[[caption-width-right:300: Destroy everything in sight!]]

''Rampage'' is a series of {{Kaiju}} video games, starting with the 1986 arcade game by [[MidwayGames Bally Midway]]. Players take control of gigantic monsters trying to survive against onslaughts of military forces while destroying skyscrapers and eating unsuspecting civilians in the process. Each round is completed when a particular city is completely reduced to rubble.

Up to three simultaneous players control the monsters George (a Film/KingKong-like {{Expy}}), Lizzy (a Franchise/{{Godzilla}} {{Expy}}), or Ralph ([[OurWereWolvesAreDifferent a giant werewolf]]), created from mutated humans. They need to destroy all buildings in a high-rise city to advance to the next level, eating people and destroying helicopters, tanks, taxis, police cars, boats, and trolleys along the way. The game starts in [[AliensInCardiff Peoria, Illinois and ends in Plano, Illinois]]. In Plano, players receive a mega vitamin bonus which heals all the monsters and provides a large point bonus. After this, the cycle of cities repeats five times. After 768 days, the game resets back to Day One.

The first ''Rampage'' was ported to the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari Lynx, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, MS-DOS/IBM PC, ZX Spectrum, NES, and Sega Master System. The Atari Lynx version adds a special fourth character named Larry the rat while The NES version excludes Ralph, reducing the number of monsters to two. ''Rampage'' has since been included on various classic compilations game sets such as 2003's Midway Arcade Treasures. This game along with ''Rampage: World Tour'' are also available as a bonus feature in ''Rampage: Total Destruction''. Unlike the original arcade game, most of the home ports (such as the NES, Sega, and Atari Lynx versions) actually end, rather than repeating levels endlessly.

About a decade later, a sequel was released entitled ''Rampage: World Tour'', which incorporated more moves and power-ups, [[DenserAndWackier a more cartoony art style]] and plenty more cities and locations to destroy. It was followed by console-exclusive games including ''Rampage 2: Universal Tour'', ''Rampage Through Time'', and ''Rampage Puzzle Attack'', all sharing ''World Tour's'' style of gameplay and design. The most recent game in the series, which brings the series into three dimensions is ''Rampage: Total Destruction'', released in 2006. ''Total Destruction'' currently has the largest roster of monsters to choose from, allowing you to lay as up to 30 uniquely designed monsters.

In July 2000, as a subsidiary of Creator/WilliamsElectronics, Midway licensed ''Rampage'' along with other Williams games, to Shockwave for use in an online applet to demonstrate the power of the shockwave web content platform, entitled ''Shockwave Arcade Collection''. The conversion was created by Digital Eclipse.

In 2011, a film adaptation from NewLineCinema was announced, originally said to be directed by John Rickard. The film was in DevelopmentHell, but in June 2015 DwayneJohnson was announced to star, with the director still to be chosen.

[[NamesTheSame Not to be confused]] with [[Film/{{Rampage}} the Uwe Boll movie of the same name]].

