In the 1940s, the Nazis built a base on the moon and plan to use a mysterious substance called Lunarium to reduce people's intelligence. However, in the 21st Century time travel has been mastered, as have jet-propulsion backpacks, plus some cataclysmic weaponry and advanced code-breaking equipment. Thus, you are sent back in time to change the result of the war using this technology to find their five rocket factories and destroy the moon base.
The game fits the Cinemaware template closely, with a string of action sequences linked by cinematic animation sequences to set the scene. There's also a strategic element, as you move your spies around to gain information and avoid detection, and decide how much Lunarium to use at each stage of the game. Action sequences include hand-to-hand combat with a Nazi guard, and flying through the air shooting either hordes of enemy planes or the Zeppelin itself.
Rocket Ranger is Cinemaware's excellent adaptation of the old "Flash Gordon" comics in which you must stop the Nazis from conquering the world with your trusty rocket pack. Those who expects a good mix of strategy and action typical of Cinamaware games will be disappointed, as Rocket Ranger's strategic element is reduced to a simple matter of selecting the right coordinates and time to refuel. Regardless, as a pure action game it is definitely one of the best, with waves after waves of relentless Nazis coming at you from every direction. The third-person pseudo-3D action sequences in the air are easily some of the most memorable sequences in a Cinemaware game.
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