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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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.

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360, Dualshock 4, or XInput-compatible controller
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • 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
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Nerdilius
2.7 hrs
Posted: June 30
Very nice and worth the tiny money too!
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ettglasjuice
6.4 hrs
Posted: June 26
This mix of retro inspired indie games is an easy recommend for me. Collects seven shorter 8-/16-bit era retro games that manages to feel a bit fresh and avoiding to outstay their welcome, with only the one exception. Will expand the review with more titles as I get through all of them.

Super Clew Land - Slow but tough side scrolling platformer that reminds me of a mix between VVVVVV and Kirby. With a little bit of a Metroidvania-vibe the player must traverse through the open world collect food to evolve, gaining new abilities and therefore opening up new areas. Super Clew Land is quite simple but charming and offers a nice challenge. Only downside is the last Boss that ended up being truly frustrating due to a slightly too high reliance on random elements. - 4/5

End of Line - Cute and quite unique puzzle game where the goal is to die. Pushing buttons and switches and changing through different abilities the goal is to prevent the resurrection bots from bringing you back to life. Charming, pretty and puzzly but with a few too many frustrating pixel perfect box moving puzzles. - 3/5

GAIAttack! - Arcade style score attack in this sort of Bubble Bobble brawler. Not really my cup of tea due to the heavier focus on score chasing rather than progress, but a well controlled and smooth looking game non the less. - 2/5

Paradox Lost - This Metroid style time traveler seems like a given home run on paper fails in it's execution. Level design and pacing makes for a confusing playthrough that ends up feeling like a game that plays itself. Even though I played for what felt like quite some time I never really understood what my goal was or where I was supposed to go next, but somehow I ended up getting further and further until I just got too bored to go on. - 1/5

Wub Wub Wescue - Taking a page from the old school arcade games such as the Donkey Kong series this puzzle platformer oozes with old school charm. And even more charming is the setting where you as a dog embarks (puntastic!) on a quest to save your owner. Sing snakes to sleep, ask bats to carry you upwards and get flung around by monkeys while jumping over chasms and avoiding obstacles. Some frustrating and slightly sluggish controls aside, this is one refreshing take on the arcades of old. - 4/5

Brains & Hearts - A quite simple but fun card game that doesn't really benifit in any way from the retro look. No real single player campaign makes this game more of a 1v1 multiplayer affair that's entertaining in it's own right but would be better suited as a standalone product with sharper visuals and quicker gameplay in my humble oppinion. - 2/5
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motzand
2.4 hrs
Posted: June 26
The games vary; some games will keep you occupied for only a short time before you pass but chances are you'll enjoy at least one of them. I recommend picking it up if it's on sale.
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fenners
1.1 hrs
Posted: April 27
Take a bunch of ideas from old NES games, mix in some more ideas, bake into 7 different games, each with a different feel/mechanics, but clearly playing with what the idea of a pixelly 'retro game' means. Really nifty, obviously done with a lot of love.

Retro but modern, without trying to fetishize the pixels/genres. Seriously fun stuff here for retro fans.
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Gay BirdMom
1.2 hrs
Posted: April 25
I'm so about this. I love how different the games are, I love the cute pixel art, I love the music, I love the challenge of each. Honestly, one of my most favourite purchases. Because of how many games there are, it's not over quickly plus you can save and switch back and forth like I do if one is too much for your brain or you need a change of pace. I definitely like the pug rescue more because that dog is so darn precious.
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NII3X
0.6 hrs
Posted: April 12
Not really my type but if you like hard retrogames it's worth a try
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wednesday
1.5 hrs
Posted: April 8
Very good set of games...
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Actawesome
1.2 hrs
Posted: April 7
A lot of these games are pretty ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ cool. Sure they're not fully realized releases, but they offer a helluva lot more fun than some of those so called "full games" out there.

The metroid clone was my personal favorite.
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Bubsy Russell
1.7 hrs
Posted: April 3
For anyone who appreciates the NES era of gaming, this is quite the collection of retro styled games. I was greatly surprised by the quality titles within this package. There is a little bit of something for everyone here. Platformers, adventure, fighting, puzzles, shooters and even a card game! Each game controls incredibly well and looks fantastic. If I had these games when I was a kid playing the NES, they'd fit perfectly alongside any quality games of the late 1980's.

