> Is the Retro graphic style making a comeback?
Is the Retro graphic style making a comeback?
For some time, independent developers the world over have been creating games that display a charming, low resolution graphic style, nostalgic of the early days of gaming. These games remind us of a classic era that brought us games like Contra, Super Mario Brothers, and Doom. At the time, the spiffy graphics were another cool draw for consumers, but not the defining characteristic of the game.
Today, though, we see games like this becoming more mainstream. Perhaps the best example of this is the wild success of Minecraft. The possibility of free form construction and creation is the most basic appeal here, and the nostalgic, pixelated art style only adds to the game’s charm. I recently reviewed Revenge of the Titans, which shares a similar philosophy in terms of graphics. The game is fun on its own, and it doesn’t need the latest and greatest graphics to make it that way. Instead, it applies its retro graphics style toward shaping the attitude of the experience. Finally, we have the upcoming Fez by Polytron Corporation, which features a pleasant, yet low resolution style.
All of these games are by independent developers, so the question then becomes: Are gamers giving more of a chance to games without the snazziest graphics? Or is this just a byproduct of independent games, which often favor the retro style for ease of development, becoming more mainstream?
Let us know what you think in the comments.