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Retro City Rampage

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Overall 8

Expert Review

23 February 2013
  • Conclusion: Retro City Rampage allows you to take control of “Player” and experience the best parts of the 8-bit era like it never ended. It is an open-world title which parodies the most memorable video games, TV shows, pop culture and movies, and gives you all the control and diversity that the technology of the time just couldn’t give you.
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Retro City Rampage Review

23 December 2012
  • Excerpt: Development on Retro City Rampage started decades before developer Brian Provinciano even consigned the first line of code to his computer. This seven-year production was born in the eighties and nurtured ever since, and while an indie game influenced by the era of chunky 8-bit graphics and chiptune soundtracks is about as rare these days as somebody complaining about Modern Warfare in a comments thread, Retro City Rampage binds itself together with enough nostalgic...
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Overall 5

Retro City Rampage

19 October 2012
  • Summary: Some things are better left in the past.
  • Pros: Tons of fun references; driving around the city is enjoyable; visual tweaks add a lot.
  • Cons: Ridiculous difficulty spikes; too many failed jokes; points out what's bad and makes you do it anyway.
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Overall 8
Design 8
Gameplay 8
Storyline 8

Retro City Rampage

15 October 2012
  • Excerpt: Retro City Rampage began life as a NES homebrew project with the intent to parody the casual, wanton brutality that defines the open-world game. Now that it’s finally seen release as a downloadable game, after many years in the making, it’s safe to say that it wears its inspiration on it sleeve.
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Overall 7

Retro City Rampage

15 October 2012
  • Summary: Looking for Retro City? Just strap on your nostalgia goggles.
  • Pros: A plethora of genuine, uncynical references to the best of 80s & 90s gaming, TV, and movies. Comedic timing in dialogue, cutscenes, and gameplay is often spot-on. The game's "sprees" play like wonderfully violent, addictive Game & Watch mini-games. Dense, meticulously detailed world to explore and enjoy.
  • Cons: Many of the game's main missions prioritize nostalgia over smart design. The difficulty curve in the game's final acts is skewed high to the point of inevitable frustration. Somewhat clunky controls clash with demands for precision. The game's stronger missions share play time with a host of weak throwaway tasks.
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Overall 9

Retro City Rampage (PC) Review

15 October 2012
  • Excerpt: Get in the time machine, hit 88 mph and go back to the 80s and 90s with this latest downloadable title.
  • Pros: + Retro look and feel, + Controls smooth, + Tons of references, + Nice presentation
  • Cons: Story mode feels rushed at times, Some missions feel like mini games
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Overall 8

Retro City Rampage [Review] – Grand Theft 80s

13 October 2012
  • Summary: A heartfelt love letter to gaming’s past that’s sometimes a little more smitten than is healthy.
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Retro City Rampage - PC Review

All About The Games
16 October 2012
  • Excerpt: I never had a NES. I never knew anyone with one, either. I'm not actually convinced they really existed, and that the adverts I'd occasionally see for Super Mario Bros 3 or Bart Vs the Space Mutants were actually fake. Those games looked incredible. There was no way those graphics were real. Especially not to my ZX Spectrum-owning senses. Advanced graphics simply meant no colour clash and almost recognisable characters.
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Overall 1

Análisis de Retro City Rampage

4 October 2014
  • Excerpt: Analizamos Retro City Rampage , una mezcla indie de GTA y Super Mario Bros que nos enamoró por su aspecto 8 bit 'ultra cool'. El juego llega para casi todo (PC, Xbox Live Arcade, PS Network, PS Vita y Wii Ware) pero no es tan bonito como lo pintaban. El viaje en que Retro City Rampage me hizo embarcarme me llevó desde las sonrisas a las palabrotas tan indistintamente que me pilló con la guardia baja al poner el juego.
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Overall 8

Retro City Rampage - Análise

Brasil Gamer
2 September 2014
  • Conclusion: Então este é Retro City Rampage, que como eu disse pode ser considerado a maior homenagem para a história dos videogames já feita por alguém, vale muito a pena perder algumas horas de seu dia se aventurando por um mundo de nostalgia e diversão oferecido por este jogo.
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