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Post by Katzkatz » Mon Feb 23, 2009 3:50 pm

Anyone else like this old Hewson classic(I played it on the C64). I know I mentioned it on the Paradroid/Quazatron thread. It has a similar take over your opponent setting in the game to Paradroid (another Hewson game). I love the fact you are a frog. The game has lots of different elements (attack spells, defence spells, effect spells, and power spells). I did get quite far on it one day, but never managed to complete it. Did anyone manage to finish it? Loved the Gargoyles in it as well as the Warlocks and Necromancers!

There is a retro remake available, I am just about to try it.

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Post by ToxieDogg » Mon Feb 23, 2009 4:09 pm

Yeah, I played this a lot back in the day too (on the Speccy, natch ;) ) and would rate it amongst my favourite games of all time. Never finished it myself but always had great fun trying. Always remided me a lot of another couple of games that I liked...Dandy, and Mr Weems & The She Vampires.

Was pleased that it was included on those plug 'n play C64 joysticks that came out a few years back, though I've always had a much easier time playing it with a keyboard for some reason.

Have got the remake (not sure if it's the same one you mean or not, I think there's only one though) installed here, it's pretty good stuff :)
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Post by video-gamer-girl » Mon Feb 23, 2009 4:12 pm

This was one of my Favourite game on my Amstrad. I never managed to complete it, wouldn't mind having another try at it,

this cover gives me nice reminders of the past
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Post by Havantgottaclue » Mon Feb 23, 2009 4:16 pm

I got this on a compilation tape along with Uridium, Zynaps and Exolon. Of the four, Zynaps received the most attention from me and Ranarama the least. I expect it's the other way round for a lot of people.

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Post by video-gamer-girl » Mon Feb 23, 2009 4:19 pm

Zynaps oh that's another game i was very addicted to, mum used to get mad at me when i never came down for dinner.. :lol:
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Post by ToxieDogg » Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:08 pm

Havantgottaclue wrote:I got this on a compilation tape along with Uridium, Zynaps and Exolon. Of the four, Zynaps received the most attention from me and Ranarama the least. I expect it's the other way round for a lot of people.
That's the one I've got! 'Four Crash Smashes' I think it's called?

I did love Zynaps too...the one that got the least attention from me on that compilation was Uridium, I've never liked that game much...just goes a little too fast and feels a little too 'twitchy' to me. I'm not the world's biggest Exolon fan either, that game was riddled with cheap deaths and baddies appearing right by the edge of the screen to kill you, etc.

Rana Rama and Zynaps are still fab though.
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Post by Katzkatz » Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:49 pm

Great grab Video Gamer girl. That looks like the case of the floppy version I had for the C64. Rana Remake is the remake I got. It needs Java(yuck!) to run it.

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Post by merman » Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:29 pm

It does have some nice ideas in there, I was disappointed with some of the graphics on the C64 (the black sprites are hard to recognise on the coloured floor tiles). But a lot of game in there, and quite a challenge when you delve to the deeper levels and fight the Necromancers...
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Post by Katzkatz » Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:49 pm

I agree that it could be more colourful on the C64. There lots of game elements in there. I played the remake and it is quite good.

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Post by Kaptain_Von » Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:51 pm

I seem to remember giving the ST version a fair amount of play time and thoroughly enjoying it. Ok, it might not make my top 10 games but it was a good game and it did occupy me for a good while.
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Post by AlleyKat » Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:08 pm

Ranarama wasnt anywhere near perfect, but was really something special in its own right.
An unsung 8-bit hero of a game that was a very solid genre title, but kinda progressive at the same time.

A good example of how one-man 8-bit games could show real vision.

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Post by AlleyKat » Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:11 pm

ToxieDogg wrote:Always remided me a lot of another couple of games that I liked...Dandy, and Mr Weems & The She Vampires.
Mmm- it certainly had a similar look to those games (on the speccy, obv), but had rather more depth I reckon.
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Re: Ranarama

Post by jdanddiet » Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:42 pm

I preferred getting a bit of Dandy with a dash of Druid.

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Re: Ranarama

Post by Katzkatz » Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:28 pm

I mentioned Druid on a previous post:-

http://www.retrogamer.net/forum/viewtop ... id#p317089

I hadn't heard of Dandy, I have just looked it up on the GBC64 gamesite.

PS does anyone know how to skip the second intro bit of Ranarema(I have a feeling you can't).

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