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Rampage by Activision: Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Strategies

The minimum score required in Rampage by Activision for the Atari 2600 to earn a patch was: No patch was ever offered in Rampage. The best advice in Rampage is to read the manual, so that you know all of the nuances of the game. The manual gives some really good tips. Make sure both difficulty switches are set to B. Rampage by Activision was designed by Bob Polaro.

Rampage by Activision lets you become the star of the show by smashing and crushing buildings just as Godzilla does. The controls are as usual: up, down, left, and right. The button controls your punching. The gaming selections are either one player or two player modes. When choosing your monster, you move the controller up or down to select the name of the monster that you want to use, “George”, “Lizzie”, or “Ralph”. You then press the button to make that selection. In a two player game you must wait till player one is finished with their selection before you can choose the remaining monster. Once your selections are made you then press the button again to begin your game.

While destroying cities you demolish as many buildings in each city as you can, while trying to avoid enemy fire. There are 85 cities in all, so I hope you enjoy demolishing. To move in any direction, move the joystick in that direction. To climb, you move the joystick either left or right while being in close proximity to a building, then move the joystick up. For punching, you move the joystick in that direction and press the button.

When you punch certain enemies, you’ll automatically eat them. If the color of that enemy is the same as the color of your monster, then you will have no ill consequences in losing precious energy. If you are between two buildings that are close together you can punch both while clinging on to one building. You punch to the left and then to the right. This will make your monster hit each building instead of climbing all the way back down and then climbing onto the other. Each building does not collapse until it’s only one block wide with minimal segments remaining.

While you are on the ground, try jumping to travel faster than walking when you are pressed for time.

Scoring is at the top of the screen in the middle. And the energy bar is right below it. You score points by a multitude of things like: punching buildings, punching other monsters, grabbing money, punching enemies, eating enemies, and eating transformed monsters. You will gain an extra life for each 100,000 points that you score. Eating items will keep up your energy level, but beware that there are certain blinking items that might not be so good to eat, as they will result in your losing energy. So you must wait until they stop blinking to eat them.

To attack helicopters you must climb the tallest building and punch upwards for big points. If you exhaust all of your energy you will revert back to a normal human shape. If you have extra lives, a blimp will deliver your reserve monster life.

***TIPS: Eat your opponent’s transformed monster which has become human for extra energy points. It’s also possible to leap to other building tops, even to those of the same height.

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