Roland's Rat Race

• Publisher: Ocean
• Developer: Ocean
Release Date: 1985
Code: David Collier
• Music: Martin Galway

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 71%
Our Game Rating: 91%

This ending was awarded 'Game Ending of the Week': 09/06/08



FILE: rolandratend.zip



• Completed & Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

I used to be a MASSIVE Roland Rat Fan - I mean a SERIOUS Roland Rat Fan. When this game was released way back in 1985 (20 years ago!!!!) I was there queuing up waiting for our local games shop to open at 9am so that I could be one of the first to play this fine game.

I am a total Platform Game freak and so this game feeds my obsession. It is pure class and deserves to be in anyone's Top 10 C64 games (",).

So does the game ending follow through and produce the goods?

Roland has opened the gate and walked in to find Errol and Kevin.
Errol and Kevin come to Roland's rescue and take him to the studio via the lift.

Roland hops onto the lift...

The team are getting closer to Anne and Nick!

Higher they go...

Phew! Made it.


HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Well ... I did have the infinite energy cheat on and I also pumped the speed of the game up to 200%, but I still played all the way through and thoroughly enjoyed EVERY minute of it :)

I've also found a quick cheat to take you to the end:

  • Load and start the game

  • Freeze it using an Action Replay Cart

  • Press 'M' for MONITOR

  • Type: G 8098 (this uses the GO command and goes to mem location: $8098, where the ending is situated).

  • The ending will start. It may not work the first time, so try again.

  • You could also go straight to the ending message with: G 8141

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have collected and placed all the pieces of the door way, you enter and find Kevin and Errol waiting on a lift for you.

You jump onto the lift and you are taken up a load of floors to the TV-AM studios - accompanied by some nice Martin Galway ending music.

At the top, you are greeted with a 'CONGRATULATIONS' screen with a message and a load of fireworks - with yet another piece of fine music.


  • Vinny: You betcha arse it does! This is an amazing game ending that emanates pure class. It has a fab storyline end, cool graphics and superb Martin Galway music. Dave Collier has really produced the goods on this one and he deserves all the credit that I have given him (",).

  • Matt Rogers: What make are your rose-tinted sunnies, Vin? That is not a GM, fella! I like the way 'GREAT' comes at ya, but not much else. 7 tops.

  • Andrew Fisher: Regarding the ZZAP info.. it's very possible they saw a preview and things were changed before release. Perhaps they did not have the rights to the TV-AM music and so dropped it from the final game?

  • Brendan Phoenix: You had Roland's love child Vinny? Going up the lifts is ok, but no real animation to get excited over. The ending tune is rather cool, but the congratulations message is rather poor. I also hate whenever an ending has, ' press fire to restart game ' The little firework sparks are a nice touch. Would have to disagree with the GM, take away the music and it's an average ending - the music bumps it up to a 7. Max.

  • Stefan Guerilla: Didn't feel there was much reasoning necessary - just compare this game ending to any other GM winner so far - that's just no competition! Yes, there is an extra ending tune, but the animation is simple and repetitive, and overall not much going on. The best part about the ending is how the word 'GREAT' comes up - that was nice. But otherwise...it's not bad, but just not there for more than an 'above average' rating.

FINAL SAY: You really can't go wrong with this one. DOWNLOAD IT NOW!

G.E. RATING: 10 / 10

ADDITIONAL INFO: Hopefully by now you will have seen the above game ending and you will know that it is quite a cool game ending and is certainly a game ending you will remember for some time to come.

But hold on a sec! Check out the follow cutting taken from Issue 3 of ZZAP 64! magazine way back in 1985 ...

Right, let's take this one step at a time:

1. Gary Penn said, 'the TV-AM them tune is played'
I for one LOVED the old TV-AM theme but at no point does it appear in the game - or am I missing a trick here? I am 99% sure that the theme is absent from the game, so it begs the question: what was Gary listening to?

2. Gary Penn said, 'the game restarted with no noticeable difference'
WHAT?! Excuse me if I am incorrect, but isn't there a screen with some fireworks, a Martin Gallway soundtrack and a game ending message, which you obviously failed to mention?

I for one think that the game is superb and a fun challenge. As for the ending, I gave it a 10/10 scoring - nuff said.

It looks to me as if the ZZAP 64! team received a preview of the game, and then the programmers decided to take their comments on board and quickly make some changes to the game before it was released to the public. What do you reckon? Am I being a little too passionate about this one?


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