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  • Summary: A throwback to the survival horror and mystery games of the mid-90's 32-bit generation, Back in 1995 faithfully re-creates everything from this all-but-forgotten era of games.

    Be transported to a world both concrete and indistinct, where you must uncover the mystery surrounding the
    A throwback to the survival horror and mystery games of the mid-90's 32-bit generation, Back in 1995 faithfully re-creates everything from this all-but-forgotten era of games.

    Be transported to a world both concrete and indistinct, where you must uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of your daughter, the catastrophe that shook the city, and why you’ve decided to finally return.
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  2. Negative: 5 out of 6
  1. Jun 12, 2019
    60
    Back in 1995 emulates elements of classic survival-horror from the 90s, but what it provides is as much a reflection on them as it is a recreation. A short but insightful look into the past.
  2. Jun 20, 2019
    45
    The 32-bit generation is one that I feel more indies should look toward after a plethora of 8-bit and 16-bit inspired titles have already dominated the scene. But Back in 1995 is too visually distracting, too slow, and too short for its $9.99 price. Nonetheless, the idea here is sound. With a better camera, a bit more speed, some expanded gameplay, and less negligence towards full-on emulation, a future installment could provide a nice retro fix.
  3. May 27, 2019
    40
    It feels harsh to draw so many comparisons between Back in 1995 and the classic survival horror games of the '90s, but then again, the former is an intentional attempt to replicate the latter, so it's unavoidable. Unfortunately, by staying so rigidly faithful to the typical survival horror tropes – like tank controls and fixed camera angles – the developer has left out important elements like plot and art direction. As it is, Back in 1995 only succeeds in reminding you why its ancestors were so good in the first place – but perhaps more importantly, why some of them should be left back in the '90s.
  4. 30
    Back In 1995 does an earnest job at trying to emulate the experience offered by the survival horror canon of the nineties, especially visually. But beyond it’s looks, 1995 fails to recognise why those games were so great, and is unfortunately an inferior experience because of it.
  5. Jun 3, 2019
    10
    Playing Back in 1995 does not evoke feelings of nostalgia, it only insults those who loved horror gaming in the '90s. What is sad is that it seems as if this was meticulously designed to be bad on purpose due to a misunderstanding of the genre. The idea of a retro throwback style, low-poly survival-horror has potential due to the power of imagination that sparks when confronted with nightmarishly uncanny, early computer graphics. Regretfully, Back in 1995 will please no one. Hardcore, old-school fans will be insulted, and modern gamers will only get a distorted example of a long-lost type of games that only exist today as HD rereleases.
  6. Feb 3, 2020
    10
    Back in 1995 joins the crowd of retro-inspired indie games on the Nintendo Switch catalogue. Unfortunately it gets nothing right. It tries to follow a different path than most retro-based games by taking an audiovisual line based on the 32-bit generation but fails at everything it attempts: a poor audiovisual environment, a clunky and unnerving gameplay and controls, and a plot that barely adds up, not to mention completely dysfunctional enemies. Any players longing for gaming experiences of the early days of the 32-bit generation should look elsewhere.