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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“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

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.

FEATURES


*NEW* 'DX' RE-MASTERED VERSION

  • 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.

EXTRAS & MINIGAMES

  • 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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.

    MS-DOS VERSION:
    • OS:MS-DOS 3.3, FreeDOS or Compatible
    • Processor:486 DX or Compatible
    • Memory:4 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:3.7 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • 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.

    MS-DOS VERSION:
    • OS:MS-DOS 3.3, FreeDOS or Compatible
    • Processor:PENTIUM
    • Memory:4 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:3.7 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
    • Processor:1GHz processor
    • Memory:256 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:30 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • 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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mambuco93
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
This game is GOLD

-LOTS and LOTS of movie and game references
-Good and simple controlls (and recognizes my Logitech Rumblepad2 right away)
-Nes era graphics style even on cutscenes
-Big map, lots of content
-Great soundtrack
-Nice story
-Even a potato can run the game
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kowi45
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
It's really awesome, tens of years of popculture in 1 title.
There's something missing- Anaglyph 3d support for whole game.
It'd be AWESOME even more.
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Mr.Pinkshoes
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Good game packed full of classic references. Worth a play I finished right around the 5 hour mark.
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Plato
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Honestly, love this game right now. Only 8 hours of game time so far, but many more to come. Graphics like a classic NES, game like GTA. Amazing references, 20+ years, TMNT, Back to the Future, Mario, and more. Cards, Achievements, Perfect Controller Support. The Sprees in game will keep you busy trying to Gold Medal all of them. The Story Stages are increasing in difficulty, with a decent plot. I bought this from HRK Games for $1.95, and SO worth it. One of my favorite games right now added to my Library for all the content this game has to offer. Recommend it to all gamers.
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[Y] Gravity
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
This is Gta for the nes
never gets old i have finshied it multiple time's but it is still fun to play
i own it for my Pc,Vita & Playstation 3
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De_stroyed
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
This is a great game!
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Death From Above
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
I want to like this game, because it's right in the wheelhouse of a bunch of thngs that should be fun, but it's totally insufferable and that's sad. Literally all the writing in this game is REMEMBER THAT VIDEO GAME YOU LOVED IN THE OLDEN DAYS HEY HEY GUYS REMEMBER HEY GUYS REMEMBER THAT TIME THE THING HAPPENED HEY WE ARE REMAKING THAT SEQUENCE HERE HEY HEY GUYS HEY THIS IS SO FUNNY HEY GUYS LOL.

It's too bad. There's actually the basis of a real interesting game here, but this is the video game equivilant of that guy you know that is about one one-hundredth as funny as he think he is, and it kills the whole thing dead.

Also, no remapable controls is an inexcusable PC programming sin at the best of times 15 years ago, never mind now.
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BooGone
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
While this isn't a game that's based on an 80's franchise, I still highly recommend it to 80's retro junkies. There are so many 80's elements in this game and while the game pays homage to those 80's franchises, its done in a parody like way. The TMNT parody stuff is highly amusing, and then the A-Tem show up, and you'll come across the Burton verison of Batman which at the same time pays homage to the old campy tv series, and there are even some 90's elements like the moments where the game mocks Saved by the Bell. As for the main bad guy, the developer seemed to base him off the corrupt boss in Warrant's old music videos from their Dirty Rotten era. But like I said, there are a lot of 80's elements and Back to the Future is one o fthe big ones.

In short, this game has retro NES graphics, and plays like one of the original GTA games but is chock full of 80's and some 90's satire and tht makes it totally worth getting if one is an 80's/90's junkie. Th elead character, despite being an 8 bit character, is also pretty amusing.

In short, I highly recommend this game to my fellow gen x'ers who grew up watching all of those 80's films and are into violent games that are violent in an amusing way.

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The_Red_Mage99
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
The last stage made me wanna punch my computer. 10/10
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GasMask
( 43.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
If GTA was made for NES, that's how it would be.
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Suicide Squad is Awful
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 14
NOTE: Though my time on this game says 0.1. hours, I played this game on the 3DS to completion. This may affect some of the comments on controls, but everything else is accurate to pretty much any version

Retro City Rampage ostensibly is an 80s homage/NES recreation of Grand Theft Auto. However, getting into the game, one will quickly realize that it's a dumping ground for pop culture references, with a game that cannot decide what the hell it wants to be.


