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Roller Coaster Rumbler (Commodore 64)

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Description

Nearly 5 years before Rebel Assault and other fully-rendered CD-ROM titles popularised the rail-shooter gameplay, Tynesoft used it for a game with an unusual setting. You are on board a roller coaster which has been layered with targets to shoot out.

The roller coaster follows its natural path, swinging from side to side and up and down, while you aim a turret at the targets and shoot them out. After completing its cycle, the roller coaster reverses, moving through the same area moving backwards. A co-operative two player mode exists, in which each player controls a crosshair. Make sure to hang on as the ride turns.

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Roller Coaster Rumbler Commodore 64 Shooting closely
Roller Coaster Rumbler Commodore 64 High score entry
Roller Coaster Rumbler Commodore 64 Turning
Roller Coaster Rumbler Commodore 64 Game start

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Trivia

The game was designed by Subway Software (Bill Kunkel, Arnie Katz and Joyce Worley) for Tynesoft. The original idea was for the coaster to be old school, with wooden ties and you'd hear the click-clack sound as it climbed a rise but the developers streamlined it to reduce the frame-rate.

This is the first rail shooter. Ironically, co-designer Kunkel long ago became sick of rail shooters. "I really hate being so circumscribed in my character's movement. Most FPS today allow only limited freedom of movement. It made sense on a roller coaster with a front-mounted machine gun, but it's way overused today."

The ST and Amiga versions are playable but the C64 SKU is extremely weak.
Martin Smith (63168) added Roller Coaster Rumbler (Commodore 64) on Oct 04, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (63168) and Eli Tomlinson (2509)