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Rampage: Total Destruction
Developer(s) Pipeworks Software
Publisher(s) Midway Games
Designer(s) Mark Crowe
Simon Strange
Composer(s) Alexander Brandon
Platform(s) GameCube
PlayStation 2
Wii
Release Date GameCube & PS2

North America: April 24, 2006
Europe: April 28, 2006 (PS2)
Wii
North America: November 14, 2006
AU: February 8, 2007
Europe: February 9, 2007

Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Plot[edit | edit source]

The story begins with a worker from Scum Labs showing a video about a man named George taste-testing the Scum Soda. Soda S ends up causing a mutation to George, turning him into a giant ape as the video ends. The man tells his boss Mr. Z that the Scum Soda had a reaction to a few individuals. When Mr. Z asks how many people went through the taste-test and had a negative reaction, the man states 30 (40 in Wii). When Mr. Z states that if the press gets a hold of this, Scum Labs will be ruined.

The man states that they contained the damage as a scientist (most likely Dr. Vector) tells Mr. Z that the all 30 (or 40) monsters have been cryogenically frozen and stored in specially-designed, high security storage containers. The scientist states that as long as the subjects stay in the Cryo-Tubes, they pose no threat. It is also stated that the Cryo-Tubes are hidden and it's unlikely that anyone is ever going to find any of them.

The man states that Scum Soda is going to be huge as George in his monster form climbs the building and grabs the man. Mr. Z tells the other people with him that they have a problem.

After the monsters tear through the country, the man returns from the hospital and informs Mr. Z that the Scum Soda is a hit, as nobody cares that they will transform into giant monsters. The game ends as Mr. Z and the man laugh in triumph as George rampages on TV.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Rampage: Total Destruction, as with previous games in the series, has players destroying the environment to earn points. Other actions are available in addition to destroying buildings; people can be eaten and players can also throw vehicles to cause more damage. New to the series is the ability to climb on the front of a building to destroy it. Hidden in each city are tokens which, when eaten, will unlock new characters and special abilities. Playing well fills a character's special meter which can be used to utilize special abilities such as Rampage mode or the Roar power. In each city in the last level, Dr. Vector uses a machine to destroy the monsters and the player must destroy his machines to win.

Total Destruction features four game modes. The first is a campaign in which players work to progressively take out cities around the world. King of the City and King of the World are competitive modes where up to four players compete. In King of the City, players strive to rule a city by dominating the most districts. King of the World is a series of King of the City competitions across various cities. The fourth mode is a time trial where players must complete all the districts of a city within a time limit.

Playable Characters[edit | edit source]