!!! Tropes

* AliensInCardiff: You'd expect an outbreak of giant monsters to happen in [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]] or [[BigApplesauce New York]]. No, it's Peoria, Illinois.
** One of the last cities featured in ''World Tour'' is New York.
* AlienInvasion: In ''Universal Tour''. They replace the normal enemies, and gradually their buildings replace the normal buildings as well.
* AlliterativeName: A great number of the monsters that appeared in the series have names that are alliterative with their species. George is a gorilla, Lizzie a lizard, Jack Jackalope, Jill Jellyfish, the list goes on. Seems the animal a person mutates into depends almost entirely on their name.
* AnnoyingLaugh: Philbert from ''Total Destruction'', despite being an ungalate.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: When the first game came out, it started out with just Ralph, George and Lizzie. During the many sequels, many other monsters were added to the series.
* BehemothBattle: Though it is not required, FriendlyFire on your fellow monsters is possible and fun.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: Dr. Betty Veronica wears a short labcoat.
* DefeatByModesty: When your monster is defeated in the first and second game, he/she reverts back to human form and sidles away covering his/her privates in shame.
* DestructiveSavior: The monsters in ''Universal Tour'', ironically enough. The aliens plans to invade the Earth ends up getting thwarted by the monsters, who go on to level their home planet as well.
* DrugsAreBad: Done surprisingly subtly. Eating random pills or syringes you find in buildings in World Tour causes your character to vomit and lose health.
* EscapedAnimalRampage: Though technically all the monsters in every game count as they escaped from SCUM labs, ''Universal Tour'' plays it more straightforward. In that game, Lizzie, George and Ralph are captured and put on public display after the events of ''World Tour'', and it is up to the new monsters to rescue them.
* EverybodysDeadDave: Dr. Betty Veronica is the only surviving employee of Scumlabs, which has been destroyed by the monsters.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Fitting for a game based around destroying everything in a stage.
* {{Expy}}: Both George and Liz are obviously modeled after Film/KingKong and Franchise/{{Godzilla}}.
* {{Fartillery}}
** Harley's special power in ''Through Time''.
** Averted in ''Total Destruction''. The monsters can fart and burp, but it doesn't do any damage.
* {{Gasshole}}: The monsters in ''Total Destruction'' will ''always'' burp and/or fart after they eat someone or something. [[UpToEleven Even the ones who don't physically have a mouth or anus]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In ''World Tour'', when the monsters revert back into humans, they stand up naked for about a second before [[NakedFreakOut realizing this and covering up]]. The sprites are small, but if you take a close look, you can see their private parts before they cover themselves.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: The aliens in ''Universal Tour''. You free the monsters from the previous two games, then out of nowhere, Earth is invaded by aliens.
* GuideDangIt:
** ''Total Destruction'' does not tell the players which city each monster should go to in order to unlock a new special power. Which means you'll probably be replaying the ''entire game over and over and over again'' with all the monsters just to find them all.
** The game also doesn't even hint at where they can find the new monsters to unlock. That means you need to search every single city, every single district, every single building, '''every single window'''...
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: The pose the naked human form adopts.
* HelicopterFlyswatter
* HotScientist: Dr. Betty Veronica. And how!
* HumongousMecha: Two types in ''World Tour'': one attacks with flamethrowers and machine guns, the bigger version punches you and turns into the smaller variant when destroyed.
* {{Kaiju}}
* KentBrockmanNews: Rampage 2 and 3 began with newscasts by WBC, and succeeded in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBfhTnR2EPs being]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzwTimPtoHM hilarious]].
* KillerGorilla: George is a mutated gorilla, and just loves eating people. (Especially the pretty girl in the plain green T-shirt and jeans!)
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: ''Rampage 2: Universal Tour'' on {{Nintendo 64}} has two:
** One came with a Rampage Baby, one of three possible plush keychains of George, Lizzie, and Ralph.
** Another came with a shirt.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: the sheer, overwhelming number of monsters populating the final game (30, plus 10 exclusive for the Wii) is arguably one of the reasons it tanked so thoroughly: none of them were particularly interesting, and none of them were really worth the effort to unlock.
* {{Meganekko}}: Dr. Betty Veronica.
* {{Mutants}}: According to the storyline this what the monsters are. In the first three games, they were the result of failed Scum Labs experiments, and in the final game, the monsters were all part of a test group for Scum Soda.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Who the hell tries to market something called "Scum Soda"?
