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The 5 Best Modern Retro Video Games

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Recent years have seen immense popularity of retro-style games, demonstrating the timeless appeal of classic gaming concepts and mechanics which prove just as impressive as those featured in cutting-edge modern games. Despite the advancement of technology, there is certainly something to be appreciated in older designs.

Players are charmed by the experience of rediscovering the beloved classic games from their childhood through nostalgia. While a game’s visual appeal doesn’t necessarily rely on cutting-edge graphics, developers can capture the classic look and provide an entertaining experience for this passionate base. Here are five retro-styled video games that revive the classic aesthetic while featuring high-quality gameplay.

1.  Punto Banco

Punto Banco was first created in the 1950s and quickly garnered acclaim in Latin American and Caribbean casinos. Eventually, it rose to global popularity, largely because of its similarities to the classic version of baccarat online games. This is why so many users love this form of gaming today.

Six packs of standard 52 playing cards are used for a max of twelve players in the game of baccarat. Players can bet on either the player or banker or even opt for a tie bet if both hands have similar values. After all bets are placed, cards are dealt and their numerical values calculated. There’s something nostalgic about this classic game; a retro throwback to the time when our ancestors first played baccarat for generations.

2.  Cuphead

Cuphead sports a look that strays from the norm of classic games, yet its design is taken from the traditional Disney-style cartoons. Despite its outward appearance, gameplay wise, Cuphead is a classic run-and-gun. Players can go through the exciting battles with imaginative bosses, explore the levels and take down enemies together in cooperative mode, while unlocking upgrades at the same time.

Cuphead stands out from the crowd with its classic and distinct look as well as its appealing playstyle. It has earned quite the praise from both gamers and reviewers – a testament to its successful adoption of the retro motif. Such an accolade is more triumphant when you consider that adopting an old school style is not an easy task.

3.  Dead Cells

Dead Cells provides a classic challenge from days gone by that brings a sense of nostalgia. It stands apart from other modern games with a punishing “back to the starting point” feature that ups the ante while preserving the classic look and feel of the vintage era. With random levels, it makes sure to keep players engaged despite its difficulty, making sure that each playthrough is distinct from the others.

If you’re a fan of classic gaming, then you won’t want to miss out on Dead Cells. Not only does it offer hordes of enemies to battle against, but an impressive selection of weapons to cut them down with. With every new playthrough providing a fresh challenge – it’ll keep you coming back for more! So don’t hesitate and give it a try – we guarantee you won’t regret it.

4.  Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight has become known for being an outstanding feat within the indie gaming industry. With its classic side-scroller platform, the game weaves together influences from iconic games like Castlevania, Ghosts ‘N Goblins, and DuckTales to create a fully engaging and completely gratifying gaming experience.

Admired for revitalizing classic game design principles, Shovel Knight continues to capture the imaginations of fans with its innovative approach. Longing for an official sequel, devotees look eagerly forward to renewed classic gameplay fused with new concepts.

5.  Undertale

The unbearably charming and captivating world of Undertale came as a surprise to the gaming community. Everyone who has experienced it remembers its remarkable cast of characters, the thought-provoking and impacting dialogue, and those indelible tunes that stayed with players long after their journey into this world came to an end.

Despite its very simple visuals that could have easily been fashioned on a DOS computer, Undertale still manages to enthrall players with its exceptional characters and engaging narrative. But there is one moment in the game that has been highly talked about, though we will not ruin it here – just know that it shows that if a game has a truly impressive story, even primitive graphics do not matter.

Honorable Mentions

As we conclude our top five list, we acknowledge that there is still an abundance of appeal in older titles. The charm of those classics can be challenging to replicate in modern gaming. If you’re looking to dive deeper into actual retro games with vintage aesthetics, consider these additional options:

  • Sonic Mania (2017): A contemporary Sonic game that plays like a classic one, complete with a retro-inspired art style.
    • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (2019): A game-inspired edition that channels the spirit of the old Castlevania series.
    • Octopath Traveler (2018): A 2D graphics-based RPG that delivers a stunning and striking presentation.
    • Blaster Master Zero 3 (2021): An Inti Creates’ recent remake that picks up where the original Blaster Master left off.
    • Blazing Chrome (2019): A challenging retro-style run-and-gun game from JoyMasher that keeps you playing until you perfect your runs through each level.

The nostalgia factor allows us to rediscover these titles in a fresh way. Each option strikes a perfect balance between retro vibes and modern gameplay and storytelling to create a unique experience.


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