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You know you're getting old when you see someone mention a game and you
instinctively think of the first time you played that game and discover it was
20 or 30 years ago, and what the person really meant was a new version of the
game...perhaps a remake or sequel or new game altogether.
Rambo: The Video Game is not a game that was on my RADAR, but I sure heard a
lot of people talking about it in my Twitter feed. And none were as colorful or
as passionate about the game as Game Informer's own...Dan Ryckert, who seemed
genuinely interested in the opportunity to play this gem of a game. The review
is brief, but comical...and as you might expect, the score was not so good. You
can find it here
if you want to see just how bad the game is.
When I think of Rambo: The Video Game, I don't think about the poor excuse
for a video game that Dan and many others had to endure. No, I actually think
about a Rambo video game I played on the Commodore 64 way back in the
mid-1980s...although I fear it wasn't much better than the latest version.
Rambo was released in 1985 and was based off of the Rambo movie. It was
published by Ocean, the now defunct video game developer and publisher. They
produced some great titles you are no doubt familiar with.
The game is viewed from a semi-top down perspective, and follows the
movie's story. The player, controlling Rambo, has to find his lost equipment,
locate the POW camp, rescue the hostages and make it back to the extraction
point, while being pursued by constantly respawning enemies. Rambo starts off
with just a Bowie knife and grenades (both of which have an unlimited supply,
as with all the weapons), and gains points for killing the enemy, and for
collecting the following equipment: Rocket Launcher, M16 Rifle, and Bow &
Arrows (Explosive & Non Explosive). Most of its gameplay style is
strikingly similar to that of Ikari Warriors (although the Sega Master System
version is well known for its same concept), but the levels are not as
repetitive. (Source: Wikipedia)
Like many games from that time, the game was challenging and not a lot to
really look at. But for its time, it was entertaining enough I suppose. There
are a few important elements the game does have going for it.
For one, it's credited as being one of the first games to feature
controllable vehicles, which in this case was a helicopter. It also possesses
some stealth elements, although I don't think Thief or Mark of the Ninja has
much to worry about. It's also one of the few games based off of a movie that
didn't entirely suck.
Since the mid-1980s, a few other Rambo games were produced including Rambo
for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and Rambo: First Blood Part II for the
Sega Master System. I played the NES one but not the Sega. Something tells me I
probably won't play this new one.
They say you can find anything and everything on YouTube, and well...you're
in luck. It seems I'm not the only one who enjoyed this delightful game from
1985. After watching a few different videos and reliving my younger days of
playing this on the ole C64, I found one I thought recreated the experience and
am sharing it here with you all. I saved you the pain of watching the one
showing what it was like loading the game from a tape drive.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.