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8 Great Games Like 198x

These are hand-picked games similar to 198x. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like 198x. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed 198x, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12+ or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

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.

Unfortunately, 198x is not available on Android, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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Release Date: 23/01/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @198xGame

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game

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Release Date: 10/08/2010, updated in 2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is an arcade-style fighting game. In the game, you take control of one of seven playable characters from the comic book series and travel through Toronto, Canada facing the seven evil exes of Ramona Flowers.

Coffee Talk

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Release Date: 29/01/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: @TogeProductions

Players: This is a single player game

Coffee Talk is an interactive story about a barista working in a coffee shop in Seattle. You listen to customer's concerns about life and love, in a retro pixilated world backed with lo-fi chilled hip-hop music.

Where Cards Fall

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Release Date: 15/09/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @TheGameBand

Players: This is a single player game

Where Cards Fall, from the same developer as Alto's Adventure, is an adventure where you build houses of cards to advance. In a beautifully hand-drawn world, you need to create pathways with the cards through the dreamlike...

Her Story

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Release Date: 24/06/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @MrSamBarlow

Players: This is a single player game

Solve the 1994 mystery of a murdered man by searching an old police computer archive of interview videos of his wife. The game presents a retro computer interface but the interviews themselves are short films with real actors. Although there are only...

Black Mirror Bandersnatch

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Release Date: 28/12/2018

Platforms: Web Browser

Genres: Action, Narrative and Role-Playing

Players: This is a single player game

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix) takes the interactive mystery genre a step further towards a traditional TV series. You watch it on your television but make decisions for the characters which then branches the narrative. With 150 minutes to watch...

Telling Lies

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Release Date: 31/07/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @MrSamBarlow

Players: This is a single player game

Telling Lies is from the same developer as Her Story. It's named as an investigative thriller game with non-linear storytelling by the developer.

Flashback

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Release Date: 01/10/2013, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @PaulCuisset

Players: This is a single player game

Flashback is a running and jumping game with a strong narrative. Made in the 90s it's similar to Another World and Prince of Persia.

Another Lost Phone

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Release Date: 21/09/2017

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @AccidentalQ

Players: This is a single player game

Another Lost Phone places a stranger’s smartphone in your hands. As you use the phone interface to explore the social life of its young woman owner, Laura, you piece together messages, pictures and profiles to solve her disappearance. Although it...

198x is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to 198x in the following lists:

Walk in Someone Else's Shoes

While many games include characters to interact with, some are specifically designed to make relationships a central element. Whether this is during the rounds of a puzzle game amidst a zombie outbreak or as we race cars around a circuit, they can offer a unique way to think deeply about how we relate to each other and to the games people play.

In contrast to films or books, characters and relationships in video games need to be discovered by the player. Some of my favourite relational moments in games happen amidst other action. Often these other actions – whether shooting, puzzle-solving, or fetching and carrying – serve to underline the difficult, awkward and snatched nature of interpersonal interactions.
 
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Reimagined Retro Classics

Growing up playing video games creates a strong sentimental connection to the sounds, sights and feeling those experiences gave you. Returning to these games in adulthood is a un diversion, but often the experience doesn't live up to the memory.

The games in this list have been recreated (sometimes officially and sometimes unofficially) by developers who love and respect the original while also wanting to update it for modern technology and players.
 

Come To Terms With Ageing

In a culture that holds up youth as an ideal rather than a stage of life, it can be hard to embrace our ageing lives, bodies and dreams. The games in this list offer a chance to step into the shoes of older protagonists as well as spend time with people coming to terms with the ticking clock themselves.
 


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