Monster Gender Mutation Run Jump Crush Unlockable Wii exclusive How to unlock Image
George Male Ape Mediocre Mediocre Mediocre N/A No Unlocked from the start
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Lizzie Female Dinosaur Extremely Fast Mediocre Mediocre N/A No Unlocked from the start
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Ralph Male Wolf Fast Mediocre High N/A No Unlocked from the start
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Ramsey Male Ram Fast Mediocre High N/A No Unlocked from the start)
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Gilman Male Blowfish Mediocre Mediocre Mediocre N/A No Unlocked from the start
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Rhett Male Rat Fast High Mediocre N/A No Unlocked from the start
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Boris Male Rhinoceros Slow Mediocre High N/A Yes Unlocked from the start
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Ruby Female Lobster Mediocre Mediocre High N/A Yes Unlocked from the start
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Cal Male Squid Mediocre Mediocre Mediocre Yes No Play as Kingston (GC & PS2) or Plucky (Wii) in Studio B, Los Angeles
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Leon Male Lion Mediocre Mediocre Mediocre Yes No Play as any starting monster (GC, PS2 & Wii) in Harry's, Las Vegas
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Crock Male Crocodile Slow Mediocre High Yes No Play as Rojo (GC & PS2) or Kyle (Wii) in Technology Park, Hong Kong
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Kyle Male Cyclops Slow Low High Yes No Play as Kingston (GC & PS2) or Boris (Wii) in Mayfair, London
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Squirmy Male Worms Mediocre Mediocre High Yes Yes Get 1 monster all their upgrades
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Fabio Male Flea Mediocre High Low Yes Yes Get 3 monsters all their upgrades
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Marco Male Shark Mediocre Low Mediocre Yes No Play as Ralph (GC & PS2) or Lizzie (Wii) in Pacific Heights, San Francisco
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Rojo Male Bull Mediocre (faster when running) Mediocre High Yes No Play as Kyle (GC & PS2) or Rhett (Wii) in Michigan Ave., Chicago
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Plucky Female Chicken Fast High Mediocre Yes Yes Play as Ralph in Turtle Creek, Dallas (Wii)
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Fifi Female Poodle Mediocre Mediocre High Yes Yes Play as Rojo in Oil Yards, Dallas (Wii)
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Icky Male Echidna Fast Mediocre Mediocre Yes No Play as Ralph (GC & PS2) or Wally (Wii) in Baker Street, London
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Venus Female Plant Slow Mediocre Mediocre Yes No Play as Crock (GC & PS2) or Jack (Wii) in Apartment Complex in Hong Kong
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Wally Male Warthog Mediocre Mediocre High Yes No Play as Marco (GC & PS2) or Ruby (Wii) in Garment District, New York City
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Harry Male Yeti Fast High Mediocre Yes No Play as Marco (GC & PS2) or Cyril (Wii) in State Street, Chicago
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Shelby Female Tortoise Slow Mediocre Mediocre Yes No Play as Lizzie (GC & PS2) or Cal (Wii) in Chocolate Factory, San Francisco
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Amanda Female Armadillo Mediocre Mediocre High Yes No Play as Kyle (GC & PS2) or Jack (Wii) in Burbank, Los Angeles
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Natalie Female Nautilus Mediocre High Mediocre Yes No Play as Marco (GC & PS2) or Bart (Wii) in Chinatown, San Francisco
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Kingston Male King Cobra Fast Mediocre Mediocre Yes No Play as Lizzie (GC & PS2) or Kyle (Wii) in The Oasis, Las Vegas
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Rocky Male Granite Slow Mediocre High Yes No Play as Cal (GC & PS2) or Cyril (Wii) in Central Park West, New York City
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Sarah Female Spider Slow High Mediocre Yes Yes Get 6 monsters all their upgrades
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Brian Male Brain Mediocre Mediocre Mediocre Yes Yes Get 12 monsters all their upgrades
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Edwin Male Invader Fast High Mediocre Yes No Play as Wally (GC, PS2 & Wii) in Big Ben, London
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Joe Male Wildman Fast Mediocre High Yes No Play as Natalie (GC & PS2) or Icky (Wii) in Times Square, New York City
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Bart Male Bat Fast Extremely High Mediocre Yes No Play as Kingston (GC & PS2) or Shelby (Wii) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
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Jack Male Jackalope Fast High Low Yes No Play as Harry (GC & PS2) or Sarah (Wii) in Sinbad's, Las Vegas
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Jill Female Jellyfish (man o' war) Fast Mediocre High Yes No Play as Amanda (GC & PS2) or TBA (Wii) in Hong Kong
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Nick Male Demon Mediocre Mediocre High Yes No Play as Harry (GC & PS2) or Squirmy (Wii) in Union Station, Chicago
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Cyril Male Squirrel Fast Mediocre Mediocre Yes Yes Play as Sarah in Oil Yards, Dallas (Wii)
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Vern Female,

and Male.

Abomination Mediocre Mediocre High Yes Yes Get 20 monsters all their upgrades
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Philbert Male Ungulate Mediocre Mediocre Weak Yes No Get all Par Points stars
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Eyegore Male Alien Mediocre High Mediocre Yes No Get all challenge stars
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Bubba Male Blob Slow Mediocre Extremely High Yes No Unlock every monster
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Locations[edit | edit source]

  • Chicago
  • Dallas (Wii version only)
  • Hong Kong
  • Las Vegas
  • Hollywood
  • London
  • Metro City India
  • Los Angeles
  • Phoenix
  • Albuquerque New Mexico
  • New York City
  • San Francisco

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Sal Divita
  • Nate Birkholz
  • Ryan Satrappe
  • Shawn Pitman
  • Regan Kerwin
  • Jennifer Zodrow
  • Andi Smithers
  • Chris Edgerly
  • Alexander "Alex" Brandon
  • Craig Robertson

Reception[edit | edit source]

The GameCube and PlayStation 2 versions received "mixed" reviews, while the Wii version received "unfavorable" reviews, according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.

Detroit Free Press gave the GameCube version a score of three stars out of four, saying, "It would be an improvement to allow your monster to tear through the Las Vegas strip, then head for Hoover Dam to cause some real havoc. But taking down cities one block at a time will have to suffice for now." However, The Times gave the PS2 version three stars out of five, saying that its "biggest problem" was "the lack of things to do, besides building-bashing and car-tossing." Entertainment Weekly gave the GameCube and PS2 versions a C+, saying that "After an hour or two of Total Destruction button-mashing, you’ll be ready to move on to Q*bert." The Sydney Morning Herald gave the PS2 version one star out of five, saying, "Those with a sadistic streak will enjoy hurling cars, gobbling victims and belching. But players will quickly tire of the repetitive button bashing required to raze buildings and swat hapless enemies."

Despite the less than positive reaction, the game sold over one million units according to Midway and the GameCube version earned Player's Choice status.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Rampage_Total_Destruction_-_Trailer_-_Wii

Rampage Total Destruction - Trailer - Wii

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