Graphics/Art
Usually, faux-retro graphics is a kiss of death for indie games. Far too many developers use 8-bit homage as an excuse to make lazy pixel art. I am willing to excuse it in this instance considering that RCR was originally supposed to be an actual NES conversion of Grand Theft Auto. The character portraits are about what you'd expect from a higher-budget NES game, with the in-game art being fairly small

Sound Design
The music is good, but that's to be expected from Jake Kaufman. That said, he's done far better work for far better games (Check Shovel Knight, one of the few truly great retro throwbacks.) Not that you'd be able to hear the music unless you muted the sound effects, which is a very smart move because Retro City Rampage has some of the most ear-grating sound effects I've ever heard in a game. Every few seconds, there's digitized screeching, what's supposed to be sirens and constant white noise that is supposed to be gunshots.

Story/Character-World Building/Dialogue
Once upon a time in the 2000s, there were two directors named Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg. After being part of the staff for the popular Scary Movie series, they set out to make their own comedies, such as Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans and Disaster Movie. Everyone hated these movies, and deservedly so, because in lieu of making jokes about pop-culture, they would just reference the fact that it exists. Seltzer and Friedberg are now pariahs in Hollywood, because everyone hates them.

What does this have to do with Retro City Rampage, you ask? Because I'm convinced that this game's writers' only comedic reference were Selzter and Friedberg movies. The game does not tell jokes. The game tells references. Technically, the whole plot of the game is an *ahem* "parody" of Back to the Future. The tone of the game is set right at the beginning, where within the span of about six minutes, the game references Mega Man 2, Duck Hunt, The Dark Knight, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The A-Team, Contra, Mario Bros, Frogger, and Bill and Ted (or maybe it's Doctor Who.) See, the joke is that you probably recognize these things and they are there. The villain is literally Dr. Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog, except his name is Buttnick. There's a level where you go to a factory. The joke is that the robot is the Destructoid robot. H I L A R I O U S.

Gameplay
The story mode will showcase several problems with the game
1. There are several missions where you are faced with a ton of enemies, which showcases how bad the lock-on aiming is. It's inconsistent with when it wants to actually lock on.
2. The game has knockback when you are damaged, which will frequently kill you in later stages
3. The game will force you into random diversions, usually to show off another "parody." Want to ride a slow bike that can barely turn? No? Too bad! The developer remembered that Paperboy existed. Want to throw barrels at a wall and have to constantly douse yourself when you catch fire? It's a good thing that Tapper was a thing the developer knew about. How about having an automatic runner stage featuring a guy who can propel himself with his sweat? Don't know what the homage it, but you get it anyways! Then comes the last two stages. Now, in most video games, you would need to use all the skills you've learned in the game so far to the test but- hold the phone. The developer decided that for the final stages, the player should throw all their skills away and play freaking Outrun. I could excuse the arcade minigames because those were optional, but here, you are forced to play Outrun, while Dr. Robotnik fires missiles at you that are timed to hit you right when it's impossible to avoid them.



Grade: D
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President O
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Prositives:
* More 80's refrences than any peice of media constructed in the past 20 years, brillliantly weaved together.
* Good NES music, thats available digitally and on limited vinyll.
* Comes with a in-game instruction manual that's just a joke.
* Free roam, with an emphasis on killing sprees. Basically, what GTA is built for.
* Chris Hoffman himself is a cosmetic in this game.
* A emphasis on retro graphics and style-you can even change the TV border (or turn it off)
* DX mode makes it easier than what you've heard (and is toggleable)...

Connatatives:
*...but it's still hard. Expect a lot of deaths and some frustrating levels.
* Once you finish the story, you're really only left with Leaderboarded-Challanges and Collectibles
* The story is about 16 hours. A little lackluster.
* If you're not familiar or from the 80s, the game's humor won't make any sense.