While all the games here have merit, I would say that in my opinion, Super Clew Land is probably my favorite as I believe it is the most unique. The other games you could find similar games if you looked hard enough, but Clew Land has elements I've never seen in a platformer before. A Dr. Mario type mechanic within the game, an evolving protagonist and hidden treasures to find within one large map all make for an entertaing romp with this cute little blob...thing.

Honestly if you are looking to regain a feeling of nostalgia while at the same time experiencing something new, Retro Game Crunch is a title I highly endorse. If its on sale, I would definitely pick it up. I hope they make a sequel!
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Prototype-Zero
0.8 hrs
Posted: March 3
Nice little verity pack of indie games, they’re enjoyable for someone with a retro itch and somewhat challenging at the same time.
Each of these games seem like they came right out of the 1980's with noticeable inspiration from popular games.
The Controls are very solid, while sometimes lacking instructions as to what you need to do in a game average person will figure it out. In most cases real “Retro games” barely had much story/instructions anyways.
Some of these Songs in these games I would actually put on my Mp3 player if mp3 players still existed.
A bit of nostalgia, but these are enjoyable games in my opinion.
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35 of 37 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2014
Beautiful 8 bit graphics and sounds in 7 varied games.
This will take you back to the days of buying a cartridge multipak and make you pine for the 80s.
Much like those carts, the presentation is spartan, booting straight into the select screen. A splash screen for the collection would be nice.

Using a pad is great for the games themselves but the game never tells you what button does what. Tip- If a game ever tells you to press tab, it means left shoulder button.

There isn't an easy way to switch games, you have to take the game out of fullscreen and quit to bring up the selection menu and I feel there should be an easier way, such as pressing B.

The games themselves are fun, some are deeper than others. Gaia-ttack, the side scrolling brawler has local co-op, but the button config looks like a nightmare to play. I don't understand the card game properly but it will probably see the least play even if I did. Each game is crafted with care, but you may not like them all.

At the full price of $14, it makes each game $2, but it still feels pricey. Without wanting to devalue the hard work of the devs, the experience feels like something in the $10 range. Maybe steam spoils me and I'm a bad judge, but for the full steam price, I think more care should go into game pad support, switching games and giving the selection menu a splash screen title that fades into the menu wouldreally help tighten the experience and push the game firmly into the $10+ price point.

It's still fun.
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53 of 67 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
Though I'm saying I don't recommend it, I will say that this title has interesting ideas and it executes some of them well. However, it has glaring issues that prevent it from being truly enjoyable. As of this writing, I've beaten three of the offered games, with one of the others being a card game which has no end and one being a hack and slash gauntlet-type deal that's based more on high-score than completion. The other two I have no intention of finishing.

There are seven games featured here, but each will last you only about an hour to an hour and a half from start to finish. Which is pretty cool, I'd pay 50 dollars for seven hours worth of quality content. However, this leads to the issue of none of the games really 'sticking' with you, with one solid exception. I'll give a brief overview of each of the games without spoiling any content, as best I can:

-An open-world platformer where you grow into a stronger creature to get more powers to access new areas. This is a cute title, where progression is easy and a puzzle element is mixed in. However, in order to grow, you need to eat smaller enemies. These don't respawn until you have eaten every single enemy in the area, which is annoying. The open world is solid, but the game moves at a rather casual pace. Imagine a combination of Super Meat Boy and VVVVVV, only walking a bit slower and with flutter-jump mechanics as opposed to gravity or speed wall-hopping. Good intentions are here but they don't all come together, and the slower pace of the title really shoots it in the foot.

-An action-puzzle game ala Adventures of Lolo, wherein you have to eliminate all enemies and then kill yourself. This is a nicely built game, kind of a Mega Man vibe to the graphics and soundtrack. The issue I find is that, simply, you can easily put yourself in an unwinnable scenario later on. The joy of puzzles is figuring out the next step, not repeating previous steps, which would require a minute or so to recreate. It's a good concept and if you like the Eggerland series, this one won't do you wrong, just not my cup of tea compared to good ol' Lolo.

-An arcade action game where you beat things up. It feels good and responsive, hitboxes are fairly solid if strict. Not a lot of depth to it, I felt, but it's a fun distraction.

