New Retro Arcade: Neon

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New Retro Arcade: Neon
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Information
VR/AR VR
Developer Digital Cybercherries
Publisher Digital Cybercherries
Platform SteamVR, Oculus Rift (Platform)
Device HTC Vive, Oculus Rift CV1
Operating System Windows
Type Full Game
Genre Action, Adventure, Casual, Indie, Racing, Simulation, Sports, VR, Arcade, Retro, 1980s, Online Co-Op, Multiplayer, Co-op, Basketball, On-Rails Shooter
Input Device Tracked motion controllers, Gamepad, Keyboard / Mouse
Play Area Seated, Standing, Room-Scale
Game Mode Single Player, Online Multiplayer, Co-Op, Online Co-Op
Language English
Review Very Positive
Release Date Aug 1, 2016
Price $19.99
App Store Steam
Website http://digitalcybercherries.com/new-retro-arcade-neon/
Infobox Updated 09/15/2016
New Retro Arcade: Neon is a VR App.

Review

Have you ever wanted your own arcade? One where you can play all of your favourite games without having to spend one million coins, just to finish one, simple arcade game; or, to have an arcade where you never have to wait around for lines of people to disperse before you get to play one round of Street Fighter 2. Well, if either of those sounds like pure heaven to you, then it might be worth checking this title out for yourself. 

Right, moving on from the vagueness that is "your own arcade," what can you expect from this here title? Well, other than the fact that it is a literal virtual arcade, you effectively have your own space to play a variety of games; almost to such a degree that is unprecedented. The reason I say that is because you can pick and choose to play on a wide spectrum of emulators that allow you to load up almost any rom that you like. 

Whilst the idea of being able to play pretty much any game you like, all via a rom is a great addition; alas the quality of said rom is still down to you as the user to find it. When it comes to finding roms on some of the older consoles it's not exactly hard to find ones of decent quality, but if you're inexperienced at finding them, this game isn't going to help you figure it out and that can impact the amount of enjoyment you have. If you manage to circumnavigate that particular issue, though, you've then got yourself a wealth of games at your disposal. 

Roms aren't the only thing you can use at your leisure, as there are also a plethora of extras for you to enjoy. For instance, there's a cinema that allows you to stream a video onto a visual display and enjoy it as you please. Speaking of which, now might be a worthwhile time to mention that this game supports VR; whilst that may not be a big deal when playing older games that don't have that as an option, you get to enjoy the nostalgic experience of feeling like you're a kid again inside your favourite arcade. 

Spread throughout the arcade is a couple of mini games, with one of them being 10-pin bowling and the game even allows for network play amongst your friends. From a VR standpoint, though, the virtual reality elements of it all are mostly for nostalgia and the like, because unlike in other VR games, it doesn't add too much to the gameplay, because a lot of the gameplay boils down to play old games on a simulated arcade cabinet. You're not being thrust into a video game like you are with other titles when you use a VR headset, but with this one you're given the chance to enjoy the immersion of the surrounding arcade. 

That's the thing with this title, it's not really a game, it is more of a tool/experience. You're going into it for some nostalgic immersion that a good old, classic arcade would make you feel like. If you're going into this one, however in the hopes of finding some brand new arcade games that work flawlessly in VR; you're going to be in for a rude awakening. 

The next biggest thing on the list is easily going to be the visuals of the game; something that wouldn’t always be quite as important, but for this game it is an integral part of the whole experience. Your entire environment is set around a 90’s arcade, so you can expect to see bright, neon lights almost everywhere you go and it’s a setting that you’ll quickly come to enjoy, especially if you’re experiencing it in a VR setting, as that is what the game wants you to participate in.

Overall, New Retro Arcade: Neon is a great experience if you’re using the VR elements of it; hell, even without VR it’s still pretty fun, but it’s much more enjoyable with a VR headset. The addition of allowing the user to add whichever roms they like to their own, personal arcade is what really makes the game shine, as do the aesthetics that take you back to your favourite arcade as a kid. It’s a shame that there isn’t too much in the way of original games for you to play throughout it, but if you’re looking for a VR game you can sit back and relax on for a couple of hours and let your troubles vanish for a little while, then this game is for you.

Description


We highly recommend using motion controllers for the optimal gameplay experience.

New Retro Arcade: Neon brings the golden age of gaming back to life as you are transported to the 80's and early 90’s; where the fun and laughter began. Download your own ROM's and use our Arcade Builder to create your perfect Retro Arcade frontend. And on top of that, you and your friends have the choice to play more than 10 diverse mini games. Pick up your light guns, joysticks and gamepads and head straight into the all new Aimbot and Zombie Problem II cabinets. Classics games such as Air Hockey, Skeeball, Whack a Mole and One Punch Boxing are also available! There’s a projector room for watching videos on, bowling lanes for a game of ten-pin, basketball machines, darts, playable guitars, drum machines and more!

Neon is designed to be FULLY PLAYABLE IN NON-VR, as well as working with each SteamVR device and their controllers! Stand up and take control using 1:1 motion controllers with the HTC Vive, get inside the Rift with an Xbox 360/One gamepad or simply kick back with mouse and keyboard.

Don't forget to check out the demo version of New Retro Arcade!

Multiplayer


Don’t meet your friends on the weekend; get together inside your own virtual arcade with your buddies instead! New Retro Arcade: Neon allows for UP TO 6 PLAYERS ONLINE, so you’ll soon be reliving old memories and creating new ones too! Become the best of the best by defeating your friends high scores, work as a team and overcome challenges together or just listen to music, throw around bottles, cans, tapes, whatever you can find! And have your friends clean it up.

Customization


Remember this is YOUR arcade and it should be suited to your liking. Download and integrate all of your favorite ROMs to play on the arcade machines. You’ll be able to create and share custom artwork for your arcade cabinets, games, posters and more. And by swapping out in-game cassette tapes and cartridges you can listen to music you want to hear, play the games you want to play and live the reality you want to live.


Key Features


  • Completely optimised and playable for gamers in Non-VR
  • Full support for steamVR devices including the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift
  • Multiplayer networking allowing for up to 6 players
  • Customisable arcade games, artwork, posters, music and more
  • Share videos from Youtube, Vimeo and more in the Cinema
  • Support for motion controllers and gamepads such as Xbox 360/One controllers
  • Full FMOD Studio intergration for hyper realistic, high fidelity and high resolution audio
  • Over 10 custom built mini games including Aimbot, Zombie Problem II, Bowling, Air Hockey and Skeeball
  • Real-time streamed internet radio with customisable music cassette tapes for an 80’s retro soundtrack
  • Interact with objects like guitars, drum machines and light guns
  • Environments designed for social interaction and gaming with friends
  • Packed full of secrets and Easter eggs to find and enjoy

Features

System Requirements

Windows

Minimum

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel i5-4590
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970
  • Storage: 5 GB available space

Recommended

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel i7-4770
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 980
  • Storage: 5 GB available space

Setup Instructions

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