Cinemaware’s currently-on-Kickstarter remake of Rocket Ranger, the aptly titled Rocket Ranger Reloaded, can now be played via the medium of A Demo.
Full disclosure: I backed Rocket Ranger Reloaded. As a big fan of old Cinemaware bits and bobs, I’d like to play more. Their games generally mashed together multiple genres and playstyles, offering some small action segments alongside a more overarching strategy bit, and that made them routinely entertaining. In Rocket Ranger Reloaded, for instance, your attempts to thwart the Nazi war machine (with the aid of weapons and a rocket pack sent from the future) will take the form of flying around shooting Nazi planes, shooting stuff in Nazi bases, punching Nazis, researching and upgrading your rockets and weapons (so that you can better shoot Nazis), and deploying your own secret agents to stymie the efforts of the Nazis.
If this demo is the one I played yesterday, though… well, it’s not a great showcase. It’s a very early version of one of the flying/shooting levels, and it pretty much plays out like the dogfights in Star Wars: The Old Republic. It’s a rail-shooter in which you dodge gunfire and shoot at planes, and without the impact this mission would have on your continued progress (and without all the polish of the final version) it’s quite a weak stand-alone segment. Still, I suppose it offers a look at how things are shaping up.
Rocket Ranger Reloaded is currently sat on $45,761 of its $89,999 goal, with 13 days to go. I’d be quite chuffed if it got backed, so if you want to try out the demo or back it for yourself, head on over to the Kickstarter page.
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.