinner, since I was just enamored with making sure I leveled each building in the best way possible. My normal method of destruction was punching out the bottom level of the building, then taking out every other floor, until either the whole structure collapsed, or I made it to the top of the building, where I would proceed to jump up and down like a lunatic until the pixelated steel and concrete came crashing down.

The dumbest thing I did as a kid was trade in my NES, because I wanted an SNES so badly. I had lost my favorite game forever, all because I wanted to play Chrono Trigger. But, thankfully, a few years later, I received an N64, and happiness invaded my household once again: I got my hands on Rampage World Tour.


This game truly made my love for toppling buildings that much greater. The one important change this game had was many, many new cities to dismantle, including my hometown, Toledo, Ohio. I actually played this game more than the original, based on the fact that I could play in Toledo. Imagine yourself in my situation: you're a kid, playing a game, where you get to DESTROY YOUR HOMETOWN, or, at least, what a game programmer thought your town might look like. I was hopping around buildings, imagining I was really downtown, eating Mayor Finkbeiner, laying waste to the WTOL-11 news office, and ravaging the Fifth-Third Center. With all of the new cities the game added, all I could think about was other kids that had the opportunity to devastate their hometown that no one had probably ever heard of before. This made me happier than I ever thought a game could make me.

Aside from the new cities, the game also introduced my favorite power-up form in gaming, V.E.R.N. The Violent Enraged Radioactive Nemesis was a form you took if you happened to find a barrel of radioactive material in any of the buildings you tore down (since, of course, every major corporation and office building has oil drums of spent uranium lying around). Once the radioactive material is consumed, you become a huge, flying, fireball-hurling monstrosity, making destruction that much easier. While it was rather hard to find this power-up, the reward was grand; zipping around the level, setting everything you could on fire, and crushing buildings in one punch made me cackle like a mad scientists examining the fruition of his greatest work.

When it comes to destruction, there is no better game than Rampage. Thankfully, for all the PS3 owners out there, World Tour was released for download on PSN (360 owners, cross your fingers for a XBLA release). So you too can get your hands on this amazing game. Just try not to eat me when stomping through Toledo.

 Follow Blog + disclosure

This blog submitted to our editor via our Community Blogs, and then it made it to the home page! You can follow community members and vote up their blogs - support each other so we can promote a more diverse and deep content mix on our home page.

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Status updates from C-bloggers

Dr Mel avatarDr Mel
I don't think it will happen, but if the NX is turns out to be a VR device, I will be the saddest boy in the milky way.
Mike Martin avatarMike Martin
There's something so fucking delicious about a toasted Hawaiian roll, smoked ham, Swiss, some spinach and a dollop of mustard. #FatKidPosts
Still in work clothes.
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Welp, wrote up a blog for that there bloggers wanted. Its me bitching about Bioshock Infinite! Again! Yay!!!!!!
Sr Churros avatarSr Churros
Just finished watching The Phantom Menace. Yeah, Jar Jar is as bad as people say. Baby Vader is so cute and also kicks some serious ass. One of the best lightsaber battles of the series, if not the best one. It was pretty neat!
Roxas1359 avatarRoxas1359
Can't decide where I should upload my latest project. Either on my YouTube Channel or on Game Anyone. On the one hand YouTube gets more exposure, but Game Anyone is where some of my more popular walkthroughs are. The game is 3D Land if anyone is wondering
Fuzunga avatarFuzunga
Thanksgiving dinner for days!
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
Anyone know if the Bethesda games on sale on Amazon for a certain amount of time, or through Monday?
TysonOfTime avatarTysonOfTime
In light of the fact that Xenoblade Chronicles X is fast approaching, I suggest we start planning out a Destructoid Squad! NNID is TysonOfTime. From what I've heard, it doesn't appear Squads are region locked (except for Japan), so everyone's welcome!
Jed Whitaker avatarJed Whitaker
Typing of the Dead > all other typing games.
Lawman avatarLawman
Listening to this on a Tall Oaks level of RE: Revelations 2's Raid Mode is entrancing, for some reason.
EdgyDude avatarEdgyDude
Need a reason to support Indivisible? Shantae is in it!. Back it or spread the word, every bit of help counts.
KeithTheGeek avatarKeithTheGeek
Sometimes I miss how hilariously janky Brawl was, and I still have a lot of fun playing it. Not sure if I could ever take it seriously as a competitive game, but I want to enter at least one Brawl tournament in the future. You know, if I can find one.
KnickKnackMyWack avatarKnickKnackMyWack
I love how on a slow news day I can always turn to Qposts for something else to read and think about. Keep up the mojo fellas!
Rad Party God avatarRad Party God
I finally caved in to those sweet deals, got Shantae and The Pirate's Curse, Downwell and Super House of Dead Ninjas :)
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
I hope that Prototype runs better on my dad's old laptop than it does on my AMD gaming rig. Some badly coded games run like ass on AMD cards.
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
Please spare me from issues in the process of publishing my blog! Especially since I modified CSS to unnecessarily pseudo-crop an image, and make it so some images float next to text, and make it look decent on mobile. I'm a frickin' nerd, love it.
Nathan D avatarNathan D
The night brims with defiled scum, and is permeated by their rotten stench. Just think, now you're all set to hunt and kill to your heart's content! #FashionBorne [img][/img]
MeanderBot avatarMeanderBot
Two more days to get in on the unofficial Christmas Card! [Url][/URL]
Solar Pony Django avatarSolar Pony Django has got a mystery sale on T Shirts and Tank Tops atm, $5 for each. Only catch is they're random. But I've had some good luck, got a Captain Falcon one before, Zombies ate my Neighbors and a Persona 4 X Earthbound crossover.
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -