Obviously inspired by Earthbound, Retro World invites you into a parallel universe where video games come to life. Developed by Scary Pixel, the game has officially launched on Kickstarter to help fund their goal. Players can relive retro gaming experiences from their childhood as they progress through 30 years of gaming evolution. They can attend midnight game launches and even participate in competitive in-game tournaments.
When the story begins, the player has just moved to a new town where the popularity of video gaming is rocketing. “Unfortunately this newly flavored past time comes with more than the people of Frankton had bargained for. Extended periods of play have resulted in strange phenomenon from disappearing children to sightings of spooky creatures. It’s up to you and your newly found friends to get to the bottom of this bizarre mystery.”
The game segments are broken down into four phases:
- The Hype – In anticipation of a release the town folks will talk about the upcoming titles expressing their likes or dislikes. You’ll see prominent billboards advertising each game using various colorful marketing strategies as well as special features in magazines. After properly researching your game you’ll make your choice determining how much cash you’ll need to earn.
- Earning some cash – Games don’t come cheap. It’s up to you to gather enough money before the game’s release. For this you’ll do all sorts of chores for your parents, neighbors and even strangers you meet. Cutting the lawn and making deliveries are just typical things you’ll do to earn your money. There’s still always a chance a distant relative will send you a gift through the mail.
- Getting the game – Getting the hottest new game can sometimes be difficult. Stores having limited stock was a common occurrence back in the day and in Retro World things are no different. You’ll have to track down your games by calling specialty shops, department stores and then get there before it sells out. In some cases finding a game can be a quest in itself taking you to some of the more seedy parts of Frankton.
- Playing the game – Now that you’ve got your game it’s time to play it. Finishing games to 100% completion advances the story to the next Hype phase.
On Retro World’s Kickstarter page, Scary Pixel addressed the idea of creating a game about games, stating, “I’ve always enjoyed the tongue and cheekiness of discovering games within games. But what if the idea could be pushed to the point where the player begins to question what is real and what is game? So I decided to take the concept to the next level, while telling a relatable story to gamers like myself and yet interesting enough to new gamers that weren’t around in the 80’s. I’ve never seen anything of this scale before, so this presented a great opportunity to create something different.”
Retro World will be available on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.