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

''Rampage'' is a series of American {{Kaiju}} video games, starting with the 1986 arcade game by [[MidwayGames Midway Games]]. The games put you in the shoes of a giant monster, where you are tasked in each level to destroy buildings, eat people, fight the military and generally wreck havoc wherever you go.

The original game presents a simple premise that carries on for the rest of the series. You choose to play as three simultaneous characters George (a Film/KingKong-like {{Expy}}), Lizzy (a Franchise/{{Godzilla}} {{Expy}}), or Ralph ([[OurWereWolvesAreDifferent a giant werewolf]]), [[WasOnceAMan humans mutated into giant monsters]] through radiation linked to the nefarious SCUM Labs. The goal of each level is to destroy each building in the given city before time runs out. Along with that, you are able to eat helpless civilians as well as destroy helicopters, tanks, cars, boats and trains. The game runs on a cycle, as when you reach past level 768 (Plano, Illinois), you return to level one [[AliensInCardiff (Peoria, Illinois)]].

The first ''Rampage'' was ported to almost every Atari console out there from the Atari 2600 to the Atari Lynx, as well as the Commodore 64, MS-DOS/IBM PC, ZX Spectrum, NES, and Sega Master System. It should be noted that the NES, Sega Master System and Atari Lynx versions actually end instead of going through a cycle. The NES version only supported two characters, omitting Ralph, while the Lynx version kept all three while also adding a fourth character, Larry the rat. ''Rampage'' has since been included on various classic compilations game sets such as 2003's Midway Arcade Treasures. This game and ''Rampage: World Tour'' are also available as a bonus feature in ''Rampage: Total Destruction''. In 2000, Creator/WilliamsElectronics had ''Rampage'' as well as other Williams games licensed to Shockwave to test out their online gaming platform ''Shockwave Arcade Collection''. The game is also available for the iOS through the Midway arcade app.

About [[SequelGap a decade later]] after the first game, 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 play as up to 30 uniquely designed monsters.[[note]]there is an extra 10 exclusive characters included in the Wii version [[/note]] A reboot of the series was planned to be released for the Kinect for XBox360 sometime in 2012, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen but the game never developed past]] [[http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/17hyp37cdzykbjpg/original.jpg a piece of concept art]].

In 2011, a film adaptation from NewLineCinema was announced, originally said to be directed by John Rickard. The film was originally in DevelopmentHell, but in June 2015 DwayneJohnson was announced to star, with the director still to be chosen. Beau Flynn, who previously worked with Dwayne on ''Film/SanAndreas'' will produce the film. The film is expecting a 2017 release.

[[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. You do visit the famous cities eventually, but they're usually close to the end of the game.
* 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.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: Some of the console ports, such as the Nintendo 64 games in the series censor the nudity when your monsters returns to human form by giving them underwear.
* BrainyBrunette: Dr. Betty Veronica.
* 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.
** From the same game, some levels will have what looks like [[MaleFrontalNudity flashers]] in trench coats, seen flashing next to beautiful looking women.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: The aliens in ''Universal Tour''. You free the monsters from the previous two games, then out of nowhere, Earth is invaded by aliens.
* {{Gorn}}: ''World Tour'' has a little bit of this, though its relatively tame. People will splat into a flesh colored mess of skeleton and guts when jumped on or kicked. The death of SCUM Labs CEO Eustace DeMonic at the end of the game is a bit gruesome as well.
* 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}}: An American example.
* 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.
* 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.
* {{Mutants}}: According to the storyline, this is 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.
* OfficerOHara: Pretty much every police officer in ''Total Destruction'' is one.
* 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 [[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie's]] dilemma.
** One of the western levels 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''.
* TimeLimit: There is a finite amount of time to complete each stage before the city is wiped out in an air raid.
* 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!
* TheTokyoFireball: Every game in the series has you destroying pretty much every major city on Earth, and yet they are all rebuilt by the next game for you to destroy once more. the intro of ''Universal Tour'' briefly covers this.
* 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: All of the games have the protagonists merely as giant monsters out to destroy everything, with no regard for anyone but themselves.
* 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: Pretty much the point of each game is that the monster go from city to city all over the world destroying everything in sight. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The second game is even named after this.]]
* 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.