SUMMARY:
A radical jet-fueled love-letter to all things from modern gaming's birth, It's a satisfying yet challenging game for those who's hearts and minds are still with their NES. Anyone else, though, may simply be too young to get it.
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Ramiel
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
8 bit GTA. The game is a good play, and takes points from the top-down GTA that started it all. Pretty entertaining, and a hilarous satire storyline that reminds us of the stories that games make.
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Etchasketch
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Hurts to say it considering I love everything referenced in this game but it just felt boring and forced after a while. Gets really repeptitive towards the end and the story just falls flat.
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TinyShades
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
1) Immediately steal a car.
2) Try to lose the cops who are chasing you because you stole a car.
3) Realise you can get a ton of weapons.
4) ♥♥♥ SHIT UP

69/5 would drive straight into a police barricade again.
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gay monster dad
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
While this isn't really to my personal taste much, the game is a pretty competent offering and does "retro" properly instead of being an awkward half-way thing.
Main flaw of it that put me off is the game plays things way too fast and loose, it's honestly difficult to keep up with all the ♥♥♥♥ it throws at you non-stop. Though that could just be me being old. =v
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Ladislav Bonita
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
boredom at its finest
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tushar
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Like old classics with a slight twist of the present gen-games.
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viad
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Retro City Rampage is what you get when you combine a modern open world game with retro 8 bit gameplay and style. Oh, and with loads of pop culture and video game references. This combination of different gameplay and style works well, playing out like an 8 bit version of GTA and similar games with plenty of humor and parodies going on.

The story revolves around Player, the main character of the game, who is a henchman. After stealing a time traveling phone booth that takes him into the year 20XX, Player must work with Doc Choc to fix the time machine and also interact with other characters in Theftopolis to get the needed parts. In the game, the story is driven through missions and cutscenes. Along with the main missions for the story are optional side missions that provide extra narrative based on the main plot.
The game uses a lot of parodies and references throughout as seen with the characters and scenery, to name a few. With the sheer amount of references going left and right, it’s easy to be overwhelmed, but the parodies are a good laugh with a focus on video games and 80s and 90s pop culture. The references range from mainstream to obscure and subtle to blunt, and it’s a great experience keeping with the game’s theme and setting. The majority of the references lie in Story Mode, which really drives not just the parodies but also the overall style of the game.

Retro City Rampage plays much like a cross between open world games like Grand Theft Auto with some gameplay style from NES games. Like in most open world games, there is a big city to explore and missions pointing you to certain locations. The majority of missions focus on getting to a certain spot on the map and doing a certain task. There’s a great variety of different tasks to do, making the Story Mode missions interesting with different gameplay goals to complete. In addition to the structured missions that show each objective to be done, there are also arcade style missions with the goal being to get a high score. These arcade missions are quite fun in their own right, focusing instead on pure mayhem and causing as much destruction in the city.
As the gameplay borrows from GTA, there are some common elements in Retro City Rampage. Cars can be stolen, pedestrians can be attacked, police will attack upon seeing a crime, and there are a variety of weapons to use. The game does deviate from typical open world games by bringing its own twist based on games from the 8 bit era. Jumping is performed like in platforming games with the intent to jump over obstacles and to jump on people’s heads. This jump attack can kill people and is a powerful unarmed attack. Objects and people can be picked up and thrown in a manner similar to beat em up games, where any object is carried over the head and thrown forward. Powerups can bestow different effects. These powerups must be bought unless a mission gives one that must be used, and they give a huge amount of power in a limited time.
In addition, the game is quite fair when it comes to trying to complete missions. After dying in a mission a few times, the game will offer some useful tips pertaining to that mission. If the game feels that the mission is quite tough for the person playing based on the many deaths that occurred, the game may change things around by giving a handicap to help complete the mission. This function of making the missions a tad bit easier is not in every mission, so some particularly tough missions must be completed at the default difficulty. Anyhow, it’s clear to see the inspiration from open world games, but there’s also a great combination with gameplay from NES games that works well as a game that is fun to play.

