Part 1 of arcade epic 198X. A coming-of-age story told through multiple games and genres. Experience the thrill of shooting, driving, jumping, fighting and role-playing in 5 full-blown arcade stages – combined with cinematic pixel-art storytelling.
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Very Positive (140) - 86% of the 140 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 20, 2019

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June 28


We’re constantly working to improve 198X. By player request, we’ve now added keyboard input specifications for each arcade game, accessible through the pause menu. Hope they help!

We’ve also eliminated quite a few bugs, rendering 198X a better playing game overall.

As always: thanks for your continued support in spreading the word of 198X. Without you, we wouldn't be here.

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June 24


By popular demand, we’ve now added Steam Achievements to 198X! Can you unlock all 14?

We’ve also squashed some pesky bugs – and added the option to view the end credits at will after having completed the game.

From all of us in the 198X team: thanks for your kind support and overwhelmingly positive feedback since launch.
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“The faithful homages to classic titles are a treat.”

“198X is a coming of age story that could honestly tell the tale of any one of us.”
8/10 – Level Down Games

“A beautifully designed love letter to the heyday of video game arcades, 198X uses its passion for a bygone era to tell a touching story that is also a reminder of just how powerful video games really are.”
8/10 – Critical Hit

About This Game

Welcome to Suburbia, just outside the City, sometime in 198X. This is the journey of Kid, a teenager stuck between the limitations of innocent youth and the obligations of inevitable adulthood. The story unfolds when Kid discovers the local arcade – finding new worlds, and new meaning, in video games. For every visit to the arcade – every game uncovered, every move mastered, every demon defeated – Kid grows stronger. And the lines between game and reality starts to blur…

This is 198X – where a new life is just 1 credit away.

Estimated play time: 2 hours

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 8
    • Storage: 4 GB available space

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