* NoEnding: The destruction simply goes on and on and on and on... in the first game, the final level was on the moon, but [[AWinnerIsYou the best you got was a congratulation screen]].
** Averted in the most recent game: Total Destruction. After defeating the final boss in New York, it is revealed that everyone thinks that the monsters are a publicity stunt and Scum Soda, which caused the problem in the first place, is sold out everywhere.
* {{Notzilla}}: Lizzie, a woman who has mutated into a giant Godzilla-esque lizard monster.
* MonumentalDamage: Surprisingly averted for the most part. Even though you can fight in major cities throughout the games, you rarely ever come into contact with famous landmarks.
* OnlySaneMan: Dr. Betty Veronica in World Tour, the news anchor in the intros for the PSX version of ''Universal Tour'' and ''Rampage Through Time''.
* PrimalChestPound: George does this a lot, naturally.
* PrimAndProperBun: Dr. Betty Veronica.
* PunnyName: A number of the characters' names (like Rhett the rat, Lizzie the Lizard, and Ramsley the Ram).
* SamusIsAGirl: It's a surprise for some players that Lizzie is a female. Mostly due to the monsters all having relatively masculine designs and gruff voices.
* ShesGotLegs: Dr. Betty Veronica.
* ShoutOut: In the original ''Rampage'' there were certain people that the monsters could hold in their hand for a short time. George's resembled that girl from ''Film/KingKong''.
** Dr. [[BettyAndVeronica Betty Veronica]]. Having them both as one would solve [[ArchieComics Archie's]] dilemma.
** The western level in ''Rampage Through Time'' is called [[Film/TombStone "Tombstone"]]. The same game also gives us [[Manga/{{Akira}} Neo-Japan]].
** [[WesternAnimation/RalphWolfAndSamSheepdog Ralph the Wolf]]
** In ''Total Destruction'', sometimes a person you pick up will yell at you in an ArnoldSchwarzenegger [[TheAhnold style voice]]: [[Film/{{Predator}} "Come on, what are you waiting for!"]]
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Lizzie in the original arcade and, in terms of selectable characters, in ''World Tour'' as well. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Averted]] [[IncrediblyLamePun monsterously]] in ''Total Destruction''.
* SubliminalSeduction: Parodied in the Atari Lynx version.
--> There are no (Buy a Lynx) subliminal messages (Or two) in this game (Buy a Lynx).
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Larry the Rat in ''Rampage'' (Atari Lynx only) for Curtis the Mouse in ''Universal Tour'' (a Rat in ''Through Time'') for Rhett the Rat in ''Total Destruction''. Also Harley the Warthog in ''Universal Tour'' and ''Through Time'' for Wally the Warthog in ''Total Destruction''.
* TitleDrop: In the intro for ''Rampage 2: Universal Tour''.
--> "Heaven help us! They're on a rampage!"
* ToiletHumour: Mostly in ''Total Destruction'', as listed above under {{Gasshole}}. Even the loading screens weren't immune to this; during the loading screens, you can randomly press buttons on the controller, and some of them trigger a farting or belching noise.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Dr. Betty Veronica, who is the only Scumlabs employee who isn't malevolent or even evil in the slightest!
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Possibly the point of these games. First off, you may get points by snacking on civilians and soldiers. But there's also the fact that, in ''World Tour'', there are elders, entire families (including kids) and ''wheelchair-bound people'' among the victims!!!
** Total Destruction takes this UpToEleven with ACTUAL CRUELTY: One of the monsters' favorite food is a CAT.
** If you are playing with more than one person, you can even eat your fellow monster whenever he/she reverts back into a human.
** VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: ...however, sometimes your attempts to eat some poor bastard just trying to take a bath (or at least raiding his fridge) are met with your monster eating [[ShockAndAwe a toaster]] or a jug of poison instead.
*** Not to mention the fact that eating clergymen results in your monster getting [[BoltOfDivineRetribution struck by lightning]]...
* TheVillainMakesThePlot: The villainous MegaCorp, Scumlabs, is the cause of the giant monsters.
* VillainProtagonist: Most games have the protagonists merely as giant monsters out to destroy everything.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: In all of the games, if the monsters eat something hazardous, they'll probably regurgitate it. It's worse in ''Total Destruction'', as the monsters actually sound like they're puking their guts out instead of just spitting or groaning, [[{{Squick}} and the vomit looks much grosser]].
* WasOnceAMan: George was a Scumlabs employee who turned out as an accidental test subject (thanks to an experimental Mega-Vitamin). Lizzie drank contaminated water. Ralph ate contaminated sausage.
** In Total Destruction, the original three monsters, as well as the others, were test subjects for Scum Labs new product, Scum Soda.
* WorldTour: The monster destroy various cities. One game is even ''named'' with the trope!
* WraparoundBackground: ''World Tour'', ''Universal Tour'' and ''Through Time'' have this in the cities you fight in. If you keep walking in one direction, you'll quickly make in back to where you once were.