There are eight total games spanning several genres including: rpg, platformer, shmup and racing on this little DS cart. You would be hard-pressed to come across a game that provided better value for your money. If you owned a NES or played video games in the eighties, this is a must purchase.
While some of the games on Retro Game Challenge are better than others, I wouldn't say that any of them are bad, and sheer variety ensures that you'll never get bored with any one game. You unlock these games by beating their associated challenges; each game has four challenges. Although most of the story is from a Japanese perspective, there's enough recognizable aspects to connect with an American audience. You'll also have a wide array of gaming mags at your disposal if you're searching for cheats or just want to read an article. There are various little surprises throughout, but I'll let you have the joy of discovering them on your own.
Pros: Great variety, all the games are solid, and the story is original.
Cons: Some of the voices can get on your nerves at times, and not all of the challenges save individually; sometimes you'll have to play through a series of challenges in one sitting, which isn't as bad as it sounds. Thankfully you won't have that problem with the rpg challenges. As much as I love this game, it's pretty much designed for old-school gamers like me, so not everyone may like it.
posted by cb80361p (YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY) Feb 12, 2009
Member since Feb 2007
gamers (88%) found this review helpful
Remember the good old days when you had to blow on a cartridge to make it work. The times when racking up points was all a game was about, like Galaga or Rally X. This game is great fun in so many ways. You go back to the 80's and play different 8-bit games (a galaga like game, a racing game, an rpg etc..) and have to complete various challenges. An example would be..kill the boss in Area 2 or get 200,000 points. I also love the nostalgia of the gaming magazine that you can use to look up various cheats to make the game even more fun. If you were playing video games in the 80's you will absolutely love this game. If you were just born in the 80's...well, welcome to our world, kids.
I'm not very good at the challenge part(especially shooters, which is the first set you have to complete). However, even without completing challenges, there are 3 action, 2-3 racing, 2 shooters, and even one RPG to play in free play mode. I concentrated mostly on the RPG(guardia quest), which seemed very similar to dragon warrior II. Even the graphics are the same. Guardia quest concentrates more on dungeon exploration rather than overworld and storylines. It's easier in some ways, because of the ablitiy to save whenever and wherever you want. You also have a warp spell that allows you to warp to wherever you have already been, including dungeons. When you need to revive your characters(if you didn't loose the whole party) you just return to the castle town and talk to the magician and he'll do it for free. Eventually there will be a spell that you can use as well. If you like the old school level up and explore type of RPG's, you should like this game. If you don't, maybe you will like one of the other ones.