This game employs an 8 bit pixel style, with a very sincere approach in imitating the style of actual games from that era. The graphics are quite blocky and low resolution in the overworld, as if the game were on the NES. Character portraits are also similar in style, along with capturing the original character or person’s features from the parody. Only a few modern graphical liberties are used, one of which is the wavy screen distortion effect. In addition to its 8 bit style, there are various screen borders that slightly affect the presentation of the game, either by placing high resolution graphical borders that fit the game’s theme to even changing the colors of the game. With the 8 bit NES art style, the game treats the graphics quite well. It’s the same way that the parodies are treated with respect toward the original material, and the game goes great lengths into accurately portraying visuals as if it were an actual NES game with great results.

The music in the soundtrack is chiptune like the style of the game. There are some nice tunes played throughout, with the soundtrack being done by various video game musicians. Each of the songs work very well with the tone and style of the game, with a few parodies too based on some popular NES tunes. Overall, the soundtrack is quite catchy and stays true to the general theme quite well.
Of note is the sound design, which is done like the sounds of the NES. All the sounds are not realistic and instead go for the beepy electronic noises that were a mainstay of games in the 80s. This design choice perfectly matches what the game was going for, with almost every aspect of the game being lifted from an NES game from its original time. There are only a few unique things seen in modern games that this game uses, but Retro City Rampage does so well in staying true to the original retro video game style.

Retro City Rampage is in essence, an 8 bit version of open world games like GTA with lots of parodies here and there. The story is quite straightforward with the majority of parodies going there for a good laugh. The gameplay draws from GTA the most but throws in some gameplay style from NES games too. To top it off, both the art and music stay close to the style of the NES and holds its origins in high regard. Retro City Rampage is a fun game to play and oozes with respect for retro video games.
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Some Guy From The Internet
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
It is basically like playing the original GTA, except packed with tons of references to old stuff.

Most of it will probably go over your head if you're under 25, you'll probably get most everything if you're over 25.

https://youtu.be/wxfiTrqWlFA
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
43.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
If GTA was made for NES, that's how it would be.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
It is basically like playing the original GTA, except packed with tons of references to old stuff.

Most of it will probably go over your head if you're under 25, you'll probably get most everything if you're over 25.

https://youtu.be/wxfiTrqWlFA
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Honestly, love this game right now. Only 8 hours of game time so far, but many more to come. Graphics like a classic NES, game like GTA. Amazing references, 20+ years, TMNT, Back to the Future, Mario, and more. Cards, Achievements, Perfect Controller Support. The Sprees in game will keep you busy trying to Gold Medal all of them. The Story Stages are increasing in difficulty, with a decent plot. I bought this from HRK Games for $1.95, and SO worth it. One of my favorite games right now added to my Library for all the content this game has to offer. Recommend it to all gamers.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
8 bit GTA. The game is a good play, and takes points from the top-down GTA that started it all. Pretty entertaining, and a hilarous satire storyline that reminds us of the stories that games make.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Retro City Rampage is what you get when you combine a modern open world game with retro 8 bit gameplay and style. Oh, and with loads of pop culture and video game references. This combination of different gameplay and style works well, playing out like an 8 bit version of GTA and similar games with plenty of humor and parodies going on.

The story revolves around Player, the main character of the game, who is a henchman. After stealing a time traveling phone booth that takes him into the year 20XX, Player must work with Doc Choc to fix the time machine and also interact with other characters in Theftopolis to get the needed parts. In the game, the story is driven through missions and cutscenes. Along with the main missions for the story are optional side missions that provide extra narrative based on the main plot.
The game uses a lot of parodies and references throughout as seen with the characters and scenery, to name a few. With the sheer amount of references going left and right, it’s easy to be overwhelmed, but the parodies are a good laugh with a focus on video games and 80s and 90s pop culture. The references range from mainstream to obscure and subtle to blunt, and it’s a great experience keeping with the game’s theme and setting. The majority of the references lie in Story Mode, which really drives not just the parodies but also the overall style of the game.

