[Arcade]  

Title: Rampart
Author:Atari/Tengen
Rom Player: Midway Arcade Treasures
Reviewer: Shane Skekel

Synopsis: If you thought Lemmings mixed puzzle and strategy aspects to make something enjoyable, then this is one game that should have had an bigger impact on the industry than the Neo Geo(I hate SNK), Daytona USA, and most of those fighting games at that time.

Game Play: In The original coin-op, the three players used trackballs that were easier to control than pads and sticks. This was a huge advantage over the Super NES and Lynx versions that I haven't played as well as those on the arcade compilations that I have. You chose your starting point, then picked the main castle, and placed your cannons to where they best suited your strategy. The Main objective: destroy the enemy fleet or take out your opponents while keeping your castle safe. Each time you ceased wreaking havoc on your enemies; you got to repair your castle and add more cannons. This game allowed for three players to participate in conquering each other much like other Atari/Tengen classics as Super Sprint and lesser known Midway games such as Xenophobe.

Graphics: For a System II arcade game, they put a good ammount of detail into the graphics. However, they aren't as good as Pac-Mania, a 3D take on the original Pac-Man that let you jump over the ghosts(I used to own this game for my Amiga).

Music & Sound: Pleasant to listen albeit repetitive at times, but not as repetitive as Alex Kidd: High Tech World/Anmitsu Hime. The sound in this game is also well done(play the game for yourself to find out).

Originality: There wasn't any other game like this in the arcades(which are being snuffed out by the likes of stupid shit such as Half-Life) or from Atari/Tengen for that matter.

Overall: If you like Mega Man Battle Network, Then you should check out its precursor Rampart; It is a must play for anyone not just those who like strategy games.

Best Cheats: There is NO CHEATING in Rampart you dipshit.

Game Play: 9
Graphics: 8
Music/Sound: 8
Originality: 10
Overall Rating: 9

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