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Posted: 19 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @JonahMonaghan and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

198X 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 80's 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 on the burgeoning importance of this new media.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/01/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: 198 x Game (@198xGame)

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

198x usually costs £7.99 to £8.99.
 

198x

PlayStation Store PS4 £7.99
Switch Store Switch £8.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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