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Tribute Games is a Canadian independent video game development studio located in Montreal, Quebec. The company was founded in 2011 by ex-Ubisoft Montreal staff members Jonathan Lavigne, Jean-Francois Major and Justin Cyr, previously known for their work on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game. They’re known for creating 2D indie games seeking to replicate the atmosphere of titles from the 1980s in their works. This includes the graphics, sound effects, and of course, their extreme difficulty.

Games developed by Tribute Games:

Games published by Tribute Games:

Tropes featured in their work:

  • Animesque: Some of their work evoke Japanese game aesthetics.
  • Nintendo Hard: To the point that the help file for Ninja Senki specifically contained a FAQ question "The game is too hard!", with the response "Remember, you’re playing as a ninja!" Other games aren’t much different.
  • Promoted Fanboy: The company is staffed with big fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, particularly the 1987 cartoon and its licensed games. While Jean-Francois Major, Jonathan Lavigne and Justin Cyr previously worked on the 2007 TMNT Game Boy Advance game during their tenure at Ubisoft Montreal, they and the other Tribute staffers would eventually get the chance to release their own '87 game in the form of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge during 2022.
  • Retraux: Scores, graphics, and the sounds: all is geared towards being as retro as possible in their games, and they admit as such on their website.