The Arcade PCB by Atari Games Corp.

Rampart screenshot

Emulated in MAME !



Rampart © 1990 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 players must repair their castles, again using tetris shapes. The players' Keep must be completely encircled with castle wall or the game is over. In the single-player sea attack game, any enemy ships that manage to reach the coast nearest the player will unload peons that will attack the player's castle by land.


Rampart the  Arcade PCB
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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 as a dedicated three-player trackball model. 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 with a map of Jersey in the Channel Islands, but its purely a coincidence.


• The peons that attack you after unloading from the 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



Atari 7800 usa (unreleased prototype)
Nintendo NES usa (jan.1992) "Rampart [Model NES-73]"
Sega Genesis usa (1991)
Sega Master System europe (1991) "Rampart [Model 301026]"
Nintendo SNES usa (aug.1992) "Rampart [Model SNS-RM]"
Sega Mega Drive japan (dec.11, 1992) "Rampart [Model T-48053]"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (nov.18, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model SLUS-20801]"
Microsoft XBOX usa (nov.24, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
Nintendo GameCube usa (dec.18, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model DOL-GAKE-USA]"
Microsoft XBOX europe (feb.6, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
Sony PlayStation 2 europe (feb.6, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model SLES-51927]"
Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN] usa (may.10, 2007)
Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN] europe (june.15, 2007)
Microsoft XBOX 360 usa (nov.6, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins"
Sony PlayStation 3 usa (nov.6, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins [Model BLUS-31083]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 europe (nov.15, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins"
Sony PlayStation 3 europe (nov.15, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins [Model BLES-01768]"


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


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

Game's ROM.
Game's picture.

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