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Rana Rama

MobyRank MobyScore
Atari ST
79
3.2
ZX Spectrum
...
...
Amstrad CPC
...
3.8
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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.

Screenshots

Rana Rama Commodore 64 Magic menu
Rana Rama Atari ST A fairly gory scene
Rana Rama Atari ST A lot of long corridors
Rana Rama Commodore 64 Some doors are invisible at first.

Alternate Titles

  • "Ranarama" -- Alternate spelling

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The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Feb, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Mar, 1987 90 out of 100 90
Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC Jun, 1987 87 out of 100 87
Commodore User Commodore 64 Apr, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Zzap! Atari ST Dec, 1987 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Mar, 1987 9.4 out of 12 78
Tilt ZX Spectrum May, 1987 15 out of 20 75
Power Play Atari ST Dec, 1987 6.5 out of 10 65
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 63 out of 100 63
64'er Commodore 64 Apr, 1990 3 out of 10 30

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Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)

Contributed to by Martin Smith (63062)