Retro Game Crunch is a series of 7 games, full of the charm and challenge of the 8-bit generation. Each world feels like an authentic NES classic. A massive genre-spanning collection.
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Release Date: May 19, 2014

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December 19, 2015

RGC Development Journal

Our full development journal is available online!

Retro Game Crunch was created before there was anything like Steam Early Access. We started back in late 2012 and documented the process along the way. We shared our trials and triumphs. Of course, not everything made it into the games:

This journal was originally for the Kickstarter backers, but now it's available for all. Please enjoy.


Journal posts for specific games:

End of Line
Paradox Lost
Wub-Wub Wescue
Brains & Hearts

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About This Game

Retro Game Crunch is a series of 7 games, full of the charm and challenge of the 8-bit generation. Each world feels like an authentic NES classic. This genre-spanning collection includes...

  • Super Clew Land – Eat, evolve, and explore in this happy-go-lucky exploration-based platformer.
  • End of Line – A game about learning how to die. Figure out how to thwart autonomous repair bots in this puzzle adventure.
  • GAIAttack – Gaia has summoned four champions to rise up and destroy the pillaging Sky Pirates. A beat 'em up platformer for up to four players.
  • Paradox Lost – Abby crashes her plane, but stumbles upon a gun that shoots time travel! A metroidvania across three time periods.
  • Wub-Wub Wescue – A pug must brave the jungle and navigate its treacherous rhythms, all to rescue his master. An early 80’s arcade platformer.
  • Brains & Hearts – A two player card game that takes place inside Albert Einstein's dream. Play against the CPU or a friend.
  • Shūten – A samurai shoot 'em up for one or two players. Owari’s village is trampled as ancient gods awaken. He takes up sword to end them.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360, Dualshock 4, or XInput-compatible controller
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8.5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360, Dualshock 4 or Dualshock 3 Controller
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
Retro Game Crunch reminds me a bit of the Indieszero developed DS game titled Retro Game Challenge, but without the really fun and charming story mode that went along with that amazingly overlooked handheld title. What Retro Game Crunch does well over Retro Game Challenge however is include a much more fun lineup of titles. This, much like Retro Game Challenge however I'm afriad will go unnoticed by most people.

Retro Game Crunch is basically just a collection of individual retro inspired games that all have a sort of NES look and appeal to them. All are completely new and original though, drawing only inspiration from games of past. Most of the games have a nice learning curve from casual to intermediate, with only 1 really having a higher learning curve, that being the 1 non action game in the bunch. 6 of the games range from various action subgenres from platformers to shoot em ups, with a 7th game being a sort of number based card battle game. The stand out title for me is definitley Super Clew Land, a platformer where the main character evolves throughout the game as you eat different objects and play a color match game within the game. Evolving gives you new abilities, such as being able to swim, and break through blocks. Another standout is Shuten, in which you play a sword wielding guy who can steal his enemies moves to use against them. It is also a fun casual shoot em up.

The graphics are all nice and have good clean and chunky sprites, and the music is pleasant and fitting. There is also built in controller support, with preloaded mapping that makes sense for the individual games, as well as keyboard support.

All in all, a solid collection of games. My only gripe is that the UI does not allow you to exit a game to go back to the main menu, unless you minimize the window, and select quit from the file options. Small gripe, and nothing major. It just would make more sense to include the option to go back to the main menu within the game.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2015
I actually do recommend this if it's like a buck or something. It's "fine," just not particularly great. Games range from decent/slightly charming to just plain filler.

Doesn't seem to recognize dxinput and every single game uses a different keyboard scheme so joy2key is a pain. Inconsistent framerates, maybe because it seems to be Shockwave Flash or something?
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
A good collection of games that don't do anything ground breaking but are all pretty unique & fairly original. They do some things similar to other games you've probably played but that's not really a bad thing. They're all simple, fun & easy to pick up & play.

I'm not going to review each game seperately since the entire package viewed as a whole is better than viewing everything on its own. Each game is short & varied in how it plays. One game has you go around eating critters to evolve, another has you jump up platforms & defeat enemies/bosses, while another is a metroidvania type of game, one is a shmup, one is a classic arcade style puzzle platformer, one is a 2 player card game, then another has you trying to kill yourself. Yep. Pretty unique, right?

They all control solid, they all have different style graphics & color palettes, they all have their own soundtracks & they're all fairly good games. A few of the games also have local 2 player modes which is also nice.

Overall, everything is pretty good. You get a mixture of short games for about the price of one. Some games are better than others & nothing is really amazing but nothing is really bad either. It's all fairly average in overall quality but there's nothing wrong with that, unless you just have really high standards.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
Retro Game Crunch was a really, really pleasant surprise for something I bought with trading card money at 5 in the morning. The collection, while not all perfect, is not only robust but fun to play. There's everything from a metroidvania to a shmup, a Flashback-like puzzle platformer and a rage platformer.

Super Clew Land is the first game and, honestly, I don't know if it should be- because it's easily the best. The game's mechanics are engaging and thoughtful and the scale is absolutely perfect. The level and character designs are fun and difficulty ramps up perfectly. It was the kind of old school magic of Shovel Knight in a 1-hour package (10/10)

End of Line is a fun puzzle game with some unique mechanics. It's nothing to write home about but, coming from someone who doesnt particularly like top-down puzzle games it was fun enough to keep me playing for a half hour with a colorful pallete and a really solid pacing (7/10)

GAIAttack is where things fall apart. Again, I really have to commend these guys for tackling so much and getting most things really right, better then some other indie developers who expert in these genres. But GAIAttack is just not good. The color pallette and designs are fantastic, as per every game, and the mechanics are even fun. GAIAttack is a gradually moving beat-em-up side scroller with a great combat system....that doesn't work. Movement is clunky and most attacks are unresponsive and are never satisfying when hit. It's a beautiful looking and designed fighter that works about half the time (4/10)

Paradox Lost was interesting. I like it, I like it a lot but it's first impressions were worrying. For about 10 minutes this game looked EXACTLY like Metroid down to character and map design and it played the same. That being said there is a fantastic time mechanic that keeps things interesting and fast-paced and begins to shape the game an identity of its own. It ends a bit uprubtly as the game has an overall objective that's mostly optional- a metroidvania with an optional completion bonus. It doesnt really tell you when it's about to end though. (8/10)

Wub Wub Rescue looked like a fun game but it's the kind of genre I can't stand so I skipped it

Brains & Hearts is a really dense card game (that's right, a card game) that will finally click after two or three tries. It's somewhat intuitive but it has such a dense interworking system of mechanics that it never feels like you quite get it even though its fun to play. Think of it like trying to design an original, never before seen card game. Obviously you have to come up with something new but you also have to stray away from everything done before which makes for a complicated set of rules. It's hard to describe, obviously, but I had fun for the ten or twenty minutes I played (7/10)

And finally there's Shuten which is a Chinese-legend, ninja toting, shuriken and monster filled shmup. It's really fun and I'm still sinking my teeth into it. It has a weapon-stealing mechanic and colorful boss fights. It's nothing mind blowing but it's certainly above-average and even has some RPG elements. Above all, it's just plain fun (8/10)

So, overall, Retro Game Crunch is certainly worth $10 and I picked it up for just $1. It has a view overall problems (no key-binding, launches multiple instances, even some lag in some games) but for the few hours I'll ned up sinking into it and just for Super Clew Land alone I'm really happy I bought this- Highly Recommended
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
For any retro gamer or anyone that owned or still plays gameboy / GBC this indie pack is a must...the devs have crafted these games to an Nth degree..even down to original sound fx and music...

They're a blast

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