Rampage for the NES

Rampage
Photo courtesy of MobyGames.

Two years after Rampage “hit” (pardon the pun) arcades, Midway’s big monsters made their way to the small screen in Data East’s 1988 version of Rampage for the NES. Rampage was ported to most home computers and game systems, each of which losing details (some small, some large) along the way. The NES version dropped Ralph the werewolf, retaining Lizzie the Lizard and George the Gorilla. It also dropped a bit of quality. The game is playable, but it’s not the best home version by far.

Unlike the arcade version (which required quarters to continue) or some of the other ports that limited the amount of times a player could continue, Rampage for the NES allowed players to continue as many times as they wanted, until their their thumbs went numb or the played through all 128 of the game’s levels.

Robot Monster (1953)

I wish I had more to say about Robot Monster, a 3D movie released in 1953. I have tried watching it multiple times and have never made it all the way through. As I kid I always wondered why a movie named Robot Monster did not appear to have either a robot or a monster. This single line from the film’s Wikipedia entry explains:

“The budget did not allow for a robot costume as intended so Tucker used his friend George Barrows who had his own gorilla suit to play Ro-Man. Tucker added the helmet.”

I own this movie on DVD — I found it in a Big Lots bargain bin and paid 99 cents for it. Maybe this year I’ll try one more time to watch it from beginning to end.