Rambo's mission is set deep in Afghanistan, in the days when the Soviets occupied it, and America was putting this right (we won't mention who they enlisted to do so). Colonel Trautman has been kidnapped by the Soviets, and you've gone in there to rescuing him. Doing so is a three-part operation approximately following the plot of the film.In the first part, you explore the building Trautman could be in, through a top-down view of the building. It is heavily protected by infra-red security beams, which when activated unleadsh the enemies. The locations of the beams are only apparent if you collect the special goggles. Other hazards include mines, trapdoors and booby-trapped doors, but there are enhanced weapons to collect.Section two is identical to the first, except that it is located outside, the enemy are onto you from the start, and there are no traps. The final section changes to an Operation Wolf-style shoot 'em up, with a horde of tanks, foot soldiers and helicopters to face. Your gun can jam, which adds to the challenge of finally getting out alive.
Rambo III is a top-down shoot-em-up based off the old Rambo movies of the 80's. It proves very faithful to the third movie in that it involves that age-old chunky commando, John Rambo, and his adventures in Afghanistan. Your mission in the game is rescue your various friends, who have been captured by the sinister Soviets (ah, the most durable of all game villains) and are being held hostage in an Afghani Fortress. With the help of some Afghan freedom fighters, you are smuggled into the fortress, and then you are on your own.
The game is ridiculously unrealistic, but still very fun. How a shirtless American commando with only a knife can stand up against several hundred angry Soviets armed with AK-47's is any one's guess. But anyway, you make your way through the castle meeting lots of resistance, including enemies such as attack dogs and so forth. The game is surprisingly creative with its objects, such as you can collect bones to throw at the dogs, and find night-vision glasses and so forth. And that is pretty much it, concerning plot and game play.
Compatibility: works just fine with Dosbox. Sound: No sound, as far as I can tell. Graphics: exceedingly good for the year 1989: 256 colors, relatively small pixels.
Controls: probably the only bad thing about this game, but if you are used to old action games, unlike me, you should do just fine: mouse to move around, click to shoot or stab, spacebar to check inventory and choose items. Also, I found myself often getting "stuck" in nooks and crannies in the furniture and so forth (I guess Rambo is too beefy to get through the doorways!). The interface can seem weird at first, but you usually get the hang of it pretty fast.
All in all, Rambo III deserves a 4 rating, because of the funky controls and how unrealistic the weapons are. But in the end, this game is very clever and advanced for its age. In terms of learning curve: the average gamer should find the game a bit difficult in the beginning, but the interface is quite easy to understand.
In my opinion, this game is really fun and should occupy you for hours if you are a serious player. If you like the movies and the action, give it a try. If you are a more strategy-simulation type, this is probably not for you.
I found a way to reconfigure the game (simply delete the CONFIG.DAT file and when you run the game you can configure your graphic card, your sound device and the controls: mouse, joystic, keyboard). Sebatianos
Well... don't we all like to play one of those stupid little Action-Games that don't make much sense sometimes? Just run around and kill 'em - um... I'm sure there's someone to rescue or anything like that, but I can't say I would have the slightest idea of the background-story behind this one. I've never been able to see one of those Rambo-movies - to be honest I turned off my TV after 5 minutes or so since I just didn't see the point in it. But anyway - this game is really playable - at least for half an hour or so. And if anyone can tell me why the enemies start spinning around once Rambo killed them - please let me know. Just don't take this serious and it can be fun.
One of Taito's best games, Rambo III is a fun top-down action game that is very faithful to the testosterone-filled movie it was based on. In case you have missed the movie (lucky you), here is a brief plot: our beefy commando John Rambo is forced to leave his --err-- meditation in a monastery in Southeast Asia (uh huh, sure) to rescue his handler Richard Crenna from the Russians. The action takes place in a jungle deep within Afghanistans, where Rambo enlists the help of Afghan Freedom Fighters to lead him to the Russian base. But Rambo, being human like the rest of us (ugh), fell into a trap and was captured. The action then begins with our hero about to prove, once again, that one beefy commando can dispose of enemies in approximately 1.5 minutes each....
Although it looks similar to dozens of other action games you have played before, the more you play the game, the more you realize that it has a lot of neat subtleties and detail that sets it apart. For starters, you have at your disposal not only a wide variety of weapons (which include bow and bomb arrow, knife, rifle, and time bombs), but also a lot of realistically useful items. For instance, you can attach a silencer to your gun to snipe away at enemies without alerting the whole camp to your presence. You will also find an IR goggles (which won't operate without a battery) that is useful for seeing IR beams (that trigger alarms) and nigh vision. The levels are well thought out, with enough new surprises and scenery to keep you captivated. The level where you get to shoot down a giant Russian chopper is particularly entertaining (yes, it didn't all begin with Half-Life), as well as the building where you must break in to rescue the hostage.
Overall, Rambo III is a very entertaining game that has just about the right difficulty level for an average gamer. It's not Metal Gear in terms of novelty and intuitive interface, but it is definitely one of the best games based on movie licenses. Recommended!
Based on the movie, this action game places you in role of the famous John Rambo. Your mission is to free your commanding officer, but first you have to escape the prison camp yourself.
The game may look dumb at the first look, but it's far from that. You will have a lot of weapons at your disposal and not only that. A big selection of useful items is also available so the game is a bit different than other games of similar type. If you liked the movie you will most definitely like the game.
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