In Atari 2600’s Ram It, the player assumes the role of the Ramroid, positioned on a track at the center of the screen. The Ramroid has the ability to shoot to the left and right. Colored bars are present on both sides of the screen, and they begin to advance randomly towards the center. The player’s objective is to shoot these bars and push them back, ideally off the screen.
If a bar starts flashing, it becomes a bonus bar, and shooting it not only grants the player more points but also clears it from the screen entirely. However, be cautious as sometimes the bar may reappear on the opposite side of the screen.
A round ends when one of the following occurs:
- The player has cleared all the colored bars from the screen.
- The timer at the bottom, which starts at five thousand, reaches zero.
- The colored bars have blocked off part of the screen, and the player has cleared the rods where they still can.
The game concludes after three rounds, offering a unique and challenging experience that requires quick reflexes and strategic thinking to eliminate the advancing colored bars.