Rambo III

a game by Sega
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Genres: Action, Shooting Games
Editor Rating: 6.2/10, based on 5 reviews
User Rating: 5.7/10 - 7 votes
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See also: Sylvester Stallone Games, Rambo Games
  • Type: Action
  • Levels of Play: 7
  • Difficulty: Easy

Rambo 3 is essentially several games in one. The game contains several missions that each present a different objective like destroying stockpiles or finding P.O.W.s. Most of the action encompasses Rambo in the main playfields who must stab, shoot, and bomb his way past the opponents. Some of the weapons available to Rambo, like the exploding bow, can be built up a la R-Type for more destruction. First-person scenes divide the regular missions and add to the challange.

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Rambo 3 is essentially the Genesis' answer to Commando and other scrolling shooting games. What makes Rambo different are the self-contained environments that allow you to explore and the first person bonus scenes between missions. A bit short, but lots of options and color make this one fun.


While not their best shooter, Rambo 3 is definitely deserving of its name. It packs a nice combination of multi-screen mazes, with a shoot-anything-that-moves theme. In other words, just what Rambo would do in this situation. A large number of digitized screens demonstrate the Genesis' power.


A straightforward commando-style game with overhead views and awesome 16-Bit graphics! The cart includes cool digitized pictures from the movie and extremely detailed surrounding and Bosses. Not enough variety in the game play, but it fills a niche.


Rambo 3 isn't a large game, but what it does contain is done very well. Each of the rounds give vou a different objective, and the multiple weapons help spice up the killing mayhem. The bonus rounds look very good, as do the digitized pix, but the smaller 2-Meg size of the game hurts it slightly.

Game Reviews

  • Manufacturer: ROMSTAR

Vo, Adrian! America's favorite hirsute hero is back to his military tricks in another chapter of bullets, bombs and bulging biceps.

  • Levels: 5
  • Theme: Action
  • Players: 1
  • Difficulty: Hard

The main man of the big screen waste-em-all is also one of the first Genesis carts to be released! Use your rocket arrows, bombs, and knifes to smash your way to the MIA's.

  • Number of Levels: 7
  • Theme: Shooter
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Number of Players: 1 or 2
  • Available: December '89


Based on the blast-em-up movie and not the Master System game, Rambo 3 takes you on a mission to rescue your mentor, Colonel Trautman. You must guide the all-powerful John Rambo through a series of missions in order to reach your final objective. The majority of the action is played out from an overhead perspective, although you are challenged with first-person perspective confrontations after certain missions are completed. In these special contests, it's Rambo against powerful tanks and helicopters, with an explosive bow as your weapon.

During the main rounds, Rambo can use any one of three different weapons which can be selected at any time. Of course Rambo also has a limitless supply of ammo for his machine gun which you'll find yourself using the most. While the graphics are top-notch, with digitized pictures from the movie setting the stage for your adventure, Rambo 3 is not very long and is not too difficult to complete. This is a good Commando-style shooter, and fans of these types of games should consider it.

The Weapons

  • Knife - Kill enemies with the knife to generate arrows and bombs.
  • Bow - Hold down before you shoot arrows to increase destruction.
  • Bomb - Incredible power! Lay in front of towers, tanks, and more.

The ultimate fighting machine, Rambo, makes his latest video game debut in 16-Bits! Rambo 3, the Genesis' answer to Commando, Ikari, and other vertically scrolling combat shooters, dishes up plenty of new thrills in a package that looks great!

In addition to first-person perspectives, underground tunnels, and full-screen digitized photos of Stallone, Rambo 3 features scrolling scenery that is painted across the screen in vivid detail. Combined with the exceptional animation of our hero going through his paces, Rambo 3 is one of the best looking games in recent memory.

Super-powered graphics and game play promise to make Rambo 3 a winner!

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