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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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

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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PhyukYOOMMKAAY
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This game can only be reviewed with one long run on sentence. Here we go:

It's a fun no thought adhd gta/saints row makes no sense in the style of 8 bit, it's the game we all wanted in the 80's but couldn't get with one reference right after the other it much reminds me of the film kung fury in game form.
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KeysOfSkills
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
One of the best game I ever played! If you like humor, references and retro style games, it's for you!
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PoirotK
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
8 bit GTA with killer soundtrack !!!
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Deviancy
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Take me down to murder and mayhem city.. where the 80's are alive and well and the girls are all.. 8 bit?

Saints Row 2-4 and GTA: Vice City have nothing on this game when it comes to paying homage to the 80's and murder and mayhem, but they do have better graphics, better soundtracks, and far more t&a but who needs t&a when you can kill the Turtles, the A-Team, and the Hoff? At least I think I ran over the Hoff. This game is just everything I wanted in a NES game in the 80's but never got, and I love the 80's.

In short, if you're a child of the 80's and you aren't a graphics junkie and can appreciate 8 bit lovin', this game is calling your name.... really.. really loudly.

And its dirt cheap so it isn't like you'll have buyers remorse even if you don't care for it.

Did I mention it runs under Dos, Windows, and that your cat can play it?
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Prince Guido
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This game techinically takes only a few hours to beat. However, the proper way to play is not simply to beat the game here. Nay, the true goal is to take as much tiime between missions as possible, thus increasing the playtime by at least twofold. That being said, other than the actual arcade-style games-within-a-game, the only game I've been able to come up with for this is "See How Long You Can Survive the Police". The story missions are quite enjoyable and provide the variety I cannot, although there really should have been more of them (especially the non-story missions). The endgame somehow manages to take away both the titular city and rampage, instead opting to throw in a tonne of combat. And then you reach the final boss. While I personally found it a pain to beat, I can only imagine the difficulty one would have with it if they hadn't played one of the aformentioned games-within-a-game. Have fun if you miss one of your incredibly specifically-timed attack opportunities!

In short Retro City Rampage is a fun game, as long as you don't put too much effort into beating it. It's fun, but doesn't have too much depth.

7/10
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no im jory
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
reference after reference
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LongDong Silvers
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
game is pure 80's gold, havent put too much time into it but the first 10 minutes are full of references to 80's pop culture
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Gerach
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
I had no idea what i was doing for all that time... but it was fun!
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( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Retro City Rampage™ DX is a game that I recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- it has an acceptable price
- it is a retro game
- it is indie
- it is funny
- it has a good soundtrack
- it has action
- it has trading cards

Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This game techinically takes only a few hours to beat. However, the proper way to play is not simply to beat the game here. Nay, the true goal is to take as much tiime between missions as possible, thus increasing the playtime by at least twofold. That being said, other than the actual arcade-style games-within-a-game, the only game I've been able to come up with for this is "See How Long You Can Survive the Police". The story missions are quite enjoyable and provide the variety I cannot, although there really should have been more of them (especially the non-story missions). The endgame somehow manages to take away both the titular city and rampage, instead opting to throw in a tonne of combat. And then you reach the final boss. While I personally found it a pain to beat, I can only imagine the difficulty one would have with it if they hadn't played one of the aformentioned games-within-a-game. Have fun if you miss one of your incredibly specifically-timed attack opportunities!

In short Retro City Rampage is a fun game, as long as you don't put too much effort into beating it. It's fun, but doesn't have too much depth.

7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
One of the best game I ever played! If you like humor, references and retro style games, it's for you!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
This is the pinnacle of indi game done well to me: Not only the game is good (lot of references to other games, good story, lot of stuff to do, good OST), but the game is constantly updated, even 2 years after it's release, which really show how much the devs care about it.
I highly recommend it to you love old GTA (1, London and 2) and if you love retro games.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
171 of 190 people (90%) found this review helpful
114 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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246 of 324 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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49 of 53 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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47 of 51 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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45 of 50 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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