Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage: the most addictive game you’ll play this Oscar season

The Revenant star will stop at nothing to get that Academy Award.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s long, painful wait for an Academy Award looks like it’ll come to an end this month.

The Revenant star has been hotly-tipped to take home his first Oscar, bringing to an end 20 years of Academy Awards misery.

The 41-year-old has been nominated for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Aviator, Blood Diamond and The Wolf Of Wall Street – and lost every time. That’s not even covering films he was cruelly snubbed for (The Departed, Inception) or the Oscar-bait jobs that looked a bit desperate, like J Edgar.

Now, DiCaprio’s hunt for an elusive gold statue has been immortalised in Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage, the most addictive video game this side of Angry Birds.

Leo's Red Carpet Rampage
Oscar race Leonardo DiCaprio tears ahead of Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender, Bryan Cranston and Eddie Redmayne. Image Picture The Line Animation

Created by The Line Animation at Electric Theatre Collective, the game’s elevator pitch is an absolute corker.

“Get Leonardo DiCaprio an Oscar or die trying in Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage, an arcade style platform game where you race down the red carpet on a quest for the ultimate award.

“Collect as many Emmys and Golden Globes as you can along the way. But beware of pushy photographers and watch out for Lady Gaga… and icebergs.”

Not only does the digital DiCaprio have to deal with all of the above, he’s got to leap over assorted obstacles, out-race Oscar rivals like Matt Damon and crawl inebriated into a Lamborghini a la Wolf Of Wall Street.

 

Leo's Red Carpet Rampage
Get in the car Recreate that quaalude-induced crawl from The Wolf Of Wall Street. Image Picture The Line Animation

Red Carpet Rampage game architect Sam Taylor told Loaded of the project: “The idea for the game came from Bjorn-Erik Aschim, one of the members of our collective. He was following all the hype around DiCaprio online and mentioned it’d be a good thing to make a game about.

“It was one of those ideas that just spawned lots of other ideas. You know you’re onto something when everyone in the room has an idea for a version of the game, and they’re all different. So we kind of decided to use them all. Thats where the mini games came from.

“We have been wanting to get into interactive content for a while and this provided us with a definite deadline, and a relatively small project. We figured at the very least it’d have novelty value.”

Still no Academy Award? You’re just going to have to act harder.

Forget your cutting-edge, state of the art Grand Theft Auto and Call Of Duty graphics. This is the kind of button-bashing fun that takes you right back to the days of arcade classic Track And Field.

Trust us, your G and H keys are going to take an absolute battering.

Play Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage here.

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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