The ILG Coint & Plick Awards

Coint & Plick 2009 #16: Retro Game Challenge

Posted in 2009 by trdn89 on February 15, 2010

56 points, 5 votes

Official Game Site

If: So what retro gaming needs is a cute framing that looks like Animal Crossing, and to play for achievements? Seems so!

Metacritic

JimD: Great concept, great format. And the fact it didn’t force you to play too much of any one mini-game meant it really did feel like going over to a school friend’s house to play a little bit of everything he owned that you didn’t. For that, I loved it.

Gamespite

jamescobo: As a former kid with parents who refused to allow video games machines in the house I have no problems declaring RGC to be the best and most accurate “going over to someone’s house in the ’80s and playing video games” simulator released to date.

Forksclovetofu: An absolute love letter to gamers who grew up in the mid-eighties. The attention to detail is superb and the insider jokes (‘Dan Sock’! Engrish interstices in the faux games! The kid turning his nose up at you if you tell him you read the manual!) are evocative and spot on. It attempts to be a Madeline for Nintenerds and it succeeds spectacularly.

Localization Interview

Abbott: This game is A+++ The manuals are so great, and it’s fun having this fake sibling-type as stupid commentator. The nice thing about him is unlike an IRL sibling, he can’t throw controllers at you. Those NES controllers had really sharp edges!

Graveyard Duck

Lamp: Not feeling this at all. The actual games that are played are kind of not fun versions of old games. I guess that’s the point but then it’s not really clever-clever in the best way; it’s just kind of gross nostalgia. I’m such a hypocrite I know but this is vapid and worse than paying $100 for Ar Tonelico on the game as fetish-object scale.

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