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.

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Journal posts for specific games:

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

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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

Windows
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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Very Positive (123 reviews)
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fenners
( 1.1 hrs on record )
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 on record )
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 goingMechanical
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
Not really my type but if you like hard retrogames it's worth a try
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wednesday
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
Very good set of games...
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Actawesome
( 1.2 hrs on record )
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 on record )
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 on record )
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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Cloud9
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 3
This is a really fun collection with a decent price and nice music, brought back memories of commador, atari and the amiga! So thumbs up to the developers!!
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Diamond Tiara
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 19
Nice little games with neat ideas. Bundle doesn't worth the whole price (they more like a pitches than games), but tottaly check 'em out on sale.
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How do I door.
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 18
The first game ALONE is enough to make this a positive review.
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Roki Strongo
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17
This should be free. This isn't a 10$ game. Even after buying this at 0.99$, I felt bad about myself for selling those 2 steam trade cards.
Those game aren't all "BAD" they simply don't worth 0.99$ or 10$. For instance I bought UBERMOSH for less than 1$ too, and I don't feel like I need to write down something to tell people its a rip off
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Mr Windblade
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 16
I felt that Paradox Lost, Super Clew Land Complete, and Shuten were the best games of this package. I liked them enough to write this single line review.
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Techbane
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
Yes? No? Kinda. There are some genuinely interesting mechanics at play here, in a series of games that would have been right at home on the Game Boy Color. Unfortunately I don't find that most GBC games have aged very gracefully, and that really feels like what I'm playing here -- a grab-bag of low-concept games that all far outstay the lifespan of their innovation and feel like the product of an era of lower expectations. Probably worth it for a few dollars to prod at if you're curious, but otherwise skip it.
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dewe11
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
This is probably the most stupid platformer controls that I have ever seen. WSAD moves and spacebar jumps... and of top of that you need to use the arrow keys at the same time to feed the character... In the last game WSAD moves, V and B attacks... What kind of controls are those?!? YOU HAVE THE ARROW KEYS, WHY NOT USE THEM?!? The other games controls just fine, but I find them very boring.
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Wubb ♓
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 19
Great bunch of games :D
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MooshaScrooch
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 6
Retro Game Crunch:
-Great 8-bit SoundTracks
-Epic Control with Steam Controler
-Love the graphics
-Highly recommended for retro fans
-Fun and adicting games

And finaly, 99.9999999/10
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TrueChicken
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3
Amazing games. The simplicity and light hearted fun I was looking for a long long time.. a real jewel.
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PataMon
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 29, 2015
good games i like frogs if you dont like frogs il kill u
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Jemini
( 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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Fragioli [Olive Garden]
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 26, 2015
I got this for the co-op modes, which are only found in three of the seven games: A card game that uses the same controller for both players, an extremely simple beat 'em up that crashed on the second stage, and a top-down shooter with a neat mechanic (copy the attack patterns of the enemies) but very basic levels and bosses. I have no desire to see what the other games are like. Retro Game Crush has a nice presentation but is not at all interesting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
The first game ALONE is enough to make this a positive review.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
I felt that Paradox Lost, Super Clew Land Complete, and Shuten were the best games of this package. I liked them enough to write this single line review.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
This should be free. This isn't a 10$ game. Even after buying this at 0.99$, I felt bad about myself for selling those 2 steam trade cards.
Those game aren't all "BAD" they simply don't worth 0.99$ or 10$. For instance I bought UBERMOSH for less than 1$ too, and I don't feel like I need to write down something to tell people its a rip off
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Yes? No? Kinda. There are some genuinely interesting mechanics at play here, in a series of games that would have been right at home on the Game Boy Color. Unfortunately I don't find that most GBC games have aged very gracefully, and that really feels like what I'm playing here -- a grab-bag of low-concept games that all far outstay the lifespan of their innovation and feel like the product of an era of lower expectations. Probably worth it for a few dollars to prod at if you're curious, but otherwise skip it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
This is probably the most stupid platformer controls that I have ever seen. WSAD moves and spacebar jumps... and of top of that you need to use the arrow keys at the same time to feed the character... In the last game WSAD moves, V and B attacks... What kind of controls are those?!? YOU HAVE THE ARROW KEYS, WHY NOT USE THEM?!? The other games controls just fine, but I find them very boring.
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11 of 12 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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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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

