The Superstars are back... NOW FIGHT LIKE YOU MEAN IT!
Once again, the WWF Superstars unite for the Grand European Rampage Tour. Join your favourites, Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and many more as they travel across Europe to square off in the ring against the Natural Disasters and the Nasty Boys.
Follow them in the squared circle. Follow them to the Grand Finale Match at Madison Square Garden in New York City against Legion of Doom.
Test your strength and skill. Work with your team-mate to achieve the ultimate goal - the
European Rampage Tag Team Title.
~ advertising blurb
Ocean Software is back in the ring with WWF European Rampage Tour released in 1992. After the financial (if not critical) success of WWF Wrestlemania a year or so earlier a sequel of sorts was inevitable. While I consider that game to be entirely average for the time, despite being savaged by certain critics both then and now, the sequel deserves every vitriol it has received.
Visually, it could be the same game - or at least be mistaken for the oldest of the two. There's a never-changing ring in the centre of the screen where most of the action takes place. This is in contrast to the zoomed-in scrolling approach that the first game took. As such, everything is smaller and less tangible. Due to the graphical limitations of the system, the Commodore 64 version looks identical.
There are now four wrestlers to choose from; Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart. You now have to select two fighters for the tag-team matches that make up the game. That adds an unneeded sense of complexity to a fighter that's already limited by the one-button approach. I could get a sense of the controls in the first game, whereas pulling off any kind of move here feels like luck more than anything.
The Amiga version still plays the best, with the DOS and C64 ports being almost broken by comparison. That's not a ringing endorsement of the former, though. Just because it appears to play like it's supposed to (and is fully orchestrated to boot - the best aspect in the game IMO), doesn't mean it is anyway near a good game. Perhaps the change of developer from Twilight to Arc Developments (who judging by their not unimpressive output may have been a bit out of their depth in the fighting genre) didn't help.
Needless to say, this requested game is only here for WWF completionists. I'm not necessarily a fan, but I'm sure many people out there are. Anyone else need not apply.
To download the game, follow the link below. This custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber uses VICE & FS-UAE to emulate the Commodore 64 and Amiga and DOSBox to bring the DOS game to modern systems. Manual included. Tested on Windows 10.
File Size: 96.7 Mb. Install Size: 217 Mb. Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ
WWF European Rampage Tour is © Ocean Software
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me