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-> ''The entire [[WideOpenSandbox open-world]] is in danger.''

-> ''THE PLAYER is out for a friendly frolic of CRIME CAPERS when suddenly ambushed by EVIL GOOD GUYS. They will stop at nothing to end his [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge RAMPAGE OF DOOM]] [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential threatening the citizens of Theftropolis City]]. [[VideoGame/BadDudes Are YOU bad enough to defeat the EVIL GOOD GUYS?]]''

'''''Retro City Rampage''''' is a WiiWare, PlayStationNetwork and PC (downloadable from {{Steam}} and Website/GOGDotCom) game released in October 2012; the XboxLiveArcade version was released in January 2013, and a Nintendo3DS release (as ''Retro City Rampage DX'') followed in February 2014.

The story goes that the game's original developer, Brian Provinciano, built his own homebrew engine for {{NES}} development, and started work on a {{Retraux}} demake of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII''. After overcoming programming limitations by moving the game to the PC, he started adding in other various references to the characters from his childhood, including, but no doubt not limited to classic games such as ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'', and ''VideoGame/BionicCommando''.

As these references became more and more prevalent, Brian decided to make the game an entirely new game as opposed to a straight {{Retraux}} demake, and the result is the game that you see before you.

The game also contains an [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome awesome soundtrack]] by [[{{Shantae}} Jake "Virt" Kaufman]].

