First Impressions: Retro City Rampage
I’ve been looking forward to Retro City Rampage from designer Brian Provinciano for what seems like forever now and the game was finally released yesterday. I may not be able to give you a review quite yet (I’m still just getting going in the game), I thought I would share my first impressions of Retro City Rampage. If you are not familiar with Retro City Rampage, the game is basically a tribute to NES games seen through the lens of a Grand Theft Auto parody. Still, that write-up doesn’t quite do Retro City Rampage justice, especially since Retro City Rampage‘s parody reaches much farther than just video games (including Bill and Ted, Back to the Futuer, and Doctor Who to name just a few references). The game is packed pretty wall-to-wall, at least early on, with one manner of reference or another and the game itself moves fast, although you have moments where you can wander around the city, causing chaos, and buying new hats. There’s a fair amount of customization for your character and getting a missile launcher or a tank is every bit as satisfying as you would hope it to be. The story mode in Retro City Rampage is just over 60 missions an the controls feel spot on. The game itself is fun to play, although it has totally been worth it so far just to see the references coming so furiously (although I don’t want to ruin too many of them). The graphics for Retro City Rampage are a big part of the total package and they deliver quite nicely. All of the environments and vehicles are very nicely rendered in an 8-bit style that is sure to make you nostalgic if you were around when that was a thing. The music is fantastic, too, with authentic-sounding chiptunes that frequently evoke other well-known works. Retro City Rampage costs $15 and is available directly from Vblank Entertainment including both a direct download and a Steam version (it is also available directly on Steam). My first impressions of the game have been overwhelmingly positive. They may have been filled with nostalgia, to be sure, but Retro City Rampage is also a fun video game in its own right and you can tell that the designer has a deep love for the genre that is being poked at.