Percentile Rank

198X is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 11 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

36%

Critics Recommend

Based on 11 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Scored Reviews

Pardis Game
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2019

198X is a title that oozes with love, care and personality and delivers an experience which many of us can relate to its story. But as I said, that's if we look at it as an experience. Because when we look at it as a game, we can see its flaws and lacks which make it hard for many people to justify purchasing and playing it. If you're after a short, unique and quite relatable experience about video games, you'll most likely going to like this game. But if you're only after gameplay or want a comprehensive story, you won't be pleased with 198X

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

A beautifully designed love letter to the heyday of video game arcades, 198X uses its passion for a bygone era to tell a touching story that is also a reminder of just how powerful video games really are.

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Level Down Games
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2019

For all of us 1980’s and 90’s kids out there, 198X is a coming of age story that could honestly tell the tale of any one of us. Set in Suburbia just outside the City, it’s the youthful journey of Kid as he discovers the local Arcade and realizes that, through the power of video games, he can escape reality.. be anyone or anything.. and not worry about the obligations of adulthood that are knocking on his door. The latest Kickstarter success story to officially release, I want to give a fair warning now before we dive any further into the review. 198X is episodic, and unfortunately we didn’t find this out until the game was prepping for release on Steam.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jul 4, 2019

198X is one of the brightest and deepest dedications of the history of arcade games. If you want to know how modern blockbusters started, you will not find the best chance in an interactive form.

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SomHráč.sk
70%
70%
Jun 27, 2019

198X delivered exactly what the trailer promised – great looking and sounding nostalgia fueled reminiscence of the 80s video games. However, if you've been burned by episodic game series in the past, tread carefully.

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2019

198X is exciting as a stroll down memory lane, but its simplicity and abbreviated story leave it short on substance

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BaziCenter
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 21, 2019

198X is a good mixture of clones of older games, and the fact that it focuses on a teenager's life and how identity crisis can affect that life really pays off in the end, as this whole concept makes it a unique experience. The developers though seem to lack experience to put the final touches in the right place, and that's the only reason 198X is not as good as other top indie titles of 2019.

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IGN Italy
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2019

It is indeed a great history lesson on the golden age of the arcades, but a short one, with low replayability.

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Spaziogames
6.4 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

6.4 / 10.0
Jul 3, 2019

The first episode of 198X is an homage to the best and most iconic arcade games of the 80s, but tells a really trivial and generic story.

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AusGamers
6.4 / 10.0
6.4 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

Instead it comes off more like a homage to similar tales.

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GameSpot
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jul 12, 2019

198X is a throwback mash-up of five very brief genre excursions with an overwrought story of growing up thrown on top.

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