References has always been part of every sector of entertaintment industry. Musicians puts hate or love to their lyrics, as the reference to someone or something, most of times, its affected them. Directors and screenwrites puts to their movies references of another famous movies or people affected movie industry. And so, game developers trying to put references of games, poeple who are/was or affected gaming industry. And sometimes, we can find developers from diamonds, who puts references of all kinds, into their game - Vblank Entertaintment. These guys made out of nothing something and that's Retro City Rampage (RCR) - little indie game, which contains more references, that megabytes that game has.
Most epic adventure for those, who was born before 1990, and biggest nightmare, and "Lost World" for those who wasn't. RCR be like - A-Team GMC van gonna run over you. Green pipes from Mario are everywhere. Brown Dog from my childhood is everywhere. First mission and first reference totally blew me away. School bus runs through the wall of the bank, to stole looted money (reference to Batman: The Dark Knight). And so, almost every minute, you'll find something, from your childhood, or not only.
Difficulty and game-design of this game is just tribute to good old video-game machines - tough difficulty, dozens of secrets, score multipliers, memorable characters, unblockable characters, crazy weapons, aliens and ♥♥♥♥.
If you looking for nostalgia, and wants to go back to your childhood, go for indies, Playstation 1/2 or Retro City Rampage.
PS: Main parallel of the game is Back to Future movie from 1985.