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Alien Rampage

DOS - 1996

Alt name Ravager
Year 1996
Platform DOS
Released in United States, Worldwide
Genre Action
Theme Platform, Puzzle elements, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Shooter
Publisher Softdisk Publishing
Developer Inner Circle Creations
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Side view
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.63
4.74 / 5 - 31 votes

Description of Alien Rampage

Alien Rampage is a fun 2D horizontal platformer from indie developer Inner Circle Creations, who bought rights to the game (originally titled Ravager) from Apogee, finished it, and got Softdisk to publish it as shareware.

More or less a "DOOM 2D" kind of game with a smattering of physical puzzles (e.g. shoot locks to open doors), the game unfortunately got much too little attention from gaming press and gamers. Strategy Plus summarizes the game's quality quite succinctly in their review: "Though not graphically impressive, Alien Rampage is a side scrolling shooter heavy on gory violence and mindless action. Take control of an alien (who is more than vaguely reminiscent of the Predator) who has a lust for revenge so strong that not even death can stop him. He gets killed, he simply rises from the dirt again at the last save marker. There's some sort of story for why the ugly little guy is so determined, but it hardly matters. The character graphics are pretty large as this sort of game goes (indeed, it makes Hunter Hunted look like midget wrestling), and everything moves along fairly well. There are some neat features (not new mind you, but neat) here. The alien can climb vines, manipulate switches and hang from ledges. There are some puzzle aspects to the game, and rendered boss monsters at the end of each world. But mainly, the levels in this game (over 20 of them) border on huge. It's not unthinkable for one level to take almost an hour to complete. Which brings up an annoying aspect of the game's design: it only saves the game after the completion of a level, the save markers only work while you are playing. Still, this is solid, classic gaming, with fierce action, fun and diverse levels, and good control."

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

MarkTheMorose 2022-09-10 0 point

@JOOSH13 If you play this through DOSBox, you should be able to map the necessary keys to a modern USB controller using DOSBox's built-in mapper.

joosh13 2021-02-09 0 point

wish there was a source port or something for this game so I could use a modern controller lol. I hate playing sidescrollers on a keyboard outside of specific MKB designed games like Noita or something. Hated this control scheme in the 90s, hate it now.

That said, if anyone knows of a mod, find me please lol

SYLWUNIA 2017-10-30 1 point

This game is so sweet!

BrianBlessed 2014-08-14 1 point DOS version

My God, had the demo for this on a shareware disc in the mid 90's, NEVER thought I would see it again!

alex 2014-04-27 0 point DOS version


indstr 2014-02-12 0 point DOS version

Wow, looks sweet!!!!

Steven McFly Jr 2013-11-20 0 point DOS version

many a nights playing this is 1996

Leitbild 2013-02-13 0 point DOS version

Great platformer, but made a little bit after it's time, I think... ;)

Nevertheless still entertaining and with very solid gameplay, nice graphics and full of action! Just try it for yourselves! :)

Licurg 2012-03-15 0 point DOS version

This is a very good game, one of the best platformers of the 90s.

nilesh 2011-09-26 0 point DOS version


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