Retro City Rampage plays much like a cross between open world games like Grand Theft Auto with some gameplay style from NES games. Like in most open world games, there is a big city to explore and missions pointing you to certain locations. The majority of missions focus on getting to a certain spot on the map and doing a certain task. There’s a great variety of different tasks to do, making the Story Mode missions interesting with different gameplay goals to complete. In addition to the structured missions that show each objective to be done, there are also arcade style missions with the goal being to get a high score. These arcade missions are quite fun in their own right, focusing instead on pure mayhem and causing as much destruction in the city.
As the gameplay borrows from GTA, there are some common elements in Retro City Rampage. Cars can be stolen, pedestrians can be attacked, police will attack upon seeing a crime, and there are a variety of weapons to use. The game does deviate from typical open world games by bringing its own twist based on games from the 8 bit era. Jumping is performed like in platforming games with the intent to jump over obstacles and to jump on people’s heads. This jump attack can kill people and is a powerful unarmed attack. Objects and people can be picked up and thrown in a manner similar to beat em up games, where any object is carried over the head and thrown forward. Powerups can bestow different effects. These powerups must be bought unless a mission gives one that must be used, and they give a huge amount of power in a limited time.
In addition, the game is quite fair when it comes to trying to complete missions. After dying in a mission a few times, the game will offer some useful tips pertaining to that mission. If the game feels that the mission is quite tough for the person playing based on the many deaths that occurred, the game may change things around by giving a handicap to help complete the mission. This function of making the missions a tad bit easier is not in every mission, so some particularly tough missions must be completed at the default difficulty. Anyhow, it’s clear to see the inspiration from open world games, but there’s also a great combination with gameplay from NES games that works well as a game that is fun to play.

This game employs an 8 bit pixel style, with a very sincere approach in imitating the style of actual games from that era. The graphics are quite blocky and low resolution in the overworld, as if the game were on the NES. Character portraits are also similar in style, along with capturing the original character or person’s features from the parody. Only a few modern graphical liberties are used, one of which is the wavy screen distortion effect. In addition to its 8 bit style, there are various screen borders that slightly affect the presentation of the game, either by placing high resolution graphical borders that fit the game’s theme to even changing the colors of the game. With the 8 bit NES art style, the game treats the graphics quite well. It’s the same way that the parodies are treated with respect toward the original material, and the game goes great lengths into accurately portraying visuals as if it were an actual NES game with great results.

The music in the soundtrack is chiptune like the style of the game. There are some nice tunes played throughout, with the soundtrack being done by various video game musicians. Each of the songs work very well with the tone and style of the game, with a few parodies too based on some popular NES tunes. Overall, the soundtrack is quite catchy and stays true to the general theme quite well.
Of note is the sound design, which is done like the sounds of the NES. All the sounds are not realistic and instead go for the beepy electronic noises that were a mainstay of games in the 80s. This design choice perfectly matches what the game was going for, with almost every aspect of the game being lifted from an NES game from its original time. There are only a few unique things seen in modern games that this game uses, but Retro City Rampage does so well in staying true to the original retro video game style.

Retro City Rampage is in essence, an 8 bit version of open world games like GTA with lots of parodies here and there. The story is quite straightforward with the majority of parodies going there for a good laugh. The gameplay draws from GTA the most but throws in some gameplay style from NES games too. To top it off, both the art and music stay close to the style of the NES and holds its origins in high regard. Retro City Rampage is a fun game to play and oozes with respect for retro video games.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
1) Immediately steal a car.
2) Try to lose the cops who are chasing you because you stole a car.
3) Realise you can get a ton of weapons.
4) ♥♥♥ SHIT UP

69/5 would drive straight into a police barricade again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Prositives:
* More 80's refrences than any peice of media constructed in the past 20 years, brillliantly weaved together.
* Good NES music, thats available digitally and on limited vinyll.
* Comes with a in-game instruction manual that's just a joke.
* Free roam, with an emphasis on killing sprees. Basically, what GTA is built for.
* Chris Hoffman himself is a cosmetic in this game.
* A emphasis on retro graphics and style-you can even change the TV border (or turn it off)
* DX mode makes it easier than what you've heard (and is toggleable)...

