Over the summer I took a chance on a cheap download for the Xbox One called The VideoKid. Just last night I purchased a second copy for the Nintendo Switch. Next thing you know I’ll be buying shares in the developer.
So what’s it about? I’ll let care-free summer M445P handle those details: 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!
The perfect slice of retro pie
Along the way, VideoKid must avoid being run over by some of the coolest cars in pop culture history, try not to get distracted by Pamela Anderson in her Baywatch bathing suit, or come a cropper in the secret lair of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sometimes it’s so hard not to get distracted by all the cameos (Pee-Wee Herman, Doctor Who, the Fraggles) you forget you’re actually trying not to crash your skateboard. Come a cropper and you’re right back where you started.
Like a few of the cheaper end games, The VideoKid 80s Edition is way more fun than it should be. Whether it would be as fun without all the sweet 80s references is irrelevant – the end product is exactly what’s been missing in your life if you ever fell in love with a certain freckled Paperboy back in the 1980s. Just don’t be tempted to throw your Switch at your neighbours letterbox by mistake – or in the bin when you wipe-out your skateboard for the 600th time.
When I reviewed the Xbox version, I described the game as “the perfect slice of retro pie”, and that still stands here. The difference with this version though is it was seemingly created for a handheld console. Everything about The VideoKid ’80s Edition feels so much better on the Nintendo Switch. In fact, I enjoyed the game a whole lot more this time around and felt far more forgiving of its flaws than I had previously. The controls are way easier to get used to, it’s not so ugly on the smaller screen, and there are tons of outfit changes and upgrades that keep things fresh and fun. It’s just a shame you spend a lot of the game wishing for a Switch port of Paperboy instead of hoping for a sequel to the game you’re actually playing.
Platform: PC, Mobile, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo
Release Date: 30/08/2018
No. of Players: 1
Category: Arcade, Action
Developer: Pixel Trip Studios
Publisher: Chorus Worldwide Games
Download link: eShop