Raging Beast (AKA Olé!) is a game that I have fond memories of playing as a kid. I liked it, but really had no idea what I was doing when I played it. It’s the only game that I know of that puts you in control of a matador, so it’s quite an original concept. I remember spending most of the time being thrown in the air by the bull or running around the ring with the bull chasing me…
It is quite a simple game once you know how to control it, and it’s great fun although there’s not an awful lot to do. The graphics are quite simple, but effective and well animated. The controls are a bit fiddly, but you will get the hang of them after a few games. You first have to wave your red cloak to get the bulls attention, which usually sends it charging towards you. Next you have to swing the cloak around which allows the bull to charge passed you without harming the matador and scores you points. After a few passes, a rosette is thrown into the ring for you to collect and put around the bull’s neck. If you manage to do this successfully, you will have beaten the bull and will then go on to face an even tougher bull. Overall, it’s a decent little budget game that’s worth checking out…
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Quite easily. I just read the instructions and played until the bull was beaten.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: I played the game a few times over but didn’t see any real significant differences between the bulls – and the end of each bullfight was the same. Once the bull is beaten, the matador drops to his knees a few times in front of the cheering crowd. A picture is then displayed of a poster which shows the matador and the bull with a message written in Spanish below it. Your name is also displayed along with your score. The game then returns to the bullring where you can keep playing to increase your score.
Neil: The ending is only a short bit of animation in the bullring followed by a picture. I was hoping for a bit more than this. 4/10.
Vinny: I loved this game back in the day. It was such a different and unique idea to anything else I had played on my old breadbin. Who’d have thought that anyone would want to ever design a game with a matador fighting a bull, and then someone actually wanting to play it! Raging Beast is a nicely polished game from start to finish… well – nearly…
I never managed to completed the game and so this is the first time I’ve seen the ending. Unfortunately I’m a little disappointed as there isn’t much on offer. I’m giving it 3/10.
Andrew Fisher: Jawx was such a fascinating developer – with this, Chickn Chase and Serenade.
Once you know how to play, Raging Beast is a fun little game with some neat touches. And that includes the nice end screen, proclaiming you the best in Spain. Olé!
Andy Vaisey: Quite hard to master, but when you do, a fun, simple, no nonsense game! A simple ending but suitable for the game I think.
FINAL SAY: A bit disappointing to see that the end is the same on each skill level.