Released just last week by Pixel Trip Studios comes The VideoKid – 80’s Edition. It’s pretty much a modern take on Paperboy, which is an arcade game that was developed in 1985 (I was four years old!) and released by Atari Games. Whereas in that game you cycled your way through the game avoiding obstacles and throwing rolls of newspaper at homes of subscribers, The VideoKid takes a fresh approach with plenty of humour and 80’s references.
Playing The VideoKid you have to skateboard the complete distance of the level avoiding obstacles that come your way whilst delivering videotapes rather and ultimately reach your goal which is your girlfriend Jessica, who is waiting for you at the end of the road. You score points by practically throwing videotapes at everything and everyone that comes along your way and you can even pull of tricks when grinding along benches, mailboxes and some rooftops of oncoming vehicles. You’ll also skate through sewers jumping pipes, grinding alligators and avoiding Splinter, from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as he tries to trip you up. Jerk.
Tapes will be thrown through windows smashing glass everywhere, at garbage bins spilling trash all over the place, at people using their lawnmowers and at pots of paint that they’ll be using to paint their garage doors with as you skate on by like the little skateboarding menace that you are. But hey, COINS! You’ll collect coins which you can use to buy a range of characters outfits and upgrades. It’s cool that you already look like Marty McFly from Back To The Future but maybe you’d rather skate as The Karate Kid. Ah Daniel son…
You’ll have to watch out for plenty of characters and vehicles from the 80’s on your travels which include He-Man on Battle-Cat, Lion-O cruising in the Thundertank, Mad Max’s V8 Interceptor, the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, Inspector Gadget and even the M577 Armored Personnel Carrier from Aliens! There are so many 80’s-tastic references that will just hit some of us hard with nostalgia. I tell you what, the 80’s were fantastic for classic cartoons and films…
Controls are really basic with really only having to direct The VideoKid from left to right and doing the same when pulling off tricks whilst grinding. Press X to throw tapes, A to jump and B to grind. You’ll come across some power ups like a power glove that auto-fires tapes for you and boots that allow you to jump at a higher height. And that’s about it really.
If for some bizarre and insane reason that you have no knowledge of any of the referenced cartoons and movies above then you need to sort yourself out and click on the links above because thankfully for you I’ve done all the hard work and linked everything for you (You’re welcome young person!).
The VideoKid is a fun little title full of humour with all the 80’s references that one will ever need. It looks great with it’s colourful pixel art visuals and should be a fairly easy game to complete and acquire all the achievements. The audio is catchy and it even features a track by the musician Savant. The only real downside to it is that it is only one level to play and that only leaves you replaying for high scores on the leaderboard.
A review copy for Xbox One was provided for the purposes of this review (Thank You!).
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- Cool pixel art style.
- Fun to play!
- Nostalgic with plenty of 80's references.
- Only one level.