A meteor struck the Earth, and caused great chaos. Seven gods (creatures) from ancient times awoke, and are now attempting to take control of the post-apocalyptic world. These creatures have otherworldly or supernatural abilities and each is said to represent a different aspect of nature, as in life and death, fire and ice; and they are considered to be a "god" of their respective sphere.
Primal Rage is a traditional two-dimensional fighting game in which two players select characters (monsters!) to battle each other in one-on-one combat, or a single player finishes a campaign of fights against the CPU over increasing difficulty. The final battle of the single player game consisted of fighting all the other CPU monsters.
Gameplay is OK, but the Amiga port had to be playable even with a one-button joystick, which makes playability too hard. Surely not as good game as Mortal Kombat series but still a decent fighting game. Unfortunately, the amount of animation frames had to be drastically reduced, and this was a real drawback to the quality of the game which was pretty much impressive (and famous) for its characters animation.
The original coin-op was a pretty big success as well as the console conversions (being very popular) but there was always some doubts about the viability of the game on Amiga. The amount of animation frames had to be drastically reduced, the colors had to be also drastically reduced. Having an Amiga with only 1MB of RAM was not enough, thus the game runs only on 2MB Amiga (ECS or AGA). The plan was to cut it down by about 28MB of data, with animation frames going from 900 to 250 and colors from (say) 256 to 32 here! I would expect to support the enhanced AGA chipsets (aka Amiga 1200 etc), offering more colors and bigger memory support so that, most of the original details to be included. Despite those reductions, the game looks pretty good, and sprites are (still) nicely animated. Fighting occur in nicely animated post-apocalyptic backdrops. While fighting, human tribesmen will wander nearby and worship their gods during battle whist lava in volcanoes comes from deep in the earth and so on.
Sound is good, offering several sampled SFX along with a few catchy tunes taken from the original.