Review: The VideoKid 80s edition (PS4)

Review: The VideoKid 80s edition (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PC

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: The VideoKid 80s edition
Format: PSN (106.6 MB)
Release Date: December 11, 2018
Publisher: Chorus Worldwide Games
Developer: PixelTrip Studios, Videokid Games
Original MSRP: $4.99 (US), £3.69 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E10+
PEGI: 7
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
Once you press the Options button there is no going back to the title screen. The VideoKid 80s edition wants to suck you into the nostalgia-filled Paperboy-style game and never let go. However, instead of throwing newspapers it’s pirated VHS tapes, and points are awarded for almost everything you hit.

Controls are simple with one button to throw a tape and another to jump. Movement is just from left to right across the sidewalk and the two lanes as you try to avoid or jump over pedestrians and traffic. Some things are too big to leap over and after a few attempts, you’ll learn what should be avoided.

Review: The VideoKid 80s edition (PS4) Review: The VideoKid 80s edition (PS4)

The strangely familiar hero is going to be late for a date with his girlfriend, Jessica. He needs to meet her at the end of his busy street and get some money along the way. With only one life and plenty of tricky obstacles to avoid, this quick game ends up taking a long time to complete.

The VideoKid isn’t so much about the need for split-second timing, but a lesson in distraction. There is so much going on that lures your eyes away from your character as he skates along with no way of slowing down. An assortment of familiar cars and people go by making this game look like a movie studio backlot.

You can buy things from the shop between attempts with the money you’ve earned, which is either some skins or a few tricks for your character. Sadly, nothing that changes or improves your game, it’s all just cosmetic alterations. Some of those skins are on the pricey side and it’ll take a long time to get them all.

What keeps this little game from becoming repetitive is that it randomly generates the characters and vehicles so you won’t see the exact same thing on each attempt.

Review: The VideoKid 80s edition (PS4) Review: The VideoKid 80s edition (PS4)

There is no Platinum Trophy or leaderboards, which I’m sure will disappoint some players but the focus of this game is to give the player a massive shot of nostalgia.

Visuals:
The VideoKid uses an oblique projection view and so looks very similar to Paperboy. The game is entirely made up of voxels and uses them to great effect to build every single character and famous object from my childhood. Everything from Herbie the Love Bug to The Terminator is in this little game.

Audio:
The audio gives the impression it has been squeezed through an old arcade sound chip. This is detrimental to some of the speech and makes it sound quite bad. Aside from that, I do like the music and sound effects.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is one player only and features no online component.

Review: The VideoKid 80s edition (PS4) Review: The VideoKid 80s edition (PS4)

Conclusion:
The VideoKid 80s edition skates so close to copyright infringement from every longstanding entertainment and media company that I’m sure the developers at PixelTrip Studios woke up in a few cold sweats as the game released. However, this homage to the height of the arcade craze isn’t trying to steal anything. Instead, it’s trying to help you remember so much about what made the 80’s great.

I would have liked the shop to offer some actual enhancements to my Michael J. Fox-a-like character and not just pointless tricks, but it is what it is. I have yet to reach the end of this tricky little game and I look forward to seeing what nostalgia filled delights it has to offer.

Score:
7.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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