Ruff 'n' Tumble

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Ruff 'n' Tumble
Ruff N Tumble.jpg
Cover art
Publisher(s)Renegade Software
Programmer(s)Jason Perkins
Artist(s)Robin Levy
Composer(s)Jason Page
Genre(s)Shoot 'em up

Ruff 'n' Tumble is a computer game for the Commodore Amiga, developed by Wunderkind and published by Renegade Software in 1994.


Ruff Rogers, while playing with his marbles in the park, loses one down a rabbit hole, and follows it down. The rabbit hole turns out to be a teleport to an alien planet.

The planet, ruled by the mad Dr. Destiny, is home to a fearsome army of robots called Tinheads. Ruff finds that his marble collection has been scattered across the planet, and embarks on a quest to reclaim his collection, and free the planet from Destiny and his Tinhead Army.

In-game screenshot from the beginning of the game.


Ruff 'n' Tumble is a Platform shoot 'em up. Ruff runs, jumps and shoots through each level, destroying the Tinhead robots with his multi-projectile gun, capable of shooting bullets, laser, missiles or becoming a flame thrower (depending on what power-ups are collected during the level).

Each level is completed by collecting a set number of coloured marbles (red, green and blue). Upon collecting all of the marbles, the exit to the level is unlocked.


There are 4 worlds in the game, each with 4 main levels in them, and a fifth Boss level. They are:

  • Fantasy Forest - A forested world with plenty of underground areas (where the graphics darken accordingly).
  • Underground Mine - A mine of crystals, slippery surfaces and molten lava. This world also contains underwater areas.
  • Tinhead Factory - As the name suggests, the world where the Tinhead robots are built. A metallic world of sparks, lights and electricity.
  • Dr. Destiny's Castle - The final world. A medieval castle featuring knight-like Tinheads robots.

Each world features its own variety of enemies, traps, and industrial metal-style soundtrack.

Ruff n' Tumble uses a password system that enables the player to access the first level of the specific world.


Upon its release the game saw several favorable reviews in Amiga magazines. For example, CU Amiga awarded a "CU Super Star" with a rating of 92% [1] and the German Amiga Joker considered it an "Amiga Joker Mega Hit" with a rating of 91%.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Max Magenauer, Ruff 'n' Tumble, Amiga Joker (Nov 1994), pages 16-17
  2. ^ Tony Dillon, Ruff 'n' Tumble, Amiga Computing 81 (Xmas 1994), pages 70-71