View the soundtrack trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCQXMr-bvHU here]].
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!!This game contains examples of:
* AffectionateParody: Of pretty much anything evocative of the 80s and early 90s, particularly with regards to gaming.
* AllJustADream: Used twice, both times a ShoutOut to the ending of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''. The first comes after ATasteOfPower in the game's beginning. The second [[spoiler:happens in the ending, after defeating the final boss. Before dropping Doc Choc off in the past, Player goes to the gun store and buys a Lightgun, the most powerful weapon in the game. Immediately after this, the game cuts to Player in his bed, as if the entire game, having taken place in the past, was just a dream. He wakes up to a news report of an APB on him, with massive forces waiting at his doorstep. He replies, "Lock n' load!!" with the Lightgun in hand, in a subversion. After the credits roll, the game resumes.]]
* AntiPoopSocking: Power tips.
* ATasteOfPower: Several times. The Jester lending the Player his speed shoes, the Player's dream of causing mayhem with a rocket launcher and a tank, and the Player from the future coming back to give the present-day Player a ride in the time machine car.
* BadBoss: The Jester, who blames his henchmen for anything that goes wrong, and then blows them up for it. The Player's the only henchman he treats with respect.
* BigBad: Dr. Von Buttnik.
* TheCameo: VideoGame/MsSplosionMan, [[BitTrip Commander Video]], VideoGame/MeatBoy, and [[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} Steve?]] make appearances. See ShowWithinAShow.
* CaptainErsatz: All the references are one of these.
* CardCarryingVillain: The Player is, in his own words, an "aspiring super-criminal".
* CatchPhrase: "GOOD GOSH!" for Doc Choc.
* ContinuingIsPainful: You (technically) have infinite lives, but dying in Story Mode strips you of all your weapons.
* DeathTrap: The Player (as Biffman) gets caught in one, in an AdamWest-era ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' fashion.
* DevelopmentHell: The game was in development for around ''seven years'', some of which weren't spent considering a release on a contemporary format.
* DrunkOnMilk: Literally -- drinking milk makes Player nauseous and [[InterfaceScrew heavily distorts your vision.]] [[MustHaveCaffeine Drinking coffee]] cures it instantly.
** It is however implied that the milk is tainted.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In a flashback, Player is disgusted when [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Sweat Bomber]] tells him to kill the residents of a computer store he just stole from purely for the sake of profiting off of their funerals.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Cars explode if they take too much damage. So do bicycles. And skateboards.
** And ''shopping carts''.
* ExcusePlot: The Player stumbles upon a time machine, breaks it, and tricks a local scientist into helping him fix it. Carnage ensues.
* {{Fartillery}}: Sort of. One of the vehicles is a ridable gorilla ([[Franchise/DonkeyKong Could it be a reference...]]), who boosts forward by way of [[ExpospeakGag sudden gaseous emissions]].
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Mocked in the form of "Milk". See DrunkOnMilk above.
* GameplayRoulette: In the course of your missions, expect to [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda engage in swordfights]], [[VideoGame/PaperBoy deliver newspapers]], and [[VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles navigate an undersea obstacle course]] among scores of other variants of gameplay.
* GeniusProgramming: The original version of the game was in the format of a homebrew NES game, making this an authentic example to the point of the developer overcoming format limitations using [[GeniusProgramming a custom-built dev kit]].
** Goes even further with ROM City Rampage, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvx4xXhZMrU as documented here]], a continuation of the original demake meant to run on [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem actual]] [[UsefulNotes/AppleII 8-bit]] [[CommodoreSixtyFour hardware]], taking ''every'' limitation into account.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One of the characters regarding a sculpture he plans to give to his girlfriend: "Hopefully she'll reciprocate when I give her this head tonight." In a T-rated game.
** [[ShockSite Goatse]] is mentioned.
** Iced Tea, complete with VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry-esque CensorBox.
** "My right-hand woman's now just [[ADateWithRosiePalms my right hand."]]
** Jokes about semen and "busting a nut." In a stripclub that is an "Exotic Ho Lounge."
** The Player can get "high" off of shrooms by visiting a certain store. The game calls it an "allergic reaction" but its pretty clear Player is tripping balls afterwards.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Player has the classic heart boxers, as seen when he's sleeping.
* GolfClubbing: A golf club can be bought as a melee weapon from a hardware store.
* GreaserDelinquents: Considering he's from TheEighties, Player is completely decked out with a mullet, leather jacket, and blue jeans.
* GretzkyHasTheBall: In full effect when Player has to buy a hockey mask for a mission and claims he's doing it as part of improving his golf game. Specifically on his slam dunk.
* TheHero: The Player gets mistaken for one by Doc Choc.
** Even after the Player wreaks havoc across Theftropolis, [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter Doc Choc still thinks he's a hero and still helps him]].
* [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep His Name Really Is Player]]
** [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Who Names Their Kid "Player"?]]
* InfinityPlusOneSword: The Lightgun, which can destroy anything in a single shot. It's available after finishing the story mode. It also makes the sound of an NES Zapper trigger, making it the only entity in the game that doesn't make an 8-bit sound.
* {{Invisible Wall}}s: Available, not as obstructions, but as ''collectibles!''
* {{Laughtrack}}
* LavaIsBoilingKoolAid: Graphically, the lava in Final Castle does look exactly like boiling kool-aid, but special mention goes to the moat surrounding the castle. It is pretty explicitly referred to as water, but here and nowhere else in the game, the water is a purplish red. This is not explained.
