One of the oldest, and possibly most fun
to play, arcade games I ever encountered was called
The premise of the game was simple: up to three players teamed up (or not)
and took on the role of giant monsters, beating the stuffing out of a town
and eating people, food, cars, and anything else they encountered.
As visceral pleasures go, the game still
serves today as an example of simple, but fun game design.
The 1997 sequel, World Tour, was more of
the same quite literally, but worked just as well. Unfortunately for Midway,
by that time many gamers had moved on from the arcades, and the game didn't
quite catch on the way they hoped.
Total Destruction is an attempt to revive
the franchise; rather than just three characters, Midway's introduced a
horde of unlockable crazy movie monster-style characters, as well as a
"storyline" involving mad science, greedy corporations, and pretty much any
other excuse they can think of to let gigantic mutants loose upon
Graphically, Rampage: Total Destruction
is what you'd expect; a 3-D version of a 2-D game. Buildings that existed
behind buildings actually exist "behind" buildings, requiring the monsters
to walk into the scenery now, though moving in more than about half a city
block causes them to reach the invisible wall of the world. Despite this,
the character models are decently detailed, as are the various other moving
elements of the game; Skyscrapers and buildings tend to be around 20-30
polygons at most, but what do you expect for rectangular buildings?
The real genius for Rampage, and what
will call to smaller children, is the controls. The Nunchuck stick is used
for character movement, A button for jumping, and attacks are actually done
by swinging the Wii remote in smashing or punching motions. It makes for a
bit more involved gameplay than the original, though detection of the
controls causes the gameplay to move a bit slower than the original title or
Bonus pack-ins include the original
Rampage as well as World Tour, both enjoyable and still fun today.
For some fun times beating up on
buildings and your friends, it's a great title. The only real objection I
have is that there aren't more characters available at the start (just the
original three), and unlocking the rest requires completing "missions" in
certain stages, the targets of which are very easy to miss when more than
one person is playing. A fully unlocked title will take longer than it's
worth, and has serious potential to make the owner tired of the game before
they can get friends over to enjoy the new characters and some random