Retromania Wrestling Review (Steam)

Retromania Wrestling Review (Steam)

RetroMania Wrestling may be a “pick up and play” arcade wrestling game with beautiful 2D sprites, incredible backgrounds, and fast-paced arcade-style gameplay.

Pros:

  • Beautiful pixel art graphics.
  • 519.33MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, scaling mode, scaling shader, and shadows.
  • Supports the keyboard and the controller.
  • Can rebind controls for both keyboard and the controller.
  • Gameplay settings- difficulty slider, second wi d slider, starting momentum slider, match length slider, and grapple assist.
  • Wrestling gameplay.
  • Four game modes-story, 10 pounds of Gold, retro Rumble, and versus.
  • Excellent pixel graphic animated cutscenes.
  • Story mode has multiple choice interactions.
  • Optional tutorial.
  • Controls don’t take long to learn.
  • Parodies wrestlers both current and past.
  • Arcade game presentation.
  • The action is button-mashy but in a good way as you can easily string moves together, counter, and kick out.
  • Chiptune soundtrack.
  • 10 pounds of gold is a tournament-style game mode.
  • Retro Rumble-16 man mode with separate settings for the number of entrants (8-16), max wrestlers I. The ring at once (2-8), wrestlers at the start (2-8), the time between entrants (10-50 secs), humans enter first (Y/N) and allow Ai battles (Y/N).
  • 16 wrestlers to choose from.
  • 17 arenas.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Looks a lot like the old SNES games.
  • Commentary and you can set the frequency.
  • Out of ring action where you can grab objects and use them as a weapon.
  • Uses a health bar system, gets it low then pin or submit to win.
  • Excellent animations.
  • Does have some licensed wrestler from Legion of Doom to Tommy Dreamer.
  • So much fun to play.
  • Performs really well.
  • Rumble eliminations can be done by pin, submission, or over the top rope.
  • Versus modes-singles, 3 way, 4 way, tag team, 6 man tag, and 8 man tag. Rules-time limit (none to 15 mins), cage (no/big blue, chain link), falls count anywhere (Y/N), ring count (no, 10-30 seconds), and Ai battle (Y/N).

Retromania Wrestling Review (Steam)

Cons:

  • Minimal graphic settings.
  • No create a wrestler or belt options.
  • Difficulty spikes.
  • Only 16 wrestlers.
  • Ai can have a moment and walk in circles.
  • No online modes.
  • A small stable of moves.

Retromania Wrestling Review (Steam)

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessibility - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.8/10

Summary

Wresting games are not what they used to be, the main go-to title is the 2K series and they have not been good for a long time and tend to skirt the arcade and simulation line. Enter Retromania Wrestling and we have a return to straight-up arcade wrestling in its purest form. No longer do you need a printout of moves or finishers and in its place is a Barebones yet powerful move system that is easily learned and enjoyed. I was able to instantly play it and I couldn’t stop smiling, it’s nostalgic yet modern with its Chiptune entrance music to the way all the characters look and play. OK, it’s taken the retro thing too far by not having a character creator or online play but it’s got all you need for local multiplayer action. In fact, even if you feel like just watching it play out you can set up any game mode as Ai vs Ai and it’s so cool especially with the rumble match. Talking of matches you can tweak the rules, pick from the large selection of arenas including a cool Rock metal-influenced mosh pit with fire and shit. I really liked all the parody wrestlers, cheesy storyline, and everything else. It could do with more characters or a creator but for what is there you are laughing because it’s a robust arcade experience that can be enjoyed solo or with friends locally. Retromania Wrestling is one of the best wrestling games today.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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