OPEN-WORLD carjacking goes back to the '80s in this 8-BIT nostalgic throwback. Run missions! Outrun the law! Rampage the city with weapons, power-ups and vehicles!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,397 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 11, 2014

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Reviews

“A standout, memorable experience from one mission marker to the next.”
A – Gaming Age

“It is one of the must-have games on PSN.”
9.5 – http://www.ps3blog.net/2013/01/25/ps3-review-retro-city-rampage/

“Retro City Rampage is glorious and downright essential.”
9.0 – Pocket Gamer

About This Game

OPEN-WORLD carjacking goes back to the '80s in this 8-BIT nostalgic throwback.
Run missions! Outrun the law! Rampage the city with weapons, power-ups and vehicles!

This send-up to '80s and '90s video games and pop-culture includes both a full Story Mode of open-world adventure as well as an Arcade Mode for quick pick-up-and-play action. If that's not enough, it also packs an interactive city full of shops, minigames, customizations, collectibles, special guest stars, and more.

*NEW* 'DX' RE-MASTERED VERSION

FEATURES


  • Huge Open-World to Explore
  • Over 60 Story Missions
  • Over 40 Arcade Challenges
  • Over 25 Weapons & Power-Ups
  • Over 50 Vehicles to Steal & Equip
  • Over 200 Character Customizations
  • Includes 15 Steam Trading Cards
  • 3+ Hours of Music (13 radio stations)
    - Critically acclaimed, IGF Nominated soundtrack by virt (Contra 4, Double Dragon: Neon), Freaky DNA (NBA Jam) and Norrin Radd.

EXTRAS & MINIGAMES

  • Includes Prototype Version, "ROM City Rampage"
    - 100% 8-BIT hardware accurate and could've actually been released in '89!
  • Includes Special Guest Star Minigames
    - "Virtual Meat Boy"
    - "BIT.TRIP: Retro City"
    - "Epic Meal Time"
  • Includes Free-Roaming Mode
    - Play as Meat Boy, CommanderVideo, Steve from Minecraft and Mr. Destructoid
  • Includes Mod Support (PC only)
    - Create & Share Custom Vehicles, Characters, and more!
  • Includes Steam Leaderboards & Achievements
  • Supports Keyboards, Mouse, Controllers & Joysticks (including PlayStation®4 and Xbox 360 controllers & others)
  • Supports Anaglyphic 3D Glasses
    - Select Missions Playable in Retro 3D!
  • Video Filters
    - EGA/CGA/NES/SMS/C64/Apple II simulation
  • Playable in 5 Languages
    - English, Francais, Italiano, Deutsch, Espanol

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor:1GHz processor
    • Memory:256 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Pixel Shader 2.0 and Vertex Shader 2.0
    • Hard Drive:40 MB HD space
    • Additional:Should run on any PC released within the past 5 years. Older graphics cards (such as those in netbooks) may not support bonus graphical filters.
    Recommended:
    • OS:Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor:1GHz or faster
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Pixel Shader 3.0 and Vertex Shader 3.0
    • Hard Drive:50 MB HD space
    • Additional:Should run on any PC released within the past 5 years. Older graphics cards (such as those in netbooks) may not support bonus graphical filters.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
    • Processor:1GHz processor
    • Memory:256 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:30 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
109 of 122 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
In the first 15 minutes I was chased by the Ninja Turtles, hijacked Bill & Ted's phone booth, met RoboCop and drove the DeLorean.
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Retro City Rampage is a wonderful homage to all things 80's. Expect references to 80's movies, games, pop culture, and much more. The gameplay itself is like a 2D, 8-bit version of the 3D Grand Theft Auto games, split between on foot combat, and vehicle segements. There are 62 story missions, 23 weapons, and tons of vehicles. The game has a pretty good difficulty curve starting very easy and building up to extremely difficult for the final sequence of story missions. The game is very generous with checkpoints so dying is almost never that big of a deal. Aside from the main story there are 14 "sprees" and 23 "second rate sprees". The sprees involve trying to get a high score while under various effects such as drunkeness, invulnerablity, explosive sweat, normal stuff. There is one second rate spree for each weapon and they just involve killing as many people with that weapon as possible. There are also 70 collectibles hidden around the game world (similar to the packages, magnets, oysters, etc. from the GTA games) along with plenty of other hidden easter-eggs giving plenty of reason to explore the game's overworld. Overall the game was very fun, very funny, and highly recommended by me.
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
One of the most fun / funny games ever made if you love old school games this one is for you and
this is very funny parody of old GTA style video games that still retains a level of enjoyment.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Retro City Rampage.

