Rambo III (Mega Drive)
From Sega Retro
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Sound driver: pre-SMPS Z80|
|Genre: Shooting, Action|
|Number of players: 1-2|
Rambo III (ランボーIII) is a Sega Mega Drive overhead run-and-gun game developed and published by Sega. Based on the titular 1988 action film Rambo III, it was first released in Japan in October 1989, and is notably one of the first movie-based games released for the system.
Rambo sets out on a dangerous journey to Afghanistan in order to rescue his former commander and his longtime best friend, Colonel Sam Trautman, from the hands of an extremely powerful and ruthless Soviet Army colonel.
The game is an overhead run-and-gun played as the soldier John Rambo. He moves in any direction with the D-Pad. He can move and backtrack through the stages freely. He fires his machine gun with . The machine gun has unlimited ammunition. If fired while moving, it fires in the direction that Rambo is running; if fired while standing still, it sweeps from side to side. Rambo is also equipped with three secondary weapons, which are switched with and used with .
Enemies fire slow-moving projectiles that can be dodged. Some enemies lob grenades or set timed bombs. Rambo loses a life if he is hit by enemy fire. He can also be blown up by his own bombs. He revives immediately with a brief period of invulnerability if the player has extra lives remaining. The game ends if the player runs out of lives. The player is given an extra life for completing a mission without losing a life.
After some of the missions, the perspective switches to a view behind Rambo and fights helicopters or tanks. He is armed with a bow and arrow, which is aimed with the D-Pad and fired with , , or . Holding the fire button charges the attack. Rambo can take cover behind rocks or other obstacles.
Most missions involve reaching the exit, but some of them have other objectives that must be completed first. The player receives bonus points for completing a mission under certain time thresholds.
There is a two-player mode where players take turns playing each mission. There are four difficulty levels (Easy, Normal, Hard, and Hardest).
Items are sometimes dropped by enemies. They disappear if not collected.
|Bow and Arrow|
|Increases Rambo's Bow and Arrow ammunition by 5.|
|Increases Rambo's Time Bomb stock by 3.|
|Gives the player an extra life.|
|Infiltrate Enemy Lines!|
|Rescue Secret Agent!|
|Rambo must rescue all of the hostages before the exit opens.|
|Get to the Arsenal!|
|Blow Up all the Enemy's Weapons!|
|Rambo must blow up all of the enemy weapon stores and helicopters before the exit opens.|
|Penetrate the Fortress!|
|Rescue Colonel Trautman!|
|Rambo must locate and free Colonel Trautman.|
Though the game does not include a staff roll, two initials can be found in the game's levels. "ASO" can be found in Mission 4, likely referring to Hiroshi Aso. "Y.S" can be found in Mission 6, though it is unknown who this could be referring to.
- Main article: Rambo III (Mega Drive)/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
|Mega Drive, SE (rental)|
ROM dump status
|256kB||1989-08||Cartridge (US/EU/JP)||Rev A|
- File:RamboIII MD JP Box.jpg
- https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
- Computer Entertainer, "December 1989" (US; 1989-12-18), page 14
- ACE, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-xx), page 51
- Mean Machines, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-29), page 63
- https://sbtransr02.wixsite.com/kazuhiko-nagai/my-works-1 (Wayback Machine: 2021-04-10 08:56)
- Computer & Video Games, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-16), page 122
- 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 184
- Aktueller Software Markt, "Januar 1990" (DE; 1989-1x-xx), page 64
- Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1990" (JP; 1990-01-08), page 72
- Computer Entertainer, "December 1989" (US; 1989-12-18), page 12
- Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 34
- The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 49
- Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 133
- Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 167
- Computer & Video Games, "January 1990" (UK; 1989-12-16), page 123
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1990" (US; 19xx-xx-xx), page 16
- Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 10, "" (RU; 2003-10-08), page 122
- Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 81
- Famitsu, "" (JP; 1989-xx-xx), page 1
- Joystick, "Octobre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 98
- Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 94
- Mega Drive Fan, "March 1990" (JP; 1990-02-XX), page 63
- Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 21
- MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 42
- Mean Machines, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-29), page 60
- Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 140
- Pixel, "Ioúnios 1990" (GR; 1990-xx-xx), page 134
- Power Play, "2/90" (DE; 1990-01-25), page 66
- Raze, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-11-29), page 66
- Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
- Sega Pro, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 33
- Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
- Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 21
- User, "Dekémvrios 1990" (GR; 1990-1x-xx), page 66
|Rambo III (Mega Drive)|
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