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Back in 1995

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Available on:PCApr 28, 2016

Developer: Throw the warped code out

Publisher: Degica

Genres: Horror, Survival, Adventure

A throwback to the survival horror and mystery games of the original PlayStation, Back in 1995 faithfully re-creates everything from this all-but-forgotten era of games. Be transported to a world both concrete and indistinct, where you must uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of your daughter, the catastrophe that shook the city, and why you’ve decided to finally return. Back in 1995 was created as a labour of love by indie developer Takaaki Ichijo as a means to replicate the unique feeling he had from his first gaming experiences: the PlayStation and the Sega Saturn.

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Of course, that’s something up for debate. Another time, perhaps. As it stands, and as a review of a product, Back in 1995 is a gimmicky curiosity, not unlike its graphical approach; flat and askew, with some semblance of structure if you squint between the lines.

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Back in 1995 is a game that aims to make gamers feel like it was 1995 again, and while it succeeds in garnering a retro aesthetic, it falls far short everywhere else.

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Back in 1995 on the Nintendo Switch may sound like a tempting promise for enthusiasts of retro-themed works but beware the promises of its name. The game bases itself on the 32-bit generation, which is unusual but not a bad decision per se. Unfortunately it doesn't get anything right and it fails to understand that what made games of that generation stand out was the amusing naiveté they employed to go around the technical limits of the time, whereas Back in 1995 is just a clumsy collage of elements that try to simulate a game from 25 years ago but which plays terribly and without any sense of enjoyment whatsoever.

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Distorted textures and hulking polygons may not feel as chic or romantic as pixel art, but Back in 1995's paean to the 32-bit era extends beyond aesthetic cognizance. It's a vehicle for the sentiment and devotion of its author, and approach may be limited to a shared fondness of that time and place.

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