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Rana Rama

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
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3.8
ZX Spectrum
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Atari ST
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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 Atari ST Reorder this to read 'Ranarama' for the boost.
Rana Rama Atari ST Loading screen
Rana Rama Commodore 64 Starting in a narrow floor
Rana Rama Amstrad CPC Title screen.

Alternate Titles

  • "Ranarama" -- Alternate spelling

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The Press Says

Crash! ZX Spectrum Mar, 1987 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Feb, 1991 90 out of 100 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Dec, 1987 890 out of 1000 89
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Dec, 1987 86 out of 100 86
Commodore User Commodore 64 Apr, 1987 8 out of 10 80
ST Format Atari ST Dec, 1990 75 out of 100 75
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

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Contributed to by Martin Smith (63198)