Connatatives:
*...but it's still hard. Expect a lot of deaths and some frustrating levels.
* Once you finish the story, you're really only left with Leaderboarded-Challanges and Collectibles
* The story is about 16 hours. A little lackluster.
* If you're not familiar or from the 80s, the game's humor won't make any sense.

SUMMARY:
A radical jet-fueled love-letter to all things from modern gaming's birth, It's a satisfying yet challenging game for those who's hearts and minds are still with their NES. Anyone else, though, may simply be too young to get it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
While this isn't a game that's based on an 80's franchise, I still highly recommend it to 80's retro junkies. There are so many 80's elements in this game and while the game pays homage to those 80's franchises, its done in a parody like way. The TMNT parody stuff is highly amusing, and then the A-Tem show up, and you'll come across the Burton verison of Batman which at the same time pays homage to the old campy tv series, and there are even some 90's elements like the moments where the game mocks Saved by the Bell. As for the main bad guy, the developer seemed to base him off the corrupt boss in Warrant's old music videos from their Dirty Rotten era. But like I said, there are a lot of 80's elements and Back to the Future is one o fthe big ones.

In short, this game has retro NES graphics, and plays like one of the original GTA games but is chock full of 80's and some 90's satire and tht makes it totally worth getting if one is an 80's/90's junkie. Th elead character, despite being an 8 bit character, is also pretty amusing.

In short, I highly recommend this game to my fellow gen x'ers who grew up watching all of those 80's films and are into violent games that are violent in an amusing way.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
This is Gta for the nes
never gets old i have finshied it multiple time's but it is still fun to play
i own it for my Pc,Vita & Playstation 3
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Like old classics with a slight twist of the present gen-games.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
It's really awesome, tens of years of popculture in 1 title.
There's something missing- Anaglyph 3d support for whole game.
It'd be AWESOME even more.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Ever dreamt of playing an 8-bit rendition of Grand Theft Auto/Saints Row?

Retro City Rampage is a very entertaining 8-bit game which fuses famous 80's movies with video game nostalgia.

Set in an open world with alot to do and alot to learn, this is one of those games you can spend hours in without getting bored.

And there is something here for everyone, whether you just want to highjack cars and go postal or play 8-bit Metal Gear Solid inspired levels. You'll never know exactly what to expect. The game itself is based on missions but one mission may have you do classic 2D platforming while the next is a isometric cover-based shooting mission. Repetitive doesn't exactly exist here and it works.

+Lengthy Single-Player Campaign
+Customize your character
+Tons of weapons
+Great sense of humor
+For all gamers, the older you are the more you will understand
+Mod support
+Tons of replayability without mods
+Retro style art, retro style soundtrack

So you see, whether you're a movie buff or you're just a fan of retro games from the NES era or maybe both (?) then you'll enjoy this game. There are alot of hidden easter eggs in this game that 80's babies will pick up on but also plenty of surprises and fun stuff for the modern gamer as well.

Like a love-child of 3 games... GTAV, Stardew Valley and Saturday Morning RPG. If you like any of those, you'll probably love this one.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
This game is the NES-style crossover of GTA 2 and some of best NES titles like:
- Super Mario Bros
- Contra
- Smash TV
- Mega Man
- and a lot of other references and easter eggs!

Simple and addictive gameplay, fun missions and crazy plot. Must-play for every 90' games lover!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
If you love Retro Games, go play this game!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
It's like indie, gta, and retro had a child, and I love every second of it.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
This game, This game is one of those games where you derp around and is full of references

10/10, Would derp around again
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Feels like Saints Row converted to 8-bit.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
its a 8-bit GTA
+great music
+Great dialouge
+Great story
+Tons of quests
+ Achievements
+ mini games
+ Trading cards
+ Controller support
+ Many refences to the 80s and 90s
+ Many vehicles and weapons
+ Power-ups
+ Character customizations
+ Guest characters from other games playable in free-roam mode
+ Multiple supported languages
+ Worth the price
+ Rarely gets boring

A great, solid game for hours of enjoyment.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Can't afford GTA? No problem, get this instead.
So much parody in one game, I love it.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
full-auto rocket launcher ?!!.... yea , GTA fanboys can die in peace now
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