"Experienced alone, these tributes would offer only fleeting fun, but Retro Game Challenge cleverly ties them together by transporting players to the '80s. The premise is a bit like Mystery Science Theater 3000. The all-powerful Game Master Arino traps players in the past, forcing them to complete increasingly tricky gaming challenges. To help in the quest, players get chums (whose cartridges and console can be mooched for hours upon end), full-color manuals, and a collection of gaming magazines crammed with hints, strategies, and cheat codes. To complete the illusion, your pal cheers on successes, cries foul when the going gets rough, and complains that he's hungry."