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Roar Rampage Review
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Roar Rampage, a side-scrolling arcade game from FDG Entertainment, is now available from the app store. Featuring wanton destruction, customizable character skins, and fun consumable power-ups to purchase, Roar Rampage is a great way to take out a little aggression at the end of the day.

Roar Rampage Pros:

  • Colorful cartoon graphics and lots of destructible environmental objects
  • Soundtrack is upbeat and appealing
  • Controls utilize ultra-simple dragging or tapping
  • Purchasable items, power-ups, and character customizations
  • GameCenter integration for leaderboards and achievements

Roar Rampage Cons:

  • Levels are short
  • Gems aren’t earned at a very quick pace, requiring lots of grinding to earn desired items
  • Scoring method isn’t very clear

You play as a Godzilla-like creature who resides on the screen’s left side. The background scrolls toward the left, bringing buildings and aircraft into close proximity to the dinosaur’s boxing glove-clad fist. Your only point of control is this glove, as you place your finger upon it and drag toward destructible objects in a manner that mimics punching. You must consider the movement of the shoulder and elbow, as well, to land the most effective punches. Alternatively, you can tap the screen for the dino to punch, too. Smashing aircraft into each other is a great way to take out multiple objects at once. Your boxing glove is also used to protect your dinosaur from incoming bullets and missiles fired from ground and air, as well as knock around a ball in an Arkanoid-type bonus game. Buildings typically take a few punches to decimate, breaking into pieces with each punch. You can even pick up occasional environmental objects like trains or wrecking balls and use these to club items, extend your reach, and deal greater damage. Destroyed objects typically leave behind gems which are collected by dragging your glove over them. Gems are used to purchase one-time use items like medkits and fire breath or power-ups like power, ice, fire, magnet, and lightning punches.  You can also purchase skins and clothing for your dinosaur to change his image. You end each of the roughly minute-long campaign levels by punching a bell on the side of a building, which starts a mini-slot game that determines whether you earn a multiplier between 1x and 5x. There are 3 environments with 15 short levels in each, as well as an Endless World Tour mode to enjoy. The Endless mode includes missions that allow you to earn bunches of gems upon completion.

Graphically, the game has an old-school cartoony look and feel, with bright colors and objects that crumble into several pieces. The environments provide different backdrops and unique items. The arm articulations can feel a little awkward at times, and you really need to consider the positioning of joints when manipulating it to create powerful punches.  It feels a little simplistic and the scoring isn’t real clear. Each level rates you with up to 3 bombs based on performance, and the Endless mode rates you on how far you get before losing all of your health. Controls are easy to comprehend, but a bit difficult to learn how to use effectively. When things get a bit crazy, the game sort of devolves into just rubbing your finger up and down on the screen to try to block and destroy everything in sight. The soundtrack is arcade-y goodness and the sound effects are fun, too. Replay value comes from trying to earn missing bombs on campaign levels, besting your previous endless mode distance, or earning gems to trick out your dino. There are GameCenter leaderboards and achievements, too. It didn’t take long for things to feel a little same-y, but it’s a fun way to blow off some steam in occasional bursts. A universal app for $0.99, Roar Rampage is a 3.5-Dimple game.

Roar Rampage Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2013-02-07T21:15:48+00:00 rating 3.5 out of 5

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