-An open-world platformer that's pretty much 'hey we wanted to make a Metroid thing. Here's some Metroid for you'. Honestly it has a very clever concept, wherein there are three overworld maps and you warp between them as different 'time periods', making for a very well thought-out map system. The issue is that, unfortunately, the game is dull. There is no sense of danger, very few enemy types, only two boss battles (which are both very easy), and no real environmental hazards outside of a few rooms. This leaves for a very barren-feeling map, as opposed to a Metroid title, where lava, various terrain obstacles, and a variety of enemies kept the player engaged. It's... rather dull work, honestly. Which is a shame, as the core controls are very good.

-An arcade platformer similar in vein to Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr, wherein you're a helpless creature who has to use the environment to get past obstacles. There's some clever concepts, but like the afformentioned DK games, the main character moves at a snail's pace and can't survive long jumps. This makes repeating segments unbearably slow. Unlike DK and Son, additionally, enemies follow set patterns, so there's no element of action or randomness to react to; it's just figuring out the puzzle and hoping you're fast enough to do it. It was fun through the start, and the graphics and style and undeniably charming, but it grates and I doubt many will finish this segment.

-A card game. Frankly, it's just a unique concept that doesn't pan out due to being a single-player card game that you likely won't be asking a friend to play with you.

-A vertical shooter set in feudal Japan. If there's a game that's worth your money, it's this one. Different enemies giving different types of shots, being able to reflect enemy fire with quick enough reflexes, an upgrade system, managing your special weapon types, and reasonable enemy placement. It's a bit on the easy side, but mechanics are well thought out and constantly engaging. Easily the best of the bunch.

The issue with Retro Game Crunch is that it's a game that doesn't quite live up to its potential. It's very solid, but for a fifteen dollar asking price and competition as stiff as VVVVVV, Meat Boy, and Eversion for 'simple concepts harkining to a retro time period', it really does not hold up. If this game goes to $5 on a sale, I'd say it's worth your time. Odds are one will appeal to you, and that one might even be really good. But I'd wait until then, and not jump on a 50% off - wait for the lower. I love retro games, the entire retro vibe, and I want to see more from this developer, they're smart people. This outing just leaves a poor taste in my mouth at the end, unfortunately.
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43 of 53 people (81%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2015
Fantastic music and filled to the brim with character and charm. Sadly, I fear this game will go unnoticed simply for being retro styled. Just like Retro Game Challenge for the Nintendo DS.

What's that? You've never heard of Retro Game Challenge for the Nintendo DS? Exactly.
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2015
This game was bought via Humble Bundle: Kickstarter Edition.
This does not affect my review in any way, shape or form.

This review is very long, as this reviews the minigames that this game contains.

The Main Window

The UI
The UI is great, as you can select any game freely and see all the controls necessary.

The Controls
The controls are fine, but you can not change them. You can use a controller, in this case, a generic XBOX controller. The controller controls aren't given to you, so in order to know the controls you need to randomly randomly press the buttons to learn what they do.

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Mini-Game: Super! Clew Land Complete <<< 7/10 >>>

The Control Scheme
The game uses WASD to move, but the ARROW KEYS are for a unique mechanic, mutation. SPACE to jump. ENTER to pause.

The Difficulty
The game is difficult, and it will make you rage. A lot.

How long is it to learn?
The game doesn't take long to learn.

It is a good game to play when you first get it, as its the first on the list.

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Mini-Game: End of Line <<< 4/10 >>>

The Control Scheme
The game uses WASD or ARROW KEYS to move. ENTER is to restart the level. SPACE to dash, which you need to use to destroy the robots.

The Difficulty
The game is difficult, as one mechanic is hard to understand.

How long is it to learn?
The game took a long to learn for me, as one mechanic is hard to understand.

What mechanic?
In order to win, you need to kill all the robots, which includes yourself.

No other comments.

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Mini-Game: Gaia-Ttack <<< 8/10 >>>

The Control Scheme
The game uses ARROW KEYS to move. ENTER is to pause.
Z to jump, X to attack, and C to use magic.

The Difficulty
The game isn't that difficult.

How long is it to learn?
The game, to me, wasn't hard and didn't take long to learn.

This game is a solo, or a 4 player on the same keyboard.

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Mini-Game: Paradox Lost <<< 6/10 >>>

The Control Scheme
The game uses ARROW KEYS to move. ENTER is to pause.
Z to jump, X to shoot,C to scan, S to switch eras, and TAB to see your map.

