Critic & User Reviews
REMEMBER THE GOOD OLD DAYS...
posted by cb80361p (YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY) Feb 12, 2009
Member since Feb 2007
7 out of 8 gamers (88%) found this review helpful
Retro Gaming Renaissance
posted by Wendigo17 (DACULA, GA) Apr 18, 2009
Member since Nov 2004
3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
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.
Final Verdict: Make some space on your GameQ.
Not what you expect.
posted by 6amer95 (HOWELL, NJ) Aug 10, 2011
Member since Nov 2010
Notice the title...
posted by Unclejack (GAITHERSBURG, MD) Jun 21, 2010
Member since Mar 2005
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.
posted by MondoMole (FULTON, NY) Aug 4, 2009
Member since Jul 2009
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.
-Too many sequels
A little bit of everything.
posted by tiloho (OSHKOSH, WI) Jun 10, 2009
Member since Jun 2005