It seems with every passing month there is a new videogame entry into the ever expanding contemporary ‘retro-aesthetic’ collection. It has been an emergent sub-genre that has inflated in a short space of time and already feels dangerously close to cheapening the 8-bit era. Within this emergent trend are attempts to either pay homage or to try and add a spin on the Metroidvania genre, a true staple of a bygone era. Again these entries can at times feel mostly serviceable but never essential to the overall landscape of gaming. Axiom Verge arrives as the latest contender in the 8-bit arena, and while not perfect it is perhaps the best example of capturing authentic 8-bit gaming in recent memory.