80's Overdrive Reviews

80's Overdrive is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
6 / 10
May 17, 2020

80's Overdrive may be wonderfully presented, but its problem is that price-wise it's sandwiched between two similar games that are better.

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7 / 10
Dec 29, 2017

80's Overdrive brings back old-school arcade racing to the 3DS and this is a game that will make friends among the fans of the most memorable games of that style. Its lack of a multiplayer mode is the game's biggest flaw and some frustrating elements in the main competitive racing mode somewhat harm the experience but overall, it brings a fun and nostalgia-filled time to its players.

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8 / 10
Dec 12, 2017

80's Overdrive really nails the presentation side of things with its eye-catching 2D visuals, superb 3D effect and pumping soundtrack. It also controls well and the Career Mode is challenging enough to keep you glued to your 3DS for quite some time. The Out Run-style Time Attack mode and the Level Editor extend the lifespan of this title further, but the occasionally cheap difficulty level has an annoying habit of ruining your race as well as your mood. This is a relatively minor complaint in the grand scheme of things however, and fans of old-school arcade racers will almost certainly forgive this issue in order to play a true tribute to the classics of old.

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6 / 10.0
May 10, 2020

80's Overdrive asserts that Out Run's combination of breakneck racing and frantic traffic negotiation will fit neatly inside the progression-focused model of a modern game. It doesn't, and 80's Overdrive almost runs out of gas before it reaches a comfortable destination. All the lavish neon and thumping synthwave in the world can't help 80's Overdrive make twenty minutes last six hours.

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4 / 5.0
May 18, 2020

'80s Overdrive comes to the Switch in top form and stands even taller on the hybrid console than it did on the 3DS three years ago.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 30, 2017

In my nostalgic-filled mind, this game looks like how I wish to remember ‘80s racers.

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9 / 10
Jan 11, 2018

80's Overdrive is a fun racer that pays homage to Outrun and does so in style. The tight gameplay mechanics, colorful graphics and solid soundtrack come together to give us a great portable arcade racer with plenty of levels to complete, a time attack and even a level editor so that you can customize your own levels to share with the world. If you're in the mood for a new pixeltastic racer on the go, then give this one a go.

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Jan 18, 2018

Overall a pretty decent racer and that is coming from someone who isn't a huge fan of the racing genre, I'm more of a karting or buggy kind of racer haha. Would love the game to make the transition to the Nintendo Switch, Imagine the game in portable mode on a bigger screen, Some day I hope that happens. 80's Overdrive won't appeal to the hard core racers, but it's a pretty decent game so why not give it a chance?

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6.5 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2018

80's Overdrive is a very pretty game with really good core mechanics and some really questionable and frankly unnecessary complications layered on top. The take home here is that I really liked it until I didn't anymore. I still pop in from time to time, but this is not a game I'm particularly compelled to play long-term.

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5 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2020

80’s Overdrive will offer you several hours of fun, it will remind you of your youth but that is all it manages to achieve.

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6.5 / 10.0
May 19, 2020

80's Overdrive has really nice details and elements on its scenery, has a cool and exciting soundtrack and has simple mechanics such as the car's fuel level meter, body status indicator and the possibility of improving parts that add some depth to the races and keep you on the lookout for more. But, unfortunately, the game doesn't go much further and delivers a monotonous experience in the long run. In addition to barely presenting new content in relation to its first version and the complete absence of multiplayer, the title bets heavily on nostalgia - which may be good or bad for some - and has somewhat locked controls, which directly impacts the main objective of the player: to win races.

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80 / 100
May 25, 2020

80’s OVERDRIVE offers 36 circuits in career mode, 2 game modes, 6 cars to buy, 13 synt / retrowave music tracks, only € 9.99. Insane-Code has cooked up a very fun title, a declaration of love for a time and a way of making games, and invites us to enjoy it with them. 80’s Overdrive does not squeeze the platform on which it runs, the result of the type of game it is, but it enters through the eyes. It is visually pleasing, sound and playable, and has enough modes to give us hours of fun. Although it may be limited to a very specific audience. If you know what you are going to find and it is what you are looking for, you will enjoy it very much. If not, you may be disappointed.

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8 / 10.0
May 12, 2020

A fantastic throwback to the classics such as OutRun or Top Gear 2000 allowing the players to climb their way up to the top of the street racing league or take a virtually infinite, leisure ride in their Testarossa look-a-like car. All that to the energetic synthwave tunes flowing from the radio.

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8.8 / 10.0
May 18, 2020

80's Overdrive is undoubtedly a return to the arcade of the last century in all its aspects, and although it can be repetitive in long sessions, the truth is that it is very difficult for me to get angry with a game that you can always play one more game, at I'm sure I'll be there as soon as I have ten minutes to spare, and it's definitely going to stay on my Switch Lite for a long time.

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May 15, 2020

It’s evident that 80’s OVERDRIVE takes inspiration from games like Outrun and Rad Racer, and thankfully does a lot new things to separate itself from what came before it. The racing feels good, and is backed by an appropriate synthwave soundtrack. However, later races have too much going on and with some randomness of collisions will force you to restart more often than you’d like. Some issues aside, 80’s OVERDRIVE is a solid racer with depth in a gorgeous and vibrant palette.

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