* MarathonLevel: The last set of story levels are presented as a single unbroken chain of events, giving the impression that you need to beat all of them in a single sitting. They include [[spoiler: getting captured by the police and being forced to participate in [[VideoGame/SmashTV Death Cam VHS]], having to outrun the police in a monster truck to get to where Major Lee will pick you up and give you a ride to the final level, having to pile up the enemy corpses in the water to reach the entrance, opening chests to find where the key is, finding out there's no key and having to survive enemies with rocket launchers that destroy the walls until you find a hole that leads to the sewers, taking the [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Turtle Van]] for a ride through the sewers, having to go through another (thankfully brief) [[ThatOneLevel water level]], getting bitten by a radioactive [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros plumber]] and gaining ShockwaveStomp powers, returning to the actual final level from the sewer exit, smashing through the walls until you actually find the key and make it to Dr. Buttnick and defeat him, chasing him through the [[CollapsingLair exploding base]] on a motorcycle, finding Doc Choc's time machine, chasing after it and making it to [[YearX 30XX]] through a time portal it created and actually catching up to his time machine, using the guns Buttnick told Choc to install on it to defeat him for good.]] Thankfully, you can still quit playing after any "STAGE (x)" message and resume the final set of missions from that point onwards, [[AntiFrustrationFeatures even though it doesn't make much sense narrativewise.]]
* MerchandiseDriven: Parodied in one of the trailers. The game has a licensed breakfast cereal. [[Creator/{{Nintendo}} Guess who that's a nod to?]]
-->''"I CAN TASTE THE GRAPHICS!"''
* MercyMode: Some of the tougher missions can be skipped, and some will give you a rocket launcher if you fail a few times.
* NeverSayDie: Mocked in the manual where beating up and shooting at people is described as "helping them "SLEEP"".
* NintendoHard: Fittingly
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: Parodied with this opening line:
--> [[CaptainObvious COMMON SENSE WARNING!]]
--> [[AffectionateParody This game is a parody!]]
--> [[TheLongList This game is not sponsored by, endorsed by, or affiliated with any company, person, property, or entity that is not listed in the credits.]]
* PooledFunds: The bank vault you rob in the beginning, complete with lifeguard chair, two lounge chairs, and a "No Diving" sign.
* ReferenceOverdosed: Boy, is it ever! See the list of [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] [[ShoutOut/RetroCityRampage here.]]
* {{Retraux}}: Expect this word to be appearing a lot in this page.
** The options menu allows for changing the border around the game to look like a vintage TV, a CaptainErsatz of the GameBoy, an arcade machine, and many more. There's also an option to change the colour filter in the game itself to allow for scan lines, a monochrome display, and to simulate the displays of the UsefulNotes/{{NES}}, UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}}, UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum, UsefulNotes/AmstradCPC, UsefulNotes/{{Commodore 64}}, three variations of [[IBMPersonalComputer MS-DOS]], and UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy.
* ShoutOut: Way too many to count. You'll find its separate page [[ShoutOut/RetroCityRampage here]].
* ShovelStrike: Same case as the golf club mentioned above.
* ShowWithinAShow: The in-universe arcade games, "[[UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy Virtual]] VideoGame/MeatBoy", "[[BitTrip Bit.Trip.Retro City]]", and "[[WebVideo/EpicMealTime Epic Meal Time: Epic Might Test]]". The latter is an implementation of ''Videogame/MortalKombat'''s "Test Your Might" minigame.
** There's also "Super Stomp Pals", though that's not playable.
* StalkingMission: Mocked where the player goes on foot and has to drink coffee in order to stay awake.
* StylisticSuck: One of the trailers for the game, in an obvious parody of Nintendo's habit of [[MerchandiseDriven adapting their]] [[{{Mario}} biggest]] [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda names]] [[MerchandiseDriven into breakfast cereals]], features several occurrences of minor TotallyRadical, as well as deliberate screen distortion as if it was recorded on an old VHS tape.
* SuperSpeed: Drinking coffee grants the player "Coffee Jitter Speed Power" for a short time.
* TakeThat: One of the subplots of the story mode involves greedy video game corporations. The game is not afraid to veil said corporations as thinly as possible.
** It also doesn't hesitate to mock the idea of videogames brainwashing people into becoming more violent. JAILBREAK SIMULATOR!
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:Final Castle's Clubhouse and Grill]]
* TimeTravel: Happens early in the story, setting the ExcusePlot in motion.
** [[spoiler:[[BookEnds And again at the end.]]]]
* TotallyRadical: See StylisticSuck.
* TrustPassword: The Player does this early in the game to his future self. Naturally, they're both thinking of [[Film/BillAndTed sixty-nine, dude.]]
* VillainProtagonist: From the opening crawl: "THE PLAYER is out for a friendly frolic of CRIME CAPERS when suddenly ambushed by EVIL GOOD GUYS. They will stop at nothing to end his RAMPAGE OF DOOM threatening the citizens of Theftropolis City. Are YOU bad enough to defeat the EVIL GOOD GUYS?"
* VirtualPaperDoll: Played with. The player can buy new hairstyles, hats, glasses, tattoos, and even visit a plastic surgeon, but because of the retro style of the game this doesn't have much effect on the the actual character model. The customizations also don't overlap (except for body tattoos, which don't change your character model ''at all'', just your portrait) -- you can get a haircut, but your hair goes back to the default if you buy some sunglasses or a hat.
* WideOpenSandbox: To be expected from a game which started life as a demake of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII''.
* WorldGoneMad
* XMeetsY: ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansom'', with the elements later used in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' turned UpToEleven, and then [[ReferenceOverdosed heavily indulging in several VH1 80s marathons]].
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