Monday, February 13, 2017


There's a Dwayne Johnson movie that's in production with the title 'Rampage' and it's based on a computer game that my aunt and uncle gave to me for Christmas one year.

I can't recall whether it was 1986 or 1987, but it was certainly the year Father Christmas gave me a Commodore 64 (Hey, there might be kids reading!) on Christmas morning.

Later that day, my aunt and uncle arrived and handed me the present. I unwrapped it and, underneath the packaging was the aforementioned Rampage and another game - Firetrap.

I was young and naive not to have realised they were tipped off about the Commodore and said something along the lines of  how much of a coincidence it was that they had bought me computer games when I was given a computer earlier that morning.

My memory is slightly hazy, but I do remember my uncle pretending that the games were for a different computer (Spectrum, Amstrad, Atari?) but the joke only lasted a second or two before he came clean and said that it was for the Commodore.

I loved the two games. 

In Firetrap, you played the part of a futuristic firefighter who had to ascend burning firefighters to save people who were trapped in the apartments. It's kind of eerie to rewatch the game in a post-9/11 world, but I guess the idea must have generated from Towering Inferno.

The idea for Rampage could have also been born from a movie. 

Or More..

It has elements of King Kong, Godzilla and all those kind of movies where havoc is being done to city buildings. You can choose to play either the lizardy monster, the King Kongesque monster or a werewolfy and get awarded points for damaging buildings.

It was a fun game. I haven't played it for many, many years as the Commodore had stopped working. That's not to say I haven't relived it. I've watched it being played out on YouTube videos recently.

I'm intrigued to find out how this game converts to the silver screen. Dwayne Johnson himself will tell you the last time he was involved in a game-to-screen vehicle it ended a failure. Yep, I'm talking abour Doom. Ironically, my uncle had Doom for his own computer.

I've taken a snap of the back of the Rampage box for those of you who may be interested to see some of the screen shots. 

They sure don't make them like they used to.

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