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!
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Release Date: Nov 11, 2014

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“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 –

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

About This Game

INCLUDES PC + MAC + LINUX+ MS-DOS, plus prototypes for Windows 3.1 and NES!

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.



  • 8-BIT 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.


  • Includes "Retro City Rampage: 486" for MS-DOS
    - Play the game on a 486 DX PC or above!
  • Includes Prototype Version of "Retro City Rampage: 486" for Windows 3.1
    - Try the game out on Windows 3.1 in 16-colors
  • Includes Prototype Version, "ROM City Rampage" for NES
    - 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS:Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • 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.

    • OS:MS-DOS 3.3, FreeDOS or Compatible
    • Processor:486 DX or Compatible
    • Memory:4 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:3.7 MB HD space
    • OS:Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • 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.

    • OS:MS-DOS 3.3, FreeDOS or Compatible
    • Processor:PENTIUM
    • Memory:4 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:3.7 MB HD space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
    • Processor:1GHz processor
    • Memory:256 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:30 MB HD space
    • Processor:1GHz processor
    • Memory:256 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:30 MB HD space
    • Additional:Should run on any PC released within the past 5 years. Older graphics cards (such as those in netbooks).
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
Product received for free
Ok, for some reason, my long review auto deleted itself, so ill redo what i can do it again.

This game was gifted to me from a friend. It is quite fun, but newer gamers and millenials might not understand things in this game as they are parodies from the 1980's and upwards. Also, people who only care about graphics will not like this game either, due to the older look of the graphics in this. I really enjoyed this title.

Anyways, this game was quite fun to play and i recommend it to all my friends for retro gaming and funny game playing.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
U get to use a mariachi (or however u spell it) guitar...... and kill people with it

10/10 would mariachi again
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113 of 132 people (86%) found this review helpful
122 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 17, 2015
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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252 of 330 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
I think the concept of this game is great. The idea is that it's an open world crime game like GTA, but it's set in video game land filled with parodies of almost any video game character you can imagine. It's a brilliant idea, and fortunately the game mostly lives up to this great concept even if it falls short in some areas.

The game plays as you'd expect out of an open world crime game. However, the game tries to have a much better variety of mission styles. It doesn't try to be only standard A to B shooting. The game tries to mix it up by including missions that are arcade-like or based on old NES games. Thanks to this the variety is incredible and every other mission mixes up the gameplay in some way, so you'll rarely get bored. The quality of the missions do vary however. A good amount of the missions are fun and challenging, but others tend to be a little shallow and funnled, not leaving a lot of room for experimentation. On the whole though, the biggest problem with the missions in this game is that they're all a bit short.

The pacing of the whole game is crazy fast, so it's a very quick experience and missions end quite fast sometimes. Unfortunately this leads to my biggest problem with the game; the main campaign is not very long. You can try to take it slow and try not to rush through, but the game is so fun you won't want to stop. It isn't criminally short though, it can last to about 6-7 hours. Just don't expect a 15-20 hour long campaign. The game offers a challenge and it gets really brutal at times. Don't get me wrong the game is not unbeatable, it's just some of the levels do not hold back on challenge, so there is a good amount of authentic NES-style difficulty. Expect to get a bit frustrated at times if you're not used to that kind of thing.

The game has a pacing problem narrative-wise as well. It seems like the game was supposed to have a somewhat deep storyline and characters but that aspect seems to have been scrapped before the game's release. So as a result, if you were looking for an engaging story, you'll be disappointed. It's extremely fast paced, and has a lot of unrelated events and characters you see once or twice then never again, there's just no focus. That doesn't mean it's horrible though, since it manages to be entertain and the humor is mostly well done. The characters are also interesting and there's always something new and amusing around the corner.

The parody aspect is extremely well done. Basically, the whole world of RCR is one big parody. The characters in it are cleverly de-branded counterparts of famous characters, and basically everything else is a reference to something from the 80's, the 90's, or sometimes the 2000's. The whole city you explore is chock full of parodies and pop-culture references, it's pretty fun to explore. However it's a little 'look but don't touch'. The city is just kind of....there. It's fun to look at, but it's not very interactive and you can't go into most of the buildings. The city is also a bit small as well which is a little disappointing, but understandable if there was not much dev time to spare or it couldn't be bigger due to the NES limitations, possibly both (yes, the game's engine has limitations very similar to the NES). The sprites are small as well which is kind of jarring in contrast with all the amazing pixel art in the game. They're not very detailed, but there is a zoom mode if you want them to be bigger. Just keep in mind that it doesn't make the sprites more detailed, it just makes them larger.

The music in this game is composed by 3 different guys including the legendary "virt" (Jake Kaufman), and they each have their own style. The soundtrack in this game is very, very good. It sounds extremely authentic, so it's almost as if they were ripped out of an actual old NES game. The only problem I have with the music is that during cutscenes, it switches between songs in a weird way. Like one shot shows something and there's a song in the background, then when it changes to a different shot showing something else, it switches to a entirely different song that's completely unrelated to the previous song that was playing, so the cutscenes sound a bit weird at times. Also I know an in-game radio like in GTA is probably hard to code, but in this game you don't get a feeling that it's playing songs on other stations without you. So sometimes, it sounds like it starts playing the same song every time you switch to a certain station.

