Retro City Rampage Vblank Entertainment Inc. 2012

This send-up to '80s and '90s video games and pop-culture includes both a full Story Mode of open-world adventure as well as an Arcade Mode for quick pick-up-and-play action. If that's not enough, it also packs an interactive city full of shops, minigames, customizations, collectibles, special guest stars, and more. Originally started as a homebrew NES demake of Grand Theft Auto III, it was eventually developed into a full game. The protagonist is a mullet-styled gangster who wreaks havoc in Theftropolis city. It draws many elements from the series it was inspired by, such as the ability to hijack any car, fight on foot with melee and ranged weapons, and shake off the law when too many crimes are committed. The main story mode consists of a number of missions that involve heists, extortion, but for instance also helping out Doc Brown from the Back to the Future movies to help repair his time travel car. The game has a quirky style and hectic pace, and is filled to the brim references to popular culture, especially movies, celebrities and other games with many cameo appearances. Next to the main mission various side missions can be taken on or the city can be explored in full at the player's leisure. During certain parts 30 challenges can be triggered where an objective needs to be completed in a short time, such as driving around a tank or getting air time shooting a bazooka. These can later be replayed as arcade challenges from the main menu. In addition there is a free roaming mode with the maximum amount of money right from the start. The protagonist, dubbed The Player, can fight with his fists and other melee weapons, or shoot a large variety of guns. These are collected while playing or are bought in shops. There is also a cover system where it is possible to duck behind objects and fire quickly. Any car or bike can be taken over and pedestrians can be mowed down, leaving behind money. The gun targeting has a lock system where it is possible to strafe around an opponent without losing the target direction. Other options include the ability to jump, and pick up and throw objects, including pedestrians. Committing too many crimes raises a threat meter causing the police force to arrive in increasingly larger numbers. The main character can buy various customizations, play arcade games or gamble at the casino. There are five special, permanent power-ups such as "Speed 'Kills' Shoes" for faster speed that are discovered or bought throughout the game. Vehicles can be repainted at spray garages, but cops can also be shaken off by collecting cop cloaking devices that make them lose the trail. Health is replenished by collecting hearts or buying food at vending machines. In Oct/2015, Retro City Rampage: DX was launched, a new version for all previous platforms and introducing new platforms. It is a re-mastered version with the ability to switch to the original version of the game in the options. Changes include faster vehicles, more checkpoints, tutorials, hint screens and tweaked missions, challenges, visual effects, visual enhancements and difficulty. Weapons can be selected from a grid instead of cycling through them and there is a new UI for the handheld version, including zoom, touch and a dynamic camera. There are more video filters options and two additional graphics modes: RETRO+ and 8-BIT. Weapons have been rebalanced and it is now possible to jump right away after shooting. The update also introduces parking garages where 54 cars can be parked. Features: Over 60 Story Missions; Over 40 Arcade Challenges; Over 25 Weapons & Power-Ups; Over 50 Vehicles to Steal & Equip; Over 200 Character Customizations; Includes 15 Steam Trading Cards; 3+ Hours of Music (13 radio stations); Critically acclaimed, IGF Nominated soundtrack by virt (Contra 4, Double Dragon: Neon), Freaky DNA (NBA Jam) and Norrin Radd. Extras & Minigames: version for MS-DOS to play on a 486 DX PC or above; Prototype for Windows 3.1 in 16-colors; Prototype for NES; Special Guest Star Minigames - "Virtual Meat Boy", "BIT.TRIP: Retro City", "Epic Meal Time"; Free-Roaming Mode - Play as Meat Boy, CommanderVideo, Steve from Minecraft and Mr. Destructoid; Mod Support - Create & Share Custom Vehicles, Characters, and more; Steam Leaderboards & Achievements; Supports Keyboards, Mouse, Controllers & Joysticks; Supports Anaglyphic 3D Glasses - Select Missions Playable in Retro 3D; Video Filters - EGA/CGA/NES/SMS/C64/Apple II simulation; Playable in 5 Languages - English, Francais, Italiano, Deutsch, Espanol.
Full Demo 118MB (uploaded by scaryfun)

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