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.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • 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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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
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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28 of 28 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
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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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
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 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
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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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsZdc5LFHo4

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

TL;DR - DEFINITELY WORTH THE MONEY!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
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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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Funny
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2 of 11 people (18%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
I guess I shouldn't be surprised that none of the games are really worth playing. The lack of refinement and fine tuning in each title is really apparant once you actually play them. Every game presented has potential, but presented like some retro bundle deal where it was all developed at the same time shows.
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10 of 37 people (27%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Each game has something unique from platform games, to puzzle solving.
In other games there is even a storyline to follow if your a fan of the retro age game there is something in this bundle for everyone really each game is masterfully crafted only game I didn't like was brain and hearts because of its mechanics I didn't really understand it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycaMECztPfY Gamers-Haven
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16.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
This game is simple yet I find that it is very fun. I hope that the developer updates the game and adds more games to the collection.
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5.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
What can i say~

Retro Game Crunch is more for REALLY HARDCORE RETRO PLAYERS and not for people who wana "only give it a try".

Follow nice games are in it:

-Super! Clew Land Complete
-End of line
-Gaia-ttack!
-Paradox LOST
-Wub-Wub Wescue
-Brains & Hearts
-Shuten


Let me give them all a lile preview coz some are maybe good some are wweeeeellll and other maybe just "naa"...

-Super! Clew Land Complete
I didnt play this game very much but it remembers me on a game i played a bit on the SNES ("Evulotions"???). you start as a...slime(?) and cant do anything, not even jump. Its a nice plattformer but very retro like. I can say i will play it a bit more to say if it is really good OR bad but as much as i played its pretty funny.

-End of line
First i dont got it honestly, but after some tries i got this game. You play a Robot which mission (?) is it to destroy every heal bot - and kill/ destroy yourself at the end. Ok, coz there is no logic behind (...i guuueeeesss) its kinda wierd but a smooth game play. Still the idea is wierd and also there is not really any kind of help if you get stuck or you just dont know "what this could do" or "what do i HAVE to do". Its not bad but also not good...

-Gaia-ttack!
A retro beat-n-up. Its lovely made - also i guess with some more players it also makes even more fun. You play a Gaia(?) and smashes (3 button system: jump, smash, special) the way to the top of the stage where a boss battle waits. Not bad, honeslty but it could get quick boring coz its kinda the same after all BUT not bad.

-Paradox LOST
A Metroid-like (very...) Plattform shooter....where i got confused very quickly. I mean the first item you get is a "Paradox tear" which kills yourself so you can go back in time. Okeeeyy. But next to this is this "time changing" stuff. I mean, i got the gun (after the first fight which you also have to understand somehow coz you dont can fight and the enemy "shoots him(/her?) self with his(/her??) own gun if the crystals which are in the room bounces the bullets back at him(/her???)), runned a bit around, got a charge shoot and now i travelt like HELL into the past, present AND future. Its maybe a nice game also it plays very much like Metroid but its kinda confusing. Not bad but confusing. very...confusing...

-Wub-Wub Wescue
This is i guess one of the golden games in the collection here. Wub-wub Wescue is a nice plattformer where you play a dog(? i guess its a dog yea coz it.....barks.) where you have to come to the finish (a guy captured by some other guys) in the right rythym. yea, the music in the game needs a lot attantion coz the game plays after it. You also learn sometimes own music which changes the speed, let snakes fall asleep or bats get friendly. This one makes a lot of fun coz its anyhow cute made and pretty funny.

-Brains & Hearts
I guess most people dont got this game. ACTUALLY, i like it. the rules of this game a pretty confusing but after some time I got them. Brains & Hearts are a card game in which you win this game by getting the cards from the enemy. The rules are like: get a chain of cards, 3 of the same or use the hole from the chain by get the middle of it from the enemy (i know it sounds confusing but in easy: if you have a 2 and a 3 you can get a 4 from the enemy, if you have a 3 on the field and the enemy has two other 3s OR if you have a 3 and a 5 and the enemy a 4). It actually let you play more than one round, mostly, its pretty adictive, Srs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78cl4yE5TYU

-Shuten
A shooter with a samurai which thiefes the enemy weapons to use them against them? Sounds nice also it plays nice. Its really a game you can play a bit longer also i guess, from all games in this collection, its the one with the best grafic (but i cant say really...).


After i reviewed the games now to the -/+ part

+7 retro games
+8 bit style
+Old Nostalgie fans will love this games

-Missing manuals in some games
-For "Grafic♥♥♥♥♥s" not a good collection
-"old stoned" games, nothing(really) new

Fact:
Retro Game crunch are a nice collection for retro and nostalgie players. Worth the price and you could have a lot fun with it. Some games are pretty confusing and you need to think how stuff works right by yoruself mostly. So Older player generations will maybe like, new generation players should MAAAAAYBE think twice about to buy it coz for them it could be get quick boring.

OWN Fact (for review writer self):
I really enjoy this collection and will now play a lot more rounds B&H. Sorry but the CPU still has 3 more rounds than me X3 ...
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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Great collection of nicely done games. I'm not that old and I really like modern games, but nes-like games like that are really equally interesting.
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1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
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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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
I backed it on Kickstarter. It rocked.
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7.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
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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6.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
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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