Overall though, RCR is a very fun and unique game combining all the pop culture from the 80's and 90's into one game, so the nostalgia due to the sheer amount of references gets pretty intense. Also, the game has a lot of variety and and some genuinely good humor, so you'll rarely get bored during the short but sweet campaign. The game may have not truly lived up to it's great concept, but it was pretty damn close. I think there is a lot of potential for this concept, with just a few tweaks, a sequel to this game could possibly be one of the best indie games ever.

EDIT: After some rethinking, I've decided to recommend this game. You have to keep in mind that I waited quite a while for this game, and it didn't live up to the extreme expectations I had, so I set myself up for disappointment. So at first it was more of a personal review instead of an objective one. So I changed it to be more objective and recommended the game. The game still has some hefty flaws, but it's still a fun romp no doubt.
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48 of 53 people (91%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 22, 2014
It’s like Grand Theft Auto in an 8-bit simulator. Retro City Rampage is the incarnation of the 80s and 90s. Also the sound effects and music make you totally feel the 80s. This game is a MUST-HAVE for all those who grew up with such games and want to relive the old times. Through, if you’re one of the new age-kids where graphics are everything, you might want to pass.

Once you made it through the handful of training missions, the game opens up substantially, and you can keep both: the comedy and the action rolling at your own pace. Some of the comic moments are so thick that it can at first feel oppressive. Nobody will laugh at everything, BUT everybody will laugh at SOMETHING in this game!

Of course you can keep attention to all missions but the most of your fun will consist of freeroaming the city and just raising hell! It’s easy to spend hours with it because the game always offers enough to keep you busy. For example whenever you start to kill people (with driving, shooting, punching or otherwise) the police will follow you and you get the feeling of a gangster on escape.

I highly recommend this game. ♥
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46 of 51 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2015
Retro City Rampage: a cleaner version of GTA with a retro asthetic. It's got a funny storyline, great music, tons of weapons, thousands of hidden goodies around the map, and most importantly, fun gameplay.

Pick it up while it's on sale and you'll find it a solid use of 20 hours of your time.
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47 of 53 people (89%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 11, 2014
Decent gameplay, the main reason to bother with it is for all the crazy 80's and early 90's references. There are a few internet meme's strewn throughout and it's all very welcome in my books.

The retro game references are just superb though, with an entire section dedicated to the original TMNT NES cartridge among others, it's a blast to just experience the game as a whole.

The game had a lot of love put in to it, the music is incredible and I had to download the soundtrack afterwards and I still listen to it every once in a while.

Definitely worth a sale price purchase in the 10 to 15 dollar range.

I can't say much about the controls as it basically plays like a slightly better version of the original top view GTA games (1 & 2) mixed with an 8-bit NES style. The map can get a bit convoluted and collectables are a bit annoying to find even with a guide because of the shoddy graphics but it's still do-able with some focus.

The thing is you'll either love it or hate it... and if the references can't save you because you're too young to understand it, then you should probably stay away because it's all about the references, not so much about the gameplay.
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80 of 106 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 2, 2013
IfI had to recommend a great retro style game. This would be the one. It's like GTA 1 game married the references/pop culture of the 80's and 90's (and yes some other newer games too)! If you love the 80's and 90's you will find this game worth while giving a playthrough. With all it's 8-bit glory. Heck they have free-play mode where you have nothing to do but do what you want in this open world. Customizing the game look also is pretty radical! Be the way cool cat and get this game if you don't already have it.
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40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Bicycles explode if caught in another vehicles explosion

+ Great Grand Theft Auto-style gameplay.
+ Achievements
+ Leaderboards
+ Trading cards
+ Controller support
+ Many refences
+ 60+ story missions
+ Many vehicles and weapons
+ Power-ups
+ Character customizations
+ Includes the prototype versions
+ 13 in-game radio stations
+ Guest characters from other games playable in free-roam mode
+ PC-only mod support
+ Multiple supported languages
+ Worth the price
+ Rarely gets boring
+ Different colour modes

- Some glasses slightly blend into Player's face

10/10, great if you like classic games and/or Grand Theft Auto (Especially GTA 1 + London expansions, 2, Advance and Chinatown Wars)

Star rating (Out of 5): ★★★★★
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 11, 2015
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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7.1 hrs
Posted: October 21
This game is like a cheap and arcade version of Grand Theft Auto I recommend this game for arcade & free roam gamers.
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10.8 hrs
Posted: October 19
Retro City Rampage is one of my top 10 indie games.
It's like an 8-bit GTA with great OST, gameplay, and the story is full of humor and references of movies or games from the 80's. I would def recommend getting the game for sale or even for a full price.
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2.0 hrs
Posted: October 16
This is probably the greatest video game I have ever played. If you like a game with great humor, 80's and 90's references, 8-bit graphics with smooth, action packed gameplay, then this is the game for you! I am SO hyped for the sequel, Shakedown Hawaii!
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7.2 hrs
Posted: October 12
really fun. i definetly reccomend it.
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4.2 hrs
Posted: October 12
theres even Trailer Park Boys missions!!!!!!
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4.1 hrs
Posted: October 11
This Game Is A Story Game Mostly It gets Boring Then Fun Then Boring. I do not at all recommend this game at all at the end This Game Is SO BORING.
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George and George
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 26
decent game but its keyboard controls are very bad, i pretty much believe you should only buy it if you have a controller.
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Charming Cthulhu
4.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
This game is basically a parody on everything that's somewhat retro. It's full of adrenaline and variety. One of the intensest and funniest games I've ever played.
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