Shakedown: Hawaii developed by Canadian studio Vblank Entertainment is the spiritual sequel to Retro City Rampage. It was released on May 9, 2019, for Epic Games Store, PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo 3DS. The game uses same gameplay and graphic style as its predecessor (though were Retro City armed for an 8-bit aesthetic, Shakedown tries to emulate the games of the 16-bit era), but the story this time leans less towards parody, and more heavily towards satire.
Taking place 30 years after Retro City Rampage, it stars an old, overweight (soon to be) Corrupt Corporate Executive in a quest to save his floundering company via crooked business practices aided by his son and his hired gun, in 16-bit graphics and Synthwave soundtrack.
This game contains examples of:
- Anachronism Stew: See Retro Universe below.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: The game will occasionally switch characters to focus on the CEO's son Scooter or Al, the "consultant" used to settle affairs overseas.
- Capitalism Is Bad: The game is not subtle at all about how this is its main message, being about every single dirty, underhanded, and predatory trick modern Mega Corps use to skirt around the law and government regulations, making their products worse to cut costs while also inflating prices, creating monopolies, and generally conning and fleecing their customers.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: The protagonist soon has to resort to this in order to quickly save his business. Not that the opponents and the world at large are any better, though.
- Crapsack World: Common video game consoles are overloaded with advertising, so is the internet, also any tech gadgets not only cost a fortune but are also served as a subscription... and yes, this is just the beginning.
- Darker and Edgier: The game eschews pop-culture Reference Overdosed that adorns Retro City Rampage in favor of Take That! toward modern Mega-Corp business practices. The colors are more realistically tinted compared to the more colorful Retro City Rampage.
- An Entrepreneur Is You: The main goal of the game is to Take Over the City by buying up properties all over the island. Several of the businesses require you to perform a Shakedown on the owner in order to make them available for purchase. You can also unlock various multipliers such as false advertisement, credit cards and untested products to increase the values of the businesses. However your character doesn't actually get any spending money until you get the option to set a salary for yourself.
- Evil vs. Evil: None of the characters in the game are traditionally sympathetic.
- It Will Never Catch On: The CEO often insists that video streaming is just a fad.
- Lootboxes: Satirized. They are transparently very useless.
- Majority-Share Dictator: The CEO's rival, Featherbottom, obtains a 51% share in the company due to a buyout clause, and intends to oust him as soon as the next board meeting comes along.
- Mega-Corp: Your goal, along with Take Over the City.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: As the cover art helpfully shows us, our ageing CEO is quite fond of doing this to his competitors. With a rocket launcher.CEO: I'd like to make you an offer, to acquire this fine establishment...
Rival CEO: (without looking up from his papers) Get out of my office, you clodhopping peasant. And tell the concierge that led you in that they are fired.
CEO: WOAH, WOAH! You haven't even heard my offer... (produces rocket launcher from Hammerspace) THIS, is my offer!
Rival CEO: (yelps in horror)
CEO: That's right... Sign it! Right there!
- Predatory Business: But of course. Missions are basically all about having the protagonist use every dirty trick in the book to undermine and buy out his competitors, all the way up to outright extortion and An Offer You Can't Refuse.
- Retraux: Now based on a 16-bit game.
- Retro Universe: While tablets, streaming, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality exist in the game, diskettes, CRT television, and boxy cellphones are still commonplace.
- The Rival: Friggin' Featherbottom!
- Take That!: Toward modern Mega-Corp business practices.
- Villain Protagonist: The main character is a ruthless CEO who isn't above fraud, extortion and murder if it turns a profit.