Ok, just got MAME & the original Rampage game to play on it. Took me awhile to get it running. Hadn't realized that the emulator needed to read the zipped file, which was the first issue I had..
MAME works best when it finds what is needed in a simple (compressed) folder. .zip or .7z containers work fine when placed in ROMS folder.
Ok,Then I had trouble STARTING tge game. It would load & then just go into a demo. I adjusted the menu optiona to allow me to add coins & I was then able to start the game but am now facing two NEW issues.
Using TAB will allow you to bring up input menus among other things. You'll want the "Input (this machine)" option to view your assignments.
Ok,I can't select my player!! I want to play the game as Ralph...he was always my fav character back and n the day when actually played this in the arcade. Secondly, once in the game, the controls are off. I'm trying to adjust the options for an xbox 360 controller?
Any help is much appreciated.
The original Rampage game did not have selectable characters. The control panel housed 3 players, each one controlling a unique creature. In this case, you have (from left to right) George - Lizzie - Ralph! controls. Given the way inputs work, player 1 (which is your default use player) would use George, player 2 using Lizzie and lastly, player 3 would have access to Ralph!. Your controller is set up to use George (player 1) from the start and an xbox 360 controller should work fine by default. If you must use a joystick (the keyboard has mappings to allow you to use that for Ralph! by default), you'd need to change your input mapping to use your controller as Player 3 by adjusting the movement and action buttons to your stick. At the same time, unless you want a mirror George doing the same movement, you'll need to unmap/clear the mapping for Player 1.
Here is a control panel picture to illustrate the issue. Notice the footprints represent the creature you control at each location.