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Rana Rama (Atari ST)

Rana Rama Atari ST Loading screen

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Description

The purpose of apprentice courses is for young people to learn a trade gradually, without putting yourself or your employers at risk. Unfortunately, nobody explained this to Wizard’s apprentice Mervyn, before he tried to cast a spell to make him irresistible to females, as the spell misfired, and made him attractive only to female frogs. However, his dungeon was soon invaded, and Mervyn was not killed, as he appeared to be a humble frog.

Viewed from above, the aim is to kill all 96 of the wizards who have invaded the dungeon, which is split into 8 levels, each made up of 16 screens and at least 50 rooms. To see what’s in a room he has to enter it, in a manner similar to the Switchblade games.

The game’s rather esoteric title comes from the way you obtain spells to upgrade the four different types of power you have (power, offence, defence and effect). When you meet a warlock you enter a mini game in which the letters RANARAMA are in random order, and by swapping pairs of letters in sequence you must form the full word in as little time as possible. This system of having a sub-game for collecting upgrades is similar to the ‘grappling’ concept in Paradroid.

This earns up to four of the Runes (Mysticism, Witchcraft, Magecraft and Runecraft), each of which can be used on one of the four types of power. The Magecraft offensive use is a fireball, defence for Runecraft makes you invisible to enemies, and the special effect for Witchcraft allows you to jump through space. Lose a life and you lose all these powers, and losing another life means it’s Game Over.

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Rana Rama Atari ST Current spell list
Rana Rama Atari ST Rune-casting
Rana Rama Atari ST In a room
Rana Rama Atari ST Game over

Alternate Titles

  • "Ranarama" -- Alternate spelling

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The Press Says

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Dec, 1987 890 out of 1000 89
The Games Machine (UK) Dec, 1987 86 out of 100 86
ST Format Dec, 1990 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Dec, 1987 6.5 out of 10 65

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Martin Smith (63198) added Rana Rama (Atari ST) on Jan 05, 2006
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