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Alien Rampage (Shareware Episode)

 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:49 am     Post subject: Alien Rampage (Shareware Episode) Reply with quote

Alien Rampage is a pretty interesting side-scrolling platform game, which was originally developed by Apogee under the title Ravager. The game features a Predator-looking alien protagonist, an array of powerful weapons, lots of monsters, and intricate level design. It is my understanding that the engine Alien Rampage uses was originally intended for the Duke Nukem Forever side-scrolling game which was later cancelled. At any rate, Alien Rampage offers interesting, feature-rich gameplay and is definitely worthy of checking out.

The tricky part is that the shareware demo version is absurdly hard to find. Simple Googling will overwhelm you with links to "abandonware" sites that offer the full version, and there are some old pages with outdated links to the shareware download that no longer work. Apparently, the shareware demo file, called SDRAMP.EXE according to such sources, used to be hosted at FileFront, but it isn't there anymore for some reason.

So far, I've been able to track down two places where the real shareware version of Alien Rampage can be found. First off, Demu.org (previously known as DOS Museum) has the shareware demo v1.0, without the installer. The other is much more obscure. It's the original installer of shareware demo v1.12, which was included on a cover CD of a Polish gaming magazine called CD Action. A copy of this CD got archived at cd.textfiles.com, and this is how the demo got on the net. The files are located here:
http://cd.textfiles.com/cdaction/cdaction07a/RAMTEMP/

Luckily, Litude joined the search, and soon found and uploaded several original shareware files:
Litude wrote:
Regarding Alien Rampage, here are a few versions that I've managed to find:
Shareware Version 1.0 (09/19/95) - Installer
Shareware Version 1.11 (10/14/95) - Installer
[url=http://www.knightsandmerchants.net/Litude/Private/ramtemp(112).zip]Shareware Version 1.12[/url] (10/31/95) - Installer
[url=http://www.knightsandmerchants.net/Litude/Private/ramtemp(113).zip]Shareware Version 1.13[/url] (12/12/95) - Installer
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MrFlibble
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 1:14 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Litude at RGB Classic Games Forums has been able to locate the shareware distribution for v1.13 in its original, unaltered form:
Litude wrote:
Softdisk Publishing
Alien Rampage
Found the original sdramp.exe installer for version 1.13 shareware of this game.
Shareware Version 1.13 - Installer

As usual, kudos to Litude! Blissful
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