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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May 29

Full 7 Game Soundtrack now live (and free!)

The full 7 game soundtrack for Retro Game Crunch is now available!

Includes 90 tracks of authentic chiptunes written by 8bitmatt. Most of these tracks were written using MML and audio was recorded directly from a real Nintendo Entertainment System!

Bonus album included: Music from the three day jam game Beat Drop and, what it eventually turned into, the 4th Retro Game Crunch game Wub-Wub Wescue.

Alternatively, download the individual albums on 8bitmatt's Band Camp page:

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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
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8.5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360, Dualshock 4 or Dualshock 3 Controller
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Only played Super Clew Land so far and that was really awesome. Unique progression followed by open exploration with hard platforming challenges.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Don't let the simplicity or short game-time of these cute and quirky little neo-retrogames deter you - there's some clever innovation to most of them, experimentation worth exploring - and as a gestalt experience there's a lot of game here to play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
the only gg.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
LIke every game in here is pretty fun and interesting.
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33 of 33 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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29 of 37 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 21, 2014
So far I've only played Super Clew Land, one game out of seven. It took me a little over an hour to beat, but dang it was a really good hour. Reminded me a lot of the Kirby games in art style and in music. The game was decently challenging, but not frustrating. A lot of games that go for the ~retro~ vibe tend to go for blistering difficulty, but Super Clew Land was only a little tough at some parts and was otherwise just "challenging." Really well-made and well designed, everything felt super nice. Just by the one game I can tell this collection is worth the price of entry, can't wait to try out the other games in the collection.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
If you think this is sold on NEStalgia alone, think again.

Super Clew Land and Paradox Lost both rethink the Metroid formula well, first allowing you to acquire your abilities rather rapidly, and then re-exploring the world once you have them. Shuten's system allows you a choice of weaponry through the gameplay itself, rather than some sub-menu; then throws formations that are tuned to one type and not another - effectively letting the player choose their own 'easy part' and 'hard part' of each stage. The level design in Wub Wub Wescue and End of Line take very few elements and do a large variety of things with them which keep the game fresh and fun. The AI of Brains and Hearts is challenging and competent, and yet totally beatable - it's just a player with the understanding of the rules, after all. And GAIAttack is just a fun, brilliant balance between Smash Bros fighting and Kid Icarus-style vertical platforming (sans the screen-wrapping); it's tough as nails! You will Game Over plenty, and just resetting your score is the perfect punishment/compliment to infinite continues, and it's Souls-like bonfire continue points.

This package is a ridiculously awesome deal, but not because it's retro. It's because it's freaking brilliant. The only thing it leaves me hungry for is a top-down adventure game from them, since End of Line has the adequate framework for that already. But if all is good, this team will stick together, and continue to crank out the brightness.
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2014
As I completed Retro Game Crunch before it came to Steam, I'll write my review here with "10 minutes" played on Steam.

In-depth video critique for all games included in Retro Game Crunch:

Super Clew Land - Metroid inspired platformer with demanding platforming and satisfying exploration - very good game!

End Of Line - Puzzle game with a unique way in progressing by dying - worthwhile experience

GAIA-ttack - Simple brawler with platforming elements, rather shallow combat and very weak level design though - one of the weakest games in the bundle

Paradox Lost - Highly metroid inspired with puzzle elements, rewarding exploration due to significant rewards - very good game!

Wub-Wub Wescue - Retro platformer (rather slow moving) with very slight puzzle elements, rather frustrating - weakest link of the bundle for me

Brains & Hearts - Two player card game with rather unique mechanics (with plain tutorial) that features a strong AI (that takes rather long to take its turn) - fresh ideas and fun for a short while

Shuten - Classical shoot 'em up with the ability to "steal" the enemies weapons, however with weak enemy design - Mediocre SHMUP, worth checking out however

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
Two games on here are really fun. The others are AWFUL! I will definitely recommend this, simply because you will enjoy two of the games, and they take a while to beat. If you like retro style games, then this is for you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
I backed it on Kickstarter. It rocked.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
Got this game mostly because I was having a boring day and didn't feel like playing any of the other games in my library. This is a fantastic series of games and really brings back the feel of the old games of the late 80s. There is a good variety in styles between the different games you get from puzzle style games, classic platformer style and even a old school "slasher" type game that also has elements of galaga in it. I absolutely advise picking this game(s) up for 15 bucks.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 9, 2014
What an underatted package. It contains 7 games easily worth their weight in gold (but they wouldn't weigh anything so this was pointless, but you know what I mean). There's a ninja side-scrolling shoot-em-up, a evolution platform game, a metroidvania style timetravel game, a unique card game, a robot block-pushing puzzle game, a 2-D side-scrolling brawler and a donkey-kong style rescue platformer. Shuten (the ninja game) is worth the price alone, the others are icing on a delicious cake. Please try this, it really does need to be played by more people.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2014
Because there are 7 unique titles you have to love at least one of them!
I really enjoyed every game but Brains & Heart...Gosh! I am so terrible :D
Need a challange?Looking for fun and variety?Welcome to Retro Game Crunch :)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
Fantastic game, I highly reccomend! If you are a fan of retro games you will love this one. It doesn't pose as too difficult and looks as well as feels authentically retro.
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