Similarly, Roar Rampage didn’t exactly change my life, but with a modest entry fee of 69p, it’s definitely worth a look.
In Roar Rampage, you control a massive Godzilla-style behemoth, and the aim is simply to smash buildings and stuff to bits. “XXL Dino - XXL Punch - XXL Destruction”, reads the App Store description.
Of course, humanity is hardly about to take a beating lying down, and as such it’s necessary to punch helicopters and planes and missiles to death, too.
Roar Rampage’s story mode is split into three sections, namely City Brawl, Welcome to the Jungle, and Toxic Area. All pretty self explanatory, yeah?
There are 15 levels in each section, with the fifteenth being a suitably over-the-top boss fight.
Needless to say, Roar Rampage has a Shop system, with Items, Power-ups (essentially a range of different punches), Clothing and Costumes. To be honest, other than the Medikit, I barely bothered with the Shop.
To be fair, the extras are probably of more interest when playing Roar Rampage’s Endless Mode, which I only dabbled in briefly.
Having said all that, I did just find myself laughing out loud at a Roar Rampage screenshot, with the protagonist punching the Statue of Liberty while wearing a top hat, monocle and – best of all – boxing glove with the US flag on it. Great stuff.
And that’s Roar Rampage. Should we go for Pros or Cons first? Cons? On the poop side, the story mode is incredibly brief (each level lasts around a minute), and there’s not a great deal of variety.
Also, Roar Rampage almost borders on bullet hell at points, but it’s never quite crazy enough.
The controls can feel a tad cumbersome, too, but maybe that’s inherent with being an “XXL Dino”.
On the plus side, I really enjoyed Roar Rampage’s arcade-style presentation, and – as I mentioned – you can blast through the story without worrying about the Shop stuff. No strong-arming here.
- Looks and sounds good
- No need to buy your way to glory
- Story and endless modes
- All a bit samey
- Very short
- The clunky controls
Summary: Roar Rampage does what it sets out to do, and that’s let you punch buildings and helicopters with a giant dinosaur thing. Mindless fun, but fun nonetheless.
Developer: FDG Entertainment
Price: 69p @ App Store
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.