We live in a world of nostalgia – whether it’s 80s films, 90s fashion or early ‘00s music, we love blasts from the past, especially when they come with a modern twist. Gaming has come a long way in the past few years, and the top notch graphics that can be seen on consoles now are almost movie quality; however, there is something cool about the old school 8bit look on games. Thankfully, this style of game design seems to have come back in style and perhaps it is because, the designers of today, were the original 8bit gamers. Whatever the reason, we love it, and here are some of the best!
Hotline Miami is one of the coolest 8bit games, where you play as a gangster in an impractical, yet stylish white suit. You explore the world, bursting into hideouts and killing anyone in your way. Not for the faint of heart!
The aptly named Retro City Rampage may be a retro 8bit game, but it is full of pop culture references and homages to the biggest movies and games of the past. In fact, your primary mission is to fight the gang from Saved by the Bell – it’s like all our old school dreams come true!
Popular with Youtube gamers, you may have seen Super Meat Boy being played online and for a good reason. Although it follows a familiar side-scrolling platform game style, you are not playing as a speedy hedgehog or a pair of brother plumbers; you are in fact just a chunk of meat. Instead of saving a princess, your girlfriend is a bandage. The levels are short and fast paced with the frustrating deaths that keep you coming back for more.
VVVVVV could be straight off the Commodore 64 with its annoyingly catchy 8-bit soundtrack and clunky graphics. The game is based in an alternate dimension where gravity can be turned on and off with the flick of a switch. Spikes are to be avoided as you hunt for your missing crew. A simple premise but hours of nostalgic fun.
Fez is a game that breaks the fourth wall in that the world is corrupted and needs rebooting, just like so many of the games we played when we were young, and that Fez itself is based on! A game full of intentional glitches and a mission to collect Hexahedron cubes to save the world, this game is hours of uncomplicated fun.
If you feel like a touch of nostalgia, but you want something new, these are just a few of the games that are big right now!