Arcade Video game published 31 years ago by Atari Games

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Rampart © 1991 Atari Games.

Rampart is a superb arcade puzzle game in which up to three players must build up a castle using Tetris shaped pieces to form a castle wall and enclose their keep. Each player must then place a limited number of cannons inside their castle wall before the timer expires. Once the cannons have been placed the battle itself begins. Players must target their cannons onto the enemy's castle (or, in the one-player game, enemy ships and peons) and destroy as much of the enemy army as possible before the time limit expires.

Once the battle is over, the player(s) must repair their castle(s), again using tetris shapes. The player(s) Keep must be completely encircled with walls, or the game is over. In the single-player campaign, any dark brown ships that manage to reach the coast will unload peons that will attack the player's castle by land.

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Game ID : 136082

Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 7.15909 Mhz)
Sound Chips : OKI6295 (@ 7.231 Khz), YM2413 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)

Players : 3
Control : trackball
Buttons : 2


Rampart was originally released in February 1991 (even if the copywrite year is 1990) as a dedicated three-player trackball model. It was followed in April 1991 by a two-player joystick conversion kit.

790 dedicated units and 1515 conversion kits were produced in the USA.
254 dedicated units and 278 conversion kits were produced in Ireland (for European distribution).

The original selling price was $2,295 at its time of release.
The conversion kit selling price was $945.

The island in Rampart is very similar to a map of Jersey in the Channel Islands, but it's purely a coincidence.


* The peons that attack you after unloading from the dark brown ships cannot fire diagonally.


Programmer, designer : John Salwitz
Artist, designer : David Ralston
Hardware engineer : Tim Hubberstey
Technician : Chris Drobny
Audio : Brad Fuller, Don Diekneite
Artistict support : Sam Comstock, Sean Murphy, Will Noble, Nick Stern
Software support : Peter Lipson, Mike Albaugh, Russel Dawe (Rusty), Ed Rotberg
Commander : Chris Downed
Product manager : Linda Benzler
Cabinet designer : Dave Cook
Asic : Pat Mc Carthy


[US] Atari 7800 (unreleased prototype)
[US] Nintendo NES (jan.1992) "Rampart [Model NES-73]"
[US] Sega Genesis (1991)
[EU] Sega Master System (1991) "Rampart [Model 301026]"
[US] Nintendo SNES (aug.1992) "Rampart [Model SNS-RM]"
[JP] Sega Mega Drive (dec.11, 1992) "Rampart [Model T-48053]"
[US] Sony PS2 (nov.18, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model SLUS-20801]"
[US] Microsoft XBOX (nov.24, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
Nintendo GameCube [US] (dec.18, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model DOL-GAKE-USA]"
[EU] Microsoft XBOX (feb.6, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
[EU] Sony PS2 (feb.6, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model SLES-51927]"
Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN] [US] (may.10, 2007)
Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN] [EU] (june.15, 2007)
Microsoft XBOX 360 [US] (nov.6, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins"
Sony PlayStation 3 [US] (nov.6, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins [Model BLUS-31083]"
[EU] Microsoft XBOX 360 (nov.15, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins"
Sony PlayStation 3 [EU] (nov.15, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins [Model BLES-01768]"

Atari Lynx [US] (1991) "Rampart [Model PA2102]"
[JP] Nintendo Game Boy (oct.30, 1992) "Rampart [Model DMG-R8J]"
[US] Nintendo Game Boy (1993) "Rampart [Model DMG-R8]"
[EU] Nintendo Game Boy (1993) "Rampart [Model DMG-R8-NOE]"
Nintendo Game Boy Color [US] (nov.17, 1999) "Rampart [Model CGB-A5RE]"
[EU] Nintendo GBA (sept.16, 2005) "2 Games in One! Gauntlet + Rampart [Model AGB-B69P-EUR]"
[US] Nintendo GBA (nov.3, 2005) "2 Games in One! Gauntlet + Rampart [Model AGB-B69E-USA]"
[US] Sony PSP (dec.13, 2005) "Midway Arcade Treasures Extended Play [Model ULUS-10059]"
[EU] Sony PSP (feb.24, 2006) "Midway Arcade Treasures Extended Play [Model ULES-00180]"

[EU] Atari ST (1992)
[EU] Commodore C64 (1992)
[EU] Commodore Amiga (1992)
PC [MS-DOS] [US] [EU] (1992)
[US] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (aug.27, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
[EU] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (nov.23, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"


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