The Videokid ’80s Ed
Xbox version tested
It’s time to jump on board your way back machine folks because The VideoKid ’80s Edition is the essential slice of retro gold you’ve been crying out for.
Heavily influenced by the iconic 1985 Paperboy video game series that was a staple of our collective gaming youth, The VideoKid is the story of some Marty McFly looking teen who has about 5 minutes to meet his main squeeze Jessica at the park. This might sound pretty straight forward but we forgot to mention you’ve still got all of your VHS tapes to deliver en route, because damnit you’ve got bills to pay Jessica!
In true Paperboy fashion, the path to true love is not an easy one. VideoKid must traverse the ridiculously busy suburban street he lives on, delivering tapes to specific addresses while avoiding all manner of pitfalls, all of which are straight out of your favourite 1980s franchise. Whether it’s pummelling the Fraggles or avoiding Pamela Anderson’s duelling Double D’s, The VideoKid is littered with more 80s icons than you can shake a glowstick at. In fact, until you’ve played the game a few dozen times, you’ll spend most of your time just checking off the characters in your brain. This is all very good for nostalgia, but not so good for completing the task at hand though.
Visually The VideoKid is pretty damn ugly. It’s another pixelated mess in places, but luckily Pixel Trips Studios are good enough at their jobs to ensure the supporting cast of thousands are recognisable, and instead of clawing out your eyes in horror the experience is a pleasant one.
As is so often the case with games like this, the replay value is what makes the game worth the price tag alone. The VideoKid is incredibly frustrating, and sometimes the controls are just that little bit off causing you to crash and burn even if you time your move perfectly, but despite all of this you will definitely click to play again and again and again, repeating the phrase “Just one more go” like some kind of hidden mantra, and before you know it it’s 3 days later, you haven’t changed your underpants and you’re wife has left you. Or maybe that’s just me?
The VideoKid is well worth the couple of quid it costs in the Microsoft Store at the moment, and if you grew up in the era then you’ll fall in love straight away with its authentic 80s aesthetic. It’s just a shame that it pales in comparison to its own inspiration, which even now, some 34 years later, still looks a million times better than this.
The VideoKid ’80s Edition is the perfect slice of retro pie for anyone who grew up in the Paperboy era. It might be ugly, but take it for what it is – a fun walk down memory lane that will remind you just how old you’ve really become.
TBG Score: 6.5/10
Platform: Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Mobile
Release Date: 30/08/2018
No. of Players: 1
Category: Arcade, Action
Developer: PixelTrip Studios
Publisher: Chorus Worldwide Game
Download link: Microsoft Store