Brian Provinciano’s follow-up to Retro City Rampage is finally here. Shakedown: Hawaii bumps up the bits from 8 to 16. This time around Vblank drops the references, the homages, and has made a game that stands on its own, more so than its spiritual predecessor. Shakedown: Hawaii still offers a Grand Theft Auto-style sandbox experience that can be as chaotic as you make it, but this time it’s all about making the most money imaginable. And it won’t be long before you’re your own Scrooge McDuck, albeit a lunatic who’s grip on reality is only held on by the almighty dollar, and willing to kill for it.
The Nintendo Switch is affectionately referred to as the “indie machine”. Vblank Entertainment’s Retro City Rampage DX is a example of an excellent indie game on the Switch. While the core game has been updated (hence “DX” in the title) and ported to many platforms already, it is still a standout title on the Switch. It doesn’t do anything new or different than its other console counterparts, but its portability and home console duality lend the game to be played literally everywhere – and this is a game you want to play everywhere you can. Retro City Rampage DX is an homage to 80s games, movies, and music that doesn’t rely purely on its parody to be funny and interesting, it also has solid gameplay and mechanics to back it all up.