What can I say? I love this game. I can’t even write from an objective standpoint here to make an honest and fair review with this one. I’ve spent over 20 hours with this game here on steam, gotten every achievement- and even then- I didn’t quit. I took the time to Gold Medal all the optional missions too. I seriously can’t get enough. I tried for hours to put my name up on the leaderboards. I’m in the top 20 for lots of the missions and I’m quite proud of that. But enough about me.

Since I can’t really come at this from an unbiased angle I’ll just try to explain what’s it like. It's a retro-inspired Grand Theft Auto-esque homage to everything that was popular before I was born- and I can definitely respect that. I grew up watching movies and playing the games of the 80s- even though I was born in '95- just because of the way my parents were. It’s a top down shooter in some ways- a bit like Smash T.V. (a game which is actually referenced in a rather obvious level) The game is indeed open world- and has the very same mission based structure you’d come to expect from an open world experience. The cars in it drive in a couple different ways. One is akin to an RC car (a bit like R.C. Pro-A.M) and the other is one of those “Drive in the direction you press” things. Oddly- I usually prefer the latter- but mostly because I find it more precise. The story is goofy and out there- but fitting for the game. And there’s even a few cameos of a few other popular indie games.

This is the kind of game that you might be skeptical of when you see it in action- but when you actually play it you’ll see what makes it appealing- surely. Whether or not you’ll like it is entirely subjective in this case- but if you have an interest in retro games or games that resemble the kind of gameplay you find in Grand Theft Auto- you’ll at the very least get a kick out of it. If you grew up in the 80’s with the games and movies of that decade- I’d almost universally recommend it.

I can’t imagine a situation where someone will buy this game and feel entirely disappointed. I’d imagine you’d want to pick it up during a sale- as with most things on steam- but I feel the game is entirely worth the full price. Especially if you want to support the developer- who’s a pretty awesome guy by the way.

I can’t wait to see what Brian Provinciano has up his sleeves for the future.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
This game is a NES nostalgic dream. It isn't however, an NES game (just to make that clear)! It is a spoof of every game possible and it does a good job of synthesizing it together. Just get ready for both good and bad (lame) jokes.

The game is like the first version of GTA. You are able to move in 9 directions and shoot relatively to your position. Weapons are in abundance and in variety from golf clubs to shotguns to the bionic commando arm. Why is there? Why not... why not.

Any car (or bicycle or motorcycle) can be stolen. Cops chase you if you break the law and isn't as tedious as the GTA series. After running over enough cops you get a token that hides you from the police for a time being. Some cars can be modified (as well as your characters hair or skin) and are able to have weapons or a giant jet engine on it's back. Powerups are also available that can make your character fast or even allow him to fly like in Super Mario.

I like this game. I personally bought it on it's lowest sale price and do find the price slightly steep. If you do like this though it might be worth the purchase for you.

All in all - I'd give this game a 7.7/10. It's good, it entertains, but doesn't try to attempt to break away from traditional gaming. I would have loved to see the game take a bit more risks with it's gameplay.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
I got biten by Mario in the sewers, and then the Mutant Ninja Turtles pursued me in the street.

10/10, but 2spooky4me.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Pre-Release Review
Take GTA and make it 8-bit and silly as hell!

Graphics:
Retro fans will drool over the 8-bit look of the game, which is nice to look at. Lots of vibrant colors and detailed areas to enjoy. And the cutscenes are well drawn and fit the feel of the game. Nothing much to complain about here.

