Rampage World Tour Review

You still pick one of three monsters and blow up every building in sight.

Rampage World Tour is a 1997 update to the 1986 arcade classic, Rampage. Not a whole lot has changed in the nine years between the two games. Sure, the graphics are better and the levels are larger, but at its core, World Tour is still the same old game. You still pick one of three monsters and blow up every building in sight. The only real difference is that this time there's a bit of a storyline attached to the madness.

The game gets under way with the three characters being mutated into large monsters. Angry at the company that's producing this mutating goo, the monsters set out to destroy everything in their paths in hopes of destroying all the plants making this radioactive muck around the world. A slim story, yes, but more than enough for a game like Rampage.

The graphics in Rampage World Tour are, of course, better than the original Rampage, yet they maintain the same look and feel. The game's sound (mostly explosions, air-raid sirens, and the like) also fits really well. The translation is nearly identical to the arcade version of World Tour, but without the arcade version's three-player simultaneous play

The gameplay also sticks to the original, although now your monster can kick, which makes destroying buildings and ground vehicles much easier. And there are lots of new little tricks in the game, like bouncing off buildings, jumping onto planes, and more. The levels are now much bigger, and if you take too long the citizens evacuate the town.

If you enjoyed Rampage in any of its previous incarnations, Rampage World Tour is probably worth picking up. It has hundreds of levels, so you'll surely find something new to do with it for quite some time. The only thing that would have helped the game out would have been a three-player mode, something that was originally planned for the PlayStation version, but later eliminated.

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Jeff Gerstmann has been professionally covering the video game industry since 1994.