[PS4] 8-bit Adventure Anthology: Volume I Review

by the_nmac

Three 8-bit adventure classics have been resurrected for a new generation to feel as frustrated as we did! Read our 8-bit Adventure Anthology: Volume I review!

8-bit Adventure Anthology is a compilation featuring faithful remakes of three of the best 8-bit point & click adventure games ever made. Originally released between 1987-1991, each stand-alone adventure features the same mind-blowing puzzles, graphics and music that mesmerized generations of console gamers!

Now is your chance to play “Shadowgate™”, “The Uninvited™” and “Déjà Vu™” the way they were supposed to be played, with a controller in hand and worlds waiting to be explored! Set within the realms of fantasy, horror and film noir, these three fantastic stories are a must have for those who enjoy traditional adventure games made of tougher stuff.

To enhance your experience, the compilation features a new 8-bit style menu, beautifully composed chip tunes and the most outstanding ‘old TV’ effects you’ve ever seen.

8-bit Adventure Anthology: Volume I is a new compilation for the PS4 featuring ports of some NES classic adventure games. The games included are the classics Shadowgate, Deja Vu, and Uninvited. Shadowgate is a game I remember specifically playing in my youth, but not getting very far due to its difficulty. After that experience I ended up growing into a fan of adventure games, going out of my way to play old classics like the Monkey Island series, Sam and Max, The Longest Journey, Syberia, Thimbleweed Park, anything from Tim Shafer, and countless others. Up until now, there hasn’t been an easy way to play Shadowgate, so I was definitely up for reviewing this anthology to take the game for a new spin!

Now, these games are perfect recreations of the original games released back in the day on the NES. They did not follow the trend of others releasing an HD version with the ability to switch between the new and old look, which isn’t a bad thing! The good news is the games have aged well visually, still showing off some great 8-bit art. The bad news is they are probably not going to win any new gamers over as this release is really for the crowd who played them the first time around. It would have been great to see an updated interface, new hand-drawn art, and some more hints on how to proceed to bring in the new gamers, but for those of us who played the games on the NES, this is a very good release.

The games themselves are really interesting. Shadowgate has you exploring a decrepit castle with you as the world’s savior; Deju Vu has you waking up in a bathroom with a gun that is missing three bullets and a dead body with three bullet holes, with a big mystery to solve, and in Uninvited you wake up after a car crash and must find your missing sister in a mysterious mansion. The stories are excellent and hold up really well. Each one has a completely different theme from film noir in Deja Vu, to a horror movie in Uninvited, to a more gothic feel in Shadowgate. All of them take about an hour or so to complete if you are a genius and can solve the puzzles without hitting your head gainst a wall. Once you complete a game, there isn’t much reason to go back to it.

Not all is great though as I have found with other adaptions that cursor control doesn’t translate well to the PS4. You can choose to use the painfully slow D-pad or the way too quick and twitchy stick to maneuver the cursor around the screen, but I found myself using a combination of them to get things done. As this is Volume 1, I hope they are currently considering what games we can get for Volume 2.

The game has 18 trophies, but no Platinum. That being said, I like what they did with the trophy list. Every trophy is related to how your character can die in the game, so it forces you to play the game as you take chances and make mistakes. I really It’s too bad there were no speedrun related trophies or completion trophies to round the list out and maybe add a Platinum trophy on top.

Final Thoughts

8-bit Adventure Anthology: Volume I is a strong collection of some great classic games that will really make fans of them very happy to play such faithful ports. That being said, this isn’t going to bring new players on board with what some might consider “dated looks,” the not ideal controls, and the considerable difficulty curve. If you love adventure games, then you’re going to love this one. I can’t wait to see what Volume 2 has in store for us!

This 8-bit Adventure Anthology: Volume I review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Abstraction Games B.V..

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