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Genre: Arcade
Release Date:
June 2018
Tuesday, 9 July 2019
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 04:24pm 09/07/19 | 0 Comments
Nostalgia for the neon lights and noisy arcades of the 1980s is something that will probably be here for a while, and for good reason. It marks the dawn of the videogame era as well as making a case for why it's probably not a good idea to go overboard with hair products all about Maximum Hold. Anyway, new indie arcade adventure 198X presents the first part of its coming-of-age story set in the beloved decade.

Here's a look at one of the games within the game, called Beating Heart, alongside a snippet from our review.

With things like Netflix’s Stranger Things series, the popularity of synthwave music, neon colours, and the image of a vintage arcade full of interactive experiences, the 1980s is a decade often thought of fondly. Especially when viewed through the prism of a child or adolescent growing up during the dawn of the videogame era in a makeshift home video as directed by Steven Spielberg. 198X from indie team Hi-Bit Studios presents an interesting attempt at a coming of age story told through the prism of classic arcade and 16-bit era archetypes.

Stuff like Final Fight, R-Type, Outrun, and Strider interspersed with a story following a character simply called the Kid - musing on subjects like isolation, coming from a troubled home, and the solace found at a local video arcade.

Click Here to Read Our Full 198X Review