The Difficulty
The game is difficult, also within 5 minutes your are fighting a boss so you get your weapons.

How long is it to learn?
The game took a while to learn as its an adventure platformer.

No other comments.

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Mini-Game: Wub-Wub Wescue <<< 9/10 >>>

The Control Scheme
The game uses ARROW KEYS to move. ENTER is to pause.
Z to jump, and X to sing.

The Difficulty
The game is difficult, as its more of an arcade game.

How long is it to learn?
The game took a while to learn, as you need to run to jump to an area, as just jumping then moving won't work.

No other comments.

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Mini-Game: Brains & Hearts <<< 7/10 >>>

The Control Scheme
The game is a card game. LSHIFT, RSHIFT to cancel, and SPACE to confirm, ENTER to pause, and ARROW KEYS to move the cursor.

The Difficulty
The game is difficult for me, as for me the card games are hard to understand.

How long is it to learn?
The game took a while to learn.

This is a solo game, but there is a two-player mode.

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Mini-Game: Shuten <<< 7/10 >>>

The Control Scheme
The game uses WASD to move. ENTER is to pause.
V to use sword, and B to use your ability.

The Difficulty
The game isn't difficult for me, as the tutorial was engaging to a certain point.

How long is it to learn?
The game didn't take a while to learn, because the tutorial.

This is a solo game, but there is a two-player mode.

This concludes my review for Retro Game Crunch
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2015
here is a video with 3-5min of each game. check out my channel for full gameplay of some of the games.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyiqsdpL4u0

this is a collection of 7 retro like games.
its like a nes collection and each game is vary different so its not hard to find at lest one you like.

game and play styles are
* super! clew land = side scrolling evolution game. you avoid dangers and eat small animals to evolve, collect gems, and take on the boss.
* end of the line = puzzle game. you find ways to smash the other robots and suicide on spikes.
* gaia attack = side/top scrolled beat'm up. play as 4 furry animals who take revenge on eco villeins and pirates.
* paradox lost = side scroller metroid game type. basically metroid with a few differences. like saving people through time.
* wab-wab wescue = puzzle game donkey kong type. like many of the donkey kong clones, in here you play as a spunky pug trying to save his master.
* Brains & hearts = card game. kind of a match 3 and steal the opponents cards. its rather hard untill you get the rules down.
* shuten = classic shump. you play as a magic samurai that travels the land and kills various demons. you can steal opponents attacks and buy things in the shop.

overall the collection is good.
the games are short-ish but they do feel full filling.

Paradox Lost 100% freed.
https://youtu.be/GLlATjjross
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 7, 2015
Wish Valve had a thumbs in the middle for this game. The individual titles are all enjoyable and some can be a time eater if you start to get into it. That being said, a lot of the games in this feel as if they focused more on copying the look of 8-bit era games (specifically NES), but not the feel of the games from the era. This does detract some from the experience. With that said, there's some entertainment to be found here. I'd recommend a purchase if you can catch it during a sale.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
A collection of retro-style mini games.
Super Clew Land, a platformer with elements of Spore, Flappy Bird and that one part of the NES TMNT game with the electric seaweed... unlike all those games though, this one is actually good. There's also a really nice boss at the end.
End Of Line, some puzzle game where push boxes and buttons and destroy robots and stuff, meh.
GAIAttack, a beat-em-up platformer where you have to climb upward, very fun.
Paradox Lost, basically the NES Metroid except even more confusing.
Wub-Wub Wescue, a simple puzzle platformer where you play as a dog trying to get to some guy in a cage. The game itself is decent at best but I love it because it has a WOOF button... I spent like ten minutes in one spot just barking...
Brains & Hearts, some boring card game. Skip this one.
And finally; Shuten, a scrolling shoot-em-up in the style of Rocky & Pocky. Another great one.
Overall, it's a mixed bag but there's something for everyone so try it out, you'll probably like it.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2014
If you have fond memories of playing NES games you should definitely pick this one up. It has elements from all your favorites with a few great twists. Plus, with seven games collected in this package you are bound to find at least a couple games you like. So far I've enjoyed playing all of them. Retro game fans need look no further. Retro Game Crunch is the love letter to the NES era you have been looking for.
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