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  • Summary: Welcome to Suburbia, just outside the City, sometime in 198X. This is the journey of Kid, a teenager stuck between the limitations of innocent youth and the obligations of inevitable adulthood. The story unfolds when Kid discovers the local arcade – finding new worlds, and new meaning, inWelcome to Suburbia, just outside the City, sometime in 198X. This is the journey of Kid, a teenager stuck between the limitations of innocent youth and the obligations of inevitable adulthood. The story unfolds when Kid discovers the local arcade – finding new worlds, and new meaning, in video games… Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 90
    Understanding the experimental and purposeful design of 198X goes a long way toward appreciating it. Rather than a fun, traditional game experience, it’s best viewed as a bold and thought-provoking work that reminds us of a time before wireless controllers and console wars. Back when all you really needed was a quarter and some courage.
  2. Jan 20, 2020
    80
    A passionate love letter to a bygone age, 198X celebrates 2D, arcade-based gaming brilliantly and wraps it up in some of the best hand-drawn art we've seen in years. The soundtrack is also exceptional, and, in terms of pure presentation, it's really hard to fault what's on offer here. 198X's biggest weakness is its brevity; you can finish it in around an hour, but the experience will remain with you for long after the credits have rolled. While we're sure many people will consider the game's shortness a cardinal sin, we'd still recommend you give it a try if you're a fan of '80s and '90s gaming, appreciate lush 2D artwork and desire an experience which firmly lodges itself in your consciousness – even if it doesn't last all that long.
  3. 80
    198X is an arcade epic, a coming-of-age story told through multiple games and genres, worlds, and characters. Experience the thrill of shooting, driving, jumping, fighting and role-playing – combined with emotional, cinematic storytelling. This is a love letter to the golden age of arcade games – yet with a scope that was never possible in the actual 1980s.
  4. Jan 27, 2020
    60
    Personally, I would love to see The Kid competing against top dogs in arcades across the city, turning his or her newfound passion into something to be proud of. For now, though, these desires are merely wishful thinking for something that clearly has the potential to manifest into something much more interesting and thought-provoking than the dreary narrative that binds some genuinely clever ideas together.
  5. Jan 28, 2020
    60
    Ultimately, I did enjoy my time with 198X. Much like my own youthful trips to the arcade, it dazzled me briefly but cuts itself short before delivering a substantial experience. What it does succeed at, though, is decorating itself in a pastiche of ‘80s arcade hits, with a brilliant aesthetic and authentic retro remakes. The $15 price isn’t outrageous, but the short runtime might be enough to convince you to wait for a sale before pumping those hard-earned coins.
  6. Mar 24, 2020
    58
    As I said, if you have an emotional connection to the era, 198X may be exactly what you need in your life. But if you don’t pine for the ‘80s and arcades as a stand-in for your lost youth, then 198X probably isn’t something you need to play.
  7. Jan 28, 2020
    50
    A mawkish attempt to glorify the 80s that features some gorgeous visuals and music but offers no real insight into the era’s culture or games.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Jun 19, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. What a great game! Or set of games? 198x plays like a cinematic visual novel at some points and like an arcade classic (several actually) at others. They really hit you in the feels a few times. What starts out a a simple Double Dragon clone soon pans up to the city and story beyond and leaves plenty of mysteries for the next installment (really hoping it gets made). Pacing can be a bit slow at times, but it all seems intentional and pays off in fuller immersion. Expand
  2. Feb 8, 2020
    10
    Este videojuego está hecho con mucho amor, pasión y dedicación, deberían darle otra oportunidad para puntuarlo, creo que muchos ni lo hanEste videojuego está hecho con mucho amor, pasión y dedicación, deberían darle otra oportunidad para puntuarlo, creo que muchos ni lo han jugado para poder puntuar.. no es justo.
    Pd : es un pequeño gran videojuego
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  3. Jun 1, 2020
    10
    A poignant coming of age game that uses an impactful storyline accompanied by an incredible 80s synth score to tell a meta story of how gamesA poignant coming of age game that uses an impactful storyline accompanied by an incredible 80s synth score to tell a meta story of how games (arcade games) can shape a persons perception and provide meaning for the grim life of a teenager. The music through this was enough to make it a masterpiece! Expand
  4. Feb 16, 2020
    8
    An enjoyable trip through games of the 80s. Told against the backdrop of teenage angst and some gorgeous pixel art. The story has some reallyAn enjoyable trip through games of the 80s. Told against the backdrop of teenage angst and some gorgeous pixel art. The story has some really impactful moments, following "The Kid" and their dreams of escaping suburbia, small town life and finding excitement and themselves.

    The game is split down into levels consisting of nods back to games of the 80s. Each beautifully realised and well designed. Each level is a allegory to The Kid's ongoing story and fits the theme really well.

    As mentioned by others,.the game is short and the story has more to explore. But as a concept that's fun to play, I can't fault it.

    I'd recommend exploring it's delights. Especially if you're a fan of games of this era.
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  5. Jul 3, 2020
    8
    Is VERY short (1-2h), so don't buy it unless it has a heavy discount. I really like the visuals and the music, each small game takes you backIs VERY short (1-2h), so don't buy it unless it has a heavy discount. I really like the visuals and the music, each small game takes you back to a different type of arcade game.

    The story seems to be put there just to add a bit of content, to be honest I'd love to see a continuation or maybe an expansion.. each of the arcade games could have been complete games if they lasted more than 4 minutes
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  6. Feb 5, 2020
    4
    I backed this game on Kickstarter. I've been waiting for this to release for about 2 years. It has even been pushed back once. All that beingI backed this game on Kickstarter. I've been waiting for this to release for about 2 years. It has even been pushed back once. All that being said I was under the impression that it would be a much longer and more intense package due to the backer updates I received. However, all we got was roughly an hour and a half of gameplay. You play as "Kid", as she plays one level of some arcade games as she narrates her life. There are so many questions that aren't answered, Like why her family split, where are her friends, what happens to this girl she mentions in school, and so much more. Yet after about an hour, all we get is a "To Be Continued...". Suffice to say... I'm highly disappointed. It Game could have been great. Maybe in the Top indie game of the year discussion but I guess not. Please don't buy... Expand
  7. Feb 3, 2020
    2
    This was barely an hour of gameplay. You play one level of several different games as you listen to the main character narrate their lives andThis was barely an hour of gameplay. You play one level of several different games as you listen to the main character narrate their lives and how bad it is after dear old Dad died. Or left. It's vague. The whole game is vague. You get introduced to people, concepts, plots, all that lead into nothing. A big ol' "To Be Continued" after only an hour of gameplay that was literally just 5 different games strung into one. There's no satisfaction to this game in the slightest as it feels like you just got started and warmed up to the concept, looking forward to an interesting game that somehow is going to twist up the play styles of the games, and you're excited for this neat indy game and how it started.

    Then credits roll.

    Save yourself some money and buy the terribad book Player One instead, It's got all of the references and nostalgia and it's just as disappointing, just cheaper.
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