Sound:
8-bit sounds all the way! From the sirens and gunsfire to the music, it's all 8-bit bliss. Much of the music is also nice to listen to, but you have the option to shut it off it it's not your thing. The game also has options for different filters and boarders to make it feel like you're playing it on an old tv back in the day, scanlines and all. Some of the colors filters, while nice options, can hurt the eyes after a bit.

Control:
You can use keyboard/mouse or controller, but controller is HIGHLY reccomended. Controls are a bit of an issue, as the default keybinds feel weird and rebinding them is dificult. Once you get past that though, the game plays fine and control is responsive.

Gameplay:
This games, despite the cartoony look, retro graphics, and hilarious story, is still a GTA clone at heart. You can mug people on the strees, collect weapons and carjack people. There are paint shops and pickups to lose the heat, and shops to buy skins and weapons. But you also get a few tricks that GTA doesn't, like speed boots, the ability to jump on enemies, add weapons to your cars, and even a time machine! The wackiness really sets this game apart from GTA! The story is also a full on omage to old retro games! The game's missions doubly so! You even have to go visit an imfamous dam from a certain turtles game! The only issue I have is that some of the missions are QUITE long and due to random difficulty spikes, will often take more than an hour to complete, and repsawns during the mission are unforgiving. I have ragequitted a few times because of this. Still, this fact does not limit the overall fun factor of the game.

I recommend this game to anyone who has or had enjoyed a GTA game, but want something more light-hearted and crazy!
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19 of 34 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Pre-Release Review
You play as my father on his trip to work.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Ever played the original Grand Theft Auto games on PlayStation?
Did you like them?
Then you'll love this! This game uses the play style of the classic GTA games but with an 8-Bit twist! You'll experience lots of references to many games/movies during your time exploring the small, yet satisfying city of Theftropolis. Not only are the games missions/stages fun but there is lots of things to find, unlock and do outside of missions too! Just watch the trailer, it shows all you need to see to make a desicion on whether to buy this game or not.
But if you do buy it... I hope you enjoy it as much as I am :P
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
I made a video review to show off some of the features and gameplay of this game!
http://youtu.be/CK-k0Fv5hX8
I hope you enjoy!
Martyr
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
If the first GTA was given the elements from the other GTA games and then filled with lots of references, this would be the outcome
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
It's 8 Bit GTA just even more silly. I mean seriously it is just like GTA, at least as much as I played of it which was about as much as I playd GTA 1!.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
BEST 8 BIT GAME I EVER PLAYED. I'm not kidding.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
I jumped on a cop's pixelated face, then continued to beat him to death with a lovely spanish guitar.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
GTA Meets Hotline Miami and Pokemon.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
This game is pretty over-the-top. Mullets and spread guns run rampant in Theftropolis. There's even a car that runs on running over pedestrians. Pretty neat. It all comes in an appealing 8-bit art style.
After the original insanity subsides, you will find plenty of fun missions, almost all of which are based on classic NES games. A great buy for anyone who played Zelda, Contra, Bionic Commando or Mario and wanted it to be overhead and open-world. For those new to gaming or that have only played recent releases, there are recognizable unlockable characters like Meat Boy, CommanderVideo, and even Steve from Minecraft. This is a game made for anyone to enjoy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Bem legal pra sair atirando em tudo qto é canto... paródia com td q é jogo q existe
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Retro City Rampage is a GTA like pixel world filled with memes and steriotypes. It really feels like the old GTA2 with features from the later games. It has a decent story line and a heaploads of fun.

I recomend having it and running if if you are bored.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Retro City Rampage's gameplay, setting and style are summarised by the title. You're in a city, it's based on various old games and the objective is mainly to murder anyone onscreen. It is a parody of the 80's in general, with references to old games, films and pop stars in abundance. The game may get repetitive after a while, but with the astounding amount of content and fantastic references, it will take a while. The soundtrack is also one of the best out there.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
8.5/10

This game brings out the inner child in me. I love the retro jokes and the feel of playing a 16bit all over again.
With added features that change the texture of the world is just FANTABULOUS!

If you miss the old 8bit days of gaming check out this game when it goes on sale!
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