Review – Retro Game Challenge
Publisher: Namco Bandai/Xseed
Platform(s): Nintendo DS
ESRB Content Descriptors: Alcohol Reference, Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language
The Scoop: Retro Game Challenge might just appear to be another game pack with little to offer but small entertainment to pass the time, but in reality, RGC can capture the hearts of any gamer who grew up in the 80s and 90s. Instead of delivering old games in a single package, you get new games in the vein of classic s’mups, platformers, racers, and RPGs that’ll infuse you with a complete nostalgic feeling. With faux, yet realistic, game manuals and a magazine that will take you back to sitting in front of the screen with a best friend and the cheat section of Nintendo Power, Retro Game Challenge shows off what was great about video games in the 80s.
The Setup: The game actually is based on the Japanese show in which Shinya Arino tries to complete challenges in classic games. In RGC, Arino transports you to the 80’s and turns you into a child to play games with his younger self, in an attempt to make himself a better gamer. Through 8 classic themed games, you complete challenges, like achievements on the 360, such as double stomping enemies and attaining high scores to return to your normal self in your normal time.
- Each game feels like it was transported through time from a vault full of unreleased games from yesteryear, some of them even feel like a full fleshed out game. Gaudia Quest beats them all though, by providing hours of RPG awesomeness that’ll be sucked from your life.
- After beating the challenges for each game, you unlock free play mode for that game, and various stats are tracked, you can use this to set your own challenges for yourself.
- The “Game Fan Magazine” features personalities that reflect real people from the gaming industry. All I need to say is Dan Sock.
- Intentional Engrish can be found that will make you think of old badly localized games, which will give you a good chuckle.
- If you’re stuck on any particular challenge, “Game Fan Magazine” will offer tips, tricks, and cheats to get past anything, as well as offering short blurbs on reviews and upcoming games.
- With young Arino’s comments in between and during each challenge, you feel like one of your best friends is right there with you cheering you on as you take down a tough enemy, or letting out a yawn and taking a nap if you’re lolly-gagging about.
- Rally King SP appears to be a joke on exclusive content, but it doesn’t differ much from the original Rally King, and felt like a real bore. Since I never liked old racers much, this could simply by my distaste for the genre seeping out. If it does the same for you, be sure to refer to the magazine.
- The biggest complaint stems from the final challenge in Gaudia Quest, where it will take some time and leveling up to find a dispatch of the boss you need to find. It broke up the pace of the story mode, but it just dragged on a little too much for my liking.
Final Verdict: If you’re even slightly interested in the game, go out and pick it up. As you’ll read from reviews from around the web, this game is a must have for any DS owner in their 20s or older. Though the theme of the game may be lost on younger generations, it can still provide hours of fun for gamers of any age and gets its own achievement for making older gamers happy to have grown up when games were in their infancy.Review - Retro Game Challenge,