‘Yeaaaaaaaaaah‘… No, I’m not going slightly mad, that’s just what I thought every time I saw that picture as a kid. And I saw it many times, due to me playing that game quite a lot.
And it is a picture that is featured a whooping four times in this very article (and in case you clicked on the ‘Continue Reading‘ link, just scroll to the top of the page and have a look at the header. Looks so badass, innit?).
But with no further ado, here the whole thing, including some awesome music by Martin Galway, who not only is responsible for that tune, but the whole in-game music.
The game is based on the second Rambo film and published by Ocean in 1986. It is the story of one J. Rambo, who gets send back to Vietnam to rescue prisoners held captive inside a military camp.
And Rambo being Rambo, he won’t ask them nicely if there’s a chance they could release those prisoners. Nope, he’ll let his weapons speak for him, which means he shoots at everyone and everything. A lot. Like, the whole time. But thankfully he’s got unlimited ammunition, because he surely needs it.
Rambo: First Blood Part II is a top down shooter and starts off somewhere outside the camp. On his way, Rambo has the opportunity to collect a machine gun, located at a temple (because that’s a typical place where you store weapons, I suppose).
Screenshots (click to enlarge)
Once inside, he has to rescue a lone prisoner, located in the north-western part of the camp, before he proceeds through the jungle to board a helicopter. Back in the camp he has to open the cell to release the rest of the prisoners. Job done, time to get home. There’s only one problem: On his way towards friendly territory he gets chased down by an enemy gunship.
The game sticks closely to the film and can be completed in under ten minutes, unless one decides to blow everything up in true Rambo fashion. Yes, that means every single building is destructible. And it was one of those games you loaded up just to be able to listen to the music.
In case you watched the above video, you might have noticed that I had unlimited energy. Yes, I was cheating while recording, so what. Speaking of cheating, I remember there was a bug in the last sequence, where you got chased by that enemy gunship. If you had a second joystick plugged in, you could push both sticks in opposite directions, causing your helicopter to become insanely fast, with no chance for the enemy to catch up.
Yes, the game is hard, but I did complete it as a kid without cheating. And that’s something I’m proud of. 😎