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GF Rating
7.2

305 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
4

Weak

Not what you expect.

posted by 6amer95 (HOWELL, NJ) Aug 10, 2011

Member since Nov 2010

This game is a perfect example of how titles can lure you in. This game sounded really great at the start. A game that's composed of classic games, how can it get better than that? But I should've looked up what games were in there, or at least rented it first. But this was before I had GameFly. GameFly, I just gave you some free advertising. I was expecting to play Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Kid Icarus, Excitebike, Ice Climber, Donkey Kong, Mike Tyson's Punch Out, and all those other Nintendo classics. However I didn't realize until after I bought it that it wasn't actually made by Nintendo, so none of those games I was hoping for were in there. I haven't even heard of a single game in there until I played this game. And not only that, I didn't think there would actually be challanges in it. I guess I should've seen it coming because of the title, but my first thought was that it was only an effort to make the title cool. The idea of challanges isn't so bad at first, but later on in the game the challenges get rediculous. They start off with simple things such as reach a certain level or get a certain amount of points, but later they become more and more impossible and you just want to get it out of the way and move on to the next game. At least you get to play the game normally after you complete all the challenges for it, but by that time you just get sick of it. Not that you actually wanted to play that game in the first place. If somehow you've actually heard of any of these games, than I guess you might like this. But if you haven't, don't waste your time.

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GF Rating
7

Good

Notice the title...

posted by Unclejack (GAITHERSBURG, MD) Jun 21, 2010

Member since Mar 2005

The hilarious premise of being transported back to the days of retro gaming is great, and the mechanics of the game will first amuse you, and then eventually become just one more aspect that distracts you from success. Those of you with younger siblings in the '80s will feel right at home.

Notice the word that is capitalized in the title? They aren't joking. You have to succeed at...uh...gameplay very much LIKE "Galaga" (but not "Galaga" itself, you understand)...in fact, you have to be pretty proficient to get past game one and move forward. But for all the silliness, this is in fact more "challenge" than "retro."

The cheats - as always - are not always reliable, but even with the ones that do work, you won't be waltzing through this package quickly. Lots of fun, with perspiration required.

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GF Rating
7

Good

Old-School Gaming

posted by MondoMole (FULTON, NY) Aug 4, 2009

Member since Jul 2009

Retro Game Challenge takes you back to the 80's to play some classic games. Or at least knock-off's of classic games. There's a paper-thin story but you won't pay any attention to it. You're given one game at a time to play and four challenges for each of them. They're usually along the lines of "get a high score" or "get to level four". Once all are beaten, you move on to the next game. Repeat until bored.

Thankfully, once you beat a game you unlock it for freeplay so you can go back any time and just enjoy yourself. Sadly, the games themselves are rather repetitive. There's a shooter, a racer, a platformer and an RPG... and then there's a shooter, a racer, and two more platformers. The problem is that you're given games like Haggleman (the platformer) and then later you have to play Haggleman 2. Then Haggleman 3. The unlocked games are mostly just 'upgraded' versions of their counterparts.

It would've been really nice to have eight different games, instead of five games with multiple sequels for each. This can be really awful if you don't like one of the games, such as the racer, which is forced upon you twice.

Overall, it's not a bad game. The presentation is top notch and really gives you that eighties gaming vibe. It's just that the games themselves are repetitive after the second or third iteration.

Good:
+Presentation
+The shooters

Bad:
-Too many sequels
-The racer

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