Enjoy
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Great bunch of games :D
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
I've only played a bit of one game so far (Super Clew Land) and I feel confident in recommending this game. You know how a TON of indie games try to catch that retro feel of old NES/SNES/SEGA Genisis games? Well this game catches it, bottles it, and improves on it.

Playing Super Clew Land I felt a lot of nostalgia. There was something familiar and comforting about it. I'm still not completely convinced it ISN'T a classic game I played in my childhood. At the same time it's clearly modern. Whereas retro games had absolutely no concept or narrative (you're an italian plumber fighting turtles and a spiky turlte monster to save a princess), in Crew Land you're a young Earth creature. At first you can only walk. Eventually you evolve to jump. Then you can swim.

This aspect of evolving game mechanics continues and the levels are designed in such a way that you never feel that you've hit a barrier.

Buy. This. Game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
A collection of games that feel like they are from the Nintendo era. So far, I have tried all and the only one I don't care for is the card game - it is not my style. I like the rest.

I have played all the way through Wub Wub Rescue. It was very cute and brutal. If this were super meat boy-like, there would be a million dead doggies on every level (platforming puzzler is not a forte, but I can enjoy it).

The whole collection was 99 cents on sale and I am certain that I got my money's worth.
Note: if you are not into retro style gaming, then you should avoid. This has the look and feel of retro gaming, so I know several friends who would be turned off by that instantly.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
This game is nostaligic and fun. Not much more to say besides a 10/10 soundtrack.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2015
a must have indie game for retro gamers. retro game crunch 2 please!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
Kinda cute, I suppose.

Game 1: Clew Land - starts with a cute premise vaguely akin to E.V.O. Evolve your little guy. BUt then it just becomes a sorta-annoying 'hunt for the hidden gems' thing, with some very memory-based puzzling (think Meat Boy-esque) that isn't really exciting, just endless trial and error.

Game 2: End of Line - you are an inexplicably suicidal robot. Your only goal is to die. Move boxes, kill the heal-bots, and die. Just a pusher puzzler.

Game 3: Gaia-Attack - Seems to be an endless upwards hi-score type game, punch the other little guys, move upwards. That's about it, it seems.

Game 4: Paradox Lost - A small metroidvania.. Decent enough, but the graphics are a little 'too' retro, as in not super well done, just lots of empty space and some ugly levels, but the movement and all was pretty snappy, so there's that. Axiom Verge may be a better choice if you want that.

Game 5: Wub-Wub Wescue - A very slow-moving puzzler with some timing based stuff. Think the old NES Burger Time or similar. Slowly move around, dodge stuff, get to the top after climbing ladders and stuff.

Game 6: Brains & Hearts - A little Yahtzee/Uno-esque fusion card game. The rules are pretty poorly explained and they'll drop all kinds of funky cards on you before you get the hang of it by far. Has some slot-machine esque cards/mechanics seemingly (You have a three card row, your opponent has a three card row, you can match diagonally, etc.)

Game 7: SomethingInJapanese Shuten - A top-down shooter with a little samurai guy. I felt this was kinda the best of the bunch. You have no default 'gun' besides a sword swipe, but you can 'steal' weapons of various enemies to get what is essentially a 'gun', with various attacks.

It's worth noting most all of them are one-hit-you-die type games with variable lives/save points/etc.

I got this one for like $1 so.. eh.. worth it for that. I would get a refund, personally, if I had paid $5 or more, and no doubt would have requested a refund at $10. These games are probably good to fart around with a bit but I wouldn't say the gameplay or anything is compelling enough to stick around for, maybe great for coffee breaks or just to unwind for a few.
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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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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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41 of 51 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 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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