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Play OverviewPlay Overview

198X (2020) is a pastiche of different classic games brought together to tell the story of a suburban teenager stuck between the limitations of youth and the obligations of adulthood. In the game, you discover a local arcade, and through the different games find a way to make that transition to an adult world and coming to terms with your history.

"This is not just a video game, this is the story of my life," says the narrator. What's interesting is that the games reflect the mood of the wider narrative. Each one marks a turn or deepening of some aspect of the story. This may sound heavy-handed or juvenile, but the reality is that these games work well to underline the emotion of your character.

If you played games in the '80s this is a great way to revisit some of those moments. If you've not played these games before this is a novel way to discover them, along with a window into the burgeoning importance of this new media.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked 198x 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Fighting game with Adventure, Narrative, Race, Shooting and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence.

CostsCosts

198x usually costs £7.99 to £8.99.
 

198x

PlayStation Store PS4 £7.99
Steam Store PC £8.99
Switch Store Switch £8.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/01/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Fighting (Adventure, Narrative, Race, Shooting and Strategy)

Accessibility: 9 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: 198 x Game (@198xGame)


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