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Retro City Rampage is a bit of a love letter to the 80's and 90's gaming, and it just had a surprise Linux release.

Retro City Rampage is a bit of a love letter to the 80's and 90's gaming, and it just had a surprise Linux release.

Disclosure: Thanks to GOG we have been sent over a key to see how it is!

About the game (Official)
Wreak havoc in in the open-world of Retro City Rampage! You’ll meet a variety of very familiar characters, including a certain time-travelling scientist, engage in various modes of gameplay such as stealth, platforming, early coin-ops, and even encounter radioactive plumbers who await with eager anticipation their chance to murder and masticate you, The Player! But, wait, there’s more! Stomp on hapless pedestrians like they are Goombas and claim your coin. While you are taking the world by storm, you’ll encounter a few guest stars such as Super Meat Boy, Splosion Man and Ms. Splosion, and BIT.TRIP Runner. Last but not least, you’ll be able to tear through Minecraft for even more crossover goodness!

You are out on a lovely jaunt of CRIME CAPERS when you were ambushed by the EVIL GOOD GUYS, who will stop at nothing to end your RAMPAGE OF DOOM throughout Theftropolis City. Retro City Rampage is a parodic paean to old-school gaming and the culture of the 80’s, referencing many classic game experiences while providing modern-day open-world mechanics, all wrapped in glorious 8-bit graphical goodness.

Are you a bad enough dude to defeat the EVIL GOOD GUYS?

My thoughts
This is tested on the GOG version of course, so buying it there will give you access to an 18mb .tar.gz file to extract.

Holy hell this is true retro flavour here, and I'm loving it. The Linux version from GOG launches and works flawlessly so far as I can tell. I haven’t come across a single bug, so that’s fantastic.

Everything about it is retro! The whole game is even played inside what looks like an old CRT screen and it looks fantastic. I’ve seen other games use graphical filters that make it look awful, but Retro City Rampage DX truly nails the retro aesthetic.

It does have a few notable advances over the games it aims to poke fun at, like the cover system of being able to duck and fire over objects while aiming. Little things like that have made it quite nice to play, as older games tend to feel frustrating when going back to them. I’m glad they included a few small advancements from newer games like the cover system.

This is as close to Grand Theft Auto as Linux has right now, even if it is a parody of a lot of things. It plays a bit like the very first GTA, and doesn't look too dissimilar either. Looks is mostly where it ends though, as it’s very over the top with everything, especially the campaign.

The game has kept surprising me so far, and the Mario reference at the start was gold. I won’t tell you where it is though, as I don’t want to spoil it. It was a totally unexpected reference for this game, loved it.

I’ve picked up on a number of references during my time in the campaign, and I’m actually impressing myself at remembering some of them.

Final thoughts: It’s great to finally have this game on Linux, I look forward to seeing what it has in store later in the campaign. If you’re into a bit of nostalgia and a silly campaign, go for it.

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slaapliedje 30 Jul, 2015
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I bought it again through Humble bundle to show support, I think I even initially bought two copies (one for me and one for my brother who told me about the game) but now it's on Linux I can actually play it.
kibbles 30 Jul, 2015
I just bought this as well, for $3 on steam you can't go wrong.

Also the guy put out a video on developing this game, very interesting watch. View video on
kibbles 30 Jul, 2015
On a side note I wish steam would allow us to "tip" developers extra money like how humble bundle works. I would have gladly tipped an additional $10.
Magamo 30 Jul, 2015
Kibbles, that video is specifically about the development of the version of the game compatible with the original NES hardware, but very cool nonetheless.
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