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Platform Win, PS Vita, PS3, 360, WiiWare, 3DS Publisher Vblank Entertainment Developer Vblank Entertainment Release Date 2012-10-09

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Retro City Rampage review: beg, borrow, steal

THE SCHOOL IS BORROWED FROM SAVED BY THE BELL, ITS MANSION FROM BATMAN As the ironically named Player, a thug for hire, you cause mayhem, "borrowing" cars, shooting civilians, and committing a number of odd, illegal jobs. The setting, the city of Theftropolis in the year 1985, is built from the materials of our collective childhood memories. Its school is borrowed from Saved by the Bell; its mansion borrowed from Batman. Even the bike shop is owned by the trainer from Punch-Out!. Of course, to avoid copyright infringement, these characters and settings have slightly different names, but when you meet a squat mustachioed plumber, you know who he is. The references extend far beyond sight gags and one-liners. The game's missions, dispensed by a would-be Doc Brown...

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Retro City Rampage 'definitive' version launches for 3DS Feb. 6

The Nintendo 3DS edition of Retro City Rampage will benefit from more than a year's worth of tweaking and rebalancing, according to creator Brian Provinciano, who calls the forthcoming eShop game its "definitive version." Retro City Rampage is a downloadable game that parodies retro pop culture and Grand Theft Auto gameplay; players complete missions around the game's city while avoiding authority figures. Retro City Rampage DX, as the new edition is called, incorporates player feedback in addition to the game's long history of updates. In the 15 months or so since Retro City Rampage's first release, Provinciano said he's updated it at least 16 times. However, the developer considers the 3DS version "worth checking out," even for those who've played it on other consoles. "This is the...

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Humble Bundle Store discounts Legend of Dungeon, The Novelist

The Humble Bundle Store is currently holding a 24-hour sale on titles such as Legend of Dungeon and The Novelist as part of its winter deals. Legend of Dungeon is available for $1.49, instead of its usual $9.99 price tag, while The Novelist is 50 percent off at $9.99. Other discounted titles include Retro City Rampage for $2.99, The Bridge for $2.49 and Machinarium for $2.49. Visit the Humble Bundle Store for the full list of sales. Games are available across Linux, Mac and Windows PC via Steam. Ten percent of proceeds from the sale are donated to charity. At the time of this post, more than $315,000 has been raised for organizations such as the American Red Cross and Child's Play.

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The Walking Dead, Uncharted Golden Abyss and more available with new holiday PS Vita bundle for $175

Amazon is now featuring a new exclusive PS Vita bundle for $175. The holiday pack, which comes with a PS Vita and a 4GB memory card and charger, includes game vouchers to digitally download The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season, Uncharted Golden Abyss, Retro City Rampage and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. The same PS Vita included in the bundle typically goes for around $217 on the site, while the standard Walking Dead Vita bundle is typically priced at $250.

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See Retro City Rampage running amok on Nintendo 3DS

Vblank's open-world 8-bit homage to the game's of yesteryear, Retro City Rampage, is on its way to the Nintendo 3DS (and 2DS) later this year, courtesy of the Nintendo eShop. A new teaser released by the developer shows what causing mayhem on the streets in the portable version will look like when it hits this holiday. Retro City Rampage is currently available for a number of other platforms, including Wii, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. For more, read Polygon's review of Retro City Rampage, covering the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade versions of the game.

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A look at Nintendo's IndieCade eShop games

Eight new trailers are out from Nintendo promoting the various Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games the publisher is bringing to IndieCade this weekend. Above is the trailer for Retro City Rampage, a beat-em-up pastiche of 80s games and culture. Below are trailers for 3DS titles Treasurenauts, Jett Rocket 2: The Wrath of Taikai, Siesta Fiesta and Grinsia, as well as Wii U titlesKnytt Underground, Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails and Armillo. Polygon will be at IndieCade this weekend covering the games. Nintendo will be showing off more eShop titles than those listed here and will be holding a panel today about its indie publishing methods.

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Nintendo bringing Wii U and 3DS games, panel to IndieCade

Nintendo will have a significant presence at IndieCade 2013 this weekend — it's bringing a variety of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles to the show, and is hosting a panel about eShop self-publishing, the company announced today. The panel, "How to Self-Publish Your Game on Nintendo eShop," will be led by Dan Adelman, manager of business development at Nintendo of America. Adelman will explain the eShop self-publishing process for indie developers and touch on Nintendo's policies; that panel will take place today, Oct. 3, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET. Here's the full list of Wii U and 3DS games that will be playable at the Nintendo booth: Wii U 1,001 Spikes by Nicalis Armillo by Fuzzy Wuzzy Games Knytt Underground by Ripstone Pier Solar and the Great Architects by WaterMelon Co. Q...

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Console games 'can be a lower risk' for indies, Retro City Rampage dev says

Console games can sometimes be a "lower risk" for indie developers, Retro City Rampage developer Brian Provinciano said in a recent GDC China Independent game summit talk, Gamasutra reports. "I've been very successful in console, and I haven't touched mobile yet," Provinciano said. "I feel in many cases that console games can be a lower risk." He pointed out that console games have higher price points, players expect a higher quality product and that developers tend to have "more control over launch promotion." On the other hand, he also said that he spent a third of Retro City Rampage's three-year development cycle on "everything else, from business and production, to contracts, insurance, office space, the list goes on." For more on Retro City Rampage, which is available for...

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Journey, Limbo, more discounted on PSN for PAX Prime indie sale

The Penny Arcade Expo shines a bright spotlight on indie games, and Sony is joining in the celebration with a weeklong sale on a number of top-tier PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita titles from small studios. Sony's 2013 PAX Prime Indie Game Sale offers discounts of up to 65 percent — and up to 75 percent for PlayStation Plus members — on 11 games that were exhibited at previous PAXes. Here are the games in question: Closure - $7.49 ($3.75 on PlayStation Plus; regularly $14.99) Dragon Fantasy Book 1 (PS3 and PS Vita, Cross-Buy) - $4.99 ($2.50 on PS Plus; reg. $9.99) Dyad - $7.49 ($3.75 on PS Plus; reg. $14.99) Journey - $7.49 ($3.75 on PS Plus; reg. $14.99) Limbo (PS3 and PS Vita, Cross-Buy) - $7.49 ($5.99 on PS Plus; reg. $14.99) Penny-Arcade Adventures: On the...

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Nintendo bringing The Wonderful 101 panel, 25 games to PAX Prime

PAX Prime attendees will get the chance to play a long list of new and upcoming games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS later this month, including Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, which will be playable by the public for the first time at the show. Nintendo will have a dedicated Pokémon Gaming Lounge set up on the second floor of the Washington State Convention Center where Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be playable. Nintendo will showcase 12 Wii U titles from first-party and third-party developers, including Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Bayonetta 2 and Sonic Lost World. Nintendo 3DS games on display include The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate and, for the first time, Retro City Rampage. Wii U game The Wonderful 101 will also...

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PlayStation Vita is ready for a renaissance

At its Gamescom conference yesterday, Sony introduced a significant price cut to both its models of PS Vita and showed off the machine's Remote Play feature with a PlayStation 4 demo of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Perhaps just as significant was the shotgun blast of indie games announced for the handheld, as well as the appearance of a series of respected independent developers who were willing to wax effusive about the machine, despite its difficult first 18 months on the market. Tellingly, Sony won't release sales numbers of PS Vita, though there's no doubt that it falls into the "niche" category, a long way away from its maker's mass-market aspirations. But the machine is adding to its list of benefits, seeking to emulate the success of its predecessor, the PSP. Despite strong...

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  • Windows
    • Released 2012-10-09
    • Publisher Vblank Entertainment
    • Developer Vblank Entertainment
    • Score 6.0
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    • Released 2012-10-09
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