Review: 80’S OverDrive (Nintendo 3DS)

80’S OVERDRIVE is a 2D pixel art racing game, designed to take you back in time to when eight and 16-bit consoles, and arcade games, ruled the world.


  • Awesome detailed graphics that look 16 bit in appearance.
  • Full 3D implementation.
  • Can use Analog or D-pad.
  • Outrun inspired racer.
  • 346 Blocks download size.
  • Three save slots.
  • Banging soundtrack. With drum and bass and techno genres along with more chilled numbers.
  • Left and right handed controls options. Each has 3 layouts.
  • Neaon ascetic used in menu text.
  • Gears- Manual or automatic options.
  • World map level select.
  • Earn points in races To unlock new races.
  • Upgrade car- Spend cash on steering, Power and suspension.
  • Buy fuel, Repair damage between races.
  • Three game modes- Career, Time trial and a level editor.
  • Six cars to buy from Ferraris to Porsche to a Delorean. Doesn’t have the official names.
  • Each level has info-Length, Road, Opponent rating, Traffic and Police levels. Shows fee and prize money as well.
  • A lot of replayability.
  • Take on side jobs for bonus cash, Some are simple button presses whilst some are collect items in your next race.
  • Can share created levels.
  • Really fun to play.
  • Solid gameplay.
  • Feels like how you would want an Outrun sequel to be.
  • Addictive.


  • Difficult spikes.
  • Hit detection can feel a bit unfair at times.
  • When you crash it is nigh on impossible to gain back the lead.
  • Sharing levels is a pain as the code generated to share is a loooooong   Series of numbers and letters.
  • Can get stuck when the money has dried up.
  • Starts off a bit slow as you build money to upgrade your car.
  • Police are skanky and unfair.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10


Pure nostalgia trip, This is the game that Outrun should be! The progression is simple yet effective, Racing feels more purposeful and fun. The soundtrack is very good and overall the game looks awesome in 3D. I had a few issues like hit detection or the rampant difficulty spikes but that could be my eyesight failing me. If you ever fancied a modern take on Outrun then 80’s Overdrive is the game for you, I just hope we see it on more platforms